Street Style Snaps from San Francisco Bike To Work Day
From magenta tights(you know how I feel about magenta tights) to polka dot helmets, to bicycle knee socks. San Francisco cyclists know how to strike the perfect balance between style and practicality.
Everyone in San Francisco has an awesome creative job. At least that’s the impression I got while out and about last week.
It happened to be Bike To Work Day. Basically cyclist prom. Except Continue reading
The Minneapolis Star Tribune is taking a hard-line stand on the Great Lycra Debate. No doubt, the populace is fed up with lumpy sausages whizzing by on $10,000 road bikes. Intrepid muckraker Aimee Blanchette is rallying the aesthetically-sensitive denizens of the Twin Cities with a cry of “Ditch the Spandex”!
There’s even a nice mention of Bike Pretty:
Then there are the blogs, such as San Francisco-based Bike Pretty, which inspires people to, well, ride a bike and look pretty. Blog entries include: “How to ride in a maxi skirt” and “How to dominate hills in a dress.”
Such an honor to be the only cycle chic blog mentioned!
Check out Courtney Perry’s slideshow for more ways to ride in style.
Shelly, a Bike Pretty reader, e-mailed me a question:
So, I just got a Trek Pure in pale mint green with a tan seat and natural Nantucket Basket. I live in DC and will tool around with my kids. I want to get a helmet that works with the vibe of my new ride and with my clothes – lots of black, navy, white with pops of color in a T-shirt or scarf. With four kids I have to keep it simple. What do you think I should get? Plain white or a color…
I’ve got the answer! I picked out two cute bike helmets that look good with your bike and the colors you normally wear.
A round, dome style helmet is a million times more stylish than a regular sport helmet. Look for an adjustable dial in the back so you adjust to fit different hairstyles. And get something that has a visor, whether built-in or removable. It’ll keep your head from looking too bulbous.
Nutcase Helmets has a lot of really adorable printed styles, and you can buy a visor attachment separately (see the upper-right corner of the set).
Have fun tooling around with your kids. And I hope you all get to go on a Mother’s Day Bike Ride together! That’s what I’ll be doing with my mom tomorrow.
Today is Bike To Work Day in San Francisco
Sure a lot of people bike to work regularly. But San Francisco’s annual Bike To Work Day is like Bicycle Commuter Prom. Even though it’s the same people you see every other day of the year, it’s a special occasion to celebrate each other.
And let’s face it, most of the techies riding their adorable Public Bikes to work today were giant dorks in high school, so it’s a special time for
The other awesome part is the swag. During the morning commute, volunteers line the city’s bike routes. They hand out these adorable musette bags, filled with Continue reading
Trends x Three: Leopard Print Style, Olive Green, & A Red Bike
We can’t get enough of red bikes here at Bike Pretty Headquarters. Add our favorite hi-visibility fabric in the form of some sexy leopard print pants, and we’re totally in love. Don’t forget an over-sized olive-green jacket for a touch of toughness.
Here’s how to get the look:
Photo by Mikael Colville-Andersen
Must Read Links: Exploring Cities And Chic
On a bike, San Francisco’s streets become your friends (Hi, Harrison), or frenemies (talking about you, Steiner), or that weirdo you avoid making eye contact with (Divisadero). But it’s not all about avoiding traffic and hills, as this interactive map shows by revealing the history of San Francisco’s place names.
I like my celebrity gossip well-aged and with a healthy dose of academic analysis. This two-part series on Gloria Swanson by Anne Helen Petersen is the on-line equivalent of a page-turner (page-scroller?).
Nicholas Ghesquiere speaks! He opens up about his (seemingly) abrupt departure from Balenciaga, but it’s really a story that explodes the myth of the lone creative genius.
Finally, a shot of cycle chic: Jane Aldridge, the brilliant redhead with a charmed life, has put together her guide to biking in style over at her blog Sea of Shoes.
12 Shots of Audrey Hepburn On A Bike
Audrey Hepburn was born on May 4, 1929 in Ixelles, Belgium. In honor of the brilliant actress, fashion icon, and humanitarian, here are 12 photographs of her riding a bike. Continue reading