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Winter Cycling Tips

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We hope that the first day of winter hasn’t discouraged you from cycling for the next three months.

Here are some winter cycling tips from Transport for London – they should know, winters in London aren’t exactly mild!

See where you’re going

  • As the nights draw in, it’s important to have good bike lights; white at the front and red at the rear

Be seen

  • Make sure you can be seen in the dark or in bad weather conditions
  • Wearing reflectors and high visibility clothing helps everyone to see you – including pedestrians! Check out CycleStyle’s stylish reflective gear – the Disco-bright legwarmers, Pageant Queen Reflective Sash, Jenny Cycling Cape and hoodies by Pedaler Clothing.

Don’t get wet

  • Investing in a good lightweight waterproof jacket with breathable fibres is always worthwhile. Have a look at Pedaler’s Unisex Microsuede Anorak.

Keep your grip

  • There are a wide range of gloves available, featuring breathable waterproof materials, padded palms, and non-slip brake and gear change fingers, so there’s no excuse for chapped, dry hands! We love Freehands Gloves which keep your hands warm while still enabling you to use your phone, camera or switch gears.

Cover your head

  • The claim that you lose up to 75 per cent of your body heat through your head alone may be a myth, but if you wear a thin ski hat or balaclava under your helmet you’ll be sure to keep your head and ears warm. Why not pop an Otto and Spike beanie under your helmet?

For more tips, click here.

Vintage hued Portland Tweed Ride

The colouring of these photos from the Portland Tweed Ride are reminiscent of an elegant and romantic bygone era. Just lovely.

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More photos from BikeRanger’s flickr gallery

Minneapolis Tweed Ride

Some lovely pictures from the Fall Tweed Ride held in Minneapolis, Minnesota. You can also read an article and check out more pictures of the ride here.

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Dixon Bikes Dutch-style bikes

We’ve just discovered a new company based in Sydney who are selling Dutch-style bikes called Dixon Bikes.

The bikes have all the essential components for a commuter cyclist – a step through frame for upright posture, porterage via a back rack and front rack and protection from grease and dirt from the fenders, skirt guard and chain guard. They also come for the wallet-friendly price fromn $348 plus shipping.

Do you like the black, red or white?

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Parisian elegance

Images by Vanessa Jackman during Paris Fashion Week SS2011. We are very partial to her cycling cape!

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Magnificent Revolution

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Magnificent Revolution is a not-for-profit education project based in London.

The organisation has been running since the summer of 2007 when they first built a bicycle powered cinema at the Big Chill Festival. MR uses bicycle power generators as educational tools in schools, colleges and communities to help people understand their energy use, its links with power production and climate change.

One of their projects is Cycle-In Cinema. Magnificent Revolution build bike-powered cinemas, from the full Magnificent Cycle Cinema system which uses up to 8 bicycles / 16 legs to power 600W of audio visual equipment for public film screenings or projections to the Pop-up LED Cinema which just 2 bicycles. In 2011, they want to put together 3 free regular Cycle-In Cinemas all over London. A new 10-bike generator will be built as a resource to be lent out to small organisations, schools and charities.

For more information, click here.

H&M knows Cycle Chic

Swedish high street label H&M has jumped on their bikes in their Amsterdam flagship store with their interpretation of cycle chic.

We think they’ve done a great job – breezy swing coats and capes for ventilation, layered tops, short skirts or shorts that won’t catch on your wheel or chain, colourful tights to keep your legs warm and a mid-height heel for elegance.

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via Pays-Bas Cycle Chic

A chat with Chanie Stock of Genki

Melbourne loves its fashion and one of the most beloved labels of the city is Genki.

I first visited Genki‘s Cathedral Arcade shop when I arrived in Melbourne way back in 2003. I immediately fell in love with the tiny colourful shop and the adorable aesthetic of their clothing and accessories, especially their ‘I love….’ range of T-shirts (I still own a limited edition tee designed to commemorate the 2006 Commonwealth Games – ‘I love the Games’).

Fast forward to 2010 and I discovered that after a hiatus from the retail world, Genki was reopening with an online store. As I browsed through their collection I realised what was missing – ‘I love cycling’! So on a whim I contacted Chanie Stock, the owner of Genki, and suggested that she launch a cycling t-shirt….and when she did I would stock them in CycleStyle.

Find out more about Chanie and Genki here…

IMGP0602 copy 605x453 A chat with Chanie Stock of GenkiChanie, tell me a bit more about your background and how you came to start your store and label Genki?

I studied Arts/Law but my true love was always fashion. Even from a very young age I had a very clear aesthetic and dreamed of having my own label. My grandparents worked in the fashion industry so it must be in my blood, but unfortunately they sold the family business when I was just a baby. I got my first job at Portmans when I was only 14 and then continued working in retail all through school and uni and never tired of it.

I decided to leave my job as a lawyer after 2 years to pursue my dream to work in fashion and after a few years as a buyer, I decided to open Genki. Many people though I was crazy as there was nothing like it happening at the time and no one (except the first incarnation of Alice Euphemia) was in Flinders Lane. But I had such a clear vision for Genki – that it break away from traditional retail concepts and be something totally new. I wanted to create a space where it didn’t feel like you were shopping but more like visiting a friend.  When I discovered the Cathedral Arcade space I had butterflies in my belly, as I knew it was perfect and then with the amazing design by Six Degrees my dream became real.

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I was inspired to sell all the things that I wanted to wear but couldn’t find locally (remember, this was 1998, well before online shopping). The original product mix was Japanese accessories, homewares and clothing, mixed with exclusive UK labels like YMC and US brands, Daryl K and Built by Wendy (which at the time were only available at Genki in Australia).   I also tested a few simple styles by the Genki home brand, which to my surprise really took off. So as time went by the Genki label developed into something very special with its own identity and great loyal following.

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One of your most popular lines is the ‘I love…’ T-shirts. What’s the story behind how you came to develop that range and your collaboration with Beci Orpin?

This is a funny story which shows how even with a clear business plan things pop up along the way that you never expect.

I had a weird vintage t-shirt from when I was little that said ‘I love talking’ with the strangest illustration of a boy (like those oddball 70s tees that are NQR). At that time I had just started working with Beci, who I met through Misha Hollenbach (who designed the Genki logo and the graphics during the first year). The minute I met Beci I knew she was a kindred spirit. We instinctively understand each other’s language and working with her is effortless and always a joy.

So, back to the “I love..” t-shirts…. I went to Beci with the idea for an “I love talking” tee with a Genki character. It was an instant success. The rest just flowed from there. Soon they had a cult following and even now, 12 years later, people still love them.

Where do you turn to for design inspiration?

When I had the Genki shops, I used to get a lot of inspiration on my trips to Japan. It is a place that truly stimulates all the sense and is an aesthetic paradise. But it also gave me a break from the day to day so my mind would open up to new ideas.

Today I can’t travel as much as I did, but I find inspiration in the simplest of things. Food, nature, films, art, old magazines but mostly inspiring friends. There are some days when I wake up and feel fresh and clearheaded and I know something exciting will happen. I don’t want to get old, dull and boring so I need to keep learning and surrounding myself with innovative people.

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You used to have very popular shops in the City and Windsor but now sell only online. What kind of challenges have you faced launching an online store?

Closing the city shop in 2009 was very difficult for me and while it was the right decision I still miss that part of my life. It was such a pleasure to go to work with fantastic staff and wonderful customers and do what I loved most. It wasn’t just about selling fabulous things. We laughed and chatted and built close friendships and a special community. My challenge with the online store is how to preserve some of that magic and create that warmth and familiarity in a virtual space.

It has taken some time, but since I turned the “Genki News” section into the “Genki Blog” so there has been a shift and I sense an online Genki community is forming.

What advice would you give to people wanting to start their own business?

The most important thing is really believing in what your business is about. Be it a product or a service, you must live and breathe it and know it inside out. Following on from that, it must be original and have your own fingerprint or flavour.

Assuming the passion and dedication is there the next step is good planning and discipline. A clear detailed business plan is essential and use the resources you have around you (for example if you have an accountant in the family or someone who has specialist skills). Never be afraid to ask for help.

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What are your next plans for Genki?

I would like to develop the Genki Blog to touch on other aspects of life. Not just style, but food, hobbies and funny odd topics.

I will continue producing the “I love..” tees, the striped tees and the basic denim pieces as long as the demand is there. There have been many requests for our fleece hoodies and jumpers so I’m planning to bring them back for winter. My plan in the next 12-24 months is to reach new customers, especially the 18-25 year olds (the most popular age demographic back in the day).

Strapping a crate onto the back

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In our travels around Melbourne we’ve often seen enterprising cyclists strap plastic milk crates to the back of their bikes to help carry all those bottles of milk/wine/beer home.

Bowery Lane Bicycles from New York takes this a glamorous step further, by handmaking vintage cruisers with American steel, dual-spring saddles, cork grips – and attaching a wooden crate stamped with their name on the back.

We’re thinking flowers, crusty baguettes and cupcakes in our dream cargo.

Neisha and Melbourne Cycle Chic

Bike blog Melbourne Cycle Chic not only take photos of chic cyclists on the streets of Melbourne, but they have a Featured Fashion section which promotes the bike-friendly couture of local fashion designers.

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Their latest Featured Fashion shoot is by Neisha. The collection is inspired by designer Neisha Smith’s travels in Gambia and Senegal and featured fabrics have been hand-dyed in those countries, with 5 per cent of all sales going towards building sustainable artistic business for the Bakau, Gambia community.

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Photo:  Sudeep Lingamneni for Melbourne Cycle Chic


Ride Sydney video

Cute video from Ride Sydney and bike store MC Cyclery to the tunes of Night on Bald Mountain…apparently something big is coming to Sydney soon…

The Ride Sydney Experiment – Prelude from MC Cyclery on Vimeo.

