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Bike? Check. Helmet? Check. Clothes? Not necessary, not this time. The World Naked Bike Ride has arrived in the United Kingdom.
Cycling has rapidly grown in popularity over the last decade, whether it be newcomers falling in love with the Tour de Franceand Giro d’Italia, riders joining cycling clubs or people simply getting on two wheels for their commute. And with cycling comes plenty of kit.
Cyclists can spend thousands of pounds of bike parts, suits, helmets, glasses, saddles, and shoes. Clothing in particular can really take up a large part of a budget, once you’ve sorted the gloves, jersey, shorts (with chamois), socks, windbreaker, waterproof. So what better way to save the pennies and still enjoy two wheels than ditching all the clothes, of course?
The WNBR is a celebration and a protest. The protest part of the initiative is against car dependency and damage that excessive oil use can cause the environment. The WNBR uses the ride to raise awareness, while celebrating the bike, as well as the individuality of people.
Thousands of cyclists all over the world take part in naked bike rides, with more than 70 cities hosting events across 2o countries, including Argentina, Israel, New Zealand, Taiwan and Canada. The protests are fun, peaceful and inclusive. The first official naked ride was in 2004, through a collaboration between the WNBR and the Manifestación Ciclonudista.
Some naked riders wear body paint, some make political statements and some take to unicycles, rollerblades or skateboards. Regardless of the transport, it is all done with plenty of humour and humility.
Fancy taking your clothes off, jumping on a bike and riding through the city centre? You can sign up, nominate a country or even keep your clothes on and simply find out more here.