MEN’S CYCLING OUTFITS:
CYCLING COSTUME: IDEAS PAGE
Above, you can see the pride of London’s cyclists resplendent in their cycling outfits on their morning ride in Hyde Park. In 1896, they set the fashion for the rest of the country. Over a century later, dressing up to ride your old bicycle is becoming an increasingly popular pastime again.
When I first wanted to assemble a cycling outfit, I found it a bit daunting. Once you know what to look for, however, vintage clothing shops and ebay can provide the necessary items at reasonable prices. Although you’ll get ideas for cycling costumes on other pages, I’ve compiled extra photos and adverts here to help you create your own costume.
MEN’S CYCLING OUTFITS
For men, the cheapest and easiest option is a pair of BREEKS (or tucked-in suit trousers), long socks, white shirt, cravat and a flat cap.
My own outfit, assembled (at the last minute, like usual) for the 2011 International Veteran Cycle Association ride in France (below), comprised a smart brown jacket from ebay (£45), a flat cap from a brighton vintage shop (£10), ladies trousers that cost 50p at a boot sale and my partner’s socks. I’ll purchase some proper breeks for my next outing.
CAPS & HATS
American fashion of the era provided a wider range of headgear. Both British and American men wore schoolboy-style caps. But, as distinct from the ‘flat cap’ popular with British chaps, American men often wore caps similar to the military hats of the Civil War.
LADIES’ CYCLING OUTFITS
MOST ATTRACTIVE CYCLIST COMPETITION
Our lady readers are asked to select the most attractive gentleman, and our gentleman readers the most attractive lady. See the conditions and coupons on page 463. You can record your vote at Cycling’s Stand at the Stanley Show, or you can post the coupon to us in a half-penny wrapper.
And here’s an outfit suggestion for the younger man…