What You Want

a bicyclebettie.com article by anastasia schneider

photos by sasha la photographe sashabrunelle.com

It’s been a long time coming but it was worth the wait. I got the outfit that I’ve been drooling over for years. Literally YEARS. As a designer myself I have to give it to them, hands down beautiful. The main feature of this article is a kit by 808 and MOOK audio with sick graphics reading “LIVE RIDE MONTREAL”. There are diamonds, hearts and other graphic details all over this black & white outfit without it being overwhelming to the eye. I broke down (or built up, however you want to look at it) this outfit along with Capezio shorts detailed with a curvy mesh side panel and mixed and matched it all together with a few key thrifted tops.

A main theme you’ll see by and through these articles is the hybridization of sports in the featured looks. If you’re going to spend the money might as well make it work for different occasions. Take it from the bike path to street stylin or a studio class to casual patio socializing. This is not a review of kit specs through the lens of a professional rider, This is my breakdown purely by the sheer wearability/price point and aesthetic.

My first thought about the price point, and difficulty obtaining the items is: Yes, the triple digit investment was completely worth it. Sales sales sales gotta love em. Inventory clearance, thank goodness for serendipitous timing. The shorts were about half a bill yet they are by far my favorite shorts ever and match very well with the sleeves of this kit. As far as comfort/modesty go, again, a AAA review. I wear the pieces of this outfit like a second skin, without feeling naked. Although I’m a proudly inked, I often like to keep my body art to myself, These outfits allow a great mix of show and tell in a season where everyone is showing.

I bought the full bike kit at 808 (808mtl.com). Featured in the image below, the bib is matched with the cropped mock-neck long sleeve top. It’s got padding in the crotch area for long rides, which is why it’s a little less practical for the conversion of sport to style. I might reinvent this piece…you all just wait!

Never forgetting where you came from! There's a strong MTL presence as depicted in the graphics and the tshirt print. Reppin your city gives you a sense of belonging and culture. Brands often are much less interesting compared to institutions and locations. Everyone participates in their place of living so everyone earns a piece. It’s not a intercity competition, but more of a chance to wave a flag about ideas you care about without giving free publicity to a company that is using you as a billboard. Ok ok, I’m guilty Adidas and Puma. I know. *shamed look.

Keeping economic accessibility in mind, there’s a way we can all be elitist- the poor person’s elitism- THRIFTING. Get good at it, love it, embrace it. One of a kind shopping for the proletariat! Featured here is a black and red cap that will protect you from a few too many UV rays. It offers a flattering beak for getting that PHX sun out of your eyes. This particular piece showcases a repeat embroider of a rooster and under the roosters repeated a billion times all over the hat is the word “cock."  Just saying, keep people on their toes. Yes even on a Sunday in the metro, on the light rail,in the subway, switching it up harmlessly a bit is good for everyone’s health. You have to really be looking to even notice it.

All in all, when the shoe fits, wear it! When you find what makes your heart sing, you will do fun and crazy things and your personal style and beauty shines! Last words: Be yourself, mix and max to your heart’s content, keep after those key pieces worth investing in and go with multifunctional and utilitarian, they won’t let you down.

 

Next article will feature motorcycle and bicycle outfit crossovers! So exciting!

 

a bicyclebettie.com article by anastasia schneider

photos by sasha la photographe sashabrunelle.com