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Riding a bike while wearing a business suit...

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by The Louche, Sep 22, 2010.

  1. voxsartoria

    voxsartoria Goon member

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  2. NOBD

    NOBD Senior member

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    A Tory on a bike is like Michael Jackson in a school dormatory..

    Er... With conservative I meant old-fashioned in this case, I guess. He and many other old Christian country folks ride their bikes to church every Sunday. That kind of conservative, if you know what I mean. But business people in suits use bikes in the cities too; it's often the fastest way to get through traffic.
     


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    I saw plenty of business suits and bikes in Tokyo.

    I've done it before during transit strikes and when I didnt have tokens for transit. I didn't mind the riding, just the inevitable sweaty shirt that results from riding in anything over 60 degrees.

    Granted, I was not nearly as cool as the hipsters on fixes, but I got to work.
     


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    This week D.C. started its public bike sharing program. I've used it the past few days in my coat and tie, and it's been quite lovely. It's cut my commute from a 20-25 minute walk to a 5-10 minute bike ride. The bikes have plastic pedals that haven't caused issues with my shoes.
     


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    Bounder Senior member

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    Indeed. You won't get noticed riding a bike with a suit on in The Netherlands. Here's our conservative Minister for Social Services and Employment in a three-piece: [​IMG]
    Won't get noticed?!? Look at all the tourists taking pictures of him!
     


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    Won't get noticed?!? Look at all the tourists taking pictures of him!

    And the camera behind him..

    Bloody politicians.
     


  8. Anaszi

    Anaszi Active Member

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    Paging anybody from Amsterdam...

    I watched about a third of the Concertgebouw orchestra cycling to their gig in tie and tail, cello cases strapped to their backs.

    [​IMG]


    Present.


    Just go for it.
     


  9. otc

    otc Senior member

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    If you have an office, leave your suit there and change when you get to work.

    As mentioned, biking with a suit will lead to you looking like a prick.


    My good sir, I am afraid that you may have a branch lodged in your rectum.
     


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    I bike to and from work in a suit every day that the weather allows it.

    If it's very hot, I don't wear a jacket, but my preference is to either wear all of the parts of my suits or none at all.

    I wear those leg strap things to keep my trousers away from the chain.

    I don't worry too much about sweat because I'm commuting, not racing, and because I'm not out of shape. The minimal exertion from biking at a normal pace poses no more risk to my suit than the equivalent exertion from walking.

    I don't worry about how I look, because the whole point of my suits is to make me look good. If I were to wear something else while biking (Lycra, maybe?) I doubt it would improve my appearance.

    I do not worry about what would happen to my suit if I took a spill because the possibility strikes me as unlikely. I might equally damage my suit if I trip while walking, get hit by a car as a pedestrian or indeed crash my car while driving, but these possibilities don't deter me from wearing a suit. My clothes are meant to be worn, and are not useful to me if they are hanging in my closet.
     


  11. MyOtherLife

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    [​IMG]
    [​IMG]

    Combo's may be more practical unless it's a suit you don't care about, then go for it.
    You'll make someones day.
     


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    I bike to and from work in a suit every day that the weather allows it.

    If it's very hot, I don't wear a jacket, but my preference is to either wear all of the parts of my suits or none at all.

    I wear those leg strap things to keep my trousers away from the chain.

    I don't worry too much about sweat because I'm commuting, not racing, and because I'm not out of shape. The minimal exertion from biking at a normal pace poses no more risk to my suit than the equivalent exertion from walking.

    I don't worry about how I look, because the whole point of my suits is to make me look good. If I were to wear something else while biking (Lycra, maybe?) I doubt it would improve my appearance.

    I do not worry about what would happen to my suit if I took a spill because the possibility strikes me as unlikely. I might equally damage my suit if I trip while walking, get hit by a car as a pedestrian or indeed crash my car while driving, but these possibilities don't deter me from wearing a suit. My clothes are meant to be worn, and are not useful to me if they are hanging in my closet.


    Just go for it.

    +1

    I also ride in a suit, and don't notice an issue... Verso pretty much summed up my sentiments.
     


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    I bike to and from work in a suit every day that the weather allows it.

    If it's very hot, I don't wear a jacket, but my preference is to either wear all of the parts of my suits or none at all.

    I wear those leg strap things to keep my trousers away from the chain.

    I don't worry too much about sweat because I'm commuting, not racing, and because I'm not out of shape. The minimal exertion from biking at a normal pace poses no more risk to my suit than the equivalent exertion from walking.

    I don't worry about how I look, because the whole point of my suits is to make me look good. If I were to wear something else while biking (Lycra, maybe?) I doubt it would improve my appearance.

    I do not worry about what would happen to my suit if I took a spill because the possibility strikes me as unlikely. I might equally damage my suit if I trip while walking, get hit by a car as a pedestrian or indeed crash my car while driving, but these possibilities don't deter me from wearing a suit. My clothes are meant to be worn, and are not useful to me if they are hanging in my closet.


    As stated before, I disagree with the position advocated by the poster, but I 100% approve of his attitude. [​IMG]
     


  14. NOBD

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    Won't get noticed?!? Look at all the tourists taking pictures of him!

    The won't-get-noticed-part was a general comment on the title of the thread. The Minister gets noticed of course, by all the press (the camera man behind him for instance, and probably the photographer on the right as well) that hangs around the political centre in The Hague where the picture was taken, but also by all the tourists (Dutch and foreign) who visit the Binnenhof.
     


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    The won't-get-noticed-part was a general comment on the title of the thread. The Minister gets noticed of course, by all the press (the camera man behind him for instance, and probably the photographer on the right as well) that hangs around the political centre in The Hague where the picture was taken, but also by all the tourists (Dutch and foreign) who visit the Binnenhof.

    Politicians are always making statements...

    I remember Cameron riding his bike with an English flag at the back during the world cup...

    That was a double statement...
     


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