With the sun warming Pittsburgh closer and closer to summer, the cyclists have brushed off their bikes and begun to come out in droves. And frankly, I love it. This week, May 11-15th, is “Bike to Work Week”! So hopefully you can gain a bit of inspiration from these neon-colored bikes and helpful guide about biking in style. There are some great organizations out there that can help you get on the road, and safely, as well as some really great biking gear that is perfect for the type of gal that still likes to bike in skirts and leggings.
Read on to see a bike helmet that you can finally color coordinate to match your outfit!
While not always cheap, or practical, the cruiser beach bike is perfect for the fair maiden who likes to arrive in style. Unfortunately, if you live in a city (such as Pittsburgh) that has an average hill grade of 6%, then a road bike is a more practical machine. I love the colors of the (customized by you) Republic Bike. For me, and my grocery shopping, a bike basket or pannier is not an option. I love the light color combo of the bottom bike. And for those who aren’t interested in riding for the exercise, this bike with a motor is a really beautiful design. I love the vintage Pre-WW2 feel of it. Lastly, for those in need of a bike that is small, compact, but still can get them “there”, there are always folding bikes that are great for taking on planes, trains and automobiles.
[Image above (clockwise from left): Yakkay bike hat/helmet, Bicycle necklace, CycleChic bike helmet, Colorful bike bell, (Scarborough Fair dress), Euphrates sandals, The Carrie bicycle basket, Classic bike bell, (Floral Shop skirt)]
Leggings have become the cure-all for my desire to dress like a lady and still ride bikes, chase boys, and climb trees. The dress and skirt above are perfect for a sunny Sunday roll in the park. I love the bike necklace, and any bicycle needs to accessorize (just as much as you!) with a bell, basket, streamers, noise makers or really whatever it is that makes you enjoy the experience even more. And lastly, I have been searching and searching for bike helmets that aren’t so dorky-looking. The Yakkay hat (oops I mean helmet) looks exactly like a hat but has the protection of a helmet. Sometimes I feel like “Sheldon the turtle” biking up the hill in my green windbreaker, bulbous helmet, and huge backpack. Looks like I need a biking wardrobe overhaul myself!
For those that are less into pedaling and more into motorized bikes, look at these vintage-style motorcycles. Aren’t they beautiful?
Lastly, there are some really great organizations that continually promote safe biking, and are trying to make biking in cities a more recognized and appreciated mode of transportation. Recently Pittsburgh was recognized as one of the most bike-friendly cities in the US in Good magazine. With the help of Free Ride, an organization dedicated to distributing used bikes throughout Pittsburgh, and the efforts of Bike Pittsburgh, we have upped our ranking among some of the most supportive cities like Portland, Seattle, San Francisco, Austin, Minneapolis, and Salt Lake City. If you would like to find a bike coop or distributing community in your area, check out this national listing of biking information. I hope you find something good. Or hey, why don’t you start one yourself! (Oh and for a little added fun, check out the video of some of the most unique ways of riding a bike.)