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Date: 7/11/08 6:41 PM

I enjoyed reading the "Patterns for Paris?" thread from 2006 and now I have a huge challenge! In September, I have been offered the chance for a trip through France on a motorcycle. The catch is dressing safely for riding, including rain protection, having something nice to wear for a decent meal or shopping and keeping it all within about a 15 lb. luggage allowance including what I wear (it's a tiny motorcycle - my friend loves a challenge. ) So... the motorcycle jacket, tights to keep warm under the pants (jeans...?) or alone with a (long?) sweater, a scarf for warmth and fashion... fabrics that don't crinkle and wash and dry easily... I'm thinking layers but don't know where to start... Oh, and one pair of leather boots (only) appropriate for riding and to wear with everything else. Is this impossible? Any ideas for fashion and patterns and versatility? Any help would be appreciated. I'm over-stressing about this. Thanks.

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Date: 7/11/08 7:10 PM

Since weight is a factor, I'd concentrate on natural fibers - silk knit, lightweight wool knit. It's amazing how fast some of the man made fibers add weight to luggage.

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Date: 7/11/08 9:09 PM

If you subscribe to Burda, they had an awesome motorcycle jacket about two months ago. I'm even thinking of making it up!

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Date: 7/12/08 9:56 AM

In September, you have to be prepared for rather chilly weather as well as for hot weather.
Make the sweater a cardigan, instead of tights you better take leggins that are fashionable enough to be worn on their own if needed. Add shorts or a skirt for warm weather. Flipflops weight near to nothing and double as shoes for warm weather and slippers in the hotel.

Personally the one thing where I do not compromise is biking clothes. I always wear a leather jacket and leather pants or special designed biking clothes for safety reasons.

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Date: 7/12/08 11:36 AM

I second the safety issue, and weather will definitely be an issue as well. All the touring bikers I have seen in France (in the summer, when it's hot) wear Aerostich-type step-in cycling suits. You wear as much or as little as you want underneath. They are armored and gore-texed for safety and rain, come in one-or two pieces, and are arranged so that if you fall, the jacket does not separate or come off. They are also very pricey.

If there is a BMW dealership in your town, you could at least try on their fancy riding suits there, as well as other types of cycling clothing. My dh is a longtime cyclist, and he suggests after that that you start looking through motorcycling magazines, which these days are filled with ads for women's cycling clothes. If you become familiar with the options as well as the conditions you are likely to encounter, you will be better able to make your decisions. Motorcycling magazines have stories dealing with all kinds of riding situations and links to forums, too.

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Date: 7/13/08 1:52 AM

An instructor in Boy Scout leader backpacking class I took once recommended that one of the best things to take for a backpack trek is a cashmere long sleeved sweater. He said they are light, warm and stay warm and dry fast when they get wet. They are very packable as they squish down to nothing. He said to check second hand shops for bargains. I did take his advice and found it to be true. Synthetic knits are not the same.
Have a ball on your trip, it sounds like fun!

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Date: 7/13/08 1:51 PM

I would skip the jeans, they are heavy!
I would pack several knit tops and a skirt and lighter pants, if it´s getting cold you could wear leggings under the pants.
A cardigan is better than a sweather, you can wear it open and it doubles for a jacket.
A friend of mine and her ex always traveled without checking in their luggage. They aggreed on the color of their clothes to simplify washing up in laundromates during their trips.

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Date: 7/13/08 3:01 PM

Thanks for all the advice, everyone. A good quality cashmere or similar sweater, light weight and warm, would dress up or down, and a cardigan is great advice. I love the laundry colour idea! It will take some planning but at least I don't have to pull together a huge wardrobe....

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