Nice photo, Scott. Beautiful suit, haircut, and monk shoes. You would never see American businessmen riding a bicycle in this fashion. For one thing, they are too fat for bikes. This French chap has style!
Well .. we’ve had to cope with the strike in the public transportation … He looks real great. I did the same, in full hair and make up, with my Vuitton back pack, in the traffic jam to go to the office … Daring French people, aren’t we ;-)) Great picture.
I love the idea of this, an elegant man, ready for work, on a bike. I am curious how it actually works. I can’t tell if his bike has fenders. If I did this, I would be afraid I’d arrive at work with mud splatters all over my backside. I can imagine how much easier it is to find parking and beating traffic jams. I drive 25 miles to work each way in the upper Midwest, so I don’t think it would be practical, but I do love the idea.
Two of the most chic NYC men I know both often ride their bikes to work.
Actually I am going to shoot them for my GQ page with their tips to chic biking
one of them I shot recently with the heading “Midtown Man”
Bravo! I get tired of bashing Americans as fatasses who are also ALL hateful of smoking! ;) Biking in style is something I see very often. Maybe, granted, not as much as in Europe or Japan, but it’s here.
Riding a bike in your everyday suit is very European, some of the commentators say. We Europeans don’t change clothes before getting on the bike, we just ride the bike with the clothes we’re wearing. Is that different from what American men do? Have American men bike-suits or bike-clothing? That sounds strange to me.
Watch out, all you peolpe who want to ride bike with your umbrella on the handles! It takes exercise to do that, you’ll easily fall. If this gent steers to the right strongly, the umbrella claps behind the back of the front wheel, if he wants to steer back, the umbrella will avoid it. Bang! On the ground he’ll be – not very stylish indeed.
I’m going to buy that mag about men ridding a bike with style. I recently red an article in French Marie Claire (I’m not 100% if it was Marie Claire, but it was French for sure) about ladies cucling with style. It will be so fun to compare both!
Pretty common thing to do over here in Tokyo as well – rode my bike to work yesterday with the full kit and briefcase in the basket :>)
This gentleman appears to be having a bit of fun having his photo taken. Nice watchband. Accessories such umbrellas, watches and fountain pens are something I’ve not seen discussed here much. I have a feeling many people take great care in their daily selection and use. Cheers for the photo!
This is so fantastic that it looks like a shot from a movie. This genetleman could not be any more impeccable if he tried. I’m loving all the little details, the red-strap wrist watch, I mean come on!!
Perfect suit, shoes, coat and smile. I might officially adorn this as one of my favourites, if anyone cares!
I’ve been coming to your site each and every day since I first found out about it. This is my favorite picture to date. Only a handsome and dignified man could make the simple task of riding a bicycle look so stylish and elegant. Bravo!!!!
all in the french red watchband…… (yes it is not just simple red but a somewhat stronger classic red color done on french leather ”lancel” would be the perfect example) reminds me this other pic of yours in milan of that italian art director with the red briefcase… chapeau!
I agree with jack daniel, he looks more italian than parisian to me. what a great outfit he has on, and that bicycle! and the umbrella! but the best is his big smile. I want him to be my banker or whatever it is he does.
In the US you are (unfortunately) either a “cyclist” or you are not. Even commuters here wear tons of spandex for their 5-mile commutes. There are a lot of folks (me included) who would like to see more “People on Bikes”, which is where normal people who don’t consider themselves to be “cyclists” use bikes to get around town. In the car-dominated US this is pretty tough, but with rising gas prices and increased congestion it is starting to make sense in many urban areas — New York City, for example. So hopefully we’ll start to see more guys and gals in suits, skirts, jeans, whatever using bikes to get around. From an environmental, health, social, financial point of view this makes sense. And now apparently it also works from a fashion point of view!
I really love that you include so many shots of bikes. With that said, I always imagine the worst for the individuals —- heads colliding with solid things in a congested city street!
Do you suppose in the US we don’t see so many on bikes because we are ultra concerned about bicycle safety & the “look” of being fully dressed in work attire would be ruined by the unfashionable helmet? I must admit that ever since I started mountain bike racing, I cringe at the thought of riding out of my driveway without helmet, padded shorts, & clipless pedals! And with my poor luck & list of injuries, I definitely need to sport a helmet… maybe even while driving… walking… (wink)
I think that one of the reasons people in the US don’t ride bikes is the distance. We’re all in a hurry, and don’t have so much leisure time to bike ride in to work, instead of driving there on the highway.
Additionally, have you tried riding bikes in the US? First, people in cars will curse you if you’re in their way. Then, when you’re trying not to get hit by a car, you’ll end up with your handlebars in your gut, because you didn’t notice the speed bump. In addition to this, it is hard for motorists to notice bicycles on the road, so you are definitely taking your life in your hands. The roads are very hazardous for bicyclists.
I wonder if we could do something about creating an infrastructure for bicycles.
As for the gentleman in the picture – what a beautiful place to ride. He looks great in his business attire, still neat and tidy. Even his hair is not messed up. I also like the umbrella as well as the brief case.