When I was 7-years-old I had a pink tank dress decorated with geese wearing blue bows. I loved that dress. I wore it to play outside, to bike and to sleep. It wore out from being put in the washer and dryer so often. Why do I mention this?
Well, a product that I am testing brought back those memories. I might not ever find a replacement for my quilted yellow, pink, and green snuggle-blanket but the Nuu-Muu Ruu bike dress has been fun to wear while running errands on my bike, bicycling for fun, repairing mountain bikes and teaching first-time bike buyers how to mount a bike rack on their sedan trunk.
Note: SGL has not received compensation for this product review of the Nuu-Muu brand.
How did I hear about this red, white and black keyhole-top bike dress? The day of my flight for a business trip, one of my fave bike community spots in Seattle was holding a debut for Nuu-Muu at their shop downtown just doors down from Seattle E-bikes where I shot my electric bike documentary. Since I couldn’t attend I reached out to Nuu-Muu’s contact, Enid. I just uploaded a tutorial on bike winterizing in Washington State and announced my next bicycling experiment: riding in the cold of my new home state.
What can I wear? I’ve worn jeans,sweatpants, tunics, and office-wear dresses with leggings. For footwear, I’ve worn ballet flats and waterproof work boots for my documentary shoots. A dress with boots? Yep, a camera operator don’t give a bleep. Until she’s on the other side of the camera.
I’ve received compliments such as, “Bad Mamasita in the house!” when wearing the Nuu-Muu Ruu with my bike helmet and biking to get night groceries. The comment was from a 9-year-old SmartyFella on an evening grocery run with his mom SmartyGirl. I’ve worn leggings, bicyclist shammy shorts and running shorts underneath and enjoyed showing off the A-line Poppy Pattern Ruu with removable sleeves. It is likely to be the Chinese ancestry in me but I find the keyhole top especially pretty as part of the design for this bike dress. Plus, my late Mommy, used to bike in China in the fashionable 1920s in dresses.
See my video for a glimpse of where I’ve taken my bike dress.
I’ve washed this dress (including throwing it in the dryer) about 9 times so far. It feels stretchy like swim suit material but less rough against the skin. It’s short enough to wear as a tunic so I can wear my fave dark grey leggings or any bottom I choose. The coverage for the top allows me to lean over to do bike repairs without giving anyone a peep show. The material seems to stay dry as I break a sweat challenging my personal record of riding each week. Take a peek at my latest interview with Death Race bicyclist Robert Beaman of Dublin Cyclery about bike challenges.
Product review results? 8.7/10
It’s more of a bike tunic than a bike dress. However, it’s cool with us if others feel like wearing minis. It’s just too short for our tester as a wear-alone.
The optional sleeves are convenient with thumb holes to leave fingers free. it makes gloves unnecessary. However, our road tester didn’t find it so convenient as to keep the sleeves on for regular activities such as paper cup coffee drinking. More grip would be nice. How about a nubbly silicon pattern for the palm part of the sleeves?
The non-cotton, moisture-wicking material feels great to wear even to nap. Feels like something to wear for a Bicycling Sleeping Beauty. So far multiple washings have not faded the red and black Poppy Pattern. Will Nuu-muu consider more whimsical patterns for next-gen bike dresses such a bow-tied geese?
Thanks, Nuu-Muu for inviting SGL bicyclist SmartyGirls to road test and review.