Despite riding a bike nearly every day, I don’t own a single item of cycling clothing (except a helmet)
When I first started bike-commuting I did ride to work in running kit and trainers, getting changed at the office. However I got fed up with lugging all that kit around, and let’s face it, I don’t ride fast enough to work up much of a sweat so feeling icky isn’t really an issue.
And just look at all these gorgeous pictures of gorgeous people riding to work in their gorgeous everyday clothes? Not a scrap of Lycra in sight eh?
My uniform of choice for bike commutes these days is some sort of short-dress-over-leggings/slim-jeans-with-a-cardi combo, which thanks to my office smart-casual dress code, and a sensible step-through ladies’ bike frame means I can wear the same outfit all day. Of course this is Manchester not Malibu, so some concession to the weather has to be made and on wet cold days I just pile fleeces and waterproofs on over the top of everything – not exactly stylish but I’d rather stay dry.
I have a quality-over-quantity attitude to clothes, preferring to buy a few really nice things that will last, and I’m lusting over some lovely dresses at the moment. I can feel my credit card bracing itself for a beating….
First up, a lovely number from Patagonia.
Oh-so-gorgeous and from a company with sound environmental committments (TICK!)
OK, OK. this one is from a cycle-clothing website, but you gotta admit, it’s a million miles from padded lycra shorts isn’t it?
Ruu Muu dress, £70, Minx
All lovely things to wear on a bike, all lovely things to wear off a bike. My favourite kind of cycling gear 🙂