My commute to work is probably my favorite part of the day. Whizzing down hills on my mom's vintage Bianchi bike to the office in 10-15 minutes is like a cup of coffee you can't find at any pretentious coffee shop in San Francisco. It's good old natural energy that can then be paired with a satisfactory cup of iced coffee once you get to the office and walk over to the closest Blue Bottle or Sight Glass (I love to hate that I once spent $7 on a latte).
BUT....My favorite part about the commute? Dressing.
See below for my bicycle commuting essentials for the stylish cyclist!
The MOST important part of your look is your backpack. I searched high and low for something functional for my day-to-day routine and I finally found the perfect bag by Timbuk2! Which for me was crazy, I always saw their bags as complete utility / functionality over style and was not really drawn to them. Working at a startup I often work late hours or go straight to events, drinks, dinner, and so forth right from the office. I was so sick of lugging around my giant backpack to the rock climbing gym, bars, and restaurants. I needed something that was stylish and functional so I could bring my backpack with me wherever I happened to be headed after work. My Femme by Timbuk2 bag was actually the best thing that has happened to me in sometime. BONUS: My femme bag has a furry + padded cellphone and sunglasses pocket because they knew backpacks never had a good place to keep them safe!
I have so much fun seeing how fashionable I can be on my bike. The more ridiculous the better. 5 inch wedges? Let's do it. But when it comes down to it, I am the most comfortable in something I can move in and is easy to wear. The perfect on trend solution to fashionable commuting? Statement shoes and a denim jumpsuit. Utility and military work jumpsuits are so in it's hard not to look effortlessly cool in one. Plus they're obviously functional and just plain cute. (And also very San Francisco.) Currently my go-to commuter look is this jumpsuit by Shades Of Grey By Micah Cohen Workshirt Jumpsuit from Urban Outfitters
The final essential? My Shadow headphones by Sol Republic are the essential piece to my commute. Whether it's by foot, bike, or muni my Shadows are in and I am in my own little world. But want to know my cheesey my pro tip for stylish bikers who want to jam out? Keep the volume on the DL (down low). When I am on my bike I keep the on a few notches to make sure I am paying attention to drivers, I swear you can't trust them!
These shoes by Anyi Lu are probably my favorite and most functional shoes to bike in. When I am not wearing heels or attempting to be a super cool swede (swedish person?), these are great shoes with perfect grip to weave around the city for longer commutes. Shop Anyi Lu at Nordstrom or check her site out here.
P.S. How cute is it that Rob fixed up my bike for Christmas last year?! He added the basket, got new handlebars so it's comfortable to ride, and got me new breaks and a tune up! I ride it ALL of the time now.