(photo from Cycle Chic — Copenhagen Girls on Bikes)
If non-cyclists could get past the “cycling gear” barrier – do you think more people would use bikes as a mode of transportation? Maybe that’s the Tipping Point.
We had friends over for dinner last night. All of them are occasional cyclists but none are daily riders. And because getting around on bikes is our new mode of transportation – the topic of conversation turned to bikes and clothing. My life-long friend – whom I met when I was 6 – was in town for the weekend. She has teased us (mainly Tim) for wearing “revealing” cycling gear. The tight shiny stuff just isn’t for her and is the main reason she isn’t into biking. I’ve tried to convince her to try cycling because I really think she would love it. But she just can’t get past the tight shorts and isn’t at all interested. Hearing that you don’t have to wear the gear peaked her interest. I think she’s ready to give urban cycling a try. Hopefully we will soon hear about her rides to the grocery store or taking her kids to school on bikes.
Since Tim is such a big fan of fancy chicks on bikes, I’ve taken to riding in my new black boots. When I picked my son up from preschool last week his teacher looked at my footwear with a long pause and said – are you riding in those boots? I just laughed and said why not?
I think a lot of non-cyclist people feel that way. Most people know how to ride a bike. And it’s a great way to get around town for quick errands. Much easier than driving, sitting in traffic and parking and more fun too. But if you only see spandex clad folks racing around on bikes – it’s easier to say – that’s not for me. If more people rode around town in regular clothes – I think more non- cyclists would be willing to give it a try. That’s the main comment I get from people when I’m out riding the Xtracycle. You wear that? You ride in jeans? those shoes? …I could probably do that. Hopefully they will. Style-conscious dwell magazine has jumped on board the urban cycling craze. Are you next?