Wow! Great picture! I love it! This man is so elegant (perhaps I would change those globes…) It is fun to see such a formal outfit combined with a mountain bike and ray-ban kind of sun glasses: elements that bring memories of a sunny saturday in a cold cloudy tuesday!
seriously… that bike is early nineties. its wwway to small for this gentleman… the whole stem handlebar setup is just wrong. the unishock(front fork)..terrible design. hes wasting so much of his energy because of his choice of a fully suspended bike.(which is for serious offroading). is this his everyday tranz. bike? he needs an old school schwinn!
good design, style, fashion etc etc, runs deeper than just clothing for some of us… its a life style or better yet a state of being!!
Well I wouldn’t mind having his “bad” bike! Cannondale is one of the best bicycle makers in the world, and that Fatty shock is well-known by mountain bikers — sure, it’s old, but it’s *very* good.
I like that he’s taken a mountain bike that’s probably retired from dirt trails and put it into use as a city bike! It adds to his style! (An average mountain bike, used regularly, has a life of 5 years unless the shocks and anything else needing it is replaced. But mountain bikes improve so much in that time that bikers generally just get a new one.)
Fraise obviously doesn’t know what he/she is talking about, bikes don’t have a lifespan, provided they’re given regular maintenance and love. My 8-year old Merlin is still alive and kicking, thank you very much. I second anonymous 11:16 about this being a terrible bike to commute on, but I guess “de gustibus non est disputandum.” I cringe a little at the sight of those beautiful cap-toe oxfords so close to what has to be a greasy and dirty crank, but kudos to him if he makes it work.
In NYC the tough-and-ugly bike is an asset … but I’m surprised Enrico is riding without a helmet. In the city, with our crazed and careless pedestrians, drivers and, yes, bikers, an ounce of protection is worth a pound of pomade.
I must defend his bike! Cannondale is an excellent brand. But, more to the point of this site, this one definitely has style –very cool. It seems to me that many people commenting here think the retro bikes are the only ones that are fashinonably acceptable, but IMO that is a narrow-minded point of view.
You guys aren’t seriously discussing his bike as a style choice?!! And if we must, it’s a great looking bike, versatile and masculine without being chunky! That lovely slate grey would go with everything to. What about his beautiful scarf, coat and gloves? The coat must be cashmere, it has such a beautiful colour and texture it makes me want to stroke his arm.
Of course people are discussing his bike as a style choice. It IS one. Imo, it’s a poor choice he’s made, but he could improve it with a swept bar (for a more upright/comfortable position in street clothes),fenders to protect his entirely well-chosen clothing, and a pants clip to take his cuff away from the chain. Bottom line: he’s a stylishly turned out gentleman who’s riding for transportation…a true campione. Nice choice, Sart.
I quote: “You guys aren’t seriously discussing his bike as a style choice?!! “ And I say: you aren’t seriously questioning the fact that a bike or any vehicle for that matter isn’t a style choice??! I remember re-considering the ability of a French Vogue stylist to do her work when she told me which car she drove. If you’re going to make “style” the center of your life and the reason for people to hire you, you’d better know what you’re doing – on every level. She obviously had no clue. In the case of this man – the bike is indeed from a good brand, but it’s first of all totally non-adapted for urban use, and on top of that doesn’t fit his style at all. He probably doesn’t care about the latter, but if he had a better suited bike he’d enjoy his commute 10x more. Sorry for the rant.
anon 11:40…well, pretty much what people do here is comment on the “itty bitty details”.and the bike is an accessory in the exact same way as a purse or umbrella- each is an item with which he lives in the world. he can do it stylishly or not. if he were wearing some non-stylish clothing, you’d be all over the details, and rightly so. yes, if he were in an unimaginative car in the photo, that would detract too. bikes can be stylish. and should be!
I am appalled that some people hire new recuits using what car he/she drives as a criteria.
It is a personal choice that is unrelated to his/her talent or her sense of style. That car could have been chosen for economy reason, or for praticality, or maybe it is for sentimental reason?
And why stop at cars? Why not check out that woman’s home? Look at what furniture she picks? What restaurants that she often visits? What kitchen product that she used? Because, God forbid, if you are not using Le Creuset, you have no style at all. And eating, I believe, is more a “center of one’s life” than mode of transportation.
Back to that gentleman’s bike. While I do agree that he needs a mud-guard etc to protect his beautiful clothings/shoes, the bike itself, as long as it works fine, should be okay. It is just for daily commute, for probably under an hour.
Kudos for him not polluting the environment. And kudos for Sart to post this fabulous picture.
I agree, the bicycle totally compromises his overall style. Way too sporty, and it lacks a chain guard and fenders, which are imperative for protecting clothing/footwear. Plus it’s way too small. It belongs on a mountain!
Sadly, these types of bicycles are way too common on North American city streets, and seem indicative of N. America’s obsession with all things sporty and techish. I think the only way to look stylish is to go with a European-made bicycle. For proof, just look at all of Sart’s great pics of Europeans cyclists! Most of these bicycles now come with multiples speeds, chain guards, mud flaps, fenders and baskets – perfect for elegant city riding. The following brands are available in N. America: Jorg and Olif, Pashley and Batavus. There is also Electra, an American-based company that makes a model inspired by the European style.
>>”I am appalled that some people hire new recuits using what car he/she drives as a criteria. It is a personal choice that is unrelated to his/her talent or her sense of style. That car could have been chosen for economy reason, or for praticality, or maybe it is for sentimental reason?”
You could say the exact same thing about clothes or bags or shoes, right? Maybe someone will have a very sentimental reason to wear Buffallo platform shoes or a silly clown hat.
This blog is a great barometer of style on the street. Most looks shown here are elaborate, harmonious, well put together and planned, or simply naturally elegant (like this man).
BUT style does go beyond clothing, and here we have the equivalent of furry Moon Boots worn in Miami… I say (in a snappy fashionista tone): Fault!