My friend Jeremy is planning his wedding and wants to ride off afterward with his new bride on their tandem bicycle. They have a very cool set-up where they commute to work together 20 miles on their drop bar tandem, so they are experienced tandem riders (in fact, they have a whole blog about tandem cycling, Honking in Traffic). The problem is how to secure her wedding dress to prevent it from getting wound up in the drivetrain.
Extra complication: there’s a chain on both sides in the stoker’s position, drivetrain on the right, timing chain on the left. Alas, the tandem is not equipped with chain- and wheel-guards and step-through frames…
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Imagining how best to wear a wedding dress while riding a bike is hard for me, as my wedding dress had a very full skirt with multiple layers of silk and chiffon. Pedaling a bike – especially one with an exposed chain – would have been pretty much impossible.
Depending on how full her dress is, she may be able to hike it up like this lovely tandem bride.
If her dress is simply too full, there are ways to incorporate a bicycle that don’t involve drivetrains and pedaling. For example, she could ride in a cargo bike while he pedals.
Or they could both ride in a pedicab, like this bicycle wedding.
She could change into a traditional going-away outfit with a shorter skirt. This would solve all the problems, but would not be nearly as fun as riding in full wedding attire.
Trisha pointed out that they could create a temporary skirt guard in their wedding colors for the occasion. There are a couple of DIY skirt guard tutorials out there on the web: Instructables and Cycling Chicken both have examples. Also, she could tell the shop creating her bustle that she’ll be biking in the dress, and they could construct something a little different, or at least make sure it pins up high enough in the back that she won’t be sitting on it in the saddle.
Does anyone else have any ideas or tips? Has anyone incorporated bikes or cycling into their wedding? Someone out there must have thought of this before! :)
EDIT to add: The top idea contender may be Hannah changing into a special wedding-themed cycling outfit. This idea has so many possibilities! Thanks to reader Ruth who send us this fab picture of her own wedding tandem ride. Very cool!