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What to Wear to The Naked Bike Ride?

The World Naked Bike Ride does just what it says on the tin. Every year thousands of cyclists worldwide take part in a tour de force of nudity, wearing varying levels of clothing to create road safety and positive body image awareness and of course have some fun in the sun, minus tan lines!

First begun in 2004, the Naked Bike Ride has become a much loved event all around the world. Around June each year, cyclists meet to take a tour of their town, wearing nothing but their bicycles.

The Naked Bike Ride started in Spain as a protest against oil dependency and quickly spread to other countries. By 2006 the message had changed to a simpler road safety and body awareness cause and by 2010 the World Naked Bike Ride took place in 74 cities, in 17 countries, from UK to the USA, Canada to Germany,

The Naked Bike Ride is quite the spectacle to see and many participants don colourful costumes – quirky headdresses, hats, feathers and flags are just some of the accessories that make the bike ride so vibrant and many cyclists wear extravagant body paint to add a little bold and bright to their birthday suit.

Despite the lack of clothing, there is one accessory that seems a must-have for The Naked Bike Ride and that is a good quality cycling bag.

It makes perfect sense - taking part in The Naked Bike Ride can leave few places to keep your keys or phone. With your vintage jeans back at home, it’s not like you’ve got a handy pocket to stash your slim Bellroy wallet in – so a trusty bike courier bag is an essential purchase.

A long-time favourite brand of cyclists is Crumpler, who design eclectic and colourful bike messenger bags made from durable, high-quality, water resistant and dustproof cordura fabric, and even come with a lifelong guarantee (that is 30-odd years!).

An alternative to the traditional bike messenger bag is the trusty waist bag, or “bum bag” as it is also aptly called – sounds perfect for our naked cyclists!

This sturdy bum bag below is from clever Korean bag brand The Earth. It’s durable and functional with three zipped pockets and an adjustable seat belt strap – so carrying your valuable is no longer an issue. A decent sized bum bag even provides a little front or back coverage for the less daring of nude cyclists!

So it seems that whilst ‘au naturel’ is the dress code for this entertaining event, many cyclists are opting for practical accessories like high quality and eco-friendly cycling bags from some of Bagwise’s favourite brands.