One of the primary reasons why I ride in vintage suits and such is because I believe the image of someone riding a bike in nice clothes will do more to encourage others to ride than all the “green, healthy, sustainable, etc.” arguments combined. I’m no super model by a long shot, but I work what I have.
Nice theory, but show me the converted pal, right? Well today, on my way to lunch downtown I pedalled past a middle aged business-dressed, black man who hollered “I’m digging it!” to me as I rode past him on Oma in my vintage sharkskin suit, skinny tie and Kenneth Cole wingtip boots … Justified! If I can get that guy to think riding a Dutch girl’s bike is cool, we win.
As a result I stretched my smile muscles on the way to meet Eric, his wife Elsie and his sister Elizabeth at the Westown Farmers Market, a Wednesday ritual for me. Elsie and Eric both rode their SWEET Dutch bikes. I had my Lumix Lx-3 with a charged battery, so this time I got decent photos. Check it: