Sports & Rec
Occupation: 4th grade teacher
Her Neighborhood: Historic Roosevelt
How often do you bike? I work early so I usually drive but when the weather is nice I like getting out on my bike.
What is your typical biking ensemble? I don’t really change the way I dress to bike. I might switch my shoes to flats but I’ll wear a dress.
What she’s wearing:
• Shoes and dress from Urban Outfitters
• Necklace was a gift purchased at Frances
• Ring purchased from vendor set up at a table at Lost Leaf who made it custom on the spot
Her biking essentials:
• Bike by Six Three Zero
Occupation: Part-time legal assistant
Her Neighborhood: Evans Churchill
What do you like about Downtown? I love the sense of community. I have made so many friends here in the last 7 years.
Where do you like to explore? I like riding through the different neighborhoods, checking out homes and landscaping.
How often do you bike? I only drive to work three days a week. I ride my bike the rest of the time. You can ride anywhere in Downtown.
What is your typical biking ensemble? In the summer it’s skirts, tank tops and sandals. In the winter I wear boots, skirts, and leggings. I always have to have a bracelet.
• Fry Boots
• Johnny Was top
• Thrift store hat with a pin picked up traveling in Madison
• Hot Cakes necklace
• Bag to carry purchases
• Flashing lights
• Spokey Dokes courtesy of Hood Ride
DPJ’s Bike Chic series by Nathan Simpson. You may see him around town scouting locals who not only ride their bikes but look dapper doing it.
Name: Brian Kern
Occupation: Student/Research analyst
His Neighborhood: Garfield
Where Spotted: Jobot Coffee
What do you like about Downtown? The people. There are a lot of artistic people and people trying to do something different.
Where do you like to explore? I stick mostly to the 5th Street and Roosevelt area, but I love riding around Downtown when no one is out so I don’t have to worry about cars.
Why did you go car free? There is a lot of unnecessary stress in car ownership. I have spent less than $100 total in bike maintenance since I sold my car 9 months ago.
What is your typical biking ensemble? I don’t have anything I regularly wear for biking. It’s just whatever I am wearing that day. I do own cycling shoes but I rarely wear them.
Watch: Seiko diver’s
Hat: Portman Pacific wool 8 panel
Jeans: Unbranded Denim from Buffalo Exchange
Jacket: Levi slim fit trucker jacket from the Levi Outlet
His biking essentials:
Late 80s Bottecchia
Lots of water
Thorn proof tires
Meet Nathan Simpson, new DPJ contributor, and now designator of all that is Bike Chic. You may see him scouting locals who not only ride their bikes but look dapper doing it.
When I first saw Bike Chic, I spent the next few weekends dressing in my sharpest duds, hopping from coffee shop to coffee shop searching for someone with a camera who would ask me what I was wearing. For a sharp-dressing, car-free, downtown-dwelling Phoenician, it seemed like a pretty cool thing to be a part of.
When asked to take over the feature for DPJ, vanity ensued. I have decided to take this opportunity to feature myself, for introduction purposes only of course.
Who: Nathan Simpson
Occupation: Writer (who makes a living working at the Amazon.com warehouse)
My Neighborhood: Garfield
What do I enjoy about downtown? It’s a strong community where everyone is connected in a small town way with a big city energy.
Where do I like to explore? You will find me cruising downtown coffee shops, especially Lola.
What is my typical biking ensemble? On my work days, I make the 12 mile trek in a ratty t-shirt so I like to get my hipster-chic on on my days off.
• Cole Haan wingtips
• Bow tie from Last Chance
• Owned the vest since junior high knowing they would eventually come back in style
• Coat from my favorite thrift store Maggie’s Thrift
• I have prescription glasses for when I need to see good and fake hipster glasses from Urban outfitters for when I need to look good.
• I own four bikes. I chose the old beater Free Spirit for the photos because DJ William F****ing Reed once said to me, while I was on it, “Nice bike, man.”
• I almost always have a bandana tied to my wrist when riding. It’s good for sopping up sweat, or wiping tears from the face of a damsel in distress, and you never know when you might have to tourniquet someone.
Look for me all over downtown, but be on your fashion A game if you want a shot at Bike Chic glory.
Photography by Tyson Crosbie
And while the deck may be stacked against them (for now), there are some groups in the Valley working towards making Phoenicians embrace a car-free lifestyle. Like the Rusty Spoke Community Bicycle Collective (located on 1023 Grand Ave), a bicycle advocacy group that operates their own D.I.Y. space for bicycle repairs.
And during tomorrow’s Grand Ave Festival, the Rusty Spoke will be holding an art auction to benefit the space (with the items going on view at 11 a.m. and final bids called at 9 p.m.).
“We have art from many different mediums: painting, photography, sculpture, crafts, furniture,” said Rusty Spoke member Crystal Nesfield-Barolli. “Some of the art is bike-themed…all of it has been donated by local artists.”
There will be beverages, screenprinting and movies showing at the Rusty Spoke throughout the event. In addition to being a D.I.Y. bike space, the Rusty Spoke also hosts concerts, workshops (including an anti-racism workshop happening on Oct. 22), dance parties and presentations by activist groups. For more information about their community events, check rustyspoke.org.