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Old 10-23-14, 09:56 AM
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Stylish commuting clothing, who knew?

Neat article in today's New York Times on attempts by various designers to come up with cycling clothing that looks "good" and is safe to ride in as well. I like that commuting is becoming "normalized:"

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/10/23/fa...yt-region&_r=0

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Old 10-23-14, 10:34 AM
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+ 1 taste and personal fashion preferences aside... I do agree this is another small but positive sign that cycling is gaining ground as an acceptable mode of transportation (once again) for more than just the enthusiasts.
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Love the look of the guy with the inflatable helmet. Priceless. Kind of like a pet you dress up for Halloween, tolerating the humiliation. Don't get me started on the flying nun outfit.
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Color me a curmudgeon, but I can't call myself a fan of this movement. Those helmets look terrible from a comfort standpoint...where are the vents?
The rest of it...just overpriced hoopla made by people who want to make money...and this is 'merica so good on them, but, yeah, I already mentioned I was a curmudgeon. There are far too many bike things on Kickstarter, and a lot of them claiming to solve problems that have already been solved or just don't exist.

One of the companies mentioned in the article is trying to fund and sell a shoe that has you literally walking in ****
Poo Emoji Light Wing Franklin | High-Top Shoes | Betabrand
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Old 10-23-14, 11:09 AM
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Color me a curmudgeon, but I can't call myself a fan of this movement. Those helmets look terrible from a comfort standpoint...where are the vents?
The rest of it...just overpriced hoopla made by people who want to make money...and this is 'merica so good on them, but, yeah, I already mentioned I was a curmudgeon. There are far too many bike things on Kickstarter, and a lot of them claiming to solve problems that have already been solved or just don't exist.

One of the companies mentioned in the article is trying to fund and sell a shoe that has you literally walking in ****
Poo Emoji Light Wing Franklin | High-Top Shoes | Betabrand
I shower when I get to work, and when I get home, so it makes more sense to get ventilated, brightly colored clothes. However, I see the appeal for others, who have short commutes and don't change. I got one of the Levi's new commuter jackets, because I would stink up my other jackets when just riding around town. This one doesn't stink up, and it's got reflectors which is always a bonus. Would I replace my entire wardrobe? No, this stuff's expensive, but it is nice to have options that at least caters to cyclists.
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Old 10-23-14, 11:11 AM
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My clothes are stylish.


To me alone.
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I'm really glad to see how normal bike commuting is becoming. It's nice to see clothing that makes sense on a bike. On the other hand, I don't find it hard to select normal clothing that is work and bike appropriate without paying the very high prices for some of this specialized stuff. Also, I have nothing against wearing a high visibility vest over whatever else I am wearing. It turns every outfit into a commuter outfit.

I agree with @bmthom.gis about the helmets. The lack of vents is a problem. I've had friends with Nutcase and Bern helmets complain about how hot they are in summer. I'm sure they're fine for cooler weather, but I don't want to have to mess with two helmets. I just pull a hat on under mine in winter.
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Who needs stylish? I need business casual in schlub sizes
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Originally Posted by joeyduck View Post
My clothes are stylish.


To me alone.
+1.

And you're the only one to whom it should matter, i.e., I'm way too old to worry about whether someone else thinks I'm "stylish".
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Some mornings, on a section of my commute where there are no street lights for 3km, I meet a walker (coming towards me, correctly on my side of the road but off the road) who wears no lights or reflective elements. At 6:30am at this time of year, she is virtually invisible. She could use some of these fashion ideas. Other walkers could use these too.

I like the idea of the mesh vest: visible and extremely compact when taken off.
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I'd be more excited if they were selling normal looking clothes. I was excited about the Levi Commuter jeans until I saw them in person and realized they don't look like jeans.

They're "normal" seems to mean "hipster" or "trendy".
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I have an entire closet of cycling appropriate clothing. My entire wardrobe in fact. Any clothing that anyone sells is cycling appropriate if you have something other than a wanna-be road racing bike.

I get that some people like to do workouts on their way to work or home or that some might have commutes longer than 10 or so miles that make kit more appealing, but we (in the U.S.) really seem to be able to over complicate just about everything. In this case I fear that making normal bicycling so complicated will kill it before it can even really get going.
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Novara rendered some pretty chic men's cycle pants in a stretchy fabric that I wear off the bike, even.

I think these are the ones, the Arcadia:


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I see people around here dressed in hi vis clothes that aren't bicyclists or the construction workers/truck drivers/airport employees that wear it for work. I figure they're just catching up to us when it comes to fashion.
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Has anyone tried the Sugoi bike jackets that they now have at REI? The things are covered with reflective beads, and the *theory* is that it will light up like a christmas tree any time they get hit by another light (like a headlight). In the store they tell you to take a picture with your cellphone with the flash on, and indeed the thing really does light up:



But I don't know how well the thing works in practice.
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I find this an interesting trend. Expensive hi-tech "normal looking" clothing.

Personally, I just ride to work in what I wear at work. I know, doesn't work for everyone.
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Oh my.......

Yea, i'll stick to practical solutions.

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Or one could wear normal clothes like everyone else out there:

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I've just shifted my wardrobe toward travel and hiking versions of what I wore previously. I look basically the same, except there's no cotton on me anymore. In fact, and this may be a function of not living in a brisk northern coastal metropolis, I find most of the casual cycling clothes to lack the lightness and venting that have made commuting in my work clothes possible in my climate; they tend to focus on visibility and stretch instead of temperature and moisture management.
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Yea, but It's the NY Times and the writer is writing on fashions, expensive enough to be Chic.

writers write, you & I read it, mission accomplished.

For Me .. when it gets wet and dark out it's the Reflective band Neon lime Carhartt Parka .
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Or one could wear normal clothes like everyone else out there:

Interesting to see what New York bicyclists are wearing on the streets of NYC. Pictures taken in 2012 by Jonathan Maus of Bike Portland when visiting before and during Storm Sandy. Feel free to ignore the pictures of the local politicians and bicycling personalities on the first 2 pages of the set of pictures. Note the prevalence of "normal" street clothing starting on page 3, and absence of so-called "kit" or expensive bicycling specific gear other than headgear on perhaps 30 or 40% of them.
https://www.flickr.com/photos/bikepo...7631861960373/
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Originally Posted by ericy View Post
Has anyone tried the Sugoi bike jackets that they now have at REI? The things are covered with reflective beads, and the *theory* is that it will light up like a christmas tree any time they get hit by another light (like a headlight). In the store they tell you to take a picture with your cellphone with the flash on, and indeed the thing really does light up:



But I don't know how well the thing works in practice.
I have an older Illuminite jacket that has some similar reflective material on the sleeves and upper torso, and it's a great idea that doesn't work as well as the reflective strips on my other jackets.
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When bikes hit the fashion runways,they'll have something to wear.....

I like the guy in the 1960's reflective Beatles suit.....I think I see bell bottoms.....Are there matching Beatle boots also?.....with cleats?...don't want to waste any energy......

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When bikes hit the fashion runways,they'll have something to wear.....






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I wish there were more women's options in more sizes. It is pretty sucky. I don't do those "bike clothing" but I am very tempted by the reflective flats. I also have a Vespertine vest. Safety vests are ugly. And sorry looking clothing is not my style at all. Adding visibility, stylishly, is a great way to make cycling feel normal, and help with safety. Our streets are still bike unfriendly, and many are just plain dark.
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