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Guys and gals don dresses for annual ride

Posted by on May 4th, 2009 at 10:58 am

Good times, pretty dresses, nice legs. Participants in the annual Pretty Dress Ride pose in their Sunday best.
(Photos by Brad Reber)

Continuing a proud Portland tradition, a fun-loving group of folks got together on Sunday for the Pretty Dress Ride. The ride was founded by local artist and bike-funnist Carye Bye, who created the ride with one simple rule — show up in a dress.

Lauren Pedersen and Lilian Karabaic
enjoying the sunny day.

That’s not too big of a deal, but it applies to guys too!

According to Brad Reber (who did the ride, wore a dress, and shot some great photos), about 20-30 people showed up to take part.

Brad said they rode from Ladd Circle, down toward the Ross Island Bridge, and then back via the Esplanade before settling down at Terry Schrunk Plaza for a picnic.

I asked him if the manly legs under those flowerly dresses got any curious looks from passersby. He said:

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“One bit I found amusing was the people sitting outside OMSI barely even looked up as the first several riders went by (all girls). It wasn’t until about a third of the way into the procession that they had to do a double take to see that there were men in dresses too. That got them laughing a bit.”

Check out more great photos from Brad on his Flickr photoset.

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    Geoff May 4, 2009 at 12:36 pm

    It looks like it was fabulous ride!
    I’m kicking myself in the pant(ies) for not going.
    Thanks to all the guys for representing confidence and open-mindedness.

    Portland,
    I love you.

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    April May 4, 2009 at 12:40 pm

    I’m sorry I missed it due to illness. I totally had an awesome outfit planned. Damn.

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    Ben Foote May 4, 2009 at 12:50 pm

    I look fat in that photo.

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    P Finn May 4, 2009 at 1:17 pm

    It seems appropriate to quote Monty Python here:

    “People are not wearing enough hats”

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    Spencer Boomhower May 4, 2009 at 1:21 pm

    SUVs (and everyone else!) must yield the right-of-way to pretty dresses: http://tinyurl.com/dzvbjj

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    Brad Reber May 4, 2009 at 1:24 pm

    Ben, don’t be silly. The camera adds 10 pounds. You’re lovely.

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    Ben Foote May 4, 2009 at 2:31 pm

    No Brad, *you’re lovely*

    (I’d blame it on the dress but the person who lent it to me didn’t appreciate my other dress comments)

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    Donna May 4, 2009 at 4:14 pm

    So sad I had to work.

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    Carice May 4, 2009 at 4:15 pm

    So, how did you guys solve the age old “skirts blow up in the wind” problem?

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    carye bye May 4, 2009 at 5:25 pm
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    mle May 4, 2009 at 5:30 pm

    my solution to “skirts blow up in the wind” = fabulous underwear

    big petticoats help keep things under wraps when skirts go flying.

    I’ve found long skirts tend to stay down better if you let a bit of fabric hang between your knees

    and riding at a moderate, and not fast pace helps keep the skirt catching wind down.

    I love tennis skirts for their built in shorts/liners.

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    Brad Reber May 4, 2009 at 7:38 pm

    Carice, we didn’t so much “solve” the problem, we just rode with absolutely no modesty or sense of common decency. At the time I thought it was curious that mothers would race to their children and cover their eyes while men would shake their fists angrily at us. I figured they just hated us because we were beautiful but now you’ve got me thinking it was something else.

    If only we’d had mle’s sage advice before the ride…

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    April May 4, 2009 at 7:39 pm

    Carice, I just make sure I’m wearing nice underwear.

    Also, somehow wearing petticoats, or anything underneath other than tights, seems to help.

    But as a general rule, skirts don’t ride up enough to be indecent, they ride up just enough to be flirtatious. Yet another reason to be a fan of cute over-the-knee socks, I suppose.

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    Paul Tay May 5, 2009 at 7:34 am

    Big floppy, really busy, flowery skirts work best on bikes. It’s actually a safety item that makes even the crankiest cager break out in uncontrollable laughter.

    And, from personal experience, DON’T forget to velcro a BIG wig onto the helmet. Kills EVERY time!

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    Robert January 16, 2010 at 8:36 pm

    Guys if you want to stop having your dresses or skirts from blowing up in the wind, try wearing what I do…SKORTS.
    skorts are full skirts with shorts built into them. I have 6 of them in typical male colors–navy blue, black and khaki or tan. I wear them all of the time in spring, summer and fall. Winters here in Northeast Ohio are to harsh for either skirts or skorts. They are extremely comfortable.

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