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Old 01-13-13, 09:47 PM
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What is your favorite outfit to wear with your folding bike?

I have a Brompton with a raw lacquer finish and brooks leather saddle. The traditional Brompton outfit is that of a blazer and a tie for men. I find that to have an air of formality and English properness that is less suited to every day riding. My modern take on the ideal Brompton outfit is pairing the bike with a dark brown motorcycle-like leather jacket and a pair of understated brown leather loafers.

Check it out! Let me know thoughts and post your own favorite outfits too.

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Leather jacket and Blundstones.
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My modern take on the ideal Brompton outfit is pairing the bike with a dark brown motorcycle-like leather jacket and a pair of understated brown leather loafers.
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What, no trousers ?
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Old 01-14-13, 01:25 AM
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Whatever I happen to be wearing...
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I dunno. All of my bike outfits fold...


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Since I mostly ride my Miami Citizen I feel odd overdressing so I wear a torn up MembersOnly jacket from the 80's, scuffed up work boots with no laces and a plastic bag with a six-pack of Schlitz hanging from the handlebars.
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Originally Posted by BassNotBass View Post
Since I mostly ride my Miami Citizen I feel odd overdressing so I wear a torn up MembersOnly jacket from the 80's, scuffed up work boots with no laces and a plastic bag with a six-pack of Schlitz hanging from the handlebars.


I see where this thread is going. Hold on, we're in for a bumpy ride...
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Old 01-14-13, 08:10 AM
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Originally Posted by BassNotBass View Post
Since I mostly ride my Miami Citizen I feel odd overdressing so I wear a torn up MembersOnly jacket from the 80's, scuffed up work boots with no laces and a plastic bag with a six-pack of Schlitz hanging from the handlebars.
I find one of those ten-packs of toilet roll bungeed to the carrier is a great style statement. Carpet slippers are also nice when the weather's fine out.
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Old 01-14-13, 12:19 PM
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I like the idea of this thread so plse do not let it turn into jokes only..

I tend to wear something "stretchy" on any bike, but you`ll newer see me dressed up like an insect to ride- not even on a road bike!

Black trousers in stretchy material for comfort, plus I hate chain tatoos on my chlotes. some sort of jacket, softshell or stretchy dressy lacket if weathe r permits.

I tend to ride in heels if I canm mainly to make a statement against the "insect" dressing for bike.

Bought some nice dark brown leather shoes with moderate heels a few years ago to match a Brooks seat (snd tore them up when taking a dive off the bike). Bought another pair of suede shoes with rubber soles for bike riding two yrs ago but the summers have been so wet and chilly no not seen any real use yet.

I like stuff like this
https://www.swrve.us/
https://www.riyoko.ca/

https://lovelybike.blogspot.no/2012/09/head-to-toe.html

https://lovelybike.blogspot.no/2011/0...e-romance.html

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Old 01-14-13, 12:47 PM
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this is about personal taste and image projected. no valuable information here pertaining to performance.... no one ever choose leather for comfort, wicking properties, ease of drying, or flexibility.

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Originally Posted by catonec View Post
this is about personal taste and image projected. no valuable information here pertaining to performance.... no one ever choose leather for comfort, wicking properties, ease of drying, or flexibility.

sorry.
Maybe you should speak for yourself only? May be a bit bold to speak for us all..
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Originally Posted by catonec View Post
this is about....flexibility. sorry.
I said sorry. I knew some wouldnt agree w/ my opinion.
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Old 01-14-13, 03:12 PM
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Originally Posted by catonec View Post
.... no one ever choose leather for comfort, wicking properties, ease of drying, or flexibility....
Sorry, but this is entirely inaccurate. Obviously people have chosen leather and it's wrong to assume that it was strictly for the sake of fashion. Leather is wonderfully comfortable during all sorts of weather because it breathes well and offers great wind protection. Wearing a wool/silk sweater/shirt underneath a leather jacket adds good wicking properties. As for rain... a well cared for and oiled leather jacket is relatively water resistant... almost waterproof if treated with something like Nikwax.

Mind you, serious cyclists don't always opt for superhero outfits or sportwear made of synthetic textiles.
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Originally Posted by BassNotBass View Post
Sorry, but this is entirely inaccurate. Obviously people have chosen leather and it's wrong to assume that it was strictly for the sake of fashion. Leather is wonderfully comfortable during all sorts of weather because it breathes well and offers great wind protection. Wearing a wool/silk sweater/shirt underneath a leather jacket adds good wicking properties. As for rain... a well cared for and oiled leather jacket is relatively water resistant... almost waterproof if treated with something like Nikwax.

