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NY Times had an interesting article about a company called Ministry of Supply that makes bike commuting dress clothes.

http://www.ministryofsupply.com/

It's dress shirt is supposed to keep one relatively cool.

NYTimes article:

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/05/19/business/at-ministry-of-supply-teamwor...

Anyone try it?


Any brands of bike commuting clothing one recommends for work.

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can you change?

I wear normal off-bike clothes when I commute and then change into work-appropriate attire when I arrive. My bosses have never minded that I show up in shorts, etc. so long as I have on appropriate clothes when clients are in the office.

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Second that

I keep a supply of clean shirts and ties at work, and a blazer or two for the odd occasion. Then I can bike in work pants with an ankle strap to keep clear of the chain. Another idea is to choose a gym near work and shower and change there. 

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I have a 15 mi (one way)

I have a 15 mi (one way) commute, which means I really want the comfort of a chamois and jersey (over pants with seams and a not-necessarily-breathable shirt). Thus, I take the subway on Mondays and bring in three days of fresh clothes, commute Tues, Weds, and Thurs, then subway on Friday and take everything home. Plus, that means that if i have spontaneous plans on Friday, I don't have to worry about my bike, just a bag. I arrive early enough to give me plenty of time to change and eat breakfast before my workday begins.

If your commute is shorter or you just don't want the hassle of carrying a bag back and forth (and missing commuting days), you could always pack a clean shirt in a bag.

And finally, there are several brands of jeans that have reflective material sewn in for better visibility while still looking good.

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There are companies (Aerotech

There are companies (Aerotech is one that comes to mind) that sell commuter pants - somewhat stretchy slacks with a tab for rolling up the right pant leg and luminous bits on the rear pockets for night riding.  I have a couple of pairs of Aerotech's commuter knickers that I've worn while riding my city bike (not to be confused with a Citibike).  There are also padded underwear that can be worn under your slacks for riding comfort; then change into regular undies when you get to work.

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Jackboots and SS uiniforms

Nevermind what to wear. Or, if you must mind, wear jackboots and an SS uniform. I didn't know this until I saw a Wall Street Journal video, but you, and I, and all of us cyclists are actually driving a nail into the coffin of democray each time we sit down on a bicycle saddle and pedal somewhere in New York City.

Not only that, but we have formidable powers I'll bet you didn't know about. To quote Dorothy Rabinowitz of the Wall Street Journal Editorial Board, "The bike lobby is an all-powerful enterprise."

Which puts us somewhere between God and the NRA.

You say you don't believe me? You say you're not a menace to the safety of every New Yorker. (Proof, according to this video: A cyclist on a Citibike was run down by an SUV. What other proof of our danger to pedestrians do you need?)

Anyway, enough of me. Go here and see the authentic, umm, whatever it is.: 

http://live.wsj.com/video/opinion-death-by-bicycle/C6D8BBCE-B405-4D3C-A381-4CA50BDD8D4D.html#!C6D8BBCE-B405-4D3C-A381-4CA50BDD8D4D

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From your loony post I'm

From your loony post I'm assuming there's a virus in that link of yours and I'm not going to click it.

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legit video

I clicked the link and I watched. It is a legitimate video from Wall Street Journal. The content is another matter. Who is this idiot Dorothea Rabinowitz? Told that 569 (or was it 571) pedestrians killed last year by cars, she continues to rant on against cyclists and against Bloomber and against Commission Khan. Supposedly this flake is a member of the WSJ editorial board!

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Dorothy Rabinowitz

She absolutely, positively is a member of the WSJ editorial board. Which tells us:

1. The Wall Street Journal editorials are written by idiots. (And by the way, I believe Rabinowitz predates the Murdoch takeover.)

2. For reasons I'll bet even they don't understand, lots of otherwise passably  sane people hate our guts. (Remember, a couple of years back, the lady ranting on TV about cyclists in Riverside Park running people down while wearing "their racing hats?")

3. While their hatred of us is largely irrational and unsupportable, every time a cyclist  of any stripe (messengers, restaurant deliverers) rides on the sidewalk, run a light, or otherwise behaves unsafely or uncivilly, that behavior will be used as a bludgeon against the rest of us, often by people with very large megaphones.

4. It doesn't matter what you wear on your bicycle. They see you in an SS helmet and jackboots. And if somebody in a SUV runs you down, as Rabinowitz claims, it's proof that you're a danger to pedestrians. (Please don't complain to me. That's her argument, not mine.)

 

 

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citi bike fatality?

I have not found any other mention of a Citi Bike rider getting run down by an SUV (or any other motor vehicle). I even checked dnainfo.com, gawker.com and gothamist.com .

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the power of Google

Three days after the launch of New York's Citi Bike program, a cyclist on one of the blue borrowed bikes was hit by an SUV at the intersection of MacDougal St. and Houston St, in the West Village.

 

 

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Must be off her meds....

Only thing I can think of. It has been suggested that in her youth she was run over by a penny-farthing.

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That explains a great deal.

That explains a great deal. ;]

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Fire Trucks in Subway Stations!

We also apparently prevent fire trucks from entering subway stations. It's always a huge inconvenience to meet one of those things on the stairs.