The idea behind Edinburgh Cycle Chic is to celebrate the people of Edinburgh who ride bicycles (mainly as a way of getting from A to B) wearing ordinary clothes, because you don’t have to wear Lycra.

If you would like to get in touch please feel free to leave a comment below or use the contact, and we will get back to you. Please note all images are copyrighted to Edinburgh Cycle Chic unless otherwise stated.

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  1. Rachel Holmes says:

    Loving your idea. I have been desperately looking for agreement that lycra is just a fashion disaster for commuting cyclists. The tights thingy has gone too far I feel….not a good look at all.

  2. jaime says:


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    i couldn´t find an email contact, i hope you don´t mind posting this here…

    i just wanted to share with you this short film we´ve made about our latest collaboration:
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  3. Hi, just set up a new cycle chic blog a few weeks back from Canada’s capital. I put up a link to your site and hope you can link to me.


  4. Bonnie Bikes says:

    Sadly, Glasgow Cycle Chic blog no longer exists but trust me, you do get some very chic cyclists in the style capital! I am enjoying your blog though, may I add it to my links page on http://www.bonniebikes.com?

  5. Mandie says:

    Hi, I came across your site and wasn’t able to get an email address to contact you about some broken links on your site. Please email me back and I would be happy to point them out to you.

    Mandie Hayes

    • Dear Mandie,

      You say you have spotted some broken links on Edinburgh Cycle Chic. If you are referring to the link to Glasgow Cycle Chic, we know about that one, we live in the hope that someone will resurrect it. If there are any others we have missed, please let us know.

      The Edinburgh Cycle Chic Team.

  6. yepindeed says:

    Ah! I just happened across this—I used to live in Edinburgh and was a yoga student at Bristo Yoga School with a lot of avid cycle chics! Love this–made me nostalgic!


  7. I always liked your pictures. One of my former flatmate had a fetish for bikes. He was a photographer and was spending hours taking photos of bikes. And I know some other people who share this same interest :P. I don’t quite understand it, but I find it funny 🙂

  8. june says:

    Love the idea but really against having your top photo advertising someone not wearing a helmet. Its totally irrisponsible for anyone to glamourise the use of bicycles as a form of city centre transport witout one.
    I am a keen cyclist and use my bike to get around edinburgh but as a driver aswell i am constantly ashamed of cyclists wearing inapropriate clothing or accessories (HANDBAGS SWINGING FROM HANDLEBARS! ) and no helmets , lights , signals or even basic adherance to the rules of the road. These thigs cause a danger to all around you , you can easily cause an accident hurting yourself or others.
    Helemets are worn in all fast moving sports and in the city everything is hard, made of concrete or metal why wouldnt you want to protect your head!

    • Dear June,

      You are welcome to wear a helmet if you feel that it makes you safer, but before you try to tell others that they are being irresponsible, we would like to suggest that you check your facts. There is no clear evidence that wearing helmets make cycling safer, indeed there is some evidence that they can make cycling more dangerous. It is also notable the in places where cycling is very common, such as the Netherlands, etc., cycle helmets are rare.

      Please also note that the greatest threat to cyclist and pedestrians is actually drivers of motor vehicles, so please drive safely. Thank you.

  9. realcycling says:

    ‘Helmets are worn in all fast-moving sports’, June? Football, rugby, pelota vasca, tennis, water polo, Aussie rules football, shinty, hockey, Gaelic football, fell running, squash, netball?

    In any case, what would it prove? Racing cyclists wear helmets because they’re taking risks to go fast, just as motor racing drivers do similarly. When I cycle to the shops, I’m not doing it competitively.

    Helmets may offer some protection in the case of certain particular types of accident. But so do bulletproof vests for pedestrians. Would you complain about someone walking to the shops without a bulletproof vest in such strident, upper-case tones? If not, why not? The argument is the same.

    • The point you make about motor racing drivers wearing helmets is a pertinent one, one suggest that ordinary driver don a flame suit and helmet to drive to the shops. Yet cyclist are expected to dress as if they about undertake a race if they ride a bicycle for transport. This is a ridiculous double standard which should be dumped.

  10. The subject of cycle helmets is a contention issue and we would rather not have an extended discussion of it on this page. So any further comments on this subject will be deleted. If you think we should host a debate on this subject, you are welcome to contact us using the form above to arrange a a guest post, laying out the case for and against.

    Thank you for your understanding.

  11. Marina Slabbers says:

    we have seen your question at te forum about placing a reaction without a login. I do have the same problem and I see that you solved yours. Can you please tell me how you managed. Sorry for using your blog for putting this question. Thanks for helping me out.

  12. Mark says:

    Not seen too many cyclists wearing helmets in Amsterdam…a few more in Copenhagen…personal choice in my opinion. I often wear one in Edinburgh as the streets are rather chaotic at the moment due to the various traffic diversions and there are lots of tourists who like to randomly walk out in front of bikes. Motorcyclists often say that noisy exhausts save lives, i.e. you hear the motorcycle coming. My rusty old Dawes complete with Weeride, paniers and 2 year old daughter makes a lot of noise…the bell actually works and is more than just a short ‘buzz’. Maybe insisting that Edinburgh cyclists have a proper bell (the simple cheap ones that actually ‘ring’ loudly) and that we sing loudly on our rusty old city bikes might save more lifes than expensive helmets with lots of bolt-on lights and flashing strips.

  13. Carolyn says:

    I’m with you on the helmet thing, but as a driver (as well as cyclist) I have to say that wearing dark clothing – no matter how “chic” it is, doesn’t help anyone.

    • Do you take the same attitudes to pedestrians? As a driver you have to take responsibility to look out for other people and not to hit them. As a driver you are the one that is capable of doing the harm, so you should accept the great responsibility. Also, by the same principal, where interaction is between cyclists and pedestrians, then the cyclists should accept the great responsibility to look out for the more vulnerable group.

  14. sammbradley says:

    I love that this is a thing

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  16. Siebicke says:

    Hey I looking foar some cargobikedealer / shop in Edinburgh. Or do you know some custumer they have a Christiania from Copenhagen.

  17. PedalWORKS says:

    I have been following and enjoying your photos. Great concept. Encourages everyone of all shapes and sizes to get our on a bike. Kudos!

  18. Martin says:

    I holiday in Holland a lot and love the Dutch laid back bike style. I bought a Kalkhoff step through electric bike to ‘tootle’ to and from work at the Kings Buildings (my legs are getting old but it still requires some effort). Normal clothes and no helmet. I’m going to start doing my family shopping on it and have just ordered a rear extra large rack and box from Dutch Bike Bits for the rear so that I can carry a couple of bags worth.
    Like the comments that go along with the pictures – the more riding like this in my opinion the better.

  19. Brendon Manyuku says:

    Hi there , I’m a sports science student at UWS in Glasgow. As part of my dissertation I’m researching the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on cycling participation in the UK . Is it possible for me to share my survey link with your members and connections across Edinburgh. Below is the link to the survey . And please let me know any further questions.


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