Cycling to work

This post has been updated based on comments received

The term ‘cycle chic’ was coined by Mikael Colville-Andersen the creator of Copenhagen Cycle Chic and refers to the lifestyle cyclists who wear their regular clothes and hop on a bike to get around. Unfortunately Australians can’t “cycle chic” as the definition strictly stipulates that helmets must not be worn. Nonetheless, surely we can do our best to get into the joyous benefits of lifestyle cycling which is why I started snapping stylish cyclists on the go around town myself but then felt funny about posting images of folks who weren’t aware they were being snapped. That said, there was this one time when I was locking up my bike when I noticed a woman photographing me. Thinking she’d come over and say hi, I finished what I was doing but when I looked up – she was gone! So in today’s BusiChic post, I’m sharing some of my shots of cycling chicks (which I considered submitting to Treadlie, Melbourne’s own cycle awesome publication – check it out!) and a Contemporary Business Wear/creative outfit I wear to work when the Autumn weather is fine…

A stylish stranger outside Friends of Mine cafe in Richmond

Kealey, editor of Thelma magazine.


My brother painstakingly brought back this Pashley from the UK for his girlfriend who now doesn't have space for it. Score!

Cheryl aka busichic

helmet Rudy Project cape asos dress American Rag belt Yeojin Bae for Target gloves from the BusiChic upcoming accessory line! stockings CLiO shoes Melissa

No exaggeration, I'm currently loving the opaque stockings in CLiO's Italian Collection. Silky and strong enough to withstand my bikerides - win.

Are you in the running to win a pack of CLiO hosiery*? If no, why not? All you have to do is:

  • Sign up for “The BusiChic Bulletin” – our monthly newsletter on all things business chic! Form is top right-hand-corner of the website.

Entry closes 6pm AEST on 31 May 2011. Winners will be drawn using and notified via the email they provided to subscribe to The BusiChic Bulletin. Competition is limited to those with Australian postal addresses only.

* Each CLiO pack is comprised of 1x Italian Opaque Bodyshaper ($9.99); 1x Italian Slimming OR Soft Shine Pantyhose ($8.99); 1x Italian Lace Top Stay-Ups ($9.99) and 1x Clio classic invisible band knee-highs ($6.95). The first four packs drawn will also include 1:x Tummy-control boy leg shapewear ($9.99). Please note that all items are a size 10-12 (Cheryl is a size 8-10).

And we’ll close off this post with this cute clip Kealey made for Thelma on Melbourne’s own bikeshare program:

Melbourne Bike Share – Thelma Magazine from thelma magazine on Vimeo.


  1. Haha you scored Hannah’s Pashley! She was telling me about it recently and I said I needed to photograph it too 🙂

    I often see stylish people cycling and want to take their photo too – but I miss them too often because either (a) I’m on a bike going somewhere or (b) they’re on a bike going somewhere. Such are the joys of living in the moment on a bike!

  2. Hi Cheryl!

    I love cycling to work also here in Adelaide and like you I always bemoan the fact that our cities are not cycle friendly at all! Also there are waaayyyy too many MAMILs for my liking here! Just looking at your outfit though, is your dress a pencil skirt type dress? Do you find it easy to cycle in those types of skirts/dresses?

    • Hi M,

      Ooh what is this MAMIL you speak of!?

      The dress I’m wearing is pencil but slightly flares out such that I can hitch the skirt up a little so I can pedal comfortably whilst still being covered up. I don’t think it’d work if it was any shorter though. HTHs!

  3. Hannah Cross says

    I miss my bike after seeing those photos! Will take her for a ride soon
    How are you? Are you going along to RMIT Brunswick this Saturday for the talk by Beci Orpin?

    • Hey Han- the ol’ girl certainly misses you! Yes I’ll be going to the Bec Orpin talk, so very excited and hope to see you there too! X

  4. Cute cycling outfit Cheryl!

    Was loving meeting you at Mission 65!


  5. Helmets are not cycle chic. As it is stated on the Cycle chic guidelines:

    • Hi Mikael, thank you for taking time to leave a comment and share that link, how unfortunate it is that it is illegal to be “cycle chic” in Australia as per the definition provided. I’ll make changes to this post and website tonight. Please feel free to contact me if you have any other concerns

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