Get the look: "Grown Ups" from when you were a kid

This week in Get The Look, I show you how to look the way grown ups did when you were a kid. I’m taken back to the late seventies when the imposition of random breath testing sent many an honest drinking man to his shed, or a bike store, to equip himself with new drinking wheels. The look is defiantly suave. It says, Our cars you may take, but never our pride. The best news is, it’s a look you too can add to your cycling repertoire, for under $400. A fixie alone would set you back twice that amount, plus hundreds more for the costume. Here’s how!
1975 Raleigh Sports: $300. Period tweed suit with monster lapel: $36. Short back and sides: $32. Complete the look with that scowl you remember men having whenever people like you were keeping them from drinking or gambling. If seeking authenticity, add a hip flask of whiskey to sip to stay warm.
As always though, choosing the right helmet is causing me difficulties.

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Know any looks that can be nailed for under $500, including the cost of the bike? Let us know by posting a comment. We have WW2 German soldier’s helmet covers to fit over most brands of standard bicycle helmets to give away to readers who can provide stories with pics.


  1. Anonymous says:

    Here’s my look for today

    OK – just found your site today and am reading all the back issues. FWIW here’s my “I didn’t iron anything on the weekend” look for today (a Monday).
    Sportscraft black skinny leg dress jeans – $100; Brooksfield charcoal shirt – $75; Doc Martins greasy look shoes – $160; wife’s gray 24seven handbag/manbag that she got for a present but has never used – $0; black Black Ice sunnies that I found at the beach this summer – $0; Gazelle step-through 3-speed (1958 date-stamped on the S-A hub) that I found on the street chucked out from a deceased estate, $130 with new seat, new gum-wall tyres, hub service and new trigger shifter and cable.

    • Steven says:

      Re: Here’s my look for today

      stupendous! simply magnificent. If sir you ever took the time some monday morning to capture the look in a photo, and emailed it to behoovingmoving [at symbol] livejournal [full stop] com, I will make publication of your comment, with photos, an agenda item at the next editorial meeting. May I commend your literary flair also. Excellent for one who must work for a living 🙂

  2. Anonymous says:


    I almost forgot – lots of V05 styling gel – $4 – in my barbershop haircut – $16. Couldn’t let a foam lid ruin that piece of art. Repeal the MHL!

  3. Anonymous says:


    “s always though, choosing the right helmet is causing me difficulties”

    English pith helmet perhaps. Could even go as far as a safari suit in Summer.

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