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As things are cooling off for Fall, let’s have a summer commuting recap here.
When it’s over 100 degrees in the summers in Dallas, commuting to work by bike can be a bit of an art. Especially when commuting in your work attire, as opposed to getting as sweaty as you need then showering and dressing at the office.
I am a woman working in a professional office downtown. Heels, skirt and laptop included. This summer I biked 2-3 days a week, May through September, averaging a half to a third of all trips to work.
After two years now of biking to work in the summers, I’ve learned a few things that might help you manage your hot-weather commute, and maybe even your upcoming winter commute. It’s definitely a woman’s guide but there’s a few things applicable to men too.
- Get a basket, front or back. A back rack alone is a good start, but unless you’re carrying a large purse or a bag of goodies that you want to strap on a back rack, or are investing in paniers, you’ll want your purse in a contained place. There’s NO point to wearing a backpack. Too much work, too much sweat.
- Wear something short, wear layers. Shirts and professional work-shorts are perfect. Layer a tank top with a chic blazer, wear your hair up. Keeping your legs cool is key – a lot of blood runs through there.
- Wear perfume. There’s a reason it was used before deodorant was invented – it helps distract from a temporary glow.
- Keep travel-size deoderant at your desk, just in case you’re running afternoon errands and you start to fret.
- Take it easy while biking, try to avoid long stoplights – you don’t want to stop moving for too long. You’ll feel cool as long as you’re moving because it creates a nice breeze.
- Lock up in a shady spot. That’s when I get the sweatiest – when I’ve stopped moving (no breeze) and the sun’s beating down on me.
- Ideally you can park somewhere you have some shady walking distance before you reach your destination, so you can air-dry and cool off before you have to put your blazer on.
Pull out your favorite Fall cocktail attire, we’ve been invited for Cyclist Happy Hour at the Nasher!
It’s all for the Nasher’s 10th Anniversary weekend, AND they’re installing new BIKE RACKS! They want the cycling community to feel welcome. And we want another great excuse to visit the Nasher! And sip afternoon cocktails. And ride through town in this amazing weather!
Events at the Nasher are scheduled throughout the day Sunday, from 10am to 10pm. Here’s the full run-down. My favorite highlights are yoga in the morning, Ballet Folklorico in the street at noon, and free Cool Haus ice-cream sandwiches. The Nasher really knows how to throw a party.
A few of us will be gathering at Oak Cliff’s Oddfellow’s at 1:45pm, to depart shortly thereafter – if you’d like to meet us at Main St Garden, let us know on the Facebook Event – we’d swing by on our way, at about 2:15pm. At 2:30 is the 360 Lecture: Nasher Xchange Panel.
Have you heard of this public art display all over the City?! It’s kicking off 10 commissioned pieces being installed this month, to stay up through February. I can’t wait to hear more about the whole project. Then afterward is the wine reception. Before the Cyclist Happy Hour starts…..
You need to rsvp for the 360 Xchange & reception though – just email 360RSVP@nashersculpturecenter.org and you’re set. Free admission, free parking, free wine, cocktails and don’t forget the art! What a lovely afternoon it will be. AND we’ll even be home by dark.
Visiting Zurich, Switzerland last week, I was inspired by the casual eclectic style of the folks biking there.
Come to find out, there’s a Zurich Cycle Chic, though no photos on the blog of Zurich cyclists…. Not from lack of subjects though, that’s for sure! These are a few of the folks I saw while meandering through the streets of the Kreis 1 district. There were even streetcar tracks all over the place and these folks navigated effortlessly.
The annual Cycle Style fashion show and Cyclist Census afterparty on the 27th was a smash hit. Here are some photos of the highlights – and of course, the winners….
2013 Face of Biking in Dallas
We looooooove that this year’s winning rep for biking in Dallas is this hip dad who bikes with his kids! Yes!
AND! The runners up:
Marcy lives here in our home neighborhood of Oak Cliff – though we don’t know her personally yet, we love this photo of her.
