cycling in your work clothes
While some seasoned transportation cyclists are exploring non-cotton alternatives for their more aggressive rides, I’m still testing the everyday things in my closet for their ‘wearability’ on a bike. I’m increasingly finding that most anything I would wear while walking or driving, I can wear while cycling. Including most of my skirts and dresses. As the semester ensues, I will be dressing professionally most days of the week and I will continue to put my teaching wardrobe to the ‘cycle chic’ test. I plan on commuting everyday, rain or shine. I’ve found that it makes little difference in my short (less than two mile) commute to campus whether it’s raining (unless it’s a total downpour) because my helmet keeps my hair dry and I can throw on a little rain jacket to protect my clothes if needed. My fenders and chain guard do the rest of the work.
Some clothing works better than other in keeping the appearance of professionalism after a bike ride to campus. Dark colors or whites and off-whites show wet marks the least; sweat or rain drops are largely concealed. Pattern functions similarly – a tip I picked up from Velouria of Lovely Bicycle. Grays (especially gray cotton) are major no-nos since they change color drastically when wet. Same can happen to medium tone colors that become much darker when wet, unabashedly betraying my commute.
This will be my first fall of bike commuting and I look forward to temperatures dropping and the leaves changing color. It will be nice to pedal to work while getting to enjoy the beautiful changing season and the morning fresh air.
Do you wear pretty much anything you own for cycling? Have you found some everyday clothes preferable to others?