I’m a big fan of Rick Smith’s Yehuda Moon comic strip, not least because it’s vélocouture-friendly. The eponymous protagonist is a fine example of a guy who rides his bike in everyday clothes. Friday’s strip was particularly appropriate to our little blog:
Here’s a crucial juncture for the cyclist who would wear ordinary clothes: the pant cuff, and its proximity to the bicycle chain. For most North American cyclists, who use bikes without chainguards or chaincases, this meeting of the materials has a significant effect on our clothing choices. Off the top of my head I can think of several solutions to this problem:
1. Use a chainguard.
2. Use a little band around your pant leg (or, in the British tradition, trouser clips).
3. Wear knickerbockers (or shorts, or a skirt and tights).
4. Roll up your pant cuffs.
5. Tuck your trouser legs into a pair of stylish boots.
What’s your strategy of choice? Some of these approaches demand further exploration, of course. Do stay tuned.Thanks to Rick Smith for permission to use his comic.