I ride everywhere, anytime, any weather… over these last couple of years, one experience at a time, I learnt what works, clothes wise, and what doesn’t. I don’t need specialised clothes, because… there’s no need for them if you use a bike as transport*.
What I haven’t done yet, and I am entering my year 3 of regular cycling, is cycle to an important ‘event’… such as a work meeting or a job interview.
[I cycle to site meetings though and that’s fun as it throws everyone else out of their comfort zone, i.e. comparing pay packets by what car they drive ah!]
But few days ago I had that opportunity: a rather important meeting, the make of which would have meant the go ahead of a project or the death of it… a churning stomach was an understatement of my physical condition… but as I pondered about sitting on a bus and making my nerves worse or cycling, wearing ‘good lookin’ clothes’ (to paraphrase my good friend P.), I opted for the last option, I thought “I’ll take it nice and slowly”.
How glad was I! I did take it nice and slowly, rode with one less layer plus my beloved old denim jacket and when I arrived at my destination I made sure to get there a good 15min earlier to catch my breath, put my smart jacket back on and off I went.
And the result… the meeting was a success! I think partly because I was rather calm after the ride and with a good boost of self-confidence (cycling endorphins anyone?) and the mere act of cycling to that meeting got me brownie points… bien sûr!
Below: what I wore… to give you an idea that you can cycle in any clothes you fancy (apologies for the glamorous wheelie bin in the background).
*Nothing takes a way that using a bike for sport as a cardio work out is also good for you. But I wouldn’t want to do that if I am simply going to meet friends or commuting to work. All I am saying is… ‘there’s another way’.