How To: Bike Commuting in a Suit

Cute Lawyer with Dutch Bike

Posted on 21 April 2010 | By Dottie |116 Comments From Simply Bike

The need to look professional is an excuse I hear often for not bike commuting. Please. Don’t try that one with me! As a lawyer, I often wear business suits to work and – yes – I ride my bike dressed up. Riding a bike in a suit is quite easy, especially if the weather is mild and the distance is not very great.  I have only a few tips:

  1. If the weather is hot, leave your tie, hosiery, jacket at work.
  2. If the weather is freezing, layer sensibly as I discuss here.
  3. If you wear pants, secure your cuff from hungry chains and crank arms, unless you want your fine Brooks Brothers suit ripped (sob).
  4. If you get hot while riding and want to remove your jacket, roll it before placing it in your pannier or basket to prevent wrinkling.
  5. Take it slow and steady.  No need to race the yoga-pant and lycra crowd.

If you follow these simple tips, riding in a suit will be a practical and simple course of action.  As a bonus, you’ll find yourself sitting up straighter and feeling super dapper. ( go to the rest of the article)

About Neil

I'm a nurse with over thirteen years critical care experience, primarily in the ED. I'm now supervisor for the ICU at Ukiah Valley Medical Center. I'm a founding member of the Ukiah Valley Trail Group (www.mendotrails.org) and now I'm excited about the 2 Mile Challenge. I hope we can instigate a tipping point and push walking and biking in Ukiah to go viral.
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