The best set up for a smooth ride includes big wheels and a lightweight frame. Worth considering is the Women's Globe City 7 www.specialized.com, from specialty bike maker Specialized, which is accessorized with front and rear lights, fenders, and a rear rack large enough to hold your prized Marc Jacobs tote. The bike's low frame guarantees modest mounting on skirt days. Available in Navy.
Note: Carry extra AAA batteries for when lights burn out.
While states don't mandate that adults wear a bicycle helmet, we think they should, since on average, 70 percent of bicycle-related deaths are from head injuries. The Giro Women’s Skyla helmet www.giro.com is light, strong and offers single-handed adjustment. The helmet’s 20 vents minimize helmet hair, and a visor attachment shields eyes from the sun. Available in White and Sky Flowers.