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

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 Fashion Outfit Ideas For Fall

It’s been ages since I’ve posted any personal style. One of the reasons is that here in San Francisco, our seasons don’t really match up with the rest of the Northern Hemisphere. Our Summer was chilly (and often foggy). And then right after the Equinox, the temperature soared and everyone lost their minds a little bit and hit the beach. But it didn’t seem right to post a picture of me in a sundress while the rest of the country was wrapping their brain around the concept of “sweater weather.”

So I’ve been sitting on this outfit since early June. The grey wool jacket and tights combo just make more sense for Fall inspiration, don’t you think?

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This is a pretty typical outfit configuration for me: novelty print top, A-line skirt, snazzy jacket, and a pair of tights. Here in SF it’s actually a year-round look. We’re just regularly temperatured like that, okay?

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And I’ve usually got my trusty leather satchel with me as a run bike errands around town. My helmet is from Giro. Tights are from American Apparel.

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I can’t help it! Pattern-mixing makes me smile. So does matching my shoes to my bag (just my inner Southern girl coming out).

If you’re wondering how to bike in a skirt and protect your dignity, check out these posts for my tips and tricks. You’ll never (unintentionally) flash someone again!