FREE Cycling Food Tour of Melbourne’s West with CycleStyle

Maribyrnong City Council regularly run ‘Westside Discovery Tours’, a series of FREE tours for locals and visitors to introduce them to the secrets of Melbourne’s west side. (Read about some of their previous tours here and here).

New tours are available for booking from today.

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Joyce from CycleStyle will be leading a tour with The Squeaky Wheel to discover some of the Westside’s best pastries, cakes, desserts and sweets. Free tastings too!

The Sweet Cycle

When: Sat 9 May, 1.30 -3pm

Where: Meet in front of Olympic Hot Doughnuts, Footscray Railway Station, Irving Street, Footscray

FREE Bookings required, limited to 10 places

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Incidentally Joyce will also be leading a Culture Mamas tour of family-friendly Footscray. It’ll be a 1.5 hour walk covering some of her favourite places to take kids to eat, shop and play in her neighbourhood, with tastings en route.

Family Friendly Tour of Footscray

When: Mon 4 May, 10 – 11.30am

Where: Meet in front of Olympic Hot Doughnuts, Footscray Railway Station, Irving Street, Footscray

FREE Bookings required, limited to 8 places

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To book email susie.wickes@maribyrnong.vic.gov.au with your full name, street address, contact number and selected tour. Only one tour per person and not available for group bookings of 4+ people. For more information click here.

 

Oopsmark Bicycle Wine Rack – Made in Montreal video

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The makers of our bestselling Bicycle Wine Rack was recently featured in a documentary series that focuses on makers in Montreal Canada and the neighbourhoods they come from.

The video gives a behind the scene look into the Oopsmark workshop where they make our bicycle wine racks! Plus all the music was made by Oopsmark‘s founder Jesse Herbert.

Westie Women on Wheels – Free bike program of women of Melbourne’s west

I’m so excited to work with The Squeaky Wheel  to launch ‘Westie Women on Wheels‘, a FREE cycling skills program for  women who live or work in Melbourne’s west.

The program is for ‘interested but concerned’ women who have basic bike skills and who would like to gain the knowledge and confidence to ride for transport.

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Delivered over 3 sessions, participants will receive bicycle skills training, road rule education and route planning advice. The final session will be a fun social ride, introducing you to the safest and most direct routes for amenities in your local area.

Places are limited to 22 participants and participants are strongly encouraged to attend all three sessions to get the maximum benefit.

  • Saturday 16 May, 2pm – 4pm
  • Saturday 23 May, 2pm – 4pm
  • Saturday 30 May, 2pm – 4.30pm

The first two sessions will meet at the Footscray Bike Shed, Mills Close, Footscray (next to Building K, Footscray Park Campus of Victoria University). BOOK HERE.

Westie Women on Wheels has been made possible with the support of the Maribyrnong Community Grants program.

CycleStyle spotted Mikena at Flinders Street Station

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We spotted Mikena at Flinders Street station. She’s from Boston originally and now lives in East Brunswick. Today she’d ridden from East Brunswick along the Capital City Trail to visit her friends in Footscray, then took the train back into the city before riding home again. Just goes to show that riding some of the way is ok!

Love her bright bike and helmet and edgy cycling outfit too!

Interview with Sara Henrichs from Hendrichs UK

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Sara Henrichs, the founder of reflective fashion collection Henrichs, spoke to online magazine  ‘It’s Rude to Stare’ about her inspirations.

Who do you design for? Are you inspired by a certain personality / look when coming up with ideas?

I design for style-conscious urban citizens who want to look good while travelling by bicycle or scooter but don’t want to wear the ugly yellow hi-vis vests. The idea is to be able to do this through a Henrichs garments, they can wear this over what they would normally wear, so it’s practical, safer and still looks good. The cape for instance is my flagship product and the reason why I launched Henrichs.

When I was a fashion student in Paris I was fascinated by the Schoeller reflective material and designed the cape for myself to cycle with. Since then I had so many people asking me where I got it from so I decided to produce it and the rest is history!

Are you a keen cyclist?
Yes, I always cycle it’s the best transport way in cities nowadays!

Describe your personal style?
I am a chic french girl with a practical german touch.

 

 

 

 

Wingman Backpack Garment Bag – Features video

The Wingman Backpack was designed to transport business suits, dresses, shirts, ipads and accessories with the convenience and comfort of a backpack.

