Sensible Biking Clothes
It seems that there’s a gulf between floaty dresses of Copenhagen cycle chic and Lycra road cyborgs.
Not that I wear floaty dresses terribly often. And that picture isn’t particularly floaty in the skirt department, but I’m pretty sure that the rider considers it just everyday clothing.
Anyway, for pretty much all the cycling that most of us could do around town, regular everyday clothes are just perfect. Walk out of your front door, get on your bike, and arrive at work / the café / school / where ever about 20 minutes later to just get on with your life. No fuss, no sportiness, just normal, everyday stuff.
But sometimes you want to go a little further. You can (and I do) do this in regular clothes, but it’s not the best. And really, the whole wearing-Lycra-and-getting-changed-at-your-destination thing is a huge faff (though I do that too).
What I’d really like is clothing that looks stylish and comfortable off the bike (and without screaming "Look at me. I’m a Cyclist!"), yet performs well enough on the bike to be comfortable over longer distances. Shirts and trousers made from breathable materials, with seams that don’t . . . uh . . . chafe.
A range of clothes that are cool and froody, and yet perform the way we should expect from modern technical fabrics . . . . sounds nice!
The only trouble is, I’m nearly 40. The models in their photos look a lot younger (and considerably cooler) than I do. And also, they seemed to be women.
Unless I really do want to wear floaty dresses, maybe I need to shop elsewhere then?