Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Fashion Week: Put it in reverse and let's ride, please!

You can't tell a NYer how to look fashionable in Fashion Week - it's black and black.
It's Fashion Week (Sep 13-19) - everyone wants to be seen - so how come I couldn't convince Lynne to wear her TCB orange side out when biking?  

"I like it black!" she says, jumping on her folding bike after coming to my Chelsea Rec yoga class then eating a killer pad thai at Cafe Zemi. Looks like you can't take the black out of the NYer ... 

Fortunately, the little loop for the blinky light on the orange side is elastic and stretchy, and can be flipped over the lip of the bag to light up the black side, as she has done in the pic above.  But the bag was meant for stayin' alive, and that's what both the orange color + elastic loop for your blinky light + the optional Lightweights reflectors are for.  Read my TCB Night Visibility rant.

The Power of Two: I put all my stuff in an inner bag - a TCB in black mode - and pop it inside the larger TCB in orange mode. Then when you want it black you just whip out the inner bag and leave the larger one at home. When doubled up, you have extra cavities you can stuff things into. Of course this sounds like I'm trying to sell you two bags ... but all I can say is that's what *I* do and it works well. You have an an outer bag for the impromptu trip to Trader Joe's, which can be slung over handlbars or worn over the other on on your back - get my drift?

Speaking of Fashion Week, Benepe's Bike Blog featured a some cool cycle threads that would go great with my bag. It's written by journo and apparel designer Jennifer Benepe, who clearly knows what We Wheel Women Want - a decidedly un-matronly wardrobe for being seen in all the right places, please!

And for more bedtime surfing, take an Anna Wintour seat at my multimedia expose of the fascinating collaboration between Bike Friday and the NY designer Telfar Clemens in 2008.

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