I WANT TO LOOK LIKE THIS ON MY BIKE
But look how impracticable and dangerous this is, As a motorist I know how invisible cyclists are, so where is the hi visibility or reflective clothing or even bright colours to be seen.
(Although the pink one is kind of cute!)
But there are practical considerations, So I have a collection of red coats! and I am obsessed with cycle bags that do not look like cycle bags! When I cycle to town or to the shops I do not want to walk around looking like a cycle geek!
I cycle to work at 0615h in the cold and dark, up steep hills and often in the rain. I once read a question, “how do you keep dry on a bike? answer, you don’t. LOL! this is because if you wear a jacket that prevents rain from soaking through, the condensation formed inside makes you wet. So I am just resigned to being damp in the rain!..and it rains a lot around here.
So then I need clothes that will be seen and which will dry out at work before the ride home.. And of course I need to shower before work and have a change of clothes.
This is my jacket for work. Hi visiblity, reflective panels, waterproof and breathable.
Roomy enough to wear a sweater underneath for those freezing cold mornings.
BUT NOT VERY GLAMOROUS!
I have lots of lights. Flashing in my helmet, flashing on the bike. Two at the front and three at the back. I wear hi visiblity reflective clothing and a well fitting helmet.
But I would love a bit of cycle chic as shown on the images on this website.
Cycle cape, a bit “mumsy” and again not refective or high vis
There ARE chic helmets around, like this Yakkay one, which I LOVE, but a but pricey at 94 euro!
Cyclechic advertise this black mac with reflective panels. at £129…… don’t they know cyclists want to save money!
But frankly, only a fool, or somebody with a death wish wears black on a bike during the day. (and where is the helmet?) Motorists may be more cycle aware in London or big cities, but here, because there are not a lot of us around here, they just do not SEE you unless you are lit up like a Christmas tree.
So unfortunately this is the best I can do!
love from Bolton