Specific to Women

Discussion in 'Trip Planning' started by VelvtRide, Sep 9, 2007.

  1. tuffstuff

    tuffstuff Livin' Life

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    You are exactly right LB. we all have different "needs" and every type of riding creates different needs on top of each ladies individual needs.

    Anyway, my suggestion for underwear only works for dual sport and dirt riding. I have started wearing bike shorts and for long rides, bike shorts with padding. You don't wear any underwear with them and if you buy the right pair they are super comfortable, no riding up. I wear them all year round. They make them with different thicknesses etc.

    I am not comfortable unless I wash my hair every single day too. I was blessed or cursed with the greasy genes and none of you want to see me after more than a day without washing it. It will smell in my helmet and feel and look awful the second day, so rather than carrying enough shampoo with me, I pick up the travel sizes at gas stations every couple days. We all have our "thing". Other than shampoo I can pretty much rough it with everything else though.

    My very first cross country trip a few years ago on a Harley with my boyfriend,, I started out with far too much "stuff". I ended up shipping a bunch of stuff I brought home. I didn't realize until I got started just how little I really needed.



  2. AnyDay

    AnyDay Wants more time off

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    No matter what I'm packing for a trip, it goes through testing first. Only the stink-proof and 'wedgy' resistant items make it in the bag.
  3. HeyWhatever

    HeyWhatever HTFU !

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    You are correct. I was referring to long distance road riding. Part of my issue is I am in denial... :norton

    I used to have nice little A cups... and being an athlete, that made me really happy... as I only needed a bra on occasion.

    Now that I have ballooned up 25 pounds, it has all gone to my tits... I need to wear a bra in public... however, most road riding days I do not. I just wear your typical "Under Armor" long sleeve shirt under the jacket, with or without a fleece or heated liner. This is easier than dealing with washing two or three bras every two days.

    I am still a jock/ tom boy at heart. If I had D or larger cups, I would need something all the time... and off road would change the equation also.

    When I do wear underwear I have these cotton/ lycra binkini briefs that are great... but they have a really thick border on them and generally do not ride up. The long trips I have a sheepskin buttpad which buffers any bumps in gear or mesh pants... keeps me from getting a waffle butt.

    I didn't mean to insult anyone or be really negative... it is just that one of the beautiful things about traveling on a bike is keeping it as simple as possible.

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  4. LadyDraco

    LadyDraco KillerSmileIHazIt !!

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    Yeah tell me about .. Have DD on a small frame .. Teally does sux..
    I can NEVER go braless in public..
  5. tuffstuff

    tuffstuff Livin' Life

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    I don't think you insultd anyone. Your post was awesome!!! It's all good! I wrote a few tips from it :D
  6. nokiaj

    nokiaj n00b

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    Love this thread! I put my hair into one of the neck gaiter/tube/scarf from REI. ( http://www.rei.com/product/831176/outdoor-research-sentinel-ubertube-neck-gaiter ) - It keeps my hair from getting all tangled and flattened in the wrong directions (my hair is fine and straight...did I say my hair is STRAIGHT....like a board - straight)... I slip it on starting from the neck and just pull it around my hair - leaving it long in the back. Then I straighten my hair - smoothing it to a side part (any way will do) - which works best for my hair. Then carefully put on my helmet - pulling each side of the helmet strap away from my head. This helps the helmet go on without repositioning my scarf, and messing up my hair arrangement. :confused I can do a video if this is difficult to understand..

    That all being said (corny and possibly confusing)- this scarf seems to provide airflow through my hair - thus it does not get as oily...go figure.. It does work for me and I hope it helps others. :icy

    Thanks for the thread! Always looking for other lady riders in the DFW area (hubby is out on the injured list for a while).. Just PM me...(looking to ride to Big Bend/Fort Davis and do a lot of camping)..
  7. HappyCRNA

    HappyCRNA AllTalkNoAction

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  8. Gitana

    Gitana A work in progress

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    I solved the hair issue by getting it cut short. :D
  9. LadyDraco

    LadyDraco KillerSmileIHazIt !!

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    I just keep mine in 2 braids...
  10. Ladybug0048

    Ladybug0048 Bug Sister

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    For years I kept my hair long, about the middle of my back, and wore it either in one braid down the back or two braids while I was riding to keep it from getting tangled. When at work I would wear it clipped up to keep it from getting in the way while I worked. One day I realized I was always fighting my hair, went in and had it cut very short. After getting it cut it felt so good, no more fighting my hair, It didn't take hours to dry, and I use less shampoo and conditioner.

