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Thursday, September 30, 2010

Cycling Fashion, Chic and, well, Otherwise

Quite a while ago I did an experiment with virtual cycling style that proved to me that I will never really look good on a bike no matter what I do. I didn't know it at the time, but some of the pictures I was altering were textbook examples of the newish trend sweeping the globe called Cycle Chic. Just because Cycle Chic doesn't work for me doesn't mean it shouldn't for anyone else. I have been schooled in that fact recently right on this very blog... but enough about that. Some people make it look very good, which, I suppose, is the point of, um, fashion. I think the phrase Cycle Chic itself has a ring to it that may be partly responsible for its current popularity.

Anyway, I was thinking if Cycle Chic might be represented by images like these recent ones from copenhagen cycle chic:


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There are many other images out there of cyclists doing their thing. Are there names we could give to other cycling fashion choices that would give them more widespread appeal, like the ride painted thing?





pic source: wikipedia


Or the ride knitted thing?





image source: blog.craftzine.com



Or, god help us, this?



image source: pasty.com



You know what? What the hell was I thinking? Wave off, wave off! I don't want these things to become any more popular. We should all probably avoid giving them appealing names of any sort, and just file them in the "Life's Rich Pageant" folder. That folder is getting huge. Maybe I should alphabetize it... wait. That would require names. Better not.


By Any Other Name, I Remain Yer Pal,


R A N T W I C K

6 comments:

Big Oak said...

I have family who are UPer's. I don't see anything wrong with that last photo!

Tracy W said...

Wait a minute, I think that guy in the last pic lives down the street from me!

Regardless, there are a lot of things I would rather do than ride (or walk) around with a dead deer over my neck and shoulders! Yuk!

RANTWICK said...

Big Oak - It is bad fashion. Good eatin' , but bad fashion.

Tracy - You're telling me... and I was planning a rant about hating backpacks!

cafiend said...

I don't do well with fashion. After generating many cringe-worthy memories in adolescence and young adulthood I decided I would only dress appropriately for the weather and let style --such as it is-- happen by accident.

RANTWICK said...

Cafiend - Nonsense! I hear you're one of the biffest dudes in NH.

cafiend said...

Except for that one day I showed up at work wearing only body paint.

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