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Momentum Mag’s BikeStyle Q&A with Trisha Ping and Dottie Bracket of Let’s Go Ride a Bike.
City Nashville, TN, & Chicago, IL
Occupations Trisha Ping, Managing Editor and Dottie Bracket, Attorney, both are the voices of Let’s Go Ride a Bike letsgorideabike.com
What is your BikeStyle?
Trisha Ping: I bike in everyday clothes, so my BikeStyle is my normal style! I love a good blazer, have more scarves than I should probably admit, and cherish my collection of vintage costume jewelry.
Dottie Bracket: My goal, once I lock my bike and stow my helmet, is for no one to guess that I biked 9 miles (14.5 km) to work. My everyday wardrobe is classic and professional with a stealthy ability to work on a bike in any weather.
What are your favorite clothes to bike in?
TP: Dresses + tights or leggings provide comfort and style.
DB: For any season but summer, a cashmere sweater, skirt, tights, and boots with a Nutcase helmet.
Where are we most likely to spot your bike?
TP: Shuttling between Hillsboro Village, 8th Avenue South, 12South, and the Gulch.
DB: On the Lakefront Trail, coasting between Lake Michigan and the Chicago skyline.
What do you like most about riding?
TP: The wind in my hair, and not having to worry about parking!
DB: Spending time outside year-round while enjoying easy exercise.
What is your dream bike for everyday cycling?
TP: I love my Abici Donna, but in hilly Nashville I wouldn’t mind having a bike with a few more gears, like Dottie’s Betty Foy.
DB: My Rivendell Betty Foy and WorkCycles Oma are perfect, but I wouldn’t mind an ANT or a Sweetpea.
What did you eat for breakfast?
TP: Avocado toast and coffee with milk.
DB: Bacon, buttered toast, black coffee.
What song is most played on your iPod?
TP: Fiona Apple’s “Werewolf,” “Money on My Mind” by Sam Smith, and “Graceland” by Paul Simon.
DB: “Raspberry Swirl” by Tori Amos and the This American Life podcast.
Basket or panniers?
TP: I’ve used both, but find all I really need most days is a rack and rack strap and one of my Po Campo bags.
DB: Basket. I like to throw my purse in and get on my way.