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Biking in the Buff!

Posted on Sep 12, 2010 by Lisa Ricard Claro   14 Comments | Posted in bicycling · in the buff · naked
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On September 5th the city of Philadelphia hosted the annual Philly Naked Bike Ride. Pictures of this event can be viewed on the website of photographer Anthony Skorochod.  Be warned, though, buttercup.  When they say “naked” they mean naked, not like when I say “in the buff” and mean fully clothed, or possibly in my jammies.

Not everyone dons his/her birthday suit. Some folks keep their britches on, wear bathing suits, or glam up with body paint. The purpose of riding el buffo is to promote bicycling and its contribution to cleaner air and to bring attention to the vulnerability of bicyclists in traffic. I’d say seeing a fully naked man on a bicycle would bring my attention to something, but it wouldn’t be his Schwinn, if ya know what I mean.

As it turns out, this naked bike riding thing is not limited to Philadelphia. Since 2004, 70 cities worldwide have hosted similar events. Of course, perspective is everything.  For instance, the folks on the French Riviera wouldn’t think twice about seeing naked bicyclists. “Henri, mon ami. Look! To the left of the topless sunbathers, on the street across from the Nude Beach Cafe, there are hundreds of bicyclists, dans la nudité! Mon dieu!  They are blocking my view of the pigeons!”

I don’t know if Atlanta has a Naked Bike Ride day, but this blog is as publicly in the buff as I’m prepared to get.  If I do change my mind and decide to participate in such a thing I’d have to be incognito, wearing a funny hat and big mustache.  And possibly a raincoat, just for chuckles. Oh, wait. That sounds like Halloween. And now you know what I’m going dressed as. Drat.

Does your city host a Naked Bike Ride? Would you ever suit up in your altogether to bring attention to a worthy cause?  What are the greatest lengths to which you are willing to go to highlight an issue about which you are passionate?

Til next time –

14 Responses to "Biking in the Buff!"

  1. Comment by Linda O'Connell
    September 13, 2010 at 7:41 am  

    Huh-uh, no way, not me, but anyone else can. I would CAUSE hystetrical laughter. I've seen those pictures before. Some people are very artisitc. I can see you now in a big mustache.

  2. Comment by Karen Lange
    September 13, 2010 at 9:08 am  

    My town does not do this, and as far as I know, Louisville (the city nearest me) does not either. That's okay, I think maybe I can think of other ways to bring attention to worthy causes:)

  3. Comment by Oregon Gifts of Comfort and Joy
    September 13, 2010 at 10:23 am  

    Hi Lisa, you crack me up. I am pretty sure that Portland has one of these. They are always doing something on bikes. I enjoy going to the naked hot springs sometimes, but I wouldn't do the bike ride. Not that I have anything against it … I just don't want this old grandma's naked body all over the internet! Plus, what if I crashed? The look on the ambulance guys faces … I can just imagine it now!

  4. Comment by Lisa Ricard Claro
    September 13, 2010 at 1:02 pm  

    Hi Linda – I can see me in a big Groucho mustache, too, complete with goofy glasses and a Groucho nose. Not sure how my husband will feel about it, though. :)Hi Karen – Yeah, there are lots of other ways to highlight worthy causes, and I would choose any one that dictated I absolutely must wear clothes. Hey Kathy – I'm not surprised to hear that Oregon participates. Ya'll are pretty free-spirited up there, from what I hear. 🙂 The naked hot springs sound intriguing…do they mean naked, or is that more of a suggestion? LOL I'm back to needing the Groucho glasses and mustache again!

  5. Comment by Oregon Gifts of Comfort and Joy
    September 13, 2010 at 4:18 pm  

    They say, "Clothing Optional", so that people will know what they are getting into before they hike down the trail. Lots of people wear swimsuits. I think one would stand out more if they had on fake glasses and a mustache, Lisa!

  6. Comment by Jillian
    September 13, 2010 at 8:40 pm  

    Hey Auntie, out here in Eugene Oregon this is a common affair! I believe they do it at least once a month, and usually gets quite the following! I wouldn't personally take part, but more power to those that will!

  7. Comment by Lisa Ricard Claro
    September 14, 2010 at 5:54 am  

    Hey Kathy – And the raincoat. Don't forget the raincoat. :PHi Jilly! If you ever change your mind and decide to give it a go, I'll let you borrow my fake glasses and mustache…in exchange for more smiley pics of your gorgeous son!

  8. Comment by Oregon Gifts of Comfort and Joy
    September 14, 2010 at 11:07 am  

    Lol! Hi Jillian, I live in La Pine and grew up in Eugene. See if you get that aunt of yours out here to visit us! :>)

  9. Comment by K9friend
    September 15, 2010 at 7:58 am  

    What? No arrests for indecent exposure? Philadelphia is certainly an open-minded city!Pat

  10. Comment by Lisa Ricard Claro
    September 15, 2010 at 11:14 am  

    Hi Pat – I thought the same thing, but that apparently is not a problem for any of the cities that host this event. Wild, huh?

  11. Comment by Lynn
    September 15, 2010 at 10:33 pm  

    I don't think I'm passionate about anything to be naked in public. I will pass that site on to a friend who is quite the bicyclist.

  12. Comment by Carrie
    September 16, 2010 at 8:24 am  

    Wow…the naked riders are brave. I'm always adding clothing and padding between me and the never comfortable seat.I think I would try a naked run before a naked ride!

  13. Comment by Lisa Ricard Claro
    September 16, 2010 at 1:13 pm  

    Hi Lynn – I'm with you. I don't even like being seen in a bathing suit, let alone in my birthday suit. Hope your friend enjoys the site.Hi Carrie – HaHa! Riding or running, you gotta be brave to do it naked.

  14. Comment by BECKY
    September 24, 2010 at 12:52 am  

    Eeeewwww…Can you imagine the discomfort? Especially for ….um….some people??!!

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