World Library  
Flag as Inappropriate
Email this Article

Clothing-optional bike ride

Article Id: WHEBN0004007705
Reproduction Date:

Title: Clothing-optional bike ride  
Author: World Heritage Encyclopedia
Language: English
Subject: Public nudity, Nudity, Nude recreation, Naturism, List of cycling topics
Collection: Clothing Controversies, Culture Jamming Techniques, Naked Cycling Events
Publisher: World Heritage Encyclopedia

Clothing-optional bike ride

WNBR riders in London

A clothing-optional bike ride is a cycling event in which nudity is permitted or expected. There are many clothing-optional cycling events around the world. Some rides are political, recreational, artistic or a unique combination. Some are used to promote topfreedom, a social movement to accord women and girls the right to be topless in public where men and boys have that right.

Body art (such as body painting) are common forms of creative expression, as well as costumes, art bikes, portable sound reinforcement systems (such as public address systems/bullhorns, and boomboxes), musical instruments as well as other types of noisemakers.

Many of the political rides have their roots from Critical Mass and are often described or categorized as a form of political protest, street theatre, party-on-wheels, streaking, public nudity and clothing-optional recreation and thus attracts a wide range of participants.


  • Events 1
    • Political and often artistic rides 1.1
    • Recreational rides, not overtly political 1.2
    • Mostly artistic, non-political rides 1.3
    • Topfree events 1.4
    • Related bike ride events 1.5
  • Activists 2
  • Filmography 3
  • See also 4
  • References 5


Topfree participants in the Washington, D.C. Dyke March in 2005

Full and partial (especially topfree) nudity is encouraged, but not mandatory, on all rides. Some people ride in their underwear.

Political and often artistic rides

Recreational rides, not overtly political

Mostly artistic, non-political rides

Topfree events

Topfreedom is allowed but full nudity is not allowed, or is discouraged:

Related bike ride events

  • Critical Ass is a variant of the Critical Mass bike ride, where participating bicyclists ride in their underwear (also known as underwearing) or in the nude. In June 2004, 22 world cities participated in World Naked Bike Ride, an international Critical Ass-style event. Regular Critical Ass rides have taken place in New York City, Chicago, Seattle and other locales throughout North America.[1]
  • Some Critical Mass rides themselves have had incidents of full or partial nudity. Seattle Critical Ass is an example of one such ride.


Known activists include Daniel Lorenz Johnson, Jennifer Moss, Simon Oosterman, Conrad Schmidt (WNBR founder) and Terri Sue Webb.


  • Solstice: A Celebration of the Art of Bodypainting produced by James W. Taylor/Circle Rock, 2004. Includes clips of the 2003 Solstice Cyclists
  • Radtour-Classics 2001: Nackt-Radtour in und um Karlsruhe am 14. 6. 2001 A film by Karl-Heinz Kreutler.

See also


  1. ^ Eye Weekly Jun 2, 2005 (Toronto, Ontario, Canada): "Nudist Profiling," accessed on Feb 23 2006. [1]
This article was sourced from Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License; additional terms may apply. World Heritage Encyclopedia content is assembled from numerous content providers, Open Access Publishing, and in compliance with The Fair Access to Science and Technology Research Act (FASTR), Wikimedia Foundation, Inc., Public Library of Science, The Encyclopedia of Life, Open Book Publishers (OBP), PubMed, U.S. National Library of Medicine, National Center for Biotechnology Information, U.S. National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health (NIH), U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, and, which sources content from all federal, state, local, tribal, and territorial government publication portals (.gov, .mil, .edu). Funding for and content contributors is made possible from the U.S. Congress, E-Government Act of 2002.
Crowd sourced content that is contributed to World Heritage Encyclopedia is peer reviewed and edited by our editorial staff to ensure quality scholarly research articles.
By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. World Heritage Encyclopedia™ is a registered trademark of the World Public Library Association, a non-profit organization.

Copyright © World Library Foundation. All rights reserved. eBooks from World eBook Library are sponsored by the World Library Foundation,
a 501c(4) Member's Support Non-Profit Organization, and is NOT affiliated with any governmental agency or department.