Bike East Bay’s annual Bike To Work Day just passed and it seems there was a 35% increase from last years number of cycling commuters in Alameda and Contra Costa County. Aside from the health, economical and environmental reasons, cyclists do it because its fun! Say what now? They feel truly connected to the world around them. The sun, wind, rain, sounds of people, music and city life surround them. They arrive at their destination feeling light and energized.

Cynthia Armour, the Project Manager at Bike East Bay has always biked , but became  a true cyclist four years ago. When it comes to biking, “Your only limitation is yourself. ” Their mission is to promote cycling as safe, convenient and fun.  Add to that her personal mission: to make everyone see that you can can bike to work without a wardrobe change  and yes, you can be a fashionable biker. Amen Cynthia. Amen.

Unfortunately, not many designers have tapped into the market of fashionable women’s riding gear. The very few bike shops that offer women’s wear only carry sporty gear and the options are limited to super girly prints and colors. What gives? I see that we have to make our own way in this world, just as always! With this rising number of  biking commuters, I see a fashion faux pas epidemic coming our way. Here are a few fashionable and biker friendly pieces to incorporate into your wardrobe.

IN: Culottes. Remember these? Of course you do! They’re shorts that look like a skirt and provide adequate coverage of your goods. Find them in a variety of lengths, styles and prints. Look super cute and feminine in the summer months ahead.

OUT:  Flashing what the lord gave you! YOU. KNOW. BETTER.

Check out Maribel’s luxury consignment on Lakeshore Ave., Oakland.

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@Maribel. Brocade and mesh panel tank with leather piping $80 ; cocoa brown pleated culottes $65

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@Maribel. Wrap ruffled front tank blouse $32; Cream linen culottes $48

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@Maribel. Red cotton-knit tie-waist culottes $35

Got your income tax refund? Take a look at the Iva Jean Reveal skirt:

iva REVEAL skirt

A tailored pencil skirt with a hidden zipper that releases 12″ of extra fabric for easy cycling. Sweet! Made of a durable, comfortable fabric called Schoeller-Dryskin. $160, and sooo worth it.

If your workplace does not require such finery, think slim sneakers in summer colors and patterns and clothing in light summer weight knits.

keds champion sneakers

Ked’s Champion Sneakers @ Sears, Oakland.

If, like me, you perspire easily, make sure to keep your fabrics light and breathable. Besides riding in the buff ( I would not recommend),  go for fabrics such as cotton (its offspring: flannel, gauze, gingham, muslin, sailcloth, sateen, terry cloth and velveteen)  and linen (stronger and more durable than cotton).  These fabrics allow moisture and most importantly air to flow through the fabric, keeping your body cool.

Namaste on Lakeshore Ave., Oakland has some fantastic pieces that can travel to work with you and to drinks with friends afterwards.

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@Namaste. Subtle Luxury connected tank/scarf wrap $125

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@Namaste. Midi striped zipper skirt $78

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If you’re a heels girl through and through find some nice thick heeled sandals or the wedge is a comfortable and sturdy alternative to your favorite five inch stunners.

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@Maribel. Pour La Victoire  tie-back platform sandal $85

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@Maribel.. Miss Albright floral sandal $55

Ladies of Oakland on different kinds of bikes…

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German hotness Daniela of Oakland loves her Vespa. It keeps her focused and only costs $4 to fill up!

These girls are keeping it safe and foxy while enjoying the beautiful Oakland weather today.

These girls are keeping it safe and foxy while enjoying the beautiful Oakland weather today.

 

Charlie Cho, owner of Lakeview Bicycle on Grand couldn’t help but notice the huge number of bicycling commuters on Telegraph Ave, Oakland. Three years ago, he relocated here from San Jose and opened up Lakeview Bicycle.  Thinking about taking the two-wheel challenge? They are local, friendly and full of biking knowledge.

This weekend for all you bike and beer lovers! This Saturday May 17, 2014 from 12pm-5pm is the second annual Norcal Session Fest in Jack London Square. Hosted by Drake’s Brewing Company and Bike East Bay; enjoy tastings from 30 craft breweries and live music all with the convenience of a bike valet. Come out and show your summer style.  I’ll see you there!norcal session fest

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