Penny in your pants: The bike hack for cycling in a skirt without flashing everyone.
These Brilliant Women Figured Out How to Bike in a Skirt Without Flashing Everyone
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July 2 2014 7:37 PM

This Brilliant Trick Will Help You Bike in a Skirt Without Flashing Everyone

A lady who might feel more comfortable if she had a penny in her pants.

Photo by Sean Gallup/Getty Images

I am a woman. I ride my bike most places, weather permitting. Sometimes I wear dresses. I have, therefore, encountered the stubborn problem of accidentally exposing my upper thigh and undergarments when mounting, riding, and dismounting my bicycle.

Johanna Holtan and her friends encountered this problem, too. And they came up with a shockingly simple solution.


Eager to see if this trick was as good as it seemed, I just tried it with a nickel and a hairband and took a spin around the office on my bike. The verdict: It totally worked.

L.V. Anderson is a Slate associate editor. 

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