Monthly Archives: August 2015

Cycling Clothes and Camel Toes!

This is not an ordinary blog post for me. Seeing as yesterday I decided to go the regular blog post route instead of just route information posts there is no stopping me.

Today for the first time I wore a women’s pair of cycling shorts. As I live in Japan and the women here are smaller than a flea on a diet I have always bought cheapo ones from amazon in a men’s large or extra-large depending on the country they are from. If they are from a western country I buy them a size smaller than if they are from an asian country. The same goes for the shirts. I can barely fit the women’s ones over my arm, let alone my stupid-for-cycling breasts ….seriously, every time I am in the speedy position I am kneeing myself in the boobs.

Anyway, while I was in the uk I bought a woman’s pair of shorts and decided today is they day I try them out. I pulled them on and they fit beautifully, then I looked in the mirror. HOLY F***, what is that?!
I know with my short hair I look like a bloke at times, a cute one though 😉 but seriously I don’t mind. I do mind having shorts that really emphasis I am actually a woman.

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Hmm, maybe if I put a pair of regular shorts over them?

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No. Seriously!! I was laughing so much I had to spread the situation so I messaged a friend and my sister and basically got the same response from both of them.

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So, is there a difference between men’s and women’s cycling clothes. Apparently there is, but I was quite happy with the men’s. There are more choices, less pink, and definitely less toe.

Here are a couple of links with a discussion and information on the subject.

Did I wear them in the end?…yes, but I never got off my bike. I certainly won’t be wearing them on days where I get off my bike at some point to shop or wander. But for jaunts they are ok and quite comfy, they don’t ride up where you think they do.

Well, at least my new shirt is great!

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I know Giant have changed partners, but I prefer the older Giant/Shimano to Giant/Alpecin. Bike and gear manufacturers as opposed to bike and shampoo people.

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Back to cycling in Japan’s heat

My summer break is almost over. I have returned to my current home in Ibaraki. Practically as soon as I got back to my home I was out on my bikes. Though I did buy a cheapo run around in the UK, I missed my regular bikes. So I went out on both as soon as I could.

The regular – I call kendama – I used to go to the shops on a 20km round trip to pay bills.

The giant – I used for a jaunt along the river route, which is my go to route when I just want to get out without going far away. I am not uploading route maps or pictures as I have already talked about these routes. This is purely a blog blog post.

When I told a friend I had cycled 40km that day she was amazed as the weather here is hot and humid. A real feel of about 35-40 celsius. But I believe if you are prepared it should be ok, no silly stuff allowed. I have suffered from heat stroke in the past and it sucks. So, I am cautious now.

I bought a new water bottle to make sure I had two good, clean ones for the bike holders. They get dirty you know. Plus I bought a helmet inner cap with a removable neck cover. Plus a neck water cooler, they are about $1 and awesome. The neck coolers do dry out quickly, but there are plenty of places to resoak them here. Here are some good points about the caps from Amazon.

I also have a bladder pack for longer jaunts, but I am not feeling the urge to do that in the heat yet, maybe next weekend when I have recovered from jet lag and before school starts. Here are some websites with more information about cycling in the heat. Why write about it if others have done all the work. Thanks though 🙂

4 keys to cycling in the heat
Protect yourself in hot humid weather
How it affects you and what to do

I really want to focus on getting fitter, lose weight, and getting up that damn hill. Over the summer I found out I have high blood pressure so losing weight, exercise, and better eating habits should help bring that under control. I bought a wrist monitor to check my readings and usually they are between above normal to high. The good news is I had an almost normal reading this morning after returning to cycling most days. Yeah. If it is not under control by the winter break I will see a doctor. No need to panic right now.

Keep calm and carry on cycling.