Cycle in Style

circa 1930s As avid fans of both vintage [duh] and cycling [both urban and otherwise], it only seemed appropriate to share some inspiration throughout the centuries as the season turns from winter to spring and cyclists everywhere are rejoicing in the fantastic weather [hang in there, New York– it’s right around the corner!].  And with London’s Tweed Run only a few weeks away [April 9th] and an imminent Beret et Baguette ride via the Surplace cycling crew in Paris in the coming months, it’s time to jump-start outfit inspiration for Europe-bound cyclists. If eccentric spring cycling jaunts throughout Europe aren’t on the agenda, there’s always…eccentric fall cycling jaunts throughout Europe, specifically Italy’s L’Eroica ride in October, a glorious exercise in vintage cycling jerseys and pre-1987 era road bikes throughout the winding roads of Tuscany’s Chianti region.

Click here to read more about Tweed runs in San Francisco and other American cities.

circa 1900s; Harper’s Bazaar 1893

Female cyclists circa 1900s

both circa 1920s



1940s; Claire McCardell bicycle outfit, 1940s

Grace Kelly in St. Tropez, 1954; Ginger Rogers late 1930s

both circa 1970s

Vogue circa 1990s; Fixed gear cyclist circa 2000s

via Fixed Gear Girl Taiwan, 2010s For modern cycling inspiration, check out the seminal blog Girls on Bicycles.

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