Getting Ready for the London Tweed Run

Photos by Kelly Miller

Kelly and her young man have already started marshal training for this year’s London Tweed Run, to be held on May 17.

Shini Park at the London Tweed Run 2013

Sadly, last year’s co-organizer Jacqui Shannon isn’t managing the ride this time, due to her full-time employment. (I mean, she’s probably not sad about having a job. Congrats, Jacqui!)

Miss Jeni Yesterday at the London Tweed Run 2013

Lucky for us, Kelly will be documenting the ride from the stoker position of a tweed-covered tandem bicycle. Can’t wait to see more shots like these!

At the London Tweed Run 2013

Bike To Work Skirt by BetaBrand

Bike Pretty in Downtown San Francisco

Last month, BetaBrand (the San Francisco clothing brand famous for Cordarounds) invited me to take a sample of their new Bike To Work skirt out for a spin. Photographer Jason Van Horn, who also happens to be the energizing force behind all of BetaBrand’s Bike To Work collection, came along for the ride and captured these awesome shots.

Stylish bike commuters on the Market Street bike lane

The concept is similar to the Iva Jean Reveal Skirt, that darling of Kickstarter. A lot of Internet Commenters found the comparison irresistible, crying “but this skirt already exists!” when BetaBrand released their own bikable skirt.

The Bike Pretty Satchel by Handbag Designer Melissa Davies

Obviously that’s a silly thing to complain about. We don’t expect one type of bike to work for everyone. So why should we expect one type of bike-to-work skirt?Bike Skirt with Zippers

Like the Reveal Skirt, the BetaBrand version is a pencil skirt that converts to an A-line through zipper technology. It’s a clever way to solve the problem most pencil skirts have: too tight across the thighs to withstand pedaling. Seriously, bike-built thighs rip most fitted skirts to shreds. This version has two invisible zippers in the front. Unzipped, they reveal godets made of moisture-wicking material.
Bike Pretty Satchel and the Bike to Work Skirt

Also this skirt is (obviously) grey. I wouldn’t go so far as to call these color options, but if you’re a skirt-biker like me, you’ll appreciate the wardrobe possibilities that come from having a black or a grey pencil skirt.Bamboo Bike and a BetaBrand Bike To Work Skirt

A little history: the earliest online mention of this type of converted bike skirt can be found on the Skirts On A Bike blog – naturally enough – way back in 2011. The first versions were strictly after-market modifications featuring a brightly-colored, contrasting lining.

BetaBrand Black Forest Riding Hood

Not to imply that the concept alone is all that remarkable. In fact, you can see a version of the underlying idea in the sleeve of the Black Forest Riding Hoodie I’m wearing in this picture. And this sleeve style is derived from the traditional motorcycle jacket that has origins in the 1940s.Betabrand Bike To Work SkirtGood design is all about the execution, not some hackneyed theory of originality. The BetaBrand version has some nice touches like a rear pocket that hides a retro-reflective flag for night-biking. Right now, you buy the skirt at the pre-order price of $88.20. Expected to ship in late April.

Reflective trim on the bike to work skirt

Menswear: Bike in a Suit

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Because here at Bike Pretty headquarters, we care about menswear too. In fact, there is very little that we find more delightful than a nattily dressed bike commuter dude. Sadly this breed is a rare site in the bike lanes of London and San Francisco.

With 30 days of biking starting on April 1, 2014, shortly followed by National Bike Month in May, we could all use a little office-appropriate inspiration.

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Enter the Commuter Suit by Parker Dusseau. Masquerading as proper business attire, the whole ensemble is actually tricked out with little bike-friendly details like pit zips, discreet reflective piping, and a breathable, moisture wicking finish.

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From a design point of view, this suit isn’t pushing any boundaries. And that’s just the way we like it. There’s no need to go ruining a classic silhouette with some godawful hi-viz branding, right? Check out CoolHunting’s review of the Commuter and see if it works as good as it looks.

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If you’d like to try out the suit yourself, visit these shops:

Bike Bag Giveaway from Detours

I’m hosting a bike bag giveaway! Enter to win this adorable (and seasonally appropriate) handlebar bag from Detours.

Rainier Handlebar Duffel

Moves adeptly from handlebars to human.

Now that I mention it, how do you carry your stuff while on your bike?

Do you carry your cellphone in your boot? Do you pack spare coconuts in the hood of your hoodie? (Only to forget when you try to cover your noggin.) Maybe you keep it old school and stash keys-wallet-snacks in your bra. No judgment here.

Contents of the bag not included in the giveaway. Buy your own damn gloves.

Contents of the bag not included in the giveaway. Buy your own damn gloves.

But wouldn’t it be nice to win a free bike bag? Especially one as cute as the Rainier Handlebar Duffel in Golden Gardens. I am such a sucker for prints. And it’s super rare to find functional bike bags that also come in cute textiles, amirite? Check out the deets:

The Rainier Handlebar Duffel is so beautifully basic, it will quickly become your go-to bag for rides around town. Its classic silhouette is packed with subtle yet important organizational features, including a shoulder strap that detaches on one side to stow away while riding. When you’re all locked up at your destination, take the Rainier with you as a shoulder bag or crossbody.

Details:
• Two-buckle handlebar attachment
• Adjustable, one-side-removable shoulder strap that
tucks into exterior side pocket while riding
• Magnetic flap closure
• Light loop
• Reflective details on front and sides
• Exterior front zip pocket with key clip
• Interior pockets: two slip, one zip

a Rafflecopter giveaway

You can enter the giveaway up to 4 times. The last day to enter is April 14, 2014. The winner will be randomly selected. Have fun and best of luck!