Dear Prospective Bike Riders:
Nearly every day when I’m hopping on my bicycle after work, I pass countless ladies and gentleman leaving their offices clad in matching spandex jerseys and padded shorts, in sporty sunglasses, in fingerless gloves.
They waddle in their padded shorts to ultra-lightweight bicycles and then move so very efficiently onto other destinations.
To all those who own “normal” clothes, please note:
I have nothing against spandex wearers personally, I appreciate anyone who rides a bicycle rather than driving a car, but many people who are not bicycle riders seem to see spandex as a barrier. It is not necessary. In the five-ish years that I’ve been riding my bicycle to work, to parties, to dates, to errands, to the grocery store, I’ve never once worn any variety of spandex.
I’d just like it if more people rode bikes (even in spandex) because then our cities would be:
So dust off that bicycle, no matter what it takes, or what you wear, and try to ride to the grocery store or post office next time instead of hopping in your car. We’ll all be better off for it.
Normal or dressy clothes work just fine with very minor modifications. For more information on commuting in any kind of weather, for any kind of event, I will direct you to the the very informative and stylish ladies at “Let’s Go Ride a Bike” who have covered this dilemma extensively.