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Fashion Friday: Katie in Candy Apple Red

Some things are just made for each other, even when they’re not. Katie fell in love with this retro-styled A-line skirt, delightfully piped in red with big red buttons. But it took years to find its perfect mate: red polka-dotted blouse with delicate tuxedo ruffles and a narrow-banded collar and sleeves. A match made in heaven.

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Katie was one of the many fashionable people at the SVBC Bike Away from Work Bash at San Jose City Hall.

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 May 10, 2013 in Cycle Fashions

 

Fashion Friday: A New Road Style from Giro

Back in the day, real cyclists wore wool. It combated bitter chill to keep them warm and wicked sweat to keep them cool. In 1976, lycra came on the scene for bike racers and it was game over. Wool jerseys were relegated to touring cyclists and those looking for vintage appeal. Now there are new breeds of performance wool bicycle apparel that gives lycra a run for its money and offers a lot more style, like the New Road line from Giro.

Eric Richter from Giro

Eric Richter of Giro was kind enough to model for me outside the New Road launch party at Palo Alto Bicycles.

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 May 3, 2013 in Cycle Fashions

 

Fashion Friday: Pretty in Pink & Cool in Cream

Full-skirted and full of fun, Corinne’s ladylike 1950s-style summer dress helps her beat the heat riding around downtown San Jose on her lovely mixte. Classic dresses and classic bikes never go out of style for a reason.

Corinne Winter

Corinne can been seen riding all over the valley as the Executive Director of the Silicon Valley Bicycle Coalition.

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 April 26, 2013 in Cycle Fashions

 

Fashion Friday: Cowgirl Denim and Ruffles

Whoopee ti yi yo, git along little dogies! There’s a little cowgirl in me, from my heavy cotton twill jacket, ruffled shirt and gored denim skirt down to my fancy cowgirl boots. Feels just right as I keep rolling along the trails in San Jose, drifting along with the tumbling tumbleweeds. (yes, San Jose has tumbleweeds)

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The denim skirt was a size too big but I bought it anyway. Good ones are hard to find.

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 April 19, 2013 in Cycle Fashions

 

Fashion Friday: Scooting Along in Razor-Sharp Red

When you’re zipping over to the light rail station on your scooter, you need the right accessories: a large close-fitting bag for your laptop, a small bag for your transit pass, sturdy shoes, and a helmet if you’re a novice like me. They say learning new things keeps you young. I don’t know about that, but I feel like I’m 10 again.

Red Coat Red Shoes Red Scooter

When I was a little girl I wanted a pair of red Mary Jane shoes, but Momma said they weren’t practical.

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 April 5, 2013 in Cycle Fashions

 

Trendy Tuesday: Pep on Her Peppy Little STRiDA

They say imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, and indeed it is when the execution is top-notch. I was thrilled to see that Pep, a local blogger and hard-core roadie, dedicated a recent post to her trendy folding bike and her personal bike style à la Fashion Friday. I love the way she pulls together classic pieces in neutral colors with a chunky knit scarf, and how the ensemble highlights her silvery mane and bright white little bike.

Peppy Little Strida

Every morning, Pep rides her STRiDA bike to a shuttle stop where she quickly folds it up and hops on one of her company’s fleet of private buses. It’s quick and easy, much better than driving or riding the whole way.

Folding bikes are hot these days because they solve “last mile” issues for suburban transit users as well as “no space” issues for urban dwellers. How hot? Well, my most popular post of all time is by far a review of the Bromptons Dick and I rented in London. If you haven’t tried a foldie, you have no idea how amazing they are.

For more details on Pep’s STRiDA bike and her stories of riding the backroads of the San Francisco Bay Area, check out her About Pep blog. Her photo-driven tutorial on descending is worth the visit alone.

All photos in this post are courtesy of Pep of About Pep and are used with her permission.

 
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Posted by on April 2, 2013 in Cycle Fashions, Gear Talk

 

Fashion Friday: The Power of Red

When facing a tough negotiation, businessmen will turn to red power ties to show strength, authority and dominance. For more casual settings, bold and dynamic red accents can give you a extra boost of confidence to help you make a statement and stand out from the rest of the crowd. There are no red shrinking violets.

Red for Rights

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 March 29, 2013 in Cycle Fashions

 

Fashion Friday: Straw Hats On for Spring

As the Northern Hemisphere rolls past the Spring Equinox and Americans roll our clocks forward for Daylight Saving Time, the annual debate continues. When can we wear warm-weather fashions: white shoes, searsucker suits and straw hats? Yankees insist on Memorial Day, in the Deep South it’s Easter, and in California anything goes. So it’s hat’s on for Spring for me, but no white shoes until Easter.

Kimono Dress

Popular in the early 20th century, the close-fitting cloche hat is usually made with felt. But it works in straw too.

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 March 22, 2013 in Cycle Fashions

 

Fashion Weekend: Gold Rush Tough Classics

The only things tougher than the 49ers of the California Gold Rush were the leather boots, heavyweight denim jeans and other natural fibers they wore. What worked then works today for those headed to the hills, albeit at higher speeds on a Harley Davidson motorcycle, another tough American classic.

Dick on Harley

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 March 17, 2013 in Cycle Fashions

 

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Fashion Holiday Edition: World Naked Bike Ride

Adam and Eve were happily naked in the Garden of Eden until they broke their sacred promise. Their bite of the forbidden fruit means that I, their descendent, am far too modest to ride my bike naked like the people who rode the World Naked Bike Ride in San Francisco today. But with a little photo editing, I’m there in spirit.

World Naked Bike Ride

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 March 9, 2013 in Cycle Fashions

 
 
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