Bike to Work Day is Friday, and in honor of the event today’s Express has a nice spread about how you don’t need to wear spandex to ride a bike. That’s correct. But then they go on to list a bunch of specialty products you can buy to look stylish while cycling, which sort of misses the point of the skip-spandex ideology.
I’m sure the products Express lists are wonderful and stylish and even potentially useful, but the whole point of skipping spandex is that bicycling doesn’t require specialty products at all. Bikes are a form of transportation just like buses and taxicabs, and just like buses and taxicabs you don’t need to do or own anything special in order to use one. Just hop on and go.
So good try, Express. I appreciate that you’re halfway there (and I appreciate that a free paper has to make money through advertising). But the most stylish way to bike to work is in your regular clothes.
Dan Malouff is an Arlington County transportation planner who blogs independently at BeyondDC.com. The Local Blog Network is a group of bloggers from around the D.C. region who have agreed to make regular contributions to All Opinions Are Local.