Bicycle-Love Fashion

Hi, there! To follow up on the serious and fascinating discussion going on about the Mary Poppins effect, I’ve got some fashion fluff for you.

I’m not one to wear special cycling clothes, but that does not apply to creative bike-themed fashion.  The outfit below, for example (see also, my Makool bike locket).

Maureen of Inspired Cyclist sent me this beautiful printed t-shirt from Target.  How sweet is this??  The t-shirt’s red and pink hearts perfectly match my new Nutcase helmet.

I put the two together with a pink hoodie, black jeggins and cool earrings made from old tire tubes that I bought at the Bike Winter Art Show (can’t remember the woman’s name!).  Then I biked on Coco downtown to see God of Carnage at the Goodman Theatre, which was an amazing play.

Back to my new Nutcase helmet: so sweet!  

I first saw a photo of this design from the Spring 2011 line on City Girl Rides and knew I had to make it mine.  (Do you know City Girl Rides? Good stuff!!)

Nutcase’s website does not list this design and my local bike shop didn’t have it yet, so I emailed Nutcase directly and quickly got a reply email with a link to a shop in Cali that had some in stock.  Score!

The $60 price tag made me hesitate, but I rationalized that if divided into price per wear, it would be pennies a day. ;)

Altogether, I was a very happy cycling lady!  

P.S.  Mr. Dottie was there, too, but evaded my camera.  He sent Sir Raleigh as his LGRAB ambassador.  :)

Anyone else have bike-themed fashion you just love?

  • Jessica Cassity

    Cute shirt! I saw the same one at Target but they only had XXLs :( I’m very excited about my new Surface Helmet, from Giro. It’s vespa style–so more like yours than, say, Lance Armstrong’s–and is a cool blue with gold shimmers that catch in the light. On the back are two birds. They weren’t there in the prototype I saw, but I really do like them. Very Portlandia/Put a Bird on It :)

    • Dottie

      Oh, that’s a lovely helmet. I’ve never seen those before. I’m all about putting a bird on everything. :)

  • Kara

    I was lucky enough to get that same shirt from Maureen. (How cute is she?!) I might be wearing it even as I type this comment!!!

    You looks so cute in your heart/bike ensemble. That helmet really is something! I think it is one of Nutcase’s best yet.

    • Dottie

      Ha, awesome!

  • Caroline

    Super cute, Dottie! I love the tee, and I’ve been eyeing that Nutcase helmet… I think I need it. One of my bikes is red and the other is pink – it would match!

    • Dottie

      That would be perfect!

  • Louise

    Cutest bicycle t-shirt ever. It looks great!

    • Dottie

      Isn’t it? :)

  • citygirlrides

    aw, you see what i mean!? seriously cute right?! i still have yet to get my hands on it, it looks so adorable on you girl, love the hearts and bicycle theme.

    • Dottie

      Thank you for the inspiration!!

  • northwest is best

    That’s a lovely t-shirt! Have you checked out Etsy? There are lots of talented people making all sorts of bike-related screenprints. Unfortunately I’m not one of them, but I wish I could draw.

    • Dottie

      I love Etsy, but I haven’t looked for bike printed t-shirts before. I’ve gotten a lovely bike print to frame from Lofty Mornings.

  • nicolas

    I for one demand the return of Mr Dottie’s devastating good looks to this site!
    Also, remember to update us on how you’re doing with Coco :)

    • Dottie

      I agree – that’s what I’ve been saying! :)

  • Mr Colostomy

    Is that a Sturmey Archer drum on the front of Mr Dottie’s Raleigh or a Shimano roller? The back is definitely a roller.

    • Dottie

      The front is Sturmey Archer – generator with drum brakes.

  • *amanda*

    ♥ That helmet! ♥ That helmet! ♥ That helmet! ♥ That helmet!

    • Dottie


  • SM

    What a lovely casual comfy outfit. I love that t-shirt. I have an LL Bean lime green T-shirt with a screened silhouette pic of a cyclist and logo that states “Explore.” One of my favorites :)

  • cycler

    I saw that T-shirt at Target too, but somehow didn’t let myself buy it- have been pinching pennies during the kitchen remodel…
    I also don’t wear a lot of pink, but it is a very cute helmet- I like overlapping patterns like that.

  • Jen

    Cute helmet!

    Everyone’s go to gift for me these days is bike related fashion, and I love it. I have a plaid Nutcase helmet (totally worth the cost!), my favorite shirt is an octopus riding a bike, a Queen Bee purse with a bike stitched on, a tote bag, a necklace, socks…the list goes on.

  • Matthew Sterling

    Great look! My wife just got a nutcase helmet that goes with her blue Public mixte perfectly.

    A designer we really like is Twin Six. They have awesome graphics and make great casual and athletic clothing.

  • Eco Mama

    You are SO cute with your bike fashion! I got this same helmet, very happiness inducing visually. Spreading the love. Just discovered your fabulous blog, looking forward to reading more.
    Eco Mama

    • Dottie

      Thank you and welcome!

  • Lovely Bicycle!

    Ha! You look so super-young in the photos that at first I thought they were from some years back – then realised they had to be recent, with Coco and the new helmet and all. A case for “cycling is good for you”? : )

    • Dottie

      That’s what I like to hear! :) Possibly a case of cycling is good for you, helped out by film and a not-very-sharp lens.

  • Maureen

    You look fit and adorable,and the helmet, shirt, hoodie and jeggings are a great ensemble! I have a silver glittery nutcase helmet I really like, but have wanted to get one to go with my balck pashley for a while (even hinted for Christmas)…this post may make me click “buy”!

    • Dottie

      A helmet to match your bike is tres important. :)

      • Chris

        Nutcase seems to make helmets for Cyclists too in the future. I found a drawing of a Prototype of a new nutcase helmet
        Hopefully they will offer that helmet in such a nice design, too! The helmet you are wearing is to hot for me as I have to travel a long way to work.

  • Tad Salyards

    Hi, Dotty. I saw your helmet and wondered if you’d seen the post over at Copenhagenize where Nutcase helmets failed a recent Dannish safety test:

    Thought you should be aware and maybe start looking for a slightly less pretty but more effective helmet.


    • Biketourist

      Apparently the Danish test was unproven and the testers would not release their documents. The Nutcase lines were re-tested independently and everything passed. I know this because I checked before buying my second one. Unfortunately Copenhagen site is loud but not alway right. I read it often but have to remind myself it is only a blog, not an authority.

  • Chris

    Nutcase seems to make helmets for Cyclists too in the future. I found a drawing of a Prototype of a new nutcase helmet
    Hopefully they will offer that helmet in such a nice design, too! The helmet you are wearing is to hot for me as I have to travel a long way to work.