Halloween is a day away, but it’s not too late to late to get a cycling oriented costume together. Here are some ideas that you could have fun with:
Pee Wee’s Big Adventure: The tricky part will be tracking down an old red cruiser bike. After you have that, you can spice it up as much as you can with streamers, or a lion’s head on the handlebars. From there, find a grey suit, bow tie, white shoes, and some styling gel.
ET: This may be one you will have to hold off on until next year, but if you can find an old BMX bike, add a basket to it, and find something that resembles ET to stick in it, all you need from there is a hoodie sweatshirt and some jeans.
Breaking Away: This one is super easy. Grab a white t-shirt and letter ‘CUTTERS’ across the front of it, and then ride around on an old steel road bike while greeting people with ‘buon giorno!’
Creedence Clearwater Cosmo’s Factory Album: This is pretty obscure, but sometimes that can be fun. Try and dig up some red sweatpants, and a yellow tank top over a grey t-shirt while riding around on an old 70’s road bike. If you can pull off the hair style, even better.
Paperboy: One of my favorite video games, I went with this costume a while back. Attach a front basket to a mountain or bmx bike, and fill it up with newspapers. As for attire, a blue jacket, jeans, and yellow hat is all you need. Keep in mind though, throwing papers through the windows of non-subscribers will not get you bonus points on Halloween night.
Famous Names in Cycling: There are a lot of famous cycling icons, but the ones that are the most fun to emulate are the ones with easily identifiable features. Some good picks would be Laurent Fignon, or Mario Cipollini from road racing fame. As for a touring twist, I’ve been playing around with the idea of dressing up as one of our founders, Greg Siple, based on photos from his tour from Alaska to Argentina in the 70s.
TOURING GEAR AND TIPS is written by Joshua Tack of Adventure Cycling’s member services department. It appears weekly, highlighting technical aspects of bicycle touring and advice to help better prepare you for the journey ahead.