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Fashion Holiday Edition: An Anniversary Bike Date

New Year’s Day was our eighth anniversary, not our first. But it was our first anniversary to make our spare-no-expense, celebratory dinner a bike date. All I needed was a new, shorter dress and some warm accessories. All Dick needed was a Dutch bike with chain guard. I’m surprised it took us eight years to figure this out.

Dick & Janet Portrait

About Fashion Friday: Inspired by a 2011 Bike to Work Day challenge sponsored by the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition, this series highlights the broad range of “dress for the destination” bicycling fashions.

 
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Posted by on January 2, 2014 in Cycle Fashions

 

Fashion Friday: The (Not) Ugly Christmas Sweater

Suddenly, the ugly Christmas sweater is all the rage! There are Tipsy Elves, Rusty Zippers and Ultimate Ugly Christmas shops selling them online, and there’s even a National Ugly Sweater Day. But when you have a natural goofiness like my dear husband, you don’t need a goofy sweater. A classic argyle quarter-zip pullover in soft cotton is the perfect Christmas sweater for all-day comfort here in Northern California.

Dick Goofy Portrait

Unlike when he was 10, Dick was happy that Santa left him a new sweater and boots under the Christmas tree.

About Fashion Friday: Inspired by a 2011 Bike to Work Day challenge sponsored by the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition, this series highlights the broad range of “dress for the destination” bicycling fashions.

 
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Posted by on December 27, 2013 in Cycle Fashions

 

Fashion Weekend Edition: Short Skirt, Short Boots

Sweater top, sweater tights. Corduroy and cable knit. Tuxedo top left untucked. Perfect for a day of last minute holiday errands? Not quite. Love the look but thinking I’ll regret the heels. Flat-heeled slouch boots it is!

Slouchy Sweater

About Fashion Friday: Inspired by a 2011 Bike to Work Day challenge sponsored by the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition, this series highlights the broad range of “dress for the destination” bicycling fashions.

 
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Posted by on December 14, 2013 in Cycle Fashions

 

Fashion Weekend Edition: Dressy Warm Party Dress

Record-breaking cold + a holiday lights ride + holiday party + a chance of rain. How does all that add up, fashion-wise? It starts with a merino wool dress, patterned tights and pumps for the party, then tops it off with a warm coat, scarf and boots for the ride. For the ride home’s steady rain I was prepared with my rain burka.

Red Wool Dress

About Fashion Friday: Inspired by a 2011 Bike to Work Day challenge sponsored by the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition, this series highlights the broad range of “dress for the destination” bicycling fashions.

 
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Posted by on December 7, 2013 in Cycle Fashions

 

Make It Your Own: High Visibility in High Style

I’m not a big fan of high visibility bike clothing. Somewhat for philosophical reasons, but mostly because it’s usually dog ugly. Between frumpy, boxy shapes and no interesting detailing, it’s no wonder the few companies that offer stylish options are priced at a premium. The other option: design and sew your own like Emma did.

Emma Portrait

A trip to her local fabric store yielded high vis yellow fabric, high vis orange tape and reflective trim. Putting it all together in this sweetly feminine and supremely visible vest was purely Emma’s work. I love, love, love it!

How about that mailbox alternative to a pannier! For how-tos on how to build your own, thank Martha Stewart. That where Emma got her inspiration. The upside is that unlike most panniers, this one can be locked.

 
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Posted by on December 4, 2013 in Cycle Fashions

 

Fashion Weekend Edition: Sunday Matinee

When you’re too pooped for a Saturday night at the movies, the best thing to do is sleep in and then hit the Sunday matinee. An easy fitting cotton knit dress, contrast tights and clog-inspired heels are just dressy enough to feel like a date and comfy enough for settling into a double feature.

Weekend Dress

My favorite brown summer dress, recast for Fall with 3/4 length sleeves and a floral accent on the skirt.

About Fashion Friday: Inspired by a 2011 Bike to Work Day challenge sponsored by the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition, this series highlights the broad range of “dress for the destination” bicycling fashions.

 
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Posted by on December 1, 2013 in Cycle Fashions

 

Fashion Friday: Preserving the Planet in Style

For most of us, it’s the little things we do to tread lightly on the environment: installing low-flow shower heads, turning down the thermostat, bringing a reusable cup to the coffee shop and buying locally grown fruits and vegetables. Then there are the dedicated few who take it to the highest level as professionals, guiding the public, industry and businesses on sustainable practices. But who knew environmentalists had such style?

Juliana Wide
Her skirt is narrow and her boot heels are tall, but that didn’t get in the way of Julie’s bike + train business travel to San Jose to the speak at the Trash Summit. We met in the bike car on her Caltrain ride down from San Francisco. Julie needed some help navigating the fare system, and then navigating her way across downtown to the convention center. What she didn’t need was any style tips from anyone. I want that plaid blazer!

Fast forward a week and it’s déjà vu all over again on Caltrain where I met Rebecca who works for San Jose’s Department of Environmental Services. With a commute that goes from foggy San Francisco to sunny San Jose, layers work well. A bold print scarf over a long-sleeved knit top, over a wrap dress, over yoga pants and she’s ready for anything, including stretching out with a downward-facing dog pose on her train ride home.

Rebecca Wide

About Fashion Friday: Inspired by a 2011 Bike to Work Day challenge sponsored by the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition, this series highlights the broad range of “dress for the destination” bicycling fashions.

 
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Posted by on November 22, 2013 in Cycle Fashions

 

Fashion Friday: Little Black Dress Once Again

A girl can never have too many little black dresses, can she? This long-sleeved lovely is the cool-weather complement to my sleeveless summer favorite. Dress it up, dress it down and accessorize for the occasion. That’s what makes the little black dress a classic in any season.

Knit Dress

About Fashion Friday: Inspired by a 2011 Bike to Work Day challenge sponsored by the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition, this series highlights the broad range of “dress for the destination” bicycling fashions.

 
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Posted by on November 13, 2013 in Cycle Fashions

 

Fashion Friday: Extra Style for Extra Mama Cycling

When your title is “stay at home mom” but there’s little staying at home about the job, you need a style that can take you from school pickup to the grocery store to the playground du jour in parks all over town. In a peasant blouse, tank top and full skirt, Cherie makes it all look easy on her long-tail family bike.

Cherie Portrait

Cherie lives with her husband and two lovely children across the expressway from downtown Mountain View.

 
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Posted by on October 11, 2013 in Cycle Fashions

 

Bike Date Profile: Ryan & Jessica at Cafe Stritch

Ryan and Jessica live in downtown San José not far from City Hall where Ryan works on bicycle and pedestrian programs for the Department of Transportation. They’re big fans of the SoFA district in general and Cafe Stritch in particular. It’s big enough for large groups with mobile furniture that’s easy to rearrange, a great feature since they almost always run into friends there. All it takes is a quick glance at the bike corral to know who’s around.

Cafe Stritch offers a great beer on tap (IPA for him, hefeweizen for her) and outdoor seating that’s refreshing on a warm evening. Stritch offers a variety of well-priced vegetarian dishes, including a vegan french dip sandwich and fries that’s a favorite. They’ve seen some incredible jazz bands perform there lately too.

Ryan & Jessica Portrait

Cafe Stritch is on the other side of downtown from their house, so although it’s just a short ride away, there are different routes to choose from and they pass a lot of interesting people and places along the way.

The venue: Cafe Stritch at 374 South 1st Street, San José, California, USA

 
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Posted by on September 29, 2013 in Bike Date, Cycle Fashions

 
 
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