On the one hand, it’s good that biking is becoming so mainstream that you can now buy a pair of All-American bikey Levi’s. On the other hand, the one thing biking doesn’t need is more expensive, specialized clothing that makes the mode of transportation seem like a hip clique. Especially when the pants only come in cuts for men. The nervousness about not riding a bike correctly—not even, “Am I in the right lane?” but, “Am I cool enough for this? Do I look ridiculous?”—keeps some people from getting on a bike at all.
Poster’s note: In the interest of safety, I encourage helmet use at all times, but it is a rider’s discretion whether or not to wear one.