I have been without my Bat this week. Instead, I have been riding my 27 year old Raleigh mixte around the city. Unlike my Batavus, the mixte has no chain or skirt guards. As a result, I have had to eschew my usual wide leg trouser style pants and pull out my skirts and knickers to keep my clothes out of the chain.
It has not been warm enough for my more casual skirts so I have had to pull out my warmer, wool stuff. The result has been that I end up dressed a bit more formally than I would on a day where I have no appointments to keep or business to do.
It has been shocking that my bike has forced me to dress better! My Bat allows me to wear anything without thinking about it. There is nothing for my pant legs to get stuck in or my skirt to catch on (it is very interesting to come to an intersection to find that your skirt has caught quite firmly around your rear brakes).
For the short time it was warm this week, I discovered the joy of having a lighter weight bicycle. When the warm weather hits in force later this year, I will be riding my mixte more to save energy. An excuse to beef up my skirt wardrobe I guess : )
Do you find your wardrobe choices change according to what kind of bike you ride?