What to Wear?
Fashion tips for the cyclist on the go
Bike commuting doesn't preclude a dashing wardrobe! These tips can help you be the best-dressed stylin' rider on two wheels.
Pesky pant legs
- rein 'em in with ankle straps
- roll' em up
- tuck 'em into your sock
- ankle straps with rhinestones
- cut your pant legs off and hem 'em
- fabric on the inside of your pant legs (makes a cuff when you roll them up)
- stretchy fabric A-lines
- flouncy skirts with room to move
- wear shorts under short skirts
- hike up long skirts, or gather them in a knot and tie them.
Shoulder bag secrets
- office shoes
- hair ties/barettes
- sweater for evening
- mittens over bike gloves
- white dress gloves
- stretchy wool gloves
- arm warmers under shirt
- wind-proof jacket
- wool sweater
legs (with skirts)
- leg warmers
- heavy wool tights
- folding shirt carrier - holds two shirts or one shirt and a tie. Fits into a laptop case. Available from Eagle Creek Outfitters.
- wash-up kit with deodorant, comb, moist towellettes, etc.
- padded bike underwear under dress pants (remember to put a regular pair in your shoulder bag!)
- shiny or reflective clothing
- bright colors
- blinky head and tail lights
- short scarves
- helmet, for that extra measure of confidence (under 18 must, in California). You can get some sharp-looking helmets from Nutcase and Yakkay and Sawako Furano and others.
→ here's SF Supervisor Carmen Chu arriving at City Hall on Bike to Work Day 2009 in her Yakkay Luzern (smart!)