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Continued: Bike fashion: Ditch the spandex for new commuter clothes

  • Article by: AIMEE BLANCHETTE , Star Tribune
  • Last update: May 1, 2013 - 4:50 PM

Are you cycle chic?

When Lisa Austin started biking frequently in the early ’90s, she recalls having zero options for women’s bike clothes. Not even a Lycra jersey. Now the options are wide open.

“It’s refreshing to see people biking and wearing anything they want,” she said.

For her that means skirts — and even heels.

“They’re totally easy to ride in,” Austin said.

Cyclists are hitting the local runways, too. “All of this is helping to redefine our bike culture,” said Patty Soldner, events manager for the Bicycle Alliance of Minnesota, which plans to hold its second bicycle fashion show next year.

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.”

Zachariah Schaap ascribes to a larger movement called “cycle chic,” which refers to cycling in everyday fashionable clothes. The 27-year-old graphic designer and co-founder of “30 Days of Biking” shows up to meetings on his bike wearing button-up custom-made shirts and ties, and leather-soled dress shoes.

Schaap says cycling in streetwear requires no more effort than any other commute in Minnesota’s temperamental weather — and provides much more of a payoff.

“Being stuck in a car during rush hour is the bane of my existence,” he said. “I’d much rather look fancy on my bike.”


Aimee Blanchette • 612-673-1715


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