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Cycle Chic Through the Ages

You may have noticed something over the past couple of years…bicycling is hot! With the exception of GM’s little snafu a few weeks ago, bicycles are generally portrayed as a hip, smart and sexy choice in television and print ads. As I page through magazines (yeah, I read women’s magazines), I routinely see several bikes per issue…as a prop in the background or as a conveyance for a stunningly-attired model. Meanwhile, the Internet is packed with bicycle-chic sites and a new one pops up nearly every day.

But to us, cycling has ALWAYS been chic, and a recent photo essay on Ecosalon gives you a look into cycling’s stylish past. It’s worth a visit over there just to see how styles have changed but the bicycle remains one sexy beast on its own.

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Chic to me

The folks at Extanz.com recently posted their 50 most influential bike blogs list and we at BikeCommuters.com are happy to continue to rank in the top 50.

As noted from the latest top 50 posting:

Back in May 2010, I published the first list of Top 50 influencers in the blogosphere. With Interbike so close, it felt appropriate to refresh this list, which has grown considerably. Like last time, this partial list only looks at blogger influence and not twitter, Facebook or soon Google+ influences.
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Watch the Cycle Chic Movement: Denmark Cycling Chic (TM) Copenhagen (9th in 2010) dethroned Bike Snob NYC this year, and there’s a very good reason. At least 11 of the Top 50 cycling bloggers here are women…. This sub-community is rocking the blogosphere, or shall say women are rocking it! Women bloggers are a definite force to be reckoned with in the cycling world.

Even though BikeCommuters.com has dropped a few places (last year we were #13, this year we are at #29), we now do have the female influence that seems to be all the rage. Mir.I.Am and myself (Elizabeth) are happy to reach such an influential and growing segment of the cycling demographic. The creator of the list mentions “cycle chic” and why it’s so hot and influential and hip right now.

We at BC.com have not typically focused on cycle chic – per se – but recent news items and observations have been capturing our attention lately. I refer to Mir.I.Am’s July post about ladies braving the streets.

Observationally, on my ride home last night, I was inspired by coming upon three other lady cyclists waiting at the intersection with me — no boy cyclists in sight — and all of us on a different style of bike and in different style of clothes. I thought to myself, “how cool are we? Cycle ladies unite!”

Also I received recent inspiration from a friend who posted on Facebook about logging a whopping 200-miles on her new bike this August! Hells yeah! Way to go! Way to boast and share the pride that comes along with being active and out on two wheels.

So, while we may not offer the glam shots that come from the blogs of Copenhagen, we like to think we bring our own unique perspective to the table for fellow bike commuters. We do give props to our friends over at LGRAB who launched from 29th to 4th place in the top 50 rankings this year. We joke that we actually helped launch the careers of Dottie and Trisha, but the truth of the matter is that they didn’t need any help from us!

Whether in the news, observed, or from first-hand experience, anything that motivates others to get out and ride and take notice of riders is what IS cycle chic! It inspires!

Interbike 2010: Club Ride Clothing

As many of you know, “cycle chic” is gaining traction…heck, even the New York Times published another in a handful of articles about the movement.

So, we were pleased to meet Mike from Club Ride Apparel on the show floor at Interbike 2010. I’m a huge fan of the western look, so many of the items on display in Club Ride’s booth were right up my alley. The best thing about this line of apparel is that it looks great but also offers a host of high-tech performance features (fabrics, moisture management, venting, etc.) that are built in. Take a look for yourself in this video we shot for our sister site Mtnbikeriders.com: