Bikes are 'fashion', not just fashionable
11.09.09 by Buffalo Bill
From the New York Times:
“There is definitely a downside to biking when bikes become a fashion fad,” Wendy Booher, 39, a cycling journalist in Somerville, Mass., wrote in an e-mail message. “If you unleash a herd of teetering, wobbly fashionistas into city streets without any real knowledge of how to ride a bike in traffic, accidents can (and likely will) happen.”
When I first started messengering in the late 80s, there were hardly any cyclists on the road in London. In winter, in particular, one hardly saw any other cyclists apart from couriers. Cycling was an activity only old men, bearded guys in sandals and confirmed lunatics did.
Now one can hardly move sideways on the Clerkenwell Road without switching another cyclist. I think this is a good thing.
If you are looking for some clothes and other stuff designed with function, not just fashion, in mind, you could do worse than to check out 708 cycling or Skin Grows Back, both of which are exenger owned, and the latter is run by Jamie and Catt, late of London. I particularly like the key loop on SGB.