The hefty September issues, packed with all things refreshingly new for fall fashion, have dropped at newsstands and mailboxes. But for the latest covetable trends in city cycling fashion, you’ll need to consult the OTHER September issue: Bicycling Magazine (above).

I’m excited to have contributed the article, Take a Look, which reveals key trends in clothing and accessories that are inspired by a broader definition of how riding a bicycle fits into daily living. The article is one reflection of how Bicycling, which unveils a smart new design with this issue, continues to evolve its editorial content to inspire and inform readers of all levels and interests who share a passion for cycling.

Beyond Spandex-As-Usual

For you, as a city rider, the new clothing options go way Spandex-as-usual. Apparel makers, ranging from emerging to major brands, and including many women entrepreneurs, offer more choices than ever. The designs combine ease of movement and comfort on the bike, with fashion styling that blends more seamlessly into your daily routine — whether for commuting, recreational riding or running errands in the neighborhood. All without the “tight and bright” vibe that has previously defined the image of cycling.

Examples? The Vespertine NYC Riding Dress (top photo) that adds woven-in nighttime reflectivity to a flattering shirtwaist silhouette, the Giro New Road line of sportswear-inspired men’s (for now) apparel that transitions easily from the long ride to the coffee line, and Velobici sweaters based on classic zip-front jerseys that exploit all the on- and off-bike benefits of fine wool. Shopping resources are included, with links in the online version!

New York City is in the House

As a New Yorker, you’ll also recognize the backdrop. The spread, on pages 48 to 57 of the magazine was shot by New York City-based photographer Nick Onken at locations in Brooklyn, and also highlights our city’s newest transportation accessory: Citi Bike. Some will also recognize New York City bike racer and messenger Austin Horse on the magazine’s cover.

Bicycling Magazine is on newsstands everywhere – also in an iPad edition with exclusive additional features.

Coming Thursday, a behind-the-scenes look at the June photo shoot in Brooklyn.

Top photo: Nick Onken

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