cycling while pregnant: when knees and belly touch
Yes, the day has come. I was cycling home last Thursday when I was struck by an odd sensation. I had to pause for a second before realizing what it was: my knees and upper thighs were brushing against by belly with every up stroke while pedaling. Oh man. :)
I was using the Peugeot Mixte, which has a more leaned forward position than the Raleigh so my belly hangs lower and there is less distance between my legs and torso. With the Raleigh’s more upright seating, this hasn’t yet happened. I’ve been thinking that the upright position of the Raleigh would become increasingly desirable for cycling while pregnant just because it keeps the belly up and forward rather than slightly down and hanging. But despite this advantage in geometry, the Raleigh has been increasinly losing favor to the Peugeot Mixte because it’s much heavier and harder to ride on hills. Being pregnant has left me with less force and lung capacity and I’ve come to love how light and easy to ride the sportier Mixte is. So there’s the conundrum…
Fast and light bike with my belly meeting my knees or heavy and more tiring bike but with better posture?
I’m not sure which one wins yet, but I do know one thing: I still love cycling, it still feels great, and I’m nowhere near giving it up yet ♥