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Join us tomorrow Sunday December 11th for the Dallas Cycle Chic holiday shopping tour by bike. Come for the holiday shopping, or take advantage of the excuse for a fun afternoon on your bicycle with friends.

Our Chic Boutique Ride will take you along to our favorite locally-owned boutique shops in the West Village and on Henderson Ave. Did I mention snacks along the way? A little birdie told me we may start with some bubbly…

Meet at Transit Bikes on Blackburn at McKinney and we’ll start-off about 1:00pm. Don’t forget your gloves, light, helmet, and basket/bungees/cart. Or come by Transit Bikes a bit early to get set!

It’s been cold this week.  If you’re like me and really cherished time spent poolside during our long hot summer, this cold-weather thing came all at once a little abruptly. I’m still pulling out my winter-wear and it’s been below freezing for 3 nights already.

SO in the spirit of fun winter fashion and gearing up for our Chic Boutique Ride coming up this Sunday, here is some winter biking inspiration for us all.

Granted, we most likely won’t have snow Sunday, but it’s highly likely we will see snow sometime this winter (given how cold things have started out I’d say we’ll see plenty of snow…yes, that was a  a 20% chance of snow Tuesday night)  You can’t say it isn’t possible to bike in the snow, getting your everyday things done in a very functional outfit. (Colored tights!)

Hopefully it won’t get this extreme in Dallas.

But if it did, and you were caught out in it, you would have the satisfaction of knowing you aren’t the only one to endure the elements this way.  There are many thousands of stylish people around the world riding their bikes through much harsher winters, and there are indeed a small number of people in Dallas who do not own a car, whose only mode of transportation (by necessity and choice) is walking or biking.  Even on snow-days. Just ponder that…

In fact, winter biking isn’t that bad.  You build up quite a lot of body heat under those layers. The key is to watch the weather so you’re prepared and wear layers easy to remove or add so you stay comfortable. On that note, here are some stylish winter cyclists spotted in Copenhagen (the bike capital of the world) from the blog Copenhagencyclechic.com:

     

This gentleman has some stunning class.

With some good gloves, a hat and a scarf, I’d say the best part of winter biking is getting to wear so many layers. It’s a refreshing change from having to bike around half-naked all summer to stay cool. Send us photos of you and your friends winter biking.  We’d love to see how you’re handling it with unabashed style and warmth.

Get out your bike basket and find your scarf – Sunday December 11th 2011 will be the first Cycle Chic Boutique Ride, visiting the best locally-owned boutiques of the West Village and Henderson Ave. There’s a good variety of shops with guys and ladies clothes, bike-friendly home furnishings, and odds and ends perfect for socking stuffing.

We’re meeting at Transit Bikes on Blackburn at McKinney Ave so you can arrive early to air your tires, lube your chain, buy a basket, and get that red flashing rear light you’ve been meaning to buy.

At about 1:00pm we’ll leave Transit for our first boutique stop at the new Demerara before heading to Henderson for Gypsy Wagon, Another Time & Place, Pandemonium!, and We Are 1976. Around 4pm we should be ready to bike back to the West Village.

There will be holiday cookies, wine, cheese and snacks along the way and some good store discounts including 10% off at Gypsy Wagon and 60% off at Another Time & Place since they’re moving.

If this is your first adventure to the West Village by bike here are some handy directions from the Katy Trail and the Cityplace DART Station.

Happy holidays and happy holiday shopping! We’ll see you Sunday.

Our favorite Bike Friendly Oak Cliff Ride of the year (well, at least one of our most favorite) was a smashing good time this past Sunday.

About 200 tweed-clad bike-a-holics from all over Dallas met at Dealey Plaza, tootled through downtown, raced across the Houston Street Viaduct, and finally arrived at the historic Turner House for cold beer on tap.

Check out the Dallas Observer’s highlights, the Biking in Dallas, and Suburban Assault for more photo coverage.

Favorite shots of the day (with a few more to come):

Start putting together your most dapper tweed outfit – the third annual Dallas Tweed Ride is set for Sunday November 13th. The Tweed Ride (or Tweed Run) events bring together well-dressed cyclists in cities all over the world.

2010 Dallas Tweed Ride

Here in Dallas we meet at the Grassy Knoll, take a quick jaunt through downtown, over the river and through North Oak Cliff. In years past we’ve wrapped up at the Turner House for lawn games and beer. This year we’ll be riding to Cliff Fest. The fun begins at 1:30pm & you can expect to be out till sunset or so (don’t forget your bike lights!)

Lawn games at the Turner House

If you need some fashion inspiration, heck out photos from the 2010 Dallas ride, or the Tweed Ride line from Ralph Lauren Rugby. Rugby sponsored the Tokyo “Tweed Run, the Oct 15th New York “Tweed Run” and the November 26th London “Tweed Run”.

The Rugby even has their specially-made Tweed Run Pashley available for purchase at their store.

If you’re in need of cheap tweed, you’ll be amazed what you can find at garage sales and thrift shops. Tweed is basically a rough, unfinished woolen fabric, of a soft, open, flexible texture in either plain or twill weave and may have a check or herringbone pattern (thanks Wiki.) Don’t worry if you don’t have the most tweediful outfit or the most dashing bicycle – come join us! We’re expecting a couple hundred folks to come out this year – you’ll blend right in. And bring the kids! We ride at a leisurely pace.

With inspiration from Copenhagen Cycle Chic, visually embracing how urban cycling and style converge in our everyday lives, we began Dallas Cycle Style to promote Dallas cyclists flaunting their style.
Dallas has it's own unique urban culture, with it's funky southern flair, traditional values, obsession with fashion, and a pioneering entrepreneurial spirit that's made this region great.
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