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08-04-2009
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How to look stylish on a bicycle?
I live in NYC and use my bike to commute and get around. The problem is it's hard to look good; in particular the dreaded helmet problem. I found a few cool helmets, I bought the bern one below (approx $50 USD), but the yakkay ones are great though much more expensive. Any ideas on nice bike fashion from our super chic community?
pics from yakkay.com, bernunlimited.com and http://londoncyclechic.blogspot.com/
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09-04-2009
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Nevermind helmets. Nevermind kneepads. This is what will make or break your look.


jeanturmo.com :p

Can you believe I've spotted bike helmets on Etsy? Not much of a selection, because it's probably not a hot-selling item, and their safety credentials might be dubious. But it's worth a look, right?

As for cute knee/elbow pads, and gloves, an unlikely but good source is stores that cater to dancers and gymnasts. For further safety, imo a brightly colored overcoat/windbreaker is a necessity if you ride when it's dark out; you can find those in regular clothing stores.

Gosh, I miss bike-riding as a means of transport. The city I live in is not bike-friendly at all, and while a select few brave it, I don't have a death wish.


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Here is a really cute helmet from the movie Yes Man!


http://media.entertainment.sky.com/

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this is a topic that DESPERATELY needs more discussion! I blogged about it recently - I cycle every day and I hate how, in magazines and on places like the Sartorialist, you see so many stylish girls cycling around on beautiful bikes. It's a lot more difficult in theory I think, especially if the weather isn't on your side.

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Helmet-wise I love my Faction from Bell...it comes in black and doesn't have any of the strange fins/visors that most helmets seem to have.



Image from Bell Helmet's website

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that helmet looks brilliant. I hate those flashy, lumpy looking things that you see so much

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I believe tourist commutes to work on a bicycle ... maybe she'll drop by & comment ...

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yesss! I really needed this thread, lol... I live in Italy and go to uni every day on my bike. It's not as glamorous as people would think, because I don't live in the beautiful cobblestoned downtown area, but a more 'normal' part of the city. I find it really hard to look good in a nice outfit while riding a bike, somehow I feel ridiculous getting all glammed up in heels and everything and then walking toward the rusty pole where my bike is chained up... LOL.

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yeah, and I think that's the problem with the Sart pictures. I think a trench and jeans with cute flats/low heels would be fine. But my problem is the sweat factor. I wouldn't mind biking to uni but when you get off you're all hot and sticky and I don't always wants to have to find somewhere to sort myself out/shower.

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i'm using my bike nearly every day. i never wear jeans/pants with a bright colour cause they'd get dirty immediately. you should also pay attention that the trouser legs aren't too wide
but in general you can wear almost everything

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I no longer bike to work, but I definitely agree that it is hard to look good on a bike. I just really don't understand those Sartorialist pictures ... I think it's more important to be safe and comfortable than fashionable when it comes to biking. Maybe it's easier in NY, but where I was biking, cars aren't used to sharing the road, so you had to really be cautious to be highly visible! When I was biking, I usually wore my silly helmut and practical shoes and changed when I got to work. My husband wears full on bike gear (his commute is farther) and brings a change of clothes.

elise, so true about the wide trouser legs! Rolling up your pants or even a rubber band does the trick, if you don't mind too much to look silly (I certainly didn't)

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elise, so true about the wide trouser legs! Rolling up your pants or even a rubber band does the trick, if you don't mind too much to look silly (I certainly didn't)
no i don't mind looking silly on the bike better looking a little silly than ruining your clothes. however i don't have any pants with wide trouser legs at the moment

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Well, I use my bike everyday, and I don't wear specific clothes...
Kinda hard though to bike with a really short dress for obvious reasons...
I don't mind cycling in 10cm heels, shorts, etc.
I don't wear a helmet, bad I know but nobody really does it where I live...

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i love these hat-like helmets so cute
http://www.thefashionspot.com/forums...1&d=1239251112

with the visor? eye shield? at the front
like a baseball cap



i think sunglasses would be nice
but i find i dont see in them as well as i would without
i like having my face covered when i'm on a bike.

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^^ looks more like a riding helmet to me

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