Cycling clothing was one of the many things I needed to outfit myself with. Every bike shop and outdoor retail store I visited in NoCo regurgitated a reality I am not willing to digest as a fashion conscious woman and that is a complete absence of any sense of style when it comes to bike clothing. Or what is oftentimes pushed to consumers as clothing one needs when you ride a bike.
I understand the benefits of high-tech, poly-blended fabrics that help one thermoregulate and stretch around your skin to maximize comfort. I get it that thick and bulky seams suck and you want to minimize anything that’s going to cause friction. But come on! I’m utilizing a bike to commute not a wanna be pro, competitive cyclist! I wear merino wool for base layers, socks, glove liners, hat, etc. Finding clothing that is waterproof, reflective, insulating and stylish has eluded me so far.
I like fitted, tailored clothing, prefer wool, and don’t care to slip into an outfit that looks like every other guy cyclist on the road who happens to look like they’re in training for the Tour de France. Or any woman who has caved into accepting that to fit into this culture, she has to compromise.
Sense of style is personal and style as it pertains to clothing is a form of artistic expression. Cycling clothing is just not palatable to my taste. So, my search for fashion forward clothing appropo for a cycling commuter that’s comfortable, practical, and fits my personality starts today.