Covet: Men’s Cycling Jackets

Maybe it’s because I’m too big a fan of Mad Men, or maybe it’s because working from home means I get too much wear out of my t-shirts and jeans, but seeing big labels make jackets with cycling style really has me longing for more reasons to “suit up.”

J. Lindeberg recently introduced the “Dreyden” blazer with technical mesh to wick away sweat and reflective striping hidden under the collar (see above).

Rapha’s Tailored Jacket features a back pocket and fabric that repels dirt and water:

Another option is the Shroud of Purrin blazer from Nau featuring a wind and water resistant fabric and new soft lining:

J. Lindeberg photo via Style Salvage
Rapha photo via Rapha
Nau photo via Nau

TorontoVerve; Street Style and Cycle Chic

The BikingToronto Photo of the Day blog regularly features stylish Torontonian’s riding their bikes and it’s pretty clear that we’re no strangers to “cycle chic” in this city. So you just know that a street style photographer is going to find a lot of fashionable subjects on their bikes. Take for example these photos from TorontoVerve:

More photos at TorontoVerve

Participate in the LGRAB Summer Games!

Have you heard of the fantastic cycling web site letsgorideabike.com? Well, now you have.

Trisha in Nashville and Dottie in Chicago are behind this fantastic day-to-day cycling site and they have recently launched a Summer Games. Participants cycle, photograph and then post online stories about how they completed each event. Here’s a bit more information from the site:

How to play, you ask?

It’s easy. There are three main categories, and six events in each category. Complete events in each category over a three week period, and tell us about it via blog post link, email or photo addition to our Summer Games Flickr Pool. Entries must include a story and a photo of each event you complete.  If you enter via a post on your own blog, please link to this announcement in your entry, include one of our badges and let us know via email.

Anyone who completes at least two events in each of the three categories will be entered to win the Batavus BuB by random drawing. We’re also giving away prizes as readers complete each category.

May 17-June 6: Social Cycling

  • Go on a group ride
  • Leave a nice note on a bike, or say hi to a cyclist at a red light
  • Schedule a bike date with a friend or partner — dress up!
  • Recruit a non-biking friend for a ride
  • Ride with your family

June 7-June 27: Learning Experiences

  • Perform a maintenance task — big or small!
  • Decorate your bike
  • Read a book about cycling
  • Carry a load on your bike — groceries, etc.
  • Test ride a different type of bike than you normally ride

June 28-July 18: New Territory

  • Ride a greenway
  • Have a bicycle picnic
  • If you don’t normally ride to work, commute by bike, or by bike/train or bike/bus
  • If you do commute, take the long way home: add distance to your usual ride
  • Explore a new part of town by bike

Now, Toronto cyclists may have a distinct advantage here. Starting May 31st, it’s Bike Month in Toronto. That means there are even more cycling events than usual in town (and trust me, we have a lot of cycling events).

I’ll be posting mine and my girlfriend’s entries here, so stay tuned!

The games start today, go here if you’d like to join in the fun.

Just Another Trip to the Office by Bicycle for Danny MacAskill

I’m wondering if I can spice up my commute like this?

Via Bike Commuters

What We Wear When Cycling in Toronto

Bike and Business Suit

Sitting in a car, no one can see what you’ve got on. For better or for worse, on a bicycle you’ve got nowhere to hide. Here’s how we dress when on our bicycles in Toronto.

We wear solids on our small bikes:

Strida at speed

Sometimes we wear all black (to not be seen “salmoning”):

Looking back

Or we wear all blue:

3RENSHO

And then we also wear some other primary colours:

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To be seen we wear our safety vests:

Kids are out on CM

And we sometimes wear clothes that are meant not to be seen:

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And sometimes we wear no shirts at all:

townie

And when it’s warm, we wear shirts to show off our pregnant bellies:

And we wear skirts and motorcycle helmets:

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Or we wear silly animal helmets:

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Or we wear boxes:

Blockhead

Or we wear no helmet at all because we have cool hair:

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And we wear halter tops when taking our other bike out for a walk:

Bikes get lonely too if you leave them home alone.

Or we put on our summery Canadian Tuxedo:

Speedy Cyclist

And we carry sparklers in summer dresses:

Cycling with a sparkler

And play the horn in our sharp vests:

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When it rains we put on our bright rain jackets:

riding in the rain

And when it snows we simply cover up more:

Day 343: On the move

Or cover up completely:

Polar Bear Bike

All photos from the BikingToronto Flickr Pool

What do you wear to bike in Toronto? Share your style in the Biking Toronto Forum