Dandy Buffalo bicyclists make the cut
A photo from June 2013's BLRC ride
Photo courtesy of Paul Borden and the BLRC FB page
Those who follow the fashionable Buffalo’s Lazy Randonneur Club won’t be surprised to learn that the snappily dressed two-wheeled club has been recognized by Bicycling magazine for its natty jaunts through the Queen City.
Bicycling’s online slideshow calls attention to the BLRC, as well as similar clubs, each designed to showcase cycling as leisurely recreation more than sporting workout. San Francisco, DC, Philadelphia, and British Columbia’s Vancouver and Victoria-based clubs were noted, among others.
The BLRC's rides are often made up of those with an appreciation for a bygone era. Many use vintage bicycles, and the events are themed with a nod toward old-school threads. Seersucker, gingham, and tweed have all had a turn, and this fall’s Johnny Onion Ride recommends donning French maritime or farmer attire. Dedicated to, as their Facebook page says, “the French and English tradition of cyclotouring,” a picnic or other food and drink-themed gathering usually takes place during each journey.
In today’s world, many see bicycles as a means of daily transportation or a tool for achieving health and physical endurance. For BLRC, the bicycle is both a fashion statement and a means for achieveing relaxation and the enjoyment of others, a refreshing and fun approach.
You can learn more about this organization, their collective fascination with bicycles, and their events by joining their Facebook group.