Mind you, serious cyclists don't always opt for superhero outfits or sportwear made of synthetic textiles.
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Old 01-14-13, 03:28 PM
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haha guys it's ok i can see how this post can be taken in either direction of facetious or serious, and i appreciate both viewpoints.


but i do think that one has to have at least some sense of style or quirkiness to choose a brompton folding bike as a main bike. especially if one gets a two toned or custom colored brompton, or a brooks leather saddle. so i thought it'd be interesting to see if any of you have tried to match your dress to your bike. or if there is a favorite outfit of yours. the Brompton crowd does seem to me to be unusually (or at least tries to be) somewhat fashionable.




catonec - i must respectfully disagree with your point about leather having no practical purpose (unless you were being sarcastic). Leather is one of the most versatile and comfortable materails for many purposes, including clothing and the saddle. there is a reason that brooks sadles are so highly regarded and have been around for so long. there is a reason that the leather jacket is the attire of choice for motorcycle riders.
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Originally Posted by bromptonyc View Post
haha guys it's ok i can see how this post can be taken in either direction of facetious or serious, and i appreciate both viewpoints.


but i do think that one has to have at least some sense of style or quirkiness to choose a brompton folding bike as a main bike. especially if one gets a two toned or custom colored brompton, or a brooks leather saddle. so i thought it'd be interesting to see if any of you have tried to match your dress to your bike. or if there is a favorite outfit of yours. the Brompton crowd does seem to me to be unusually (or at least tries to be) somewhat fashionable.




catonec - i must respectfully disagree with your point about leather having no practical purpose (unless you were being sarcastic). Leather is one of the most versatile and comfortable materails for many purposes, including clothing and the saddle. there is a reason that brooks sadles are so highly regarded and have been around for so long. there is a reason that the leather jacket is the attire of choice for motorcycle riders.
We are waiting for the Brompton jacket to be out in different colour (grey/black). Also waiting for the womans jacket .
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Originally Posted by BassNotBass View Post
Leather is wonderfully comfortable during all sorts of weather because it breathes well and offers great wind protection. Wearing a wool/silk sweater/shirt underneath a leather jacket adds good wicking properties. As for rain... a well cared for and oiled leather jacket is relatively water resistant... almost waterproof if treated with something like Nikwax.
Also good for avoiding road rash if you are prone to take headers.
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Originally Posted by bromptonyc View Post
there is a reason that the leather jacket is the attire of choice for motorcycle riders.
I always assumed it was due the abrasion resistance in case of an accident.
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For a Raleigh Twenty, the proper outfit is shirt, bow tie, dress slacks, sport coat (preferably wool) and bowler. A well-lit pipe is the proper accessory. OK, it was forty years ago - at least.
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Originally Posted by badmother View Post
We are waiting for the Brompton jacket to be out in different colour (grey/black). Also waiting for the womans jacket .
I wasn't sure of what the Brompton (Oratory?) jacket looked like so I checked the interwebz... needless to say I shot a big gulp of Punjana out of my nose. After I get home in a couple of hours for access to my camera I'll post a picture to help explain.

In the meantime, I've been coveting the Brooks Islington Rucksack for a few years now. Talk about functional and stylish. I need to mention that to my coworkers.
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I always assumed it was due the abrasion resistance in case of an accident.
That was the primary reason I chose leather for motorcycling.
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If you are a Hyde Park Folding Bike Society member you can wear what ever you like as long as the green striped club tie in included somewhere in the ensemble, attached to some part of the anatomy.

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I bought my Brompton immediately before leaving for a New Year's ski trip, so I have only really been riding it for two weeks. Fortunately, the first week was unseasonably warm - sunny and between -5 and 0 degrees C.

It wasn't really a conscious decision, but I found myself reaching for my purple plaid peacoat when I took the Brompton, whereas I would choose a softshell to ride my Surly. I think the upright posture has a lot to do with the flexibility of clothing choice (that is, flexibility is not required).

I'm not the type to wear skirts very often, but I'm tempted to just to go with the Brompton
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Anything that shows my calf muscles off! Otherwise my leather biker jacket from Century 21 in New York from 10 years ago!
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This is what I commuted in/with today. Waxed sport coat (Brompton worthy?), charcoal alpaca sweater, (jeans, but left them on during the photo shoot, Diode100), ankle height waxed oxfords and my waxed 'military' rucksack... oh, and of course my Miami Citizen with my 5 year old Brooks saddle. (the six-pack of Schlitz were emptied on the ride home so they didn't make it into the pic).

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