Londoners are so chic! I was poking around on other cycling blogs and stumbled upon some of the coolest cycling gear I’ve ever seen. They approach biking in a much different fashion than Americans. They actually dress up in suits and dresses and heels… and ride! The helmets, panniers and purses aren’t utilitarian like most you find here in the states. A website called Cyclechic has me ooing, ahhing and I-want-that-ing. Check out some of the coolest things I want:

legwarmers Cycling In The Cities: Riding In Style


Legwarmers with reflective fabric woven in?! Who knew they could be cool again.

bike pannier Cycling In The Cities: Riding In Style


Kitschy oilcloth panniers that become a cute bag when they pop off your bike rack.

cover helmet Cycling In The Cities: Riding In Style


And this is my favorite: Is it a hat or a helmet? It’s both! You can buy other hats to change it up. That’s what I call a shut-the-front-door, cool idea!

Things as pretty as these just make biking seem more enjoyable. And I just realized there’s a sister store in the states called The Bicycle Muse. Oh boy. Guess who’s going shopping…

Angela Keegan Benson is the Assistant News Director at WCCO-TV and a mother of two. On August 1, 2011 she began her quest to live one full year as a bike commuter. Follow along as she figures out how to mesh the cycling culture with the demands of parenthood and an affinity for 4-inch heels. And yes, she’s committed to sticking it out through February storms. For more Cycling In The Cities, follow @Angela_Keegan on Twitter.

  1. Courtney Wiley says:

    So, I totally dig the whole bike chic idea. I spent a semester in amsterdam where biking is pretty much how EVERYONE gets around.

    Don’t worry–I caught on quickly that people ride their bikes there like they drive their cars here, and that’s even when it comes to the clothes they wear. Yes, women in heels and suits, men in suits (and usually chuck taylors–sexy!), or women in boots with legwarmers and skirts…you know, CUTE stuff!

    Unfortunately, that helmet and that bag are hideous. You can find WAY cuter bags to put on your bike. In the Netherlands, they have a wide variety of side pocket things that fit a TON of stuff.

    Most importantly, though, I’d like to stress that European cities are MUCH better equipped for many bikers. Biking in Minneapolis can be EXTREMELY dangerous, as there aren’t sufficient bike lanes (in number and quality), and many drivers are not aware enough of bikers. Therefore, Biking here in heels could be SUPER dangerous, and I think that needs to be stressed.

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