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Bowery Lane Bicycles arrive in Australia

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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.

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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.

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The bikes can be bought online and are available for test rides in Bondi, Sydney. They will be coming to Melbourne and Brisbane soon!

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Ajiro Bamboo Velobike

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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.

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via Treehugger

The All-Wooden Bike

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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.

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via Sydney Concrete Playground

NYC Helmet

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The NYC helmet was commission by the City of New York from San Francisco-based Yves Behar / fuseproject.

The helmet has two components – a protective polystyrene inner shell and a separate soft fabric outer cover with straps and velcro flaps for keeping the wind/snow/sun off your neck. Commando style riding!

via Designboom

MAMA Bike Rack

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Designed by furniture designer Matt Eltonand graphic designer Matteo Baldarelli, the MAMA bike rack is simple yet functional.

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It has two smooth hooks for you to hang your bike on, three holes where locks and cables can be looped through and secured and a small shelf for putting your wallet, keys, phone.

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The MAMA bike rack is available for purchase from Matt Elton for 49.50 GBP.

Oye Modern Bike Jewellery

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Sydney designer Jeni Oye makes jewellery under the label Oye Modern and the range includes handmade one-of-a-kind cuffs made from recycled bike tyres.

Consider the cuffs as a badge of honour for the miles you’ve ridden.

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Short and sexy summer style

A breezy, sexy summer outfit for your stylish ride to the beach.  Love the bright yellow!

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via Style Quotient

Bike Art Adelaide – 9 to 29 January 2012

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Explore, express and celebrate everything bike with Australia’s newest and biggest bike art event – Bike Art Adelaide.

The program of art events runs from 9 to 29 January 2012 to coincide with the Santos Tour Down Under and 4th annual Australian Cycling Conference.

CycleStyle is involved in [Retro] squared: unreal clothes for real cyclists.  This is a a fashion exhibition with a (visible) difference where you can view fashion and vintage-style knitwear made using retro-reflective ‘yarn’, such as our Disco-bright Reflective Legwarmers and Jenny Reflective Cycling Cape.

[Retro] squared is at the Royal Institute of Australia, Science Exchange building, Exchange Place from  9-19 January.

Other events to check out include:

  • Street art at the Down Under Classic.  Rymill Park (east end of Rundle Street).  15 January.
  • “Bikes for Hire” sculpture and painting exhibition.  Adelaide Airport Terminal.  9-29 January.
  • Yarn-bombing and art in shops.  Various venues, the East End (around Rundle Street).  9-29 January.
  • CBD gallery exhibitions.  Various venues.  9-29 January.
  • Partner event: “Bespoke” at Prospect Gallery.  City of Prospect.  December 2011-January 2012.

For more information check out http://www.adelaidecyclists.com/bike-art-adelaide

Bike Rack Birdhouse

This is one of the cutest bike racks we’ve ever seen!

Stow away your helmet and your bike in the Bike Rack Birdhouse, designed by Canadian design duo Dimini.

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Melbournalia League

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Last week in the hot summer heat I cycled to the launch of Melbournalia League, the fourth in the series of CBD pop up selling an array of Melbourne design goodness. I did a brief talk about my love for Melbourne, design, shopping and bikes before checking out some of the cycling-related goodies on sale and chatting to like-minded cyclists.

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Melbournalia League is only open until 24 December so drop in to have a look quickly! It is in Exploration Lane at The League of Honest Coffee, the city caffeine temple of boutique Melbourne coffee roaster Padre.

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To see more photos of the Melbournalia League opening, click here.

Melbournalia League

The League of Honest Coffee
8 Exploration Lane, Melbourne
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Gap Melbourne Central does Cycle Chic

Gap opened its new store in Melbourne Central last weekend and when we walked inside we noticed…bikes! In the front window, in the store, on the walls.

The high street does cycle chic. Love it!

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Melbournalia League launch – Cycling and the City

Melbournalia is a series of pop up stores opening in four Melbourne CBD venues (and one repurposed newspaper stand)  hosting displays of Melbourne design goodness with stationery, jewellery, homewares, fashion, coffee, art and design from some of Melbourne’s best-loved boutique design brands.

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The fourth pop up store dubbed ‘Melbournalia League’ is opening tonight on Exploration Lane at The League of Honest Coffee, the city caffeine temple of boutique Melbourne coffee roaster Padre.

Padre and Melbournaliaare both passionate advocates of shopping locally and getting there by bike.  Bicycles are one of the best ways to explore Melbourne, so get on yours and come on down to the launch of Melbournalia League tonight!
Joyce from CycleStyle will be speaking about her love of cycling, shopping and Melbourne with another special guest,  Treadlie magazine.

Thursday 8 December
6-8pm

at The League of Honest Coffee
8 Exploration Lane, Melbourne
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Summer safari in Paris

This tousled-haired blonde works a safari-inspired playsuit on a Paris Velib bike.

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via Vanessa Jackman

The Casual Cyclist’s Guide to Melbourne + Giveaway!

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We are big fans of Melbourne-based bike rental company The Humble Vintage and the limited edition hand-drawn maps coming out of it called Melbourne for Visitors and Casual Cyclists.

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Now author and entrepreneur Matt Hurst has written The Casual Cyclist’s Guide Melbourne, a book bringing a fresh perspective to cycle routes in Melbourne interspersed with articles on cycling tips, tricks and thoughts as varied as Taking the Scenic Route and Five Surprising Situations When it’s Better to Take the Bike.

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The guide brings together contributions from a range of Melbourne architects, historians, chefs, designers and local identities, including chef Guy Grossi and milliner Richard Nylon.

With hand drawn maps by Matt, design by Studio Pip & Co and illustrations from graphic design duo Tin & Ed, it’s a uniquely Melbourne collaboration. The book is a delightful read and it’s an essential item for the ambling Melbourne cyclist.

Giveaway! Thanks to Hardie Grant, we have one copy of The Casual Cyclist’s Guide Melbourne to give away. All you