How To Pee If Your A Women When Wearing Bib Shorts
Our favorite Female Pros Share Their Secret Tips
Women have been facing this question for decades:
How do I pee in shorts without completely undressing? Men have it easier… well, you know. But we women don’t have fancy outerwear, and so our spandex has to separate to avoid getting soggy while riding.
A brief survey of some outspoken women advocates garnered serious opinions, as did an open-ended question for our readers.
Surprisingly, most of the experts said their method for peeing on the bike is to stop, drop off, and start again. They mention zip-up jerseys with surprising frequency. Others swear by the back and forth method:
by pulling one leg of your shorts up as high as possible, then moving the chamois to the side. And some riders discussed the complications of simply “letting go” while riding. Don’t try this on your trip to the store.
Here are some more pee tips from some of our favorite racers.
Of Optum Pro Cycling explains: “I’m outdated. I pulled down my shorts and peed like a lady. I know other women lash out too. I haven’t tried that yet; I think my thighs are too big for that. I saw a girl put a bottle in her shorts, pee in it, then take it back to her team car to dispose of it. It’s fun and effective.
“I never peed on my bike, I always stopped, even during races,” said Lyne Besette, a former Canadian Olympic road cyclist now living in the United States. “Women’s races aren’t long enough to have to pee unless I’m chatting! And that means the race is so slow and you have time to think about it. Wear a zip-up shirt pull, stop, pee, put it on in less than a minute…”
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Helen Wyman, a British cyclocrosser racing for Kona
Others swear by the “up and down” technique:
“I do flips and drips, which involves pulling one leg of my shorts up and to the side,” explains Tayler Wiles of Expert-lululemon. It’s quick and effective but strangely a lot of girls say they can’t do it… I imagine if your shorts are too tight or if you don’t pee in a straight line it can get messy . But I’ve always done it quite easily.
Marijn de Vries, a Dutch runner and journalist, wrote a blog before illustrating the steps of pulling up her shorts and said she still preferred the method. “This is how we did it many times during the last Giro Rosa,” she explained.
Canadian pro mountain biker Amanda Sin
She says she uses a similar trick:
She starts the ride with one strap down and tucked into her shorts, then when she needs to go, she can easily pull it down while leaving the strap up.
One amateur rider suggested almost the same thing when we asked him for tips on Facebook:
“Unzip and remove one arm, holding the jersey in the hand of the arm that still has the jersey on. Lower straps. It is an art form perfected after years of practice. I need a Girl Scout badge for that.
If you love bibs but hate the hassle, there are some pairs that have a zipper and a “flap” in the back so you can put them on and just open them when you need to go out.
The Bottom Line
- The fully zipped jersey is a plus, making it easier to put on and take off the bib.
- Zippered, fold-down shorts and bib shorts are easier to carry for faster pit stops than standard bib shorts.
- Stretch fabrics are easier to pull up and to the side
Not Recommended: triathletes’ method of urinating while riding, especially if you wear shorts with thick skin. Unless you want to PR in a threesome, this isn’t necessary (and maybe in a threesome you’re not wearing thick shorts).