The 'No Limits' Cycling T-shirt - Purple, Girls
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A few of my friends in the cycling circuit, like Jassi (Jas Vipul Chawla), Shantanu (Singh), and Ashwin (Bala) have been suggesting since ages, "Why don't you do a t-shirt on cycling? The market has none ... you will sell like hot cakes!
Selling like hot cakes, or selling like cold, rotten cakes ... didn't matter ... but the idea to connect with the passion of cycling - especially the kind that survives in the city - was so tempting! If you have loved cycling in your life ever, (I used to ride a Mach3 way back during the JEE drop year), you can imagine how these modern urban cyclists feel after a hard day's ride on the (usually) filthy ambience of the city, no?!
What followed was conversations and conversations with the cyclist friends of mine ... about their passion to find out what really matters to them when they cycle ... about why do they cycle in the first place ... about what gives them that (bloody) kick. If there's one t-shirt that has made me work (read: research) the most, it's this one. I must have spent hours talking to this species, and a few more hours cafe-hopping trying to sit down with bundles of tissue papers ... figuring out what exactly this t-shirt would need. Finally, it's done!
Disclaimer: I haven't even thought about the cyclists of the professional kind ... the ones who travel on terrains in the wilderness or on racing tracks. It's the city bikers ... the crazy bunch that tolerates all that pollution ... that had my attention!
I may have queried half a dozen of my cyclist friends regarding their feelings about cycling ... and each one of them mentioned how they hated the motorists, how they loved the slap of the air on their faces, and how they derived sadistic pleasure from the fact that they happen to reach their offices way before any other mode of transportation!
Yeps! Each one of them ... it was like it was some pattern ... these three things were the lowest common denominator with each one of them!
Jassi went on to tell me about a 'race test' carried out in London, where a cyclist beat every other mode, including the tubes, to emerge as the fastest urban transport! I couldn't believe that either ... but it's true!
That realisation, and another one that cyclists have nothing to do with the typical traffic limitations, formed the core premise of the front of this t-shirt. To add a little more soul to the design, I make a mention of a few other variables that exist limitlessly in an urban cyclist's world.
Initially, it made sense to give contrasting colors to the text (pale yellow looks good on purple), but later it seemed wise to let the purple color of the fabric do all the talking. The light purple text keeps the t-shirt sublte and sober, instead of loud and tacky. Plus, we added a lot of eroded-grungy effect to the design ... to lend it that slightly cocky attitude!
I am really proud of the back, though there's little input from my side in it! :) The text is a product of my conversations with those friends, while the cyclist's silhouette was flicked from the net!
Of course, this is not a t-shirt that cyclists can wear while cycling ... it's not dry-fit, neither does it have those back-pockets. I hope the cyclist in you can feel good while flaunting it in a social setting (it's a sure-shot conversation starter) ... and if you are very senti about, "Hey! I am a cyclist ... I don't flaunt!" (why not, I wonder!), I hope you feel good about wearing this tee for ... just yourself!
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