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Helloha saucy Bike Commuters! Since it’s only Wednesday, I don’t know if this counts as a “Friday Musing” but we’ll post it anyway. Let’s just say if you’ve been reading anything authored by Meeee.r.I.Am this past year, then you’ll know that you are headed down WTF road, and there’s no turning back – YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED.
I often joke with my family that I can never wear skinny/hipster jeans because I have a “calf-top” – that’s to say a pair of skinny jeans in my waist size can never make it up to my muffin top, because my calf top gets in the way!!! My brother agrees, he too cannot fit a calf through a skinny jeans leg! This has prompted today’s musing up for debate: Commuting in work clothes vs. packing them in a bag, or more specifically Commuting in Jeans. I don’t know how many of you out there have casual work environments where jeans are appropriate for a work day like Jack, but I do! As a bike commuter and a more utilitarian fashion-person, there are several things to consider each morning when I dress OR pack my bag for work in the morning. Let’s consider my inner monologue on any given work day:
SLUM IT, OR JEAN IT!?
- Do I have any meetings first thing today? – Sometimes, if I am about to see a client upon arrival at the office. In the morning, I’ll get dressed in office clothes first, make up etc., then ride “no-sweat speed” to avoid arriving in spandex or T-shirts with funny sayings on them only meant for commuting. For me, “dressing” for work can mean jeans or business casual. (Depende de… Numero 2!)
- What’s the weather like outside? – Of course, it’s been hot, showering, pouring, windy, and cold within the past few weeks of Oahu’s “Wimpy” winter. If it’s wet butt commuter time, it’s jeans/dress clothes in the bag and Vanya chrome or anything quick dry on the bike.
- Laziness factor, do I really want to change clothes again?! – This one can go both ways, sometimes clean bike commuting outfit can double as PJs the night before (don’t call me a dirty hippie!) OR I can be too lazy to change at work and will therefore put on my jeans/dress and do the no-sweat speed thing to work.
- Holes in my pockets factor: Sacrifice your jeans to the bike saddle gods? – Everyone has heard of Bikelonius the greek god of bike commuters, who requires periodic denim sacrifices. Whether it be chain grease smears, cuff snags, or inconvenient and embarrassing holes in the lower saddle butt area, forcing the Bikelonians to make repeated pilgrimages to the scary Gap clearance rack/local thrift store/etc. I have sacrificed three pairs of jeans to Bikelonius over the past 6 years. Anyway, sometimes I don’t want to ruin my jeans so I’ll change clothes at work to avoid the holy butt scenario.
Sometimes, it’s more convenient to show up in jeans and already be dressed. Sometimes it’s worth the jeans-seam crotch pain if it’s a short ride. And sometimes I wish I could be a hipster and fit my big-o-calves into some friggin’ skinny jeans so they don’t snag on the chainring! (You gotta admit, skinny jeans or leggings ARE the best for snagless commutes!) I dunno about you Cycle Gentlemen out there, but for Cycle Ladies, a commuter jean would need to be women-specific (AHEM! Listen up, Levi’s!) and bike specific before I would consider shelling out mas dinero for commuter pants…(Considering some of these “cycling lifestyle” jeans from SWRVE or osloh would cost me halfway to a new bike.) Can you grind it out on your commute in a pair of your fave blues and roll up the cuffs? Or would you rather stick to bike-specific/workout gear?