Vuelo Velo and the streets of Sydney

Sydney-based bike company Vuelo Velo shot their launch video at the Sydney Olympic Velodrome and the city streets of Sydney at 2am.

We think the soundtrack from The Cinematic Orchestra perfectly captures the beauty of night-time riding – and check out the gorgeous twinkling view of the Harbour Bridge!

Vuelo Velo from Vuelo Velo on Vimeo.

Interview with Virgina Elwood of Pedaler Clothing

for the love of bikes Virgina Elwood tattoo work Interview with Virgina Elwood of Pedaler ClothingYou would have noticed that CycleStyle only stocks a small range of clothing. This has been a deliberate decision – we simply haven’t found that many cool, stylish clothing ranges for urban cyclists and we’re not going to foist clothes we wouldn’t wear ourselves on our unsuspecting customers.

One of the labels that has made the cut is street-smart Pedaler Clothing, a unisex range coming out of California.

Over at one of our favourite blogs, for the love of bikes, Pedaler Clothing co-owner Virgina Elwood talks about her work as a New York tattoo artist, cycling and of course her clothing line.

(Images from for the love of bikes)


Don’t pack your bike away just because it’s Autumn!

Here’s some lovely autumn-y bike inspiration for you – Autumn in London.

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San Francisco Bike Expo – Pedal Savvy

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The 2010 San Francisco Bicycle Expo included a cycle chic parade called Pedal Savvy. Bike blog Cyclelicious was there to capture the action – the slide show features all sorts of cool gear, including Nutcase helmets, Dashing Tweeds reflective legwarmers and Po Campo’s handlebar clutch.

Pedal Savvy also produced their own slick and funky video of the event.

Pedal Savvy Fashion show @ the SF Bike Expo 2010 from meg v. on Vimeo.

Tyler and Abe talk about Outlier

From the onset, New York-based Outlier has aimed to achieve the critical goal of providing garments that fulfill both a performance and design quality. In this video, we go behind the scenes with brand founders Tyler Clemens and Abe Burmeister to gain a better understanding behind their whole process.

Beach Rides with Bike Fun Melbourne

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There’s no better way to cool down after a ride than a dip in the sea.

Bike Fun Melbourne organise regular beach rides. All you have to do is text “beach rides” to 0412703483 or follow @bikefunmelb on Twitter to receive alerts.  When it is going to be hot, they will give you 24 hours notice, ride to a Bay beach for fish’n’chips and a swim.

Sounds like a perfect summer’s day to us!

Mojo Bikes in Melbourne

This morning we’re quite excited to share our latest discovery – Mojo Bikes, a custom build bike store based in Melbourne.

Custom made bike-making businesses are sprouting up all over the place these days, so why are we particularly inspired by Mojo Bikes? Because their video features a leggy Katie Holmes lookalike making eyes at the camera…

…and their photo gallery shows off their colourful bikes, including fixed gear, mixies and some lovely looking ladies step-throughs (Dutchies), against a background of some very recognisable landmarks of our home town – Melbourne Museum, Chinatown, St Kilda beach, Melbourne University and CBD laneways.

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Cargo Bike Picnic – 27 February 2011

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After the success of the first Cargo Bike Picnic last year (check out photos here), cargo bike businesses in Melbourne are organising a northside version, this time at Edinburgh Gardens on Sunday 27 February.

The cargo bike picnic is for people who are interested in the cargo bike lifestyle, people who are interested in buying a cargo bike but are unsure about it eg. how heavy it is, how safe, difficult to ride etc.  They can look, test and feel the bikes and ask questions.

The people organizing the picnic are the importers of cargo bikes (Cargocycles, Gazelle Countdown Cargo Bikes, Christiana bikes from PS Bikes, Taga, Kangaroo, Dutch Cargo Bike). People without a cargo bike are very welcome! Just BYO picnic and helmet.

Hopefully you will see me with my Taga and new baby!

Cargo Bike Picnic

Sunday 27 February 11-2pm

Edinburgh Gardens, North Fitzroy (map)

Join us at Bike Town at Sustainable Living Festival

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The Sustainable Living Festival (SLF) kicked off at Federation Square last Saturday 12 February and runs until Sunday 27 February. SLF showcases a huge range of exhibitors, talks, workshops, art, films and performances celebrating and inspiring sustainable communities.

This year’s SLF features Bike Town (organised by Melbourne Bikefest) from this Friday 18 February to Sunday 20 February. Bike Town celebrates the unique qualities of every bike (and the characters that ride them) in an interactive display. Each bike has its own patch of grass in a guided journey from Federation Square to the BMW Edge and members of the public are invited to cast a vote for the bike that best matches the characteristics of Bike Town’s townfolk – maybe the Beauty Queen, Sports Star, Environmentalist and Handyman?

Come down to Federation Square and look out for CycleStyle’s bike the most eye-catching, stylish bike in Bike Town!

Bike Town coincides with the Green Market that showcases over 100 exhibitors between Friday 18 and Sunday 20 February at Federation Square and Birrarung Marr, so why not make a day of it?