What does a cyclist look like? No, seriously, what?
A cyclist is that person kitting up and going for a 50 mile training ride on Saturday morning. The man tucking in his tie, rolling up his pant-leg and riding to work. The older couple taking a turn around the neighborhood on their cruisers. The little girl down the street ripping up the sidewalk on training wheels.
Now, I'm not saying it's a great idea to show up for your next fast shop ride in your LBD and heels. Nor is going to your next board meeting in your stinky kit your greatest idea. Dress for what you're going to be doing. It's okay to ride in jeans, but understand that you might be more comfortable if you threw a pair of bike shorts on underneath.
So, here's a round-up of some of my favorite double-duty cycling apparel. Dress it up right, and you might get away with wearing it at the office, too.
NY Times: Cyclists Go Glam Into the Night Lots of cool, clever, and fashionable designs here. But, are us mere mortals supposed to be able to afford them? I suppose, if you're wearing them both to ride and to the office, you could argue that as double-duty garments, you have to pay twice as much.
Chrome Industries Chrome already makes some of the best messenger bags in the biz. Their merino tops and waterproof outerwear is pretty awesome, too.
PEdALED I adore nearly everything this company makes, especially their commuter jackets. I do wish they made them in a woman's cut, though.
Endura A brand from the UK known for their outstanding waterproof outwear. Their shorts and knickers are good urban wear, as well.
Rapha.cc Because it's Rapha.
Giro Cycling Apparel for Women Doing some great work with women's urban apparel that's functional, not frilly.
Mission Workshop Cool stuff. Again, I wish there was some stuff for women.
Until next time, ride long and keep the rubber side down.