Wednesday, May 13, 2009

High Heels and High Hopes

There is a new wave of cyclists, Many of whom are more interested in fashion then fitness.
chic cycling as its being called sees the bike being taken to the heart of the fashion world as style conscious women discover that the bike is a brilliant way of getting around be it for work or just for fun.
these women can be seen wearing the latest hot of the catwalk styles as they pedal their way along the high streets. Gone are the days of Lycra and fluorescent kit.
But I do have to wonder if this new hype has its drawbacks. for example is it safe to be speeding along pushing the pedals in High heels? There is also the visibility factor to consider I very much doubt that a chic cyclist would be seen wearing a hi vis vest never mind a helmet because god forbid they may get helmet hair.
That said though it is a boost for the cycling world as more people women especially are embracing the realm of two wheels. Being a mountain bike gal myself it does sadden me a little though as bikes are brilliant powerful machines finely tuned to deliver a top notch workout and should be treated as such not simply become a fashion accessory. Every time I see a bike with a basket decorated with flowers on the front I get a flash back to the " Dog in the Handbag" its just not natural in my opinion but then again that's what this is all about opinions everyone has the right to theirs and If this new movement is the opinion of some who am I to argue?
But I can safely say that I will never ever be joining that movement give me speed, Dirt and a forest trail any day!

( images for this post found on google search I do not own these pics nor do I claim to)


  1. it was a very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very good i liked it it was wasome

  2. in the cities where bike culture is embraced such as compenhagen and amsterdam it is pretty safe to go without helmets or reflective gear, but developing cities with emerging bike culture such as Toronto and even New york city its stupid not to wear a helmet.. rule of thumb.. if there's no bike lane.. wear a helmet..

    also if you just drank a few pints.. wear a helmet..

  3. Thank you for your comment, I agree Chiara N'Keal, I was reading an interesting article the other day about riding while under the influence of alcohol, And they ( the government) are proposing that drunk riders receive the same punishment as drunk motorists. I'm not really sure where I stand on this one just yet though but since I dont drink It doesn't really affect me all that much but will be interesting to see where it goes though ...