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Stilettos on wheels: Cycling goes chic

by JP Bill / September 20, 2008 1:44 PM PDT
Stilettos on wheels: Cycling goes chic

Winnipeg ? I often get around town by bike. So curious is this behaviour to the Lexus-drivin', lunch bag-packin' crowd I encounter in suburban Winnipeg, that it is often discussed, sometimes behind my back. When it is to my face, at least I can defend myself. "I am not a hippy freak," I say, oozing frustration and impatience, like Jerry Seinfeld when he started carrying a man bag. "I'm being European."

Indeed, few hippies pedal around in four-inch Manolos and Birkin bags. But a growing number of cyclists do.

Fashion, they say, comes and goes in cycles. Now, it's cycling that's in fashion; the style brigade has taken up the two-wheel ride and, in doing so, is changing the image of the cyclist.

I have a 21 speed mountain bike (feels like it weighs 50 lbs) was in a bike shop lifted up one bike (carbon fibre) felt like about 10 lbs. $3500.00 (no i didn't buy it)
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Notice her bike- old-school European. Very nice.
by drpruner / September 20, 2008 3:37 PM PDT

Any modern metal bike feels light to me, and I'm not that big.
Al and Mg are good, as are specialty steels. None of them Wal-Mart cheap, though.

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There is a large market segment devoted to that ...
by Bill Osler / September 20, 2008 9:38 PM PDT

The so-called Commuter Bikes are aimed at people who have somewhere to go and who don't want to wear lycra on their trip. Other bikes designed just for getting around town in style are Cruisers and Comfort Bikes but they appeal to slightly different target audiences.

These bikes are not necessarily expensive, but they are like everything else in fashion - you can spend a whole lot extra to get a famous name painted on the bike.

A couple of older pages showing a few commuter bike examples is here and here.
One of the heavily advertised companies that makes 'cruisers' rather than 'commuter bikes,' (Electra Bikes), takes its styling pretty seriously.

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About Stilettos and riding
by Bill Osler / September 20, 2008 9:41 PM PDT

I know men like the way women look in heels, and some women seem anxious to wear them. Some things in life don't make sense.

I can't say that I recommend high heels for riding ... but then I can't say I recommend them for much of anything else either.

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