The Beauty of Biking

Beauty of Biking Rene Groebli Photography

It’s not hard to see the simple beauty of biking in this photograph taken by Rene Groebli – the movement, freedom, escape and joy.

 

Bike to Work Day Style

Bike to Work Outfit
I couldn’t be more excited to welcome sunshine and warm commutes into my life. For many of us, it means bare legs, sunglasses and little pops of color during the ride. The Reveal Skirt has become a Spring staple for me and if I had an unending closet, this is what I’d be pulling together for my Bike to Work Day outfit.

From top left clockwise: Valentino Long Sleeve Pullover, $2,500 (you can pick up this look-a-like from Willow & Clay for $47.20); Micheal Kors Griffin Sunglasses, $105; Sahn Helmet, $129; Cole Haan Monroe Reflective Penny, $99.95; Iva Jean Reveal Skirt, $160; Orly Genger by Jaclyn Mayer, $170.

 

Shini Park Bikes

Shini Park of Park and Cube Bikes

Shini Park of Park & Cube has great style and impeccable taste, so it’s no wonder that she’s one of my favorite ladies on bikes. The summer months have me craving a more casual and playful look much like this one.

 

Why Women Bike

Women love to bike

If you could tell a room full of women that are interested in biking or a little nervous to get started, what would you tell them? Would you tell them what kind of bike to get or what to wear? How about the best routes or bike shops? Or which areas to extra careful in or the rules of the road? For many of us, that’s where we start, the logistics. Those things are important, but I want to encourage more of us to share the “why we love it” and “this could only happen on a bike” stories.

Let’s encourage more women to aspire to a life on two wheels, to be wooed by the passion and freedom.

I personally, am happiest on my bike. Exploring Seattle on two wheels allows me to see things I would have never noticed on a bus or in the car – peek-a-boo views of the mountains or architectural details on my favorite buildings. Plus, I love showing up in heels and having people ask me if I really rode my bike there.

I got curious what others would say, so I asked a few of my favorite ladies on two wheels why they love to bike…

“I love biking, not just for the fitness aspect, but because its so social. When I ride through Seattle, I see friends on the street and its easy for us to stop and chat or keep riding and exchange a few words. It’s the commonality of biking that makes it my favorite sport. As for how good I look in jeans when I bike, instead of drive?… that’s just a happy bi-product!’” - Anna Rose Telcs, Seattle Fashion Designer, Artist

“Being located in both NYC and Washington, DC, we find getting around our cities by bike is not only convenient but fun.  We feel you don’t need special gear to bike so we designed the GiveLoveCycle Guilden to fill a void of a practical, stylish bicycle bag to take you throughout your daily routine, whether it’s riding past the White House or through Times Square!”Mari and Debra from Give Love Cycle, Washington DC and NYC

“Riding a bike is the most fun, independent, spirited way to move throughout the city. It adds a slice of childlike energy to my daily routine. When I arrive by bike, I will always arrive in a good mood.”Rachel Ravitch, Seattle Designer 

“I love using my bicycle to get around for a number of reasons, most of all the feeling of freedom. I am enchanted by being able to smell the flowers in spring and the icy wind from the mountains in winter. In Seattle you can view the Cascades and the Olympics on most routes through the city. Unlike in a car or bus, you are able to pull over onto the sidewalk and chat with a friend, and parking is always free!”Sonia McBride, BabeCycle, Seattle

“I love biking because it is invigorating and relaxing at the same time. I like to feel the wind in my hair. I also get all my best ideas on my bike.”Maria Boustad, PoCampo, Chicago

“Besides it  being efficient and a workout bonus, it’s the best way to fully experience the city.  When you’re in a car or bus, you can only see Amsterdam. I want to smell it and feel it too…wind and, yes, even rain.”Bethany Papenbrock, Producer, Amsterdam / Seattle

“Riding a bicycle in New York City is the most efficient way to travel. There’s no waiting for a bus or a taxi — I just get on my bike and go. And while others sit and stress in traffic, I’m outdoors, taking in the city views and enjoying some exercise on the way to my destination.”Susi Wunsch, VeloJoy, NYC

“What I love about my bike commute are the smells.  My ride takes me past the aroma of coffee shops, whiffing the fragrance of blooming bushes and through the enchanting sea air.  Inhale, exhale, I arrive ready for the day.”Juliette Delfs, Hub & Bespoke, Seattle

We want to know why you love to bike, leave a comment or use #love2bike to share on Twitter or Instagram and share your story.

 

Casual Friday Bike Fashion

Cara Delevingne Bike Fashion

For those of us that can afford a little more casual bike fashion at the office on Fridays or are planning to head out to meet friends tomorrow, we love Cara Delevingne’s eccentric and laid back look.