|Enjoying a ride in heels and a long skirt. a perfect match|
Photo by David Phu
The notion of buying dedicated cycling clothing is still quite a new idea for me, and when I started riding my bike for commuting more consistently a few years back, I totally started buying in to what seemed to be a popular idea for most people on bikes. I bought the rain pants, cycling shorts and was completely ready to purchase a pair of clip shoes. In my defence, I was planning on participating in a long haul ride from Vancouver to Seattle, but when that plan fell through, the desire to get "kitted out" didn't go with it.
|My husband a son on a fall ride sporting stylish|
wool coats. Photo by David Phu
|My daughter on her way to school, in a dress as usual|
I should explain that I understand wholeheartedly that dressing for the destination doesn't apply to those that are, in fact, training for a race or long haul ride. I have a neighbour I see coming back from a training ride looking like she's about to ride the Tour de France. But to me, it's not strange to see her that way, as it's highly likely she has just completed one third of her daily training for one of the numerous triathlons she does throughout the year. So for her, cycle gear makes sense, especially when she's booking it at top speed.
Here in Vancouver, there is a lot of talk about increasing the mode share of cycling, to help us achieve the goal of being the world's Greenest City. To increase mode share, riding a bike needs to be appealing to anyone and everyone in the city. The best way to do that is to show people that riding a bike is easy and takes little to no effort. This means seeing people riding bikes in normal clothing, and letting people know that you don't need specialised equipment to do it.
|My husband on his way to work this|
morning, dressed for a casual day
at the office
Here's some info that may help: