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Asking for a Friend: What to Wear to Bike to Work?

Biking to work–a great option for those who are able–sharpens body and mind. You show up feeling like Superman. But what to wear to bike to work? The main idea is to be comfortable on your commute, then duck into a dark room to switch out your sweaty shirt–and emerge like Clark Kent. Senior Stylist Jodi Taylor helps us consider this transitional gear.


Photos by Matthew Sumi

  • Bring a backpack with a clean button-up shirt inside. Whatever you went through on your bike ride, you put on the shirt and it’s like it never happened.
  • Anticipate wrinkles in your pants and choose a pair which look good when they’re less than pristine, like dark jeans or lightweight chinos.
  • Temperature swings require layers such as jackets, vests and hoodies. Give yourself options. The backpack comes in handy here.
  • Comfortable footwear is crucial. When in doubt, grab sneakers.
  • Wear a helmet: not up for negotiation!

Acne coach’s jacket | Arc’teryx Veilance vest | Umit Benan shirt | Norse Projects pants | Common Projects sneakers | Nike hoodie | Nordstrom undershirt | Nike SB backpack










  • amatson June 24, 2016, 10:01 am

    Summer, your points are very well made and taken to heart. Thank you for reading and stay safe out there!
    -Andrew from the blog

  • Summer May 17, 2016, 8:17 am

    Yay for biking to work! I’d just like to add that while it’s not very fashionable, wearing a blaze orange or highlighter yellow construction vest with BIG reflector strips over your outer most layer is just as important as a helmet. Same goes for bright head and tail lights for darker days and evening riding. Even living in MPLS, a super biker friendly city, it’s a struggle to be visible, even when just crossing the road on a trail. Being seen is the best thing you can do to prevent being injured by a motorist while biking.

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