Best dressed for Sydney’s Suit Ride tour of inner city sights
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One of this year’s binge-watching guilty pleasures for me was Suits. With its impeccably stylish cast of warring lawyers, rapid-fire patter, arch pop-cultural winks and nods, and the freckled goodness of Prince Harry’s main squeeze, the delightfully named Meghan Markle, what was not to love?
But the enduring image for me was of the main character, Mike Ross, a dropout, drug-dealing genius who accidentally ends up in a law firm and gets hired, played in all his squinty, blue-eyed, square-jawed splendour by Patrick J. Adams, insouciantly swinging one leg up on to his stripped-down hipster bike and tooling around Manhattan, resplendent in his eponymous suit.
“A growing number of Sydney businesses support people riding because of the productivity, health and financial benefits bikes bring to the workplace,” Lord Mayor Clover Moore said.
Clover Moore wasn’t on the ride, doubtless worried her mayoral robes might have been a hazard. But I met someone much more important: Sydney’s Bicycle Mayor, Sarah H. Imm, investment banker turned founder and spruiker-in-chief of lifestyle brand Velo-a-Porter.
Her Rolling Honour hails from Minneapolis, Minnesota via South Korea, studied in Chicago and worked in New York, London, Hong Kong and Seoul before settling in Sydney.
She owns five bikes (e-bike, Nihola cargo tricycle from Denmark, mountain bike, road bike, hipster bike) and sports Lycra on occasions. For the Suit Ride, she’s sporting a floral number and her new Cover by Velo-a-Porter, which transforms the average bike helmet into a stylish hat.
The Bicycle Mayor let me tool around for a bit on her e-bike and even showed me some of her best bike-friendly shortcuts through Surry Hills on the way home. Who knows what the denizens of Crown, Campbell and Bourke streets made of a peloton of people in business attire pedalling like mad dogs in the midday sun through their streets. But for the participants at least, not withstanding my shaky start, the Suit Ride was a freewheeling success.