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NOLA: Naked Bike Ride

Filed under: General — DRJ @ 5:59 pm

[Headline from DRJ]

The World Naked Bike Ride (link NSFW) is an “international clothing-optional bike ride in which participants plan, meet and ride together en masse on human-powered transport to ‘deliver a vision of a cleaner, safer world.” Apparently it happens different days in different countries and towns. Today is New Orleans’ day for nude or near nude biking.

My guess is this happens primarily in big cities. Small cities might have only a couple of participants and IMO that just wouldn’t work.


16 Responses to “NOLA: Naked Bike Ride”

  1. Snorfle. Also, snicker and giggle.

    nk (dbc370)

  2. So a man of the cloth, of a tolerant bent, is invited to have lunch at a nudist colony. Everybody gathers in the lunchroom, and he asks everyone to stand for grace. He says a brief a grace, and finishes with an “Amen”, whereupon a single, loud unanimous clap is heard. His host says, “That was a very nice prayer, Reverend”. The preacher says, “Thank you, but is it usual for them clap at grace?” “Oh”, says his host. “They didn’t clap. That was the sound of them sitting down.”

    nk (dbc370)

  3. What happens when you hit a pothole?

    Colonel Klink (Ret) (6e7a1c)

  4. I edited the post to make it clear the link is not safe for work.

    Patterico (115b1f)

  5. I note that they are protesting car exhaust, as if those roads were paid for by bike riders. Maybe we should tax bikes by miles traveled.

    Kevin M (21ca15)

  6. Mostly, they’re just having a good time, I think.

    I tried to get into a nudist camp, one time, but they were clothed for the winter.

    nk (9651fb)

  7. As a wise man once said, it was an ingenious move for the male species to convince young females that getting naked was a hip method of activism.

    JVW (54fd0b)

  8. Things I would not do ….

    — Subject bare feet to bike pedals.
    — Subject not safe for work parts to a bike seat (ow…chafing)
    — Get drunk enough to actually do this. There aren’t enough daquiris in the NOLA for that, even at the drive through joints.

    Appalled (d07ae6)

  9. Sunscreen.
    I enjoy the new layout, and your diversity in subjects DRJ. Thanks so much.

    mg (21de20)

  10. Long-distance riders of regular (diamond-framed*) bikes notoriously suffer from chafing even through heavily padded layers of bike shorts. Without those layers, the chafing would be many, many times worse. I hope these folks had plenty of Chamois Butt’r for afterwards.

    (My recumbent bike has no such pressure points, evenly distributing my torso’s weight, coccyx to neck, over a long and well-padded banana-shaped seat, and causes zero chafing. That’s one of the many benefits of a recumbent as compared to a diamond-frame bike, and consequently, at the finish line of a very long ride, while my friends are staggering crazily, moaning and rubbing their butts and looking for a porta-potty in which to apply another dose of Chamois Butt’r, I can be found still reclined on my bike, which inevitably is the most comfortable seat within 100 yards. Dare to be weird.)

    Beldar (fa637a)

  11. Thank you, Patterico, and mg, too.

    DRJ (15874d)

  12. A bicycle seat comfortable for nude riding looks like a business opportunity for some bright engineer. Of course, bicycle seats in general are designed by people who don’t care about comfort.

    Slugger (a40948)

  13. Beldar-
    Is there a ash tray and drink holder on those bikes?

    mg (21de20)

  14. There is a water bottle holder, yup, mg, although usually I have a Camelbak in a a traveling pack attached to the back of the seat, with the bite-valve on a drinking tube just below my chin.

    I call it my Flying Easy-Chair.

    Beldar (fa637a)

  15. Awesome Beldar.
    I’ve noticed in the jimmy fund bike ride where thousands of riders go by our house the increase of recumbent bikesover the last decade. The people riding them have a much more pleasant look on their face compared to the road bikers. Enjoy the ride, Beldar.

    mg (21de20)

  16. I found one photo where it looked like the man’s butt ate his bicycle seat.
    I ride a mountain bike uphill 3300 ft and down 3X a week. Naked is not an option although am open to a select group of others doing so.

    steveg (354706)

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