Mark your diaries for next Friday and Saturday when we’ll be holding our first Finders Keepers Market in Melbourne.
The large market has a new venue this year at the Royal Exhibition Building in Carlton and a new time format too – Friday night 20 April and all day Saturday 21 April.
The market supports local independent creative design. There’s FREE entry for all and the market features live music, with food and bar. It’s a great day out and you can check out a review of a previous Melbourne event here. The markets
Friday 20 April 6pm-10pm
Saturday 21 April 10am – 5pm
Royal Exhibition Building Carlton, between Rathdowne and Nicholson Streets.
How to get there & Public transport info:
Map & how to get there guide is available here.
The markets are free entry and parking is available however it is limited. There is no ATM at the markets and most stalls will trade cash only (though we will have our trusty EFTPOS machine with us).
Cara Waters, journalist and blogger behind food and travel blog Gourmet Chick likes to move from restaurant to cafe to bar by bike.
A Pashley Princess to be exact. What a lovely steed! Here she is heading to afternoon tea dressed in an Indigo stretch dress, Marks and Spencer rope wedge sandals, a Scanlan & Theodore handbag and Yakkay helmet.
Check out the eye-catching trans-seasonal ensemble – a belted trench with faux fur collar/capelet, bare legs, black studded wedges and one candy-bright bike!
via Vanessa Jackman
Does Fitzroy/Collingwood has the greatest density of bike shops per square kilometre in Melbourne?
Being Fitzroy locals we had thought we were familiar with all the bike shops in the area – but just recently we stumbled across Mottainai Cycles.
Cameron Trethowan has been operating Mottainai Cycles for around 6 months now and he doesn’t even know how many bikes he’s got in stock these days.
On weekdays you enter the garage area via a graffitied laneway off Kerr St, while on Sundays he opens the back of his open-air workshop for the Rose Street Artists Markets (Saturday is his day off). Not only does he sell restored bikes, he sells parts, does repairs and hires out bikes as well.
Bikes range from $350 upwards, with this pastel Pashley beauty catching our eye for $800. We’re not supposed to be buying any more bikes…but…
Mottainai Cycles, 41 Kerr St, Fitzroy +61 448884051
Love this photo of a cyclist matching her look with her bike. Stylish and practical trans-seasonal outfit too – tights, slip-on shoes and something floaty on top.
via Atlanta Bicycle Chic
Those shoes, the legs, the bike…
The Faraday bike by IDEO and Rock Lobster Cycles won the People’s Choice Award of The Oregon Manifest Constructor’s Design Challenge, a design and build competition for modern utility bikes.
We love the summery mint green and red colour combination, the beautiful leather frame bag, the wooden fenders and large front rack for easy storage.
We love the luxurious look of this 3-way leather pannier from NYC based designer Kate Bryant under the label Pigeonco.
She also makes a cool tie-dyed denim and leather pannier in a range of colours.
LEVI’S® launched their Commuter capsule range in the US last year and it’s coming to Australia in April.
To coincide with the Australian launch LEVI’S® have just released a short film featuring a dashing young man riding and showcasing the attributes of LEVI’S® cycling jeans, such as reinforced fabric for longer lasting jeans, odour reducing stretch fabric and a higher waistband at the back.
Folks in Melbourne can preview the collection at Bike Runway – part of Melbourne Bike Fest and the LMFF Cultural
Program. Bike Runway is on tonight at 1000£Bend, 361 Little Lonsdale St, Melbourne.
Besides the LEVI’S® preview the event will showcase the best in Melbourne bike fashion, the city’s most stylish bikes, and give attendees the chance to flaunt their own bike style on the runway.
Melbourne Bike Festival Bike Runway
Thursday March 15, 6 – 9 pm
1000£Bend – 351 Little Lonsdale St, Melbourne
For tickets head to melbournebikefest.com.au.
This picture of fashion designer Gretchen Jones (winner of Project Runway in the US) shows how stylish the classic blazer and shorts combo can look on a bike.
You can read an interview with Gretchen about cycling around New York here.
Bikefest fun continues the whole month of March with their next big event, the Bikefest Village Picnic in conjunction with the Melbourne Food and Wine Festival.
The day promises to be everything we love in one place – grassy lawns, cargo bikes, food, music, games plus face-painting and a cake baking competition via Rad Rebel Riders Bikefest Bake Sale (judging at 1.30pm next to the Feast table).
We’ll see you there, on our bikes, with a plate to share!
Mercator Lawn, Abbotsford Convent
1 St Heliers Street, Abbotsford
Enter from Gate 2
Optional goldcoin donation on entry
Purple isn’t just for girls – boys look just as good on purple! Spotted in Fitzroy.
Posted: 29th February 2012
The Almond X Linus Summer Bike, a collaboration between California’s Linus Bikes and Almond Surfboards, captures the essence of summer perfectly. Enjoy the last day of summer!
Posted: 27th February 2012
Artisan organic bakery Loafer Bread sell their delicious bread and pastries from their small shop-front in North Fitzroy as well as supplying nearby cafes with their goodies. And being a socially conscious business of course their fresh bread is delivered by bike! It’s a Christiania cargo bike from psbikes.
Posted: 22nd February 2012
One of our favourite bike blogs Bike Fancy shot this cyclist sporting her Chartreuse Poppy Classic Rack Tote on the streets of Chicago.
Posted: 21st February 2012
Danish model Caroline Brasch Nielsen poses outside Copenhagen City Hall with her bright red bike during Copenhagen Fashion Week.
Posted: 17th February 2012
Nothing says summer more than nautical stripes, sandals and a brightly coloured bike. We can tell she’s enjoying the breeze by the bay in San Francisco.
via Public Bikes
Posted: 6th February 2012
Check out the poster for this year’s Sustainable Living Festival – it has a cycling emu on it!
We reckon a flightless bird has got to get around town somehow and what better way than to do so by bike.
The Sustainable Living Festival have also used bikes this year as part of their guerrilla marketing campaign. They’ve been inspired by the cards we leave on cool bikes we spot ‘HI. I JUST STOPPED TO SAY I THINK YOUR BIKE IS HOT’ and together with used Metcard tickets, have crafted a nifty little way to promote the festival.
Check out some of the HOT bikes they’ve found around Melbourne on their Facebook page.
The festival starts this Saturday 11 February – see you there on your bike!