Before hitting the road in April of 2019, a friend of Becca’s asked what she’d be wearing to cycle world. This question was with her almost everyday in the first part of the Limitless journey. Check out the round-the-world outfit she would build, if she could build a custom outfit.
Whether he asked me the question when we were in one of the bell tents, or when crammed into the backseat of a car after a day spent playing in sand dunes in Death Valley, or piled onto two hotel room beds with at least 15 people … I don’t recall.
But I do remember when the incredibly artistic and fashion-forward Christian Squires asked me something along the lines of…
…What would be your dream outfit for cycling around the world?…
…I had no idea what to tell him.
I hadn’t yet cycled the heat of the high Pyrenees in summer, slid across the wet, rocky, and muddy, Camino de Santiago del Norte in fall, nor made my way across destroyed country roads in Portugal as winter began to gain momentum. When he asked me this question, Limitless was still just a concept.
In addition, while I had marveled at many of Christian’s fabulous fashion brainchildren, I had never worn a Christian Squires Original when his question poured from his imagination into mine like a multicolored fully-welcome-to-the-party virus.
Not knowing what my dream outfit to cycle the world would be, I began my journey around the earth in clothes I’d been wearing for years and Patagonia-style expedition clothes bought specifically for the journey ahead.
Thankfully, Christian’s questions turned many of my struggles with this wardrobe into wonder.
As I pulled on clothes still wet from the day before, I wondered if the outfit could be made fully out of fabric that is both incredibly warm, and dries overnight even when it’s cold.
As I turned my last pair of underwear inside out, I wondered if the suit could have a swappable thin chamois + swappable liners to go over it. Kind of like reusable pads, but for the crotch of my bike shorts.
As water ran into my shoes and … just … warmed up a little bit and stayed there … I wondered if there could be a way to have gaiters fully integrate with the suit somehow.
As water soaked through my rain jacket almost immediately in any sort of prolonged moisture of any kind, I wondered if it’s even possible to make ‘round-the-world wear truly waterproof.
As we climbed 1500 meter mountain after 1500 meter mountain in 40 degree heat, I wondered how close you can get to naked and still have sun and insect protection.
As I fumbled with zippers and buttons while riding, I wondered if it were possible to design EVERYTHING in the outfit for one-handed operation.
As I was squatting next to my bike to pee, I wondered if this suit could include a built-in pee-spout or at least a hole for a pee spout.
On days where I was feeling more fun than my outfit, I wondered if there is a way to have reversible elements throughout the outfit. Could it be made with the flexibility to be more soberly colored when needed, and then real fun and fancy when I feel like being real fun and fancy?
As I contemplated what Limitless is all about, I also wondered how we build a better future world into the production of this outfit? Is it possible to do this with ethically sourced fabrics? Eco regenerative production? Using secondhand or upcycled materials?
As I twirled at Tomorrowland in my first Christian Squires Original, celebrating my best friend’s 35 years of life and feeling like a goddess after months living in travel clothes, I wondered if I could find a way to make an outfit for cycling the world that makes me feel the way I do when I dress up, like, real fancy.
After my time on the road and experiencing the joy of Christian’s fashion, I’ve dreamed of an outfit for traveling the world by bicycle that includes:
- Clever use of layers. The layers are designed to adapt to a wide range of weather conditions, have durability across all climates and are thoughtfully designed to minimize the potential for lost pieces.
- An integrated system for simpler peeing.
- A swappable chamois system.
- A way for me to swap in color when I’m feeling fun and fancy, or swap in more muted tones when the situation or country calls for it. As fashionable as it is functional!
- Adaptability to body changes due to menstrual cycles, changes in diet, or months spent off the bike.
- Ethical, eco-regenerative, upcycled, next-world materials.
- Durable as fuck and made to be repaired.
- Custom-tailored everything.
- Materials that don’t look dirty (bonus: or rumpled), even when they absolutely are.
- Materials that take a long time to smell bad.
A huge thank you to Christian for this inspiration to write and to dream!! And thank you for the yellow dress! It’s different every time I wear it, and I love it in every variation!