    The only thing I found that helped my long hair while riding was wearing it in braids. I tried the other things but nothing worked for me. Riding dirt made things even worse since then I would have dust encrusted braids.

    It took me a long time to get up the courage to have it cut since I felt long hair looked better on me. I don't know why I thought that since I rarely wore it down. :lol3 Now I sure do like it short better than long.

    With it being short my hair dries fast so I can wash it when I get to camp and helmet hair be gone...... Stopping for a meal if I want to make my hair look it a little better all I have to do is add a bit of water, fluff and go. Damp hair might not be the latest fashion statement but at least it's not slicked down to my head. :D

    Those of you that wear your hair long or medium legnth do what you can to keep it from being a tangled mess which destroys your hair and remember all of us have helmet hair no matter what. Try not to worry too much about helmet hair and trail makeup because it's all the part of the fun. :evil
  11. SansSand

    SansSand Dirty Smile

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    Make it a wick option...in the heat it is nice to run under water and cotton will not dry...you will not make thru the day. And much like fighting the long hair...a thong from Patagonia can do the trick...no worry about a wedgie....why not start it where it is going to end up :) added bonus...no underwear lines...not that motorcycle pants show such a thing! But the regular Patagonia sports undies and bra do the trick with no ride up and double as a swim suit in the river
  12. azia

    azia Adventurer

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    ^ Haha! This x 123123414! So true...

    It might sound uncomfortable but I'm using to wearing low-rise thongs and found that they actually better for riding, especially in hot weather. Plus.....they back very VERY small especially compared to my XL-sized husband's boxers. :lol3
  13. LuluOfDenver

    LuluOfDenver The peanut gallery.

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    Yup, I totally agree with this. I wear leggings under my motorcycle pants, differing weights depending on weather, and I made it through 6 1/2 weeks camping and riding this summer with four pair and no panty lines when running around off the bike. I go the Ex-Officio lacy thong route, and buy the camisoles with the built in shelf bra. With the motorcycle jacket, my 34Bs don't need a real bra. (Aaargh! except on jeep trails. Boy, i didn't think that one through.:huh) Their products are a little pricey, but completely worth it.

    I think on my next long trip I'm gonna pack a small mesh laundry bag so I can bungee it down with damp stuff inside and let it blow dry in the breeze as I ride. This wouldn't have worked so well on my trip last summer because it rained almost every freakin day. But, I plan on doing drier, warmer rides for a while. I like the suggestion and will give it a shot.
  14. NomadGal

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    Me too! :D

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  15. tuffstuff

    tuffstuff Livin' Life

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    I wear a large size helmet because my melon is so big and I can wear child's sunglasses because my face is so small. If I cut my hair I would look like an alien. Hahahaha. I am with LD for the braids.
  16. Little Bike

    Little Bike Air/Clutz Sue

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    Braid and a baseball cap for those reeeeeally bad days....
  17. HeyWhatever

    HeyWhatever HTFU !

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    The problem with long hair is that even if you tie it up in a bun, it still will cause rain water to wick down your back. I am ready to cut it all off and dye it platinum for my trip this summer. When I was growing up, I used to have it short all the time as a swimmer... and it is way easier to camp with.

    I go to REI for all of my camping equipment. I have been a member for a long time. Every time you buy something you will get cash back in dividends at the end of the year. That can add up to almost 200 bucks some years! They also have REI brand equipment, which is generally 60-80% of brand name stuff.

    :clap:clap:clap
  18. NZLADY650

    NZLADY650 beamerbarb

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    Does anyone know of any off road riding courses in the Mid West. I live in North West Arkansas. Want to improve my skills on gravel and other surfaces.
  19. LadyDraco

    LadyDraco KillerSmileIHazIt !!

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    And if for any reason .. You try something of theirs (REI) and YOU don't like it .. Full return NO Q asked.. Ya got to love that ... :clap
  20. LuluOfDenver

    LuluOfDenver The peanut gallery.

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    And if you're a member you can go to their "garage sales". I got my -5 degree sleeping bag and cookware I took on my Alaska trip at one. Less than $90 for the bag and about $10 for an awesome cooking set. Love it

    About long hair and rain--I braid mine and then put a neck gaiter on OVER it. Jacket on over that, and six weeks of riding in the rain later, I never had water down my back. Turtle Fur fleece neck gaiter or SmartWool ones (both found at REI) work great.