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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.

This video from Canadian clothier Betina Lou is selling a lifestyle.  The slow, beautiful life of spending quality time with good friends, enjoying the beauty of nature, good food, and the overall feeling of a life well-lived.  That’s pretty much what biking embodies for me too. Well done Betina Lou.

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):

I saw the most well-dressed stylish man bicycle-commuting to work downtown yesterday.

Yes, he’s from Dallas, and yes he’ll be at the tweed ride Sunday, though he confessed it seemed a bit silly to go hang out with people who go out of their way, for one day, to dress like he does… but there’s Cliff Fest!

Look at those sockless shoes, those shades! And the basket that matches the handlebars that matches the seat…the Linus really fits his style. He noted that he takes his style inspiration from Neiman Marcus. Of course! Did you see that the latest season incorporates the bicycle as stylish accessory? (Thanks for the tip-off, Chris.)

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More likely, I think, he’s been influenced by the international style captured by the sartorialist.

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.

We participated in Bike to City Hall day this morning.  Individuals rode in from different parts of Dallas, and groups of people rode in with organzied (and safer) rides with Bike Friendly Oak Cliff  and Bike Friendly Knox Henderson.  Union Station was the meeting point.

Once we gathered at Union Station,  we all went as a big group  at 8:00 am to the front of City Hall for a press conference of sorts where Mayor Rawlings, Council members Delia Jasso and Scott Griggs, and Max the “Bike Czar” (great unofficial title!) discussed the continuing efforts to implement the recently approved Bike plan.  All road work that is done on streets identified in the Bike Plan will have to implement the approved changes.  So, if a road is getting re-striped, the workers will have to stripe the new bike lane or sharrows too.  If it’s being repaved, they might have to also expand to include a cycle track.    Over the next few years we should see an increase in bike infrastructure which not only improves quality of life (as we bikers know) but is also beneficial in reducing smog, congestion, and parking problems.

Bike Friendly Oak Cliff and Knox Henderson were both recognized for their efforts on behalf of biking in Dallas, and Amanda Popken was recognized for helping organize Bike to City Hall Day.  It was a very fun way to start the day, with great exercise and wonderful people celebrating getting things done.  Now all I want some is some big breakfast tacos.

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Bikes are still stealing the show in store fronts all across the country. At least in Dallas and Denver.

Brooks Brothers, West Village

Guess this skeleton doesn’t need a shirt! Just a transparent little skirt and great old bike. Thanks to Lia for sending this one to us.

Boutique in Denver, Colorado


Napoleon's in shorts on a bike.Look at that swagger, that stance, those shorts! A shirt for bi-pedaling urban conquerors, no doubt. If you’ve never looked at Headline Shirts, you know they have some crazy shit. They’re giving away this $20 shirt for $5, today only, for you and only you (okay, you and anyone else with the checkout code 242BDAY) in celebration of Napoleon’s 242nd birthday.

We’re giving one away for free.

Email us your Napoleon Cyclist impression photo by Friday the 19th, and we’ll send the winner a shirt. It’s that easy! We’ll try to keep our Napoleon complex at bay. Email jpgs to dallascyclechic@gmail.com.

This could be you

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Bringing Linus bikes and the fashion house 3.1 Phillip Lim together inspires a magical collaboration.  Thanks you two, for highlighting the beautiful and whimsical world that is cycling through the city in chic clothes on a lovely bicycle.

Inevitably, I see the coolest bikes around Dallas – we have this great little funky bike community and I don’t think many people realize that. So I’m starting a new every-so-often series, posting photos of the cool bikes I see around town. I just want to see more chicly dressed folks on these funky bikes now!!

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Spotted at the State Fair's opening parade back in the Fall of 2010 - must be a UT fan...

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Motorcycle Bike in front of downtown's Central Library

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Neighbor's Motorcycle Bike - he said he took the motor out of (really?!)

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Chick's Cargo Bike at the Bishop Arts Beer Riot last Sunday

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Yes, she brought her homemade brew in it!!

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I just really like how homemade rust-&-wood this wagon is. You don't always need $$$ to get what you want! Just a circular saw, chain, wood... and some imagination! (Yes, a man was riding this flaming pink bike!) Love it.

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.
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