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!
Posted: 2nd February 2012
Emerald City Spin is a short video featuring, you guessed it, Sydney bike riders which has shown in New York to London and Sydney Bike Film Festival.
A bunch of hot and cheeky ladies wake up, get dressed and bike through the streets of the Emerald City to the beach. “Summer daze, bikes and babes, riding round, wearing shades. Feel the breeze, catch a wave, looking hot, like grenades”.
EMERALD CITY SPIN from Kristy Lee on Vimeo.
Posted: 1st February 2012
We’ve blogged about the wonderful hand-made bikes from Bowery Lane Bicycles before…and now we’re excited that a limited number are now available in Australia.
The bikes are hand-welded, painted, assembled, packed and shipped in New York City. The vintage style bikes are made by a family owned and operated company that has been making bikes since the 1800s and they feature sustainable cork handles, a Dutch leather saddle and a locally handcrafted wood crate.
The bikes can be bought online and are available for test rides in Bondi, Sydney. They will be coming to Melbourne and Brisbane soon!
Posted: 31st January 2012
Australian design student Alexander Vittouris has designed an all-bamboo velobike which also incorporates the natural growth process of bamboos in the design of a fully sustainable vehicle.
Vittouris uses the principals of arborsculpture, or ‘tree shaping’ techniques, whereby the shape of a tree or plant is controlled and instructed by leaf trimming, wiring and pruning, for example. In this case, Vittouris used an inner skeleton structure that the bamboo grows around.
The design was a finalist at the 2011 Australian Design Awards.
Posted: 30th January 2012
This wooden bike is quite amazing!
Jan Gunneweg works with wood to craft benches, desks and tables as well as wooden bicycles. His bikes are made out of solid walnut or birchwood and are made to order, as each labour of love takes between 160 and 200 hours to build.
via Sydney Concrete Playground