by Monica Nolan.
This is our Bike About Town column, which appeared in The Chronicle on May 5, 2011.
It all started with Bill Cunningham, the 80-year-old fashion maven who has biked around Manhattan, photographing street-level fashion for the last 40-odd years. Now the subject of a documentary, “Bill Cunningham New York,” his example was my inspiration: Instead of offering do’s and don’ts for appropriate Bike to Work Day apparel, why not cruise the streets of San Francisco and report on current bike commuting styles?
Outside the Embarcadero Center Cinema, I spotted my first target: Lisa Torres wore a flared skirt, mini-boots with heels and a black leather jacket. The final touch: She was pushing a bike with flowered panniers.
Torres said, “What I wear to work is what I wear during my bike commute,” a 40-minute ride to her research job for the U.S. government. She banishes the idea that a bike ride automatically requires a shower and change of clothing: “I have to say sweat has never been a problem,” she says, adding with a smile, “no one has ever complained.” Read the rest of this entry »