The Knack - How to get the barmans attention
Illustrations by Ms Anje Jager

What was once the fiercely-guarded domain of Lycra-wearing
performance purists has now been peddled back on track,
to the land of the free and the inoffensively dressed. One thing
remains a sticking point however: how to look the part
(ie experienced commuter) whilst dressed for quite another
(ie the office)? As ever, there's a skill to it, and here it is

tip 01

Step 01

DON'T SACRIFICE STYLE
FOR SPEED

Modern riding kit now means you can look as dapper and as individual on the bike as off it. A range of city riding clothing is available, including tailored three-piece suits and shirts cut to be comfortable when cycling. Or just keep a suit at work.
tip 02

Step 02

THE WEATHER ISSUE

If you live in a city prone to showers, carrying a lightweight jacket is always wise. Waterproof jackets have improved dramatically in recent years and the old compromise of waterproof versus breathable has all but disappeared, thanks to more technical garments.
tip 03

Step 03

FROM BIKE TO BOARDROOM

The secret to arriving crisp and collected is underwear: a merino wool layer is soft and itch-free, will keep you dry and better yet, is naturally anti-bacterial so will deal with any odour issues. Start your day by putting on a merino base and then layer up as normal.
tip 04

Step 04

ROLL-UPS ARE BEST

That right trouser leg flapping into the chain? Reflective velcro straps, traditional bicycle clips or tucking your right trouser leg into the sock all work but, to pass the real style test, roll your right trouser leg up to mid-calf. You'll instantly be entered into the road rider club.
01.
Wearing a peak
on your helmet
It may keep the rain out of your eyes, but it instantly marks you out as a beginner.
03.
Shooting
red lights
Motorists are frustrated enough. I've seen incensed drivers aim for cyclists just because they didn't stop for a red light.
02.
Speaking on
your phone
There is a messenger in London who can ride hands-free with a coffee in one hand, a phone in another. Trust me, you can't.
04.
Putting your foot down at lights
Perfect the track stand. It may seem like pointless showing off, but other riders will secretly be jealous.
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