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.