Did you know that the naked bike riding events you might see in the media (or perhaps around town) are part of a larger effort!? World Naked Bike Ride.org helps you find local events/rides, and has a dual message purpose of self imagery and anti pollution efforts.
Now, according to their FAQ, “riding naked isn’t especially less comfortable than riding clothed”. I have to disagree. Now, I originally wrote ‘I have to disagree, although I have not rode naked’. But it’s not fair to disagree without truly experiencing something within your control (politically charged comment removed).
So I closed the blinds (in this part of L.A., the neighbors are five feet away and can watch my every move) and made sure my boyfriend wasn’t going to come downstairs anytime soon. Took off all clothes below the waist, got on top of my road bike, and biked down the hall.
1. My girl bits got smushed and were not happy.
2. My bike seat was also not happy with having a direct genital application upon it’s being (because it has feelings or something, right?)
3. My bike (another inanimate item with feelings) complained of feeling ‘dirty’ and ‘used’, and demanded I clean it’s chain (UNRELATED! and also probably similar to ‘buying her dinner first’)
4. I felt.. awkward.. and uncomfortable.. not just physically..
I figure if you care to bike naked, you will need a different saddle then the one I have.
The World Naked Bike Ride FAQ does suggest getting a gel seat cover to assist in .. genital protection… when riding naked.
So .. would you ride naked on a bike?
And if so, don’t forget the sunblock!
*Part of the World Naked Bike Ride campaign is to pose the question of nakedness being more offensive than BP.