Tandem NY Skirtweight – Video Review by Bike Stylish

The Tandem NY  Skirtweight is a nifty gadget for holding down your skirt (or blouse or bag) while you ride.

Here’s a short video review by Bike Stylish.

Little Sparrow Market – Federation Square Sunday 1 February 2015

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Our first market of the year will be at Melbourne’s iconic Federation Square. Come and check out 60 designers and makers with gorgeous goods at Little Sparrow Market.

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Little Sparrow Market

Federation Square Atrium

Sunday 1 February 10am-5pm

Handleband attaches any smartphone to any handlebar

The HandleBand Universal Smartphone Bar Mount allows you to securely attach most mobile phones to a handlebar, with or without a case, to be easily seen and conveniently accessible to use while riding, walking, or running.

Watch this video to see how easy it is to use the HandleBand.

Kris Kringle gifts for under $20

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To make your gift-giving easier we’ve compiled a list of Kris Kringle / stocking stuffer presents under $20 for the cyclist in your life (or that guy in accounts you don’t really know).

For more gift giving inspiration check out these gift guides featuring our products.

Carradice x Harris Tweed

Carradice of Nelson and HARRIS TWEED have collaborated on a limited edition range of saddlebags.

HARRIS TWEED is only woven on the Isle of Harris by hand operated looms and carries the trademark Orb. Aren’t they stunning?

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#MaribyrnongRides for #Ride2Work Day – Wednesday 15 October

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Ride2Work Day is coming up and we’re assisting City of Maribyrnong with their free community breakfast on Wed 15 Oct 7:30-am-9am in Footscray.

There will be wholesome food from Bakers Delight and Vari’s Organics, a smoothie bike from Bike n’ Blend, free bike safety checks by Western Velo Works, free police bike engraving and tunes from Cargone Couriers’ Boombox bike.

PLUS great prizes from Teds Cycles Footscray, psbikes, Roof Rack Superstore, Treadlie, Maribyrnong Aquatic Centre and CycleStyle!

For more information http://www.maribyrnong.vic.gov.au/Page/Page.aspx?Page_Id=8935 #maribyrnongrides

 

Pedalling Footscray’s Food Icons with CycleStyle!

A few times a year our local council Maribyrnong City Council run ‘Westside Discovery Tours’, a series of free tours for locals and visitors to introduce them to the secrets of Melbourne’s west side. (Read about some of their previous tours here and here).

New tours and now available for booking now and covers topics as diverse as art, history and food.

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Joyce from CycleStyle will be leading a tour which combines her passion for food and cycling! With our friends at The Squeaky Wheel she will be taking a small group on an 1.5 hour eating and cycling tour of Footscray, her home and one of the most diverse and delicious suburbs in Melbourne.

PEDALLING FOOTSCRAY’S FOOD ICONS is a fun way to explore Footscray’s food culture – from doughnuts to goi cuon to cannoli. Bring your appetite and your bike and get ready to eat, shop and ride!

Sat 25 Oct, 12.30pm – 2pm

Meet in front of Olympic Hot Doughnuts, Footscray Railway Station, Irving Street, Footscray

FREE Bookings required, limited to 10 places

To book your place on a tour email susie.wickes@maribyrnong.vic.gov.au

For more information about the tours visit www.festivalcity.com.auwww.cyclestyle.com.au and www.thesqueakywheel.com.au

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Georgia in Dublin Leggits video

See just some of the types of shoes the Georgia in Dublin Leggits can be worn over!

Georgia in Dublin Rainwrap Size Chart

How to choose your size of the Georgia in Dublin Rainwrap Waterproof Wraparound Skirt

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How to wear the Georgia in Dublin Rainwrap

Instructional video showing how to wear the Georgia in Dublin Rainwrap and use the garter and toggle.

World Bicycle Relief – the Buffalo Bike

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World Bicycle Relief is all about mobilising people through the power of bicycles.

Entrepreneurs, farmers, healthcare workers and students in rural Africa transport heavy loads long distances over rugged terrain to meet basic needs. Compared to walking, bicycles allow people to haul more goods over longer distances in less time – provided the bicycle is strong and durable. 

World Bicycle Relief has connected rural Africans with bicycle suppliers; the result is a robust bicycle engineered specifically for rural African terrain and load requirements.

The Buffalo bike is designed, tested and assembled in Africa with close attention to end-user feedback and rigorous quality control. Buffalo bicycles are compatible with locally available spare parts, ensuring that with proper maintenance they will last for years.

For more information click here.

