Millions of people in many cities across the globe are now pedalling bikes to reach their destinations, but still manage to look fresh and refreshed on arrival. Even the fashion industry has taken notice that electric bicycles have taken over as an alternative mode of transport, and designers are likewise embracing the trend by incorporating sporty yet stylish wardrobes in their seasonal collections.
Riding on ebikes still require wearing of helmets, and even if one is hopping on the chunky, clunky fat tire models, it doesn’t mean cyclists need to gear up in sportswear and sneakers. Pedelecs or ebikes allow commuters to enjoy their journey, more so now that they’re cycling on urban roads specifically meant for two-wheeled vehicles.
The cycling culture has reached a level of popularity that even the look books of fashion houses for the next season’s collections, include images of models posing as cyclists in suits and chic combinations of long-sleeved blouses, midi skirts, and block-heel leather shoes.
A Fashion-Minded Cyclist Shared Her Wear-to-Work Wardrobe with Vogue
A 2016 Vogue magazine’s interview with fashion-minded cyclist Juliana Rudell Di Simone, indicates that even before the pandemic, cycling was already developing as a new culture among city dwellers and city-goers. Back then commuting meant riding in packed subways, which was a struggle, especially during the summer. This was made worse by needing to walk down hurriedly in crowded streets to save time; instead of hailing a cab that has to work its way through a traffic-congested cityscape.
Ms. Di Simone, is a former model and also the owner of a New York bike shop where cycling enthusiasts can find candy colored bikes and ebikes in dozens of color choices; from salmon red to aquamarine, hunter green and optic white. Although a bike enthusiast herself, Ms. Di Simose said she didn’t want to conform with the traditional Lycra and other types of sportswear, as it means needing to change into something more appropriate once she reaches her final destination.
She said she even works the colors of her wardrobe in ways that would match her red retro-looking bike, whilst looking for a perfect balance between being sporty yet feminine at the same time. While riding her bike, she wears anything from jeans, to wide leg square pants, culottes, midi skirts and even satin midi dresses that go well with flats or block-heel sandals. During weekends, she goes casual by wearing casual flowy dresses or oversized shirts. Her fall wardrobe includes a lot of leather items such as leather pants, leather jackets and leather boots and mostly oversized sweaters and shirts to allow layering.
Ms. Di Simone’s wear-to-work cycling wardrobe fits perfectly now that there are ebikes specifically designed for urban commuters. In fact, one of review website’s www.ponfish.com top picks as best ebikes for urban commuting is EAhora’s XC100 mountain ebike for adults, which costs less than $1000. Its lithium-ion battery can pedal assist an urban commuter to travel a distance of 55 miles via a single charge. Charging takes about about 4 to 5 hours, and can be plugged in anywhere since its removable.
Even more notable is EAhora’s innovative EPAS charging system, which provides additional power when going downhill. The EPAS system converts 60% of kinetic energy into additional consumer power. Equipped with a 350 Watt motor that can increase speed by up to 40%, this EAhora urban commuting ebike comes with a Shimano 7-speed shifter along with a mechanical brake that makes pedal-assisted cycling smooth and safe. As an added feature, this urban commuting bike has a USB charging port, which permits charging of one’s smartphone even while on the go.
Electric bikes have made cycling a lot easier, inspiring fashion designers to conceptualize stylish but practical work-to-wear attires for every season.