Looking good isn’t self-importance; it’s self-respect.

by Peter Greenbaum February 24, 2016

Looking good isn’t self-importance; it’s self-respect.

Since urban cycling is more popular than ever, manufacturers of bicycles, cycling apparel and accessories are facing an increasingly wider variety of demands to meet riders’ needs.

 

While many cyclists pedal to work each day, often wearing nothing more elaborate than lycra shorts, a t-shirt and running shoes, the sartorially smart apply a more thoughtful and rigorous approach to their commute clothes.

 

As author Charles Hix once quipped,

 

“Looking good isn’t self-importance; it’s self-respect.”

 

Sharp looking bicycle jackets, jerseys and pants are coming into their own.

 

Many bicycle shoes are paired with a clip-less shoe-pedal that holds the foot firmly in place. Bike shoes are designed with stiffer soles that provide a more efficient transfer of energy from body to pedal.

 

Pretty much all road bike shoes offer lightweight construction, smooth outsoles and ventilation. However, as any road bike shoe wearer knows, because of the lack of traction on the sold and limited flexibility, these kicks are not designed for a decent stroll.

 

There are a number of higher-priced models on the market, many constructed with carbon fiber that decreases weight and strengthens the rigidity of the sole. Many styles have a small rubber pad on the heel that provides the only traction.

 

If form should indeed follow function, then it’s possible to wind up wearing a terrific looking and efficient pair of cycling shoes that can carry you from bike to boardroom.

 

Cruiser Republic introduces cycling shoes by Quoc Pham. Check out this Fixed/Tan cycling Shoe. It’s classically inspired, handmade and comfortable – on and off your bike. The leather construction lets the shoe breath, soften and gently fit your foot. Warm and wind resistant in cold weather, Quoc Pham shoes are absorbent and cool in summer.

True, you can ride a bicycle in just about any shoes. But why would you?



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