Is it the antithesis of style to wear a helmet? I am a girl in new york with a cute euro style bike but I wear a helmet which makes me feel so unworthy sartorialist-wise. Were any of these cute euro girls wearing a helmet that you wanted to photograph?
The ladies are first on the “green” kick! How great to be carbon neutral in your transport and look so cute doing it! I ride my bike everyday in heels, skirts, dresses and get lots of looks. Hopefully this will inspire more people to ride than drive.
It is the woman in black with the wrapped gray scarf that moves me. The expression on her face is exquisite: a subtle amusement at being asked to have her picture taken. She has an elegant and refined style; there is something of the timeless and classical in her look that can never really go out of style.
I love these old style bikes – there’s just something about them. They’re almost like a fashion accessory rather than simply a mode of transport. And I love the tiled floor in the first pic – so Victorian.
To anon @12.04 – most continental Europeans dont need to wear helmets when biking because the infrastucture & culture here puts more emphasis on the cyclist [in Holland anyway]. Hence theres lots of cycle lanes, and car drivers generally have to give a cyclist the right of way. So any chance of an accident is quite small, and theres really no need for a helmet.
I remember reading a newspaper article once where the writer made the point that you can recogonise an American tourist because they’ll be the only ones with a helmet on.
You should send some pix to the Mayor’s office in Paris. I heard on the radio they want to get more people to ride bikes, they are worried that the Parisians do not find them chic and sexy enough. You could be both a Design and Public Policy influencer. TeMo.
anon 12:04, most Europeans don’t wear helmets b/c 1-a lot of their cities have dedicated bike paths physically separated from pedestrian paths and the street, and 2-they don’t want to mess up their hair.
sart, can we get more of men, showing you don’t have to look like a dork commuting to work on a bike? youtube has lots of euro bike videos too, traffic jams and the like.
I lived in Milano for 6 years and I rode my bike everywhere. The very best way to start the day! I would sing on my way to work, even if I was in for a rough day, that’s got to make anyone look good.
And Anon 12.04, no one wore helmets on push bikes. 80 year old women in fur coats yes, but helmets no. Though I think The Sartorialist would need to go to the smaller towns to see the older ones on their bikes.
HA! so today I was wine tasting in the middle of nowhere in virginia and my friend and i were out on the lawn eating our picnic lunch when from out of nowhere comes this girl….wearing a sundress….walking alongside her bicycle. i IMMEDIATELY thought of you.
I know it’s stylish to NOT WEAR a helmet, but the idea that somehow an accident won’t happen because of European deference to bicyclists is stupid. You could fall down going 5 mph and bang your head on the concrete.
You haven’t seen nothing yet unless you have been to Copenhagen. You should really get style.com to sponsor a trip to Copenhagen. You will love it. It’s not as big as Stocholm, but what we lack in size we make up i style !!
About the helmets issue. I live in Stockholm and it’s my experience that guys who bicycle, who tend to ride ‘performance’ bikes, always wear helmets while girls, who tend to ride more ‘stylish’ sturdy old-style bikes, don’t wear helmets. Anyway, there’s no law, just a recommendation.
UMMMM, come to Amsterdam and you’ll find so much fierce fashion atop bicylces, you’ll be stunned! I’m American living over here for a year and I was shocked to see men in incredible suits and women in staggeringly high heels and dresses looking effortlessly stunning.