converse / bike tote / bright sneakers / helmet / cut-offs / backpack / summer oxfords / 3-speed bike
i have the utmost respect for men who bike to work in a suit and ladies who ride around in heels and a dress. how? and why? to be fair, i actually sort of prefer biking in a longer dress because, well, air flow is on my side.
my bike gets a lot of use this time of year, but dang it i like to be comfortable. as for shoes, something that encompasses the whole foot is a necessity and i usually stick with converse. call me crazy but i don't like my toes hanging out near the asphalt. sweaty bike feet combined with dirty new york streets ends in a petri dish of growing bacteria from the ankle down.
and a helmet! you do NOT look as bad in a helmet as you think you do. plus, brains are kind of important. this one from bern is the most attractive and comfortable noggin' protector i've found.