Happy Wednesday! Today I am going to share a bit about my half metric century ride last weekend and the fabulous new Skirt Sports bike skirt I wore while pedaling away. As you may know, I’ve been a Skirt Sports ambassador for a few years now and could not wait to get my hands on their new bike skirt. I purchased this skirt on my own and the giveaway at the bottom is also purely from my love of the product. This is not a sponsored post. So let’s get right to this Half Metric Ride + Cruiser Bike Girl Review + Giveaway.
Reston Half Metric Ride
I have been participating in this local ride for the last few years and find it to be a great low key end of the summer event. There are 3 distances to choose from Century (100 miles), Metric (66 miles) Half Metric (33 miles). As I had not done any rides over 25 miles in a while, I chose the Half Metric distance.
Blessed with a cool August morning (68 degrees) and a rolling start my day was off to a great start. I set out with my friend, Charlotte to tackle the 33 miles. The first 10 miles or so had us on a few higher traffic roads than I would have liked. In previous years, the route was all on a bike path. Perhaps people got bored with that?
Our route took us by the staffed and stocked rest stops twice at about mile 15 and mile 22. We stopped after mile 15 for a quick bathroom stop, a refilling of our water bottles and small snack. They had various granola bars, watermelon, orange slices and pickles with little cups of pickle juice. I guess pickle juice is all the rage right now?! I went for a few orange slices and nixed the pickle juice. Off we went with the next 10 miles mostly on neighborhood roads with less traffic.
We did not stop on the return and opted to just do a quick water stop. The temps started to rise and I was certainly ready to be finished as we neared the end of 33 mile ride. My neck and shoulders were definitely getting tight and I desperately wanted to stretch. Feeling accomplished and happy to see the finish line!
Cruiser Bike Girl Skirt-What I wore
As soon as I heard that Skirt Sports was coming out with a new & updated Cruiser Bike Girl Skirt, I knew I had to have it for this ride. Yup why test out a new product on a short ride when you can wear it for 33 miles ha ha. That’s how I roll!
I am very particular about my chamois shorts. I am no Goldilocks but I do like enough of a padding to feel that my “girl areas” are comfortable but not too much to feel as though I’ve got a diaper on. Then there is the skirt over top. I was wondering whether the skirt would get caught on the seat or be annoying while riding. Happy to report that the chamois was just right for a long-ish ride. I was completely comfortable on my seat for the whole ride. The skirt (15.5 inches) was light and breathable and I kind of forgot I was wearing it. Exactly what I was looking for in a bike short that I would be wearing for a few hours. The shorts are 6 inches long with 2 pockets.
Other bike shorts that I’ve had, particularly tri shorts, tend to roll down from the waist while riding creating that not so comfy abdominal spill over. You know what I mean. I was pleasantly surprised that the waistband of the Cruiser Bike Girl Skirt stayed right where it was supposed to the whole ride. Final verdict: LOVE IT!
I love it so much that I am giving away a $25 gift card to Skirt Sports that you can use on this skirt or on anything else that you like from the new fall line. In fact you can combine it with my 20% off code (FWC20) and score even more gear. Just sharing the love (again not sponsored).
Ever tried a Bike Skirt? Are you particular about your chamois too?