We’ve been nominated for a Cycling Luminaries award – Velo City Global Adelaide 2014

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We’re so excited that Cyclestyle has been nominated for a Cycling Luminaries Award!

The Cycling Luminaries Awards celebrate the leadership and visions from across Australia and the globe that creates the environment that gets people riding. CycleStyle has been short listed in the ‘Pimp my Bike – Cycle Chic’ category.

The winners will be selected by a panel consisting of 6 experts representing each of the award categories and presented at Velo-city Global,  the world’s leading international urban cycling planning conference, to be held in Adelaide from 27 – 30 May 2014.

We’re thrilled that not only we do we get to shop for our favourite bike gear from all around the world but that our work has been acknowledged to get more people, especially women, riding as an everyday mode of transport.

We look forward to meeting our customers, supporters and many inspirational speakers at Velo-city Globala four day event that will host a program of over 170 presenterssocial activitiescycling tours; offering delegates from around the world a chance to share the best practices for creating and sustaining cycling-friendly cities, where bicycles are valued as part of daily transport and recreation.

And who knows, maybe we’ll bring home a trophy!

Fund Iva Jean’s newest collection on Kickstarter

One of our exclusive brands Iva Jean are funding their newest collection through Kickstarter and need your support.
If Iva Jean are successful in meeting their goal of $50,000, they will be able to put our newest pieces into production. This includes two new pant styles, the City Legging and Trouser, as well as four new ultrafine merino wool tops, the Racer Tunic and Tank, Raglan Long and Short Sleeve.

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We particularly like the look the Tunic, a modified racer back dress designed to work alone or layered in colder months. It has a generous cut for movement and zipped pockets for your cash, keys or phone. The Tunic is constructed using 100% ultrafine merino wool and feels so good on. This wool has a soft touch and natural performance qualities including odor resistance, temperature control, and water repellency.

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Pair the tunic with the City Legging, which provides a slim silhouette perfect for layering or a tailored look. Constructed of a high performance, four-way stretch (and office appropriate) fabric, they’ve designed the legging to have a high waist, skinny leg, and side zipper for easy entrance.

You can get yours when you support Iva Jean on Kickstarter. Help Iva Jean bring this collection to life!

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As many of you know, Kickstarter is a crowdfunding platform that allows independent artists, designers, filmmakers and more to bring life to their project. There is a minimum donation of just $1 and rewards for funding of $25+.

Good Cycles – Melbourne Mobile Bike Mechanics and Social Enterprise

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We recently moved house and office and along with it all our bicycles – a kids balance bike, single speed, ladies step-through, fold up and cargo bike (if that sounds like a lot we got rid of another three before we moved!). Instead of hauling the lot of them to our local bike shop, and being without our mode of transport for days, we called Good Cycles.

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Good Cycles are mobile bike mechanics whose workshop is based out of Docklands. They ride around the CBD and inner city with their 30+ kg Yuba impressively laden with tools, parts and accessories, servicing bikes in people’s offices, universities and at your home.

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That means you don’t need to be without your bike on your commute and your errands and don’t have to spend your lunch hour or weekends getting your bike fixed. How often do you put off getting your bike serviced because it’s too much hassle? (Guilty as charged).

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Good Cycles rode their cargo bike over to my house and set up in their mobile workshop in my backyard. For almost three hours Mike the mechanic checked, greased, aligned and pumped our bikes, giving them the kind of attention that they hadn’t received in a long time. A standard service costs $77 or you can upgrade to higher levels of service for $120 and $170. Their prices are commensurate with the prices for most local bike shops and they offer discounts for group bookings too.

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Not only is getting your bike serviced by Good Cycles more convenient than taking your bike to a bike shop, the business is also a social enterprise. They teach people in need, such as long term unemployed and homeless, to be bike mechanics (an in-demand job). They work with Melbourne City Mission, job agencies, and the Youth Support and Advocacy to recruit trainees into the program then during the 18 month program, participants are employed as trainees, completing on-and-off the job training in Certificate III in Bicycles and teamed with qualified bike mechanics. The traineeship includes accredited training, employment, personal support and assistance with transition into the open labour market with an option to complete an apprenticeship if they opportunity arises.

Good Cycles also run workshops and classes in bike maintenance and help local governments and community organisations deliver bicycle-based programs. All the profits from the business go back to supporting, training and engaging the people they help.

So with Good Cycles you can get your bike serviced, save time and support a good cause. Win-win for everyone!