Most of the time you only need a bike.
I spotted this Zipcar ad while on the subway this morning. It’s one of a series from the car sharing company depicting people in situations where a car would definitely come in handy: a band schlepping its gear on the subway, two pals trying to bring a canoe on Boston’s T, and a guy whose girlfriend is in the process of throwing all his stuff out of an apartment window. This one has its charm, but considering how many people actually manage to bike in suits or “work” clothes — and how many of Zipcar’s customers must also be regular bike commuters — it misses the mark by a bit. From the Capital Bikeshare program to the streets of Copenhagen to Midtown Manhattan, you’ll find plenty of people biking to work meetings in a jacket and tie, even when it’s hot. While I don’t have to get too dressed up at my office, on one of the hottest days last summer I biked from Soho to midtown Manhattan wearing a suit and tie in order to attend a fundraising gala. The combination of my upright bike and a slow pace prevented me from getting too sweaty.
As others have noted, “as long as the bike is right, any clothes will do.”