Mike - Costume Guide

As Seen in Breaking Away

man with shaggy hair wears tan shorts and white t-shirt that says cutters on it

Rock the late 70's track racing style of Breaking Away's Mike, one of the four members of Bloomington, Indiana's famed Cutters bike gang.

  • First, you need a properly outfitted red racing helmet. We found ours at a local Army Navy surplus store. Use paint or tape to dial in the detailing.
  • Next, you need the shirt. We just happen to have the Cutters shirt, made to spec, right down to the racing number 34 on the back.
  • Then you'll need some fraying beige or off-white short shorts. Or jorts, which are are equally acceptable. The shorter, the more authentic and keeping with the period.
  • You'll also need some wavy hair; in keeping with the times, it should be treated with a hairdryer. Our model graciously sported his unkempt, so no wig was need. Add angry scowl for effect.
  • And finally, a pair of ratty Converse or similar running trainers; pair with white anklet socks and you're good to go!
  • This year, race through Halloween on a group ride! Pull together three of your friends and form a Cutters team - Dave, Moocher, Mike, and Cyril - for Halloween!