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Momentum Mag’s latest BikeStyle profile of ‘Xander Labayen, part-time blogger at www.416cyclestyle.com, full-time father.
Occupation: Part-time blogger at www.416cyclestyle.com, full-time father
What is your BikeStyle?
Designer denim remixed with Daddy and Dirt. I had a denim-themed wedding, so if it’s good enough to get married in, it’s good enough to ride in.
What are your favorite clothes to bike in?
Any outfit that has a bit of denim and a splash of color. I’m addicted to G-Shock watches and wear one 24/7.
Where are we most likely to spot your bike?
If it hasn’t been stolen (damn you, bike thieves!) it’s near a café or farmers market between High Park, Trinity-Bellwoods and the Evergreen Brick Works.
What do you like most about riding?
It allows me to interact with my city and family on a personal level; it gives me a way to connect to more with less. I also love random stoplight conversations and the scent trails that evade you in a car, although not all of those are good.
What is your dream bike for everyday cycling?
With two kids it has to be a cargo bike: a Larry vs. Harry Bullitt Clockwork or a trioBike Mono S. We test rode a trioBike this summer and now the kids want it back.
What did you eat for breakfast?
Vega One Vanilla Chai organic kale smoothie with a side of bacon. Apparently there is a bacon shortage. Not my fault.
What song is most played on your iPod?
“In Decay” by Phedre. It’s my alarm song.
Basket or panniers?
Panniers: Ortlieb Bike Shoppers. They’re waterproof and portable, for all my digital things.