Last week I peed all over myself in the name of studying climate change in Alaska. Gender barriers in science don't always take an obvious form, and they get especially perilous in below-zero temperatures. If we continue ignoring those additional challenges by striving for equality instead of equity, the barriers will persist. The following week I would be flying to a remote part of Alaska to characterize peak snow in our study watershed. The alternative is a time-consuming fumble of taking off your parka before pulling down your bibs, squatting, and reversing; all of which means losing a lot of heat. I have a friend who claims to be able to drop her bibs without taking off her jacket, but not all of us can be that tricksie.
Men have an easier task of just… well, you know. A brief survey of a few outspoken pro women netted some serious opinions, as did an open question to our female readers. Surprisingly, most of the pros with whom we spoke said that their method of peeing on the bike was to stop, drop, and go. They mentioned full-zip jerseys with stunning frequency.
It is a complete pain in the backside. The joys and pitfalls of wearing bibshorts. With so many complaints from women regarding this problem, brands have now started to stand up and take notice. One by one they have emerged claiming to have solved the problem of the pee break for bib short wearing females. Ask the expert: Should I wear underwear underneath my cycling shorts?