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.
Photos via Urban Outfitters
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I take almost all of my outfit photos on my roof. Even though it means schlepping my bike, tripod, camera, and props up four flights of stairs. You can’t beat the light.
It’s relatively private, so I can pose like a giant goofball. However, my roof is flat and spacious. Nothing like the one in this improbable shot.
Turns out I’m not the only blonde-girl-with-a-bike that likes to pose on her Mission rooftop. How awesome is John Daniel Reiss’ photo of Lindsey?
I love her 90′s revival outfit. Wish we could see more of her red boots (I’m such a sucker for red boots). That’s how you know this shot is for bike nerds, not bike fashion nerds.
Thanks to Tracko for posting.
A big thank you to Ann, the doll-faced designer of Iva Jean, for sending me the Bike Pretty shout-out in the May 2013 issue of Elle Finland.
I’m mentioned at the top of a list (!!!!!) of cycle chic blogs that have been a huge inspiration for me. It’s such an honor to be included with London Cycle Chic, Chicago’s Bike Fancy, Australia’s Cycle Style, and the grandaddy of them all, Copenhagen Cycle Chic.
If you don’t read Finnish (and I don’t) here’s a translation of my blurb, courtesy of Google:
How to blog, where the day is always like a bicycle? Pretty fresh Bike offers inspiration for those who enjoy bike riding style hounds, bikepretty.com.
Um. Thanks, Computer! Hopefully bike riding a style hound is a good thing in Finnish?
Also, Elle Finland has an awesome slideshow of cute bike stuff, featuring Iva Jean’s stylish and functional cycling blouse.
Finally, thank you to Mirjami of Elle Finland for putting the story together.
Photos by Kelly
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Confession: blogging is lonely. The start of a blog comes from feeling isolated. Is there anyone out there like me?
Through Bike Pretty, I’ve found some awesome cycle style blogs. It’s thrilling to see how many ways there are to dress up and ride.
One of my favorites is 2 Wheels 2 Feet, a street style blog showing what stylish cyclists are wearing around the Pacific Northwest. I love the candid shots showing real people in their real (cute) outfits.
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The typical bike helmet is designed for safety and comfort, not style.
If only that were true. I wouldn’t mind wearing a plain-colored noggin-cover that was purely functional. After all, I’m never like, “I wish this seatbelt matched my shoes” while riding in a car. (Just kidding. I don’t ride in cars.)
Yet sport helmet “designers” insist on covering the protective plastic surface with abstract floral designs and pink racing stripes. You know what? You can’t polish a turd. You might be able to roll it in glitter. But it still stinks.
Good judgment is always sexy. And there are a lot of protective lids that actually look decent. Attractive even. In no particular order, I present to you my favorite helmet styles.
10 Shockingly Chic Bicycle Helmets for Spring
1. Bobbin Gold Helmet, £36.00
The first time I saw this golden beauty, I fell so hard. In love. This is the one that could turn me into one of those nerds that walks around the grocery store with her helmet on. Created by Bobbin Bicycles, Cyclechic.co.uk will ship to the US. Also sold in silver.
2. Yakkay Milano in Blue Denim, $140
The Yakkay helmet system is all about options. A simple helmet base provides protection (and ventilation). It fits any of the 20+ cute covers. The Milano style in Blue Denim (pictured) is my pick for everyday wear. But a fluffy fur cover is very Dr. Zhivago. Swoon!