2013 Cyclist Census Showcase Favorite Photographer
John “Turk” rocked the Deep Ellum photo station taking our favorite shots of the Census this year. Thanks Turk!! We also gave him a $50 gift certificate to Light Tec to say thanks – and he’s already used it!
It was great seeing some old friends, some familiar faces, and to make even more new friends this year! And to top it all off, we had our very own Dallas cyclists RIDING the runway fashion show: Jeff, Susan, Dave, Sharon, Chad, Zac, and Kelsie – you guys were amazing.
Photos by Simon Phoenix and Brandon Schrader
Special thanks again to our sponsors
And to all the folks who participated and helped make this year’s Census and party a success:
Tracy Popken, Erik Glissmann, Zac Lytle, and 42 Real Estate in Deep Ellum.
Though these photos are of everyday cyclists in NYC, I’m pretty sure I’ve seen all of these people in Dallas.
Which gets to my point: Cycle Style is about being yourself in all your normal-person glory.
We at Dallas Cycle Style could care less whether WE would personally rock YOUR style, as much as we appreciate people who avoid pulling out the workout wear just because they’re leaving the car in the garage.
Which reminds me, the Annual Cyclist Census is coming up in April! More details to come come but this year we’re looking at what makes the Dallas cycling scene unique. We’ll be asking for YOUR nominations of who should be the Face of Biking in Dallas, and highlighting all the home-grown bicycle style we can find.
We’re not all supermodels nor have superhuman commuter capabilities, but we all have our own style. Even you, in the spandex at the coffee shop. Embrace it. We’re all cyclists.
We had such a great time Saturday, we’re still living in the afterglow. Aside from the great mix of shops we visited on our holiday boutique tour, there was a great group of folks, and the casual pace and booze at the stops really made for an entertaining afternoon! I wrapped up a good bulk of my shopping list, and a few of us even got ourselves Christmas gifts too!
There was even some talk of making this a monthly event, riding to locally-owned boutiques scattered throughout the in-town neighborhoods, changing up the mix each time…. We’ll keep you posted.
Thanks to all the wonderful shop owners at Switching Gears, NSFW Clothing, Modern Relics, Dallas Pin-up, Factory Girl, Far Fetched Imports and of course everyone at the Deep Ellum Outdoor Market. And thanks Patrick McDonnell for these fantastic photos!
Timmy & Christa, our 2012 Face of Biking in Dallas, this one’s for you!!
On July 14, 7:00 PM, the third annual Bastille on Bishop event celebrating everything French will take place in the Bishop Arts District. This year Bike Friendly Oak Cliff is adding a bicycle element to the mix of crepes, wine, mussels, music, French cars and more!
Le Tour de Bastille will be a group ride to the event from the Main Street Garden. Meet up is at 6:00 PM and departure is at 6:15 PM. Riders are encourage to dress in their best French style, including Tour de France new or old, high fashion or whatever French means to you!
After arriving at Bastille on Bishop, the Hot and Sweaty Tandemonium Bike Race will kick off at 7:30 PM. PRE-REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED HERE . No Entry fees. Race check-in begins at 6:30 PM. Racers will be required to race through the streets of north Oak Cliff on a tandem bicycle they provide, following a prescribed course with check points throughout the route. At each checkpoint, there will be a challenge question or activity. The winner will win the Yellow Jersey, with places for 2nd, 3rd and Best Style!
The Fine Print – Tandemonium Race Rules:
- 18 or older
- dress in French inspired clothing
- 2 participants and 1 tandem bicycle per entry
- use a tandem bicycle
- adhere to all traffic laws, including traffic signals and stop signs
- stay on course (on the honor system)
- have front and rear lighting
- wear helmets
Speaking of custom bikes, I just ran across another bicycle brand that will help you get a bike just the way you want it. RULE Bikes Britannia was recently featured on the catwalks of London’s Fashion Week.
Yes, bikes were going down the runway with models. They weren’t being ridden necessarily (that was my first question too) but they had some pretty impressive color schemes on these classy little bikes.
Through their website you can chose from the Elizabeth (women’s) or Horatio (men’s) model, then chose your color scheme – fenders, chain guard, handlebars, seat, and tires are all selectable – and number of gears, from the base price of £450 (~$770) with free shipping within the UK. I didn’t see where you can get the crazy cool print that matches your speckled pants though….
If you’re not into paying for overseas shipping for a uniquely custom cruiser nor going to the UK anytime soon,there’s Republic Bikes with a similar set-up and an inventive online mix-your-own bike 3-D viewer and great customizing options. Chose from the men’s or women’s version of their Aristotle fixie/mixtie road bike or Dutch-style cruiser as cheap as $399+shipping. You get to pick your tires, rims, housing, crank, chain, mud guards, grips, and even a bell on the dutch-style. They have some pretty great color options, though nothing like catwalk-inspired prints.
Free from shipping charges, don’t underestimate Your Friendly Local Bike Shop. I was surprised to learn that this guy got his fancy styled-out bike at Richardson Bike Mart.
He was cruising up Akard to catch the train downtown yesterday when I chased him down for a photo. Flames come standard with this Rat Fink bike. He self- customized with his personal collection of stickers.
If you’re beginning to get a good idea of just exactly the bike you’d be proud to sport around town, I personally know all 3 of our in-town bike shops can get you hooked up.
Two of the custom bikes at our fashion show were fully crafted by the good folks at Oak Cliff Bicycle Co (who are currently making a custom bike for my sister-blogger here at Cycle Style.)
And the craftsmen at Transit Bikes can ensure your ride is as unique as you are, especially if your leaning toward the fixed-gear style. They supplied another one of the showcase bikes at the fashion show.
The stye consultants of Switching Gears also have a great collection of color coordinated pieces to upgrade your ride (and they’ll have even more when they get moved into their new space around the corner.)
So many options between these three shops your decision-making brain area could be thrown in a tail spin. No need to ride an ordinary bike just like anyone else’s. It’s so easy to style-out your bike and really make it you’re own.
As we gear up for the Cinco de Mayo weekend of sunny afternoons and margaritas, we’re reminiscing about all the fun we had last Saturday. It was SO FUN partying with all our biko friends. Seriously. If you weren’t there….I’m sorry. Just make sure you make it next year – it’ll be even better.
Congrats to Timmy & Christa
The 2012 Face of Biking in Dallas!!!!
They totally deserve it – I see them at just about every bike event!
Runners up: Susan & Sabrina!!!
And of course, a special thank you to our
FAVORITE Cyclist Photographer:
All of the photos with Deep Ellum’s Sunburst mural in the background are his. Every single photo of his was great.
Chris Curnutt (with downtown in the background and a few Exposition Park shots) and Chris Arrant (with the Bishop Arts brick wall as the backdrop) were runners up. Thanks to all the photographers who came out. So many good photos this year!!!
The Cycle Style fashion event was a big hit, with the models from Wildflower Management styled out by our home-grown prof. stylists Brittany Winter, Tara Tonini, Arialla Villa, and Amy K Hayes and bikes from Oak Cliff Bicycle Co (those hanging from the ceiling are both for sale), Holly J and Ean P, and Transit Bikes.
Thanks again to all our generous sponsors.
Kelly with Railean for the rum and tequila tasting, Transit Bikes and Rozik EveryWear for sponsoring the Deep Ellum and Franconia kegs, and Richardson Bike Mart, Oak Cliff Bicycle Co, Linus, Repotted, CocoAndre Chocolatier and Light Tec for donating cool prizes for all our winners.
Thanks to Regeared also for making cool things from used bike parts and selling them at the show. Rachel & Laura, we all love what you two are doing.
Last but not least! Pedal Power skillfully handled the bike valet for those of you who pedaled up in style. And we’re proud to present them with the proceeds from the event! These folks selflessly help donate used bikes to those in need. Stayed tuned for the where & when of our check-presentation to the folks who run Pedal Power. Thanks for all of your support!!!