Monday, April 28, 2014

A Tad Chilly for Open Toe Shoes

The weather is finally nice in the morning again! Bright and sunny. Not a hint of breeze in the air. According to the weather widget on my phone, the temperature was 36 degrees but feels like 43 degrees. That is close to ideal for me - I am happy to ride my bike to work in the cool morning.

My eagerness for the spring season to come back got the best of me and I wore open toe wedge shoes for my ride in to work. I have to admit my toes were a tad bit frozen in the average temperature of 46.5F degrees! In the past, I've worn boots or flats and while flats aren't the best for bicycling (because they can slip off the platform pedals) they sheltered my toes from the wind chill.

Other than that, my attire kept me warm and dry. After 9.30 miles and 40 minutes of moving time, I arrived at work without a misting of sweat and my white button shirt and pants were still clean and crisp!

You don't need any special clothing or shoes to ride your bike to work. Whatever you normally wear will work fine for the most part. Some pieces will work better than others and you will find what works for you and what doesn't. I tend to wear tights, capris and leggings (full length or cropped) under skirts or dresses while commuting.

I wore this today.
  •  Leather skinny belt from Western Star Leather (was one of two custom belts made by my parents-in-law for my birthday and they are high quality and beautiful!)

  • Women's Stretch All-Wear Capris from Patagonia. The low-waist and stretch makes it comfortable for riding on a bike. The fitted, straight legs means the chance of rubbing the fabric against the chain and grease are slim.
I picked up a few capris and tights in bright colors to help keep me visible on the road!!

4 comments:

Jeff Moser said...

Some great advice here. They do make special commuting shoes (casual shoes and sandals) that have a clipless pedal interface, but I wouldn't want to use them unless I specifically needed clipless pedals (like I was headed out for a recreational ride later in the day and needed them). The beauty of urban cycling and commuting is that you CAN wear your regular shoes and clothes. Just hop off your bike and blend in instantly!

Cuter Commuter said...

Thanks Jeff :-) If you come across more office appropriate casual shoes and sandals will you please let me know?

I had considered platform and clipless pedal combo, especially when my route had rolling hills. The Vittoria Bianco Line 1976, the Women's Giro Civila and Men's Giro Republic but am still on the fence as to whether I really need it. Especially since I couldn't narrow my choice down to ONE pair but buying all of them wouldn't be the best for my budget either.

You are right about the beauty of urban cycling is that we CAN wear regular shoes and clothes too!! Then walk into the office and most people wouldn't guess that I commuted by bicycle.

Jeff Moser said...

Keen used to have a variety of casual shoes that accepted a cleat, but it looks like they're down to just a couple pairs of sandals. Although I do see the older models on Sierra Trading Post... It was kind of a silly idea anyway. If you did require clipless pedals, you'd probably just wear your regular cycling shoes and stow your casual shoes in your pack. That's what I used to do when I mountain biked at lunch.

I think most of clipless / platform combos would still be uncomfortable, since the part you clip into is not recessed enough for regular shoes. I'm running some cheapy platform pedals on my road bike right now...it's my primary commuter at the moment. I have some fancy Ergon flats for my utility bike that are awesome, but kinda big.

Cuter Commuter said...

This is ALL SO NEW to me - thank you Jeff!! I really appreciate your advice and tips and I will check them out. I have a pair of Keen boots. I did not know they made casual shoes that accepted cleats. I am learning so much!!