Spring Gear Guide
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Written and Styled by Molly Millar
And another day begins. After the alarm rings, Andrew heads to the shower, has a quick breakfast and then dresses for a day of riding and working at the office. Today, a pair of Yaz-Gap dark denim jeans, a purple micro check Hotel shirt and a pinstriped Arsenal blazer are perfect for a casual day at the office and the short commute to the subway. And what will Andrew be riding to work? Why a forest green Brompton folding bike, of course.
Twenty minutes later, Andrew is sailing through his neighborhood on his way to the subway. On this clear, mild spring day, a blazer and shirt are all Andrew needs. Depending on how strenuous your cycle to work is, you may want to consider wearing a T-shirt under your shirt to prevent sweat stains from appearing. Also ensure that your blazer is a good fit and allows for freedom of movement while on your bike. Jeans and bikes have always worked well together, as jeans are often flexible, durable and warm.
After a short ride on the subway, Andrew strides out of the station and on towards work. From cyclist to young urban professional, Andrew’s look translates both on and off the bike.
On the way back from a meeting, Andrew decides to stop for a cup of tea and a crossword. The Brompton sits next to him in kickstand mode.
Spring weather can often be unpredictable, which is why carrying outerwear, such as
this Portland Showers Pass jacket with brown pin stripes, is always a good idea. The waterproof shell and the reflective piping accents are just two of the unique features of Showers Pass jackets.
With the work day behind him, Andrew slips into his evening look, pairing dark denim jeans with a red Gold Case shirt with navy collar and cuffs. Not only easy and comfortable to wear, the navy detailing on the shirt looks sharp.
Andrew’s date has arrived and they take a seat at the bar, with the bike folded underneath, of course. There really isn’t anyplace you can’t take this bike.
Their conversation has been engrossing, and a second date is planned, but now it’s time to go home. Andrew unfolds his bike on the street and, after slipping on an Arsenal blazer for extra style and warmth, he’s ready for the night ride home.
A huge thanks to our model, Andrew Curran, Grace Chumfong of Antihero (302 West Cordova St., Vancouver), Rain City Bikes (2518 Manitoba St., Vancouver), Rino’s and the Narrow Lounge.