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Momentum Mag's Style Editor Molly Millar's Summer 2012 Picks for Biking to Work
Being visible and being fashionable this season are one and the same, thanks to the New York-based designer Vespertine. Vespertine takes visibility while cycling seriously, and has a lot of fun doing it. The GOGO Dirndle – a creative take on the Germanic Dirndl – features a zippered front, a cellphone pocket, lycra trim and an adjustable lace-up back. All elements combine to create a vest that looks better than any cycling vest you’ve ever worn in your whole entire life.
Gazelle 66 Degrees
Ride comfortably to work in your suit and arrive sweat-free. The 66 Degrees has those added touches, like fenders to prevent spray, a chain guard to protect your pants and plenty of rack space to carry your laptop, lunch and post-work yoga gear. It also comes with built-in lights, so you don’t have to worry about riding home in the dark after those really late days at the office, or from post-office drinks.
Betabrand Navy Bike to Work Pants
I’ve been watching this company for a while and have to say I’m pretty excited about their Bike to Work pants. They are a sharp-looking pant, perfect for most workplaces, with a few bike-friendly twists, such as a gusseted crotch for durability and a higher rise in the back waistband. And with a flip of the wrist, you can expose the reflective fabric under the cuff of the pant legs. Just one question: When are you going to make Bike to Work pants for women?
Soma Morning Rush Coffee Mug Holder
$21.99 USD; $24.99 CAD
Who says you can’t have your cup of coffee and drink it while biking to work? Not Soma, that’s for sure! This convenient little coffee cup holder attaches to the front of your bike and allows you to enjoy your morning caffeine en route – as long as you’ve mastered drinking while cycling.
Nutcase Street Sport Helmet
$60 USD; $69.99 CAD
What better way to get inspired while biking to work this May than by adding a pop of much needed color? The deep purple will have you dreaming of fairer days and will also go fabulously with your much-needed spring rain poncho.
Westport Shoulder Bag in Cross Hatch
$70 USD/ CAD
The Westport shoulder bag does so many things so well. Its adjustable shoulder straps allow you to convert it from a shoulder bag to a cross-body bag, while the interior of the bag has a pocket for anything you could possibly want to carry. Practical on the inside, smart-looking on the outside; the perfect combination.
Ortlieb Work-It Light
This light, compact office bag is well-designed and comes with an attached “double flap” that covers the mounting system when off the bike, so it won’t get in the way of your busy day.