Wellington Cycle Chic is go!

Cycle Chic has landed in Wellington at last. Photographs, quotes, advice – what could be whatter?

(Poll at the bottom of the page. Question: is it fair to judge someone by how they dress when riding a bicycle?).

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14 thoughts on “Wellington Cycle Chic is go!

    1. I do. Like many people, I put effort into my appearance. Why would I undo all that work because I’m on a bike? But I think tucking in one’s socks while riding is perfectly stylish. A very 1920s look 🙂

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  1. Unity

    Do you know if he has got permission from Michael? Cycle Chic is trademarked and you have to get the nod from the big man himself if you want to use the name.

    Unity
    Auckland Cycle Chic

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    1. Nigel

      Unity, I tried to leave a comment on AucklandCC but it insisted on a profile. Do I have to get one of those select few in the drop down box? Thanks

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  2. Bullitt

    I don’t (and never intend to) own a single piece of lycra but as someone who rides no matter the weather you won’t catch me wearing a suit on a bike anytime soon.

    I dress for practicality rather than style, as a commuter anyway, its different on a weekend ride for the sake of it.

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  3. I don’t often wear a suit on a bike, but I frequently wear a jacket, usually tweed, and my advice is that double vents, small armholes, and gloves with a good long cuff length are the way to go.

    There is nothing impractical about a well-cut jacket. I speak as someone who descends the bitter heights of Hataitai down to the frigid valley of Aro, in the depths of winter. At 65 kph down Hawker St you want tweed. I have a balaclava in reserve for the worst days.

    A jacket, scarf, gloves and proper trousers are welcome accoutrements and help me cut a dashing figure in the office. I have overtrousers, overshoes and a rainjacket for those times when precipitation predominates. But one is always fit for the board room underneath.

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    1. Serious question, though – as someone who is, literally, wearing a tweed jacket myself at the moment, don’t you find that it leaves your chest exposed? I find that a “traditional” jacket leaves my chest cold but back/arms too hot, particularly when going downhill at speed. I tend to favour garments that do precisely the opposite (i.e. protect my chest from wind, but let heat escape out the back/arms). Is this where the scarf comes in?

      Personally, I think it’s horses for courses. Previously, I’ve had a 4k commute; I cycled in my work clothes. I’ve ridden to work in Tokyo, Beijing, and Cambridge; if I’d worn lycra, people would have thought I was mad. When I’m blatting the 2k ride between sites in my current job, I just wear my normal work clothes. But when I’m riding to/from work – 20k each way, with a sizeable hill at the end, and I like to put a bit of effort in as I go – I’ll wear lycra, because it’s the most comfortable way to go. And at this time of year, I’m wearing a hi-viz reflective waistcoat anyway, so any comments about not wanting to look like an idiot are marginal.

      I should point out, though, that I have no compunctions about attending work meetings in cycle gear. If they schedule the meeting at 9am, it’s their bloody lookout.

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      1. Yes, either a scarf with the ends tucked into the jacket, or a waistcoat. I have a couple of old hunting waistcoats that pretty much take care of the gaps.

        My panniers are bright yellow with reflectors, so I don’t generally bother with reflective gear as long as I’m riding with them.

        I will admit that it’s easier for me to wear lotsa layers in winter because my ride TO work is about 90% downhill or flat, and I don’t work up a sweat. On the way home, I strip a layer or two out, and get changed once home.

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      2. Yes, I’d forgotten that you’re rocking the Ortleibs. Personally, I don’t bother with hiviz kit when I’m riding in daylight, but we’re in the middle of the 4 months/year that I wear a hiviz reflective vest pretty much all the time I’m commuting. The reflective vest is useful as it’s a standardised silhouette that drivers are used to seeing (because they’re used by road workers etc), so they register you as a person and seem to see you more easily.

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  4. Hillbilly MTB

    Always thought lycra gives off a mildly obsence look, especially on overweight middle aged men.
    I could understand it as a palatable introduction to cross dressing but why parade around on a bicycle to do it? I don’t really buy the anti chaffing, moisture wicking, air flow argument either, I think its more closet exhibitionism and that seems to be a predominantly male domain but hey, each to there own!

    Im happy wearing jeans and a tee-shirt or for winter, jeans a tee-shirt and a coat …

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    1. Don’t knock it until you’ve tried it. I used to think lycra was for posers; then I actually tried using it for road cycling. You feel a bit exposed the first few times, but the comfort makes up for it.

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      1. Hillbilly MTB

        @ Jack – Fair comment, although it would be great to see a far wider assortment of practical & functional urban riding gear for the unfashionable amongst us that wouldn’t be seen to be too outrageous in any situation.

        Ultimately who cares how you look so’s long as your comfy

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      2. Indeed. I like a lot of MTB clothing manufacturers for this reason (I used to basically live in some Ground Effect casual-yet-a-bit-padded shorts).

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