There are many attractive aspects of participating in Bike to Work Day on Friday — it’s eco-friendly, an extra opportunity for exercise and a bargain considering current gas prices. But you know what’s not so attractive? Showing up at the office in spandex. Save that sporty look for weekend rides, and, instead, outfit yourself like someone really going places. And for more details on the event, including info on commuter convoys and the 49 area pit stops, head to Waba.org.
Bird Industries Skirt Garter
Skirts are a summer office staple, but they make biking to work a gantlet of leering passers-by. Sure, you can always wear bike shorts, but then you have to awkwardly take them off, sometimes in the elevator. WHAT? Why does it always open up at the most awkward times? Anyway, there’s another solution. Pull the elastic strap up your leg and clip it to your skirt to keep it from flying up. Once you’ve locked up, drop the strap in your purse and no one needs to be the wiser. If only we had a similar fix for biking in heels.
Yakkay Tokyo Blue Stripe
Even ostensibly sensible people sometimes balk at bicycle helmets. There’s just no way to make looking like you got your head stuck in half a bowling ball seem cool. Or is there? The fabric overlay helmets from this Danish brand manage to disguise the indispensable safety gear as a bucket hat, which makes it fashionable enough to have earned distribution from a New York biking boutique. The company will launch in the U.S. officially in July, giving you access to more styles — including a furry version! But maybe hold off on that one until it gets colder.
We understand the impulse to change your clothes after a sweaty ride to the office, but this tunic patterned with psychedelic bike wheels is cute enough to wear all day long. We especially love the pockets — on the back and the sides — even though it’s not like you really have to carry stuff in your pockets at work. Maybe you do in your secret carrying-stuff job. Anyway, pull chords also allow you to ruche the sides to adjust the length.
Austin Pedal Oxfords
“They look like real shoes,” a fashion-minded coworker said — the highest praise for shoes designed for cycling. The shiitake-hued, waterproof leather footwear features a lining that wicks moisture. The rubber sole curves up to protect the toes, and an indent at the bottom can lock onto the SPD (Shimano Pedaling Dynamics) pedals. An “infused nylon” plate also makes the shoes stiff enough to allow for efficient cycling. The only side effect is you’ll tip forward slightly as you wander office hallways. (Tell the boss you’re just trying to get ahead.)
Betabrand Bike-to-Work Pants
($90, khaki, granite or moss, Betabrand.com)
Just roll these up and start pedaling. The lower half of the legs are lined with silver and blue plaid reflective Illuminite and Scotchlite. So are the rear pockets — yank them out to announce yourself to motorists. The sturdily stitched trousers are casual yet marry well with a shirt and tie, and even work for lunchtime yoga. “They look very comfortable,” the teacher said. She’s right.
The Trip’r Shirt
($75, long sleeve; $60, short sleeve, Exofficio.com)
While not exclusively for riding, this shirt has many traits that cyclists will enjoy: a lightweight, wrinkle-resistant, sweat-wicking and quick-drying nylon/polyester fabric blend; a mesh panel in the back shoulder area to keep you cool; built-in 30 SPF; a zippered pocket in which to place important stuff; and snaps for easy unfastening if you heat up.
Written by Express’ Fiona Zublin and Marc Silver