What to Wear While Biking to Work

Bike commuting has inspired a look that is as hip as it is sporty.

  • Photos by Becca Sabot
  • Winded. This light layer packs away easily. Women’s Houdini slim-fit windbreaker ($99), from Patagonia, 1648 Grand Ave., St. Paul, 651-698-1703,
  • On the Town. Designed for cycling, these jeans have a higher waist in back, seamless gusseted crotch, articulated knees, and reflective belt loops. Jeans ($99.99), by Swrve, from Erik’s (Dinkytown location only), 1312 SE 4th St., Mpls., 612-617-8002,
  • Lock Down. After all those years of balancing bulky round locks, we are relieved to discover a lightweight folding alternative. Bike lock ($99.99), by Bordo, from Erik’s, 12 metro locations including 1825 Radio Dr., Woodbury, 651-259-4600,
  • Rainbow Ride. Think of these amazing tires as bangles for your bike. You’ll need options, obviously. Tires ($19.99 each), by CST, from Varsity Bike & Transit, 1316 SE 4th St., Mpls., 612-623-0990,
  • Head Check. Helmet shape is a great predictor of biker personality. This one says city slicker all the way. Visor lid helmet ($59.99), by Bern, also from Erik’s
  • Dressed to Ride. When a tank top and shorts won’t do, this sporty dress is a cute option. Cotton dress ($95), by Nau, from Handsome Cycles, 115 Washington Ave. N., Mpls., 612-353-4035,
  • Ring My Bell. Nothing like an old school bell to let ’em know you’re coming. Copper bell ($20), by Crane, from Angry Catfish Bicycle Shop, 4208 28th Ave. S., Mpls., 612-722-1538,
  • 8. Lights On. They deliver ample light, con- sidering their pocket size. Bike lights ($29.50), by Bookman, from American Swedish Institute, 2600 Park Ave. S., Mpls., 612-871-4907,
  • Join the Club. The graphic T-shirts from Minneapolis-based Twin Six strike just the right balance of humor and style. Speedy Bike Club shirt ($24), from
  • Cheers to the Trails. However did we survive Lake Harriet’s summer concert season without this leather wine carrier strapped to our bikes? Wine carrier ($35), by Oopsmark, also from American Swedish Institute
  • Pack It Up. This functional daypack will look equally stylish off the bike. Canvas and leather Pickwick Backpack ($250), by Brooks, also from Angry Catfish
  • Clipped. Canvas kicks now come with an integrated cleat to fit SPD pedals. We’re waiting for women’s styles. Urban cycling shoes ($109.99), by DZR Shoes, also from Erik’s (Dinkytown location only)
  • Socked. You can do better than white. Colorful patterned socks are an easy way to show some personality. Cycling socks ($12), from

Bike commuting has inspired a look that is as hip as it is sporty. The clothes and gear will take you from road to office to dinner. (You’ll have to figure out the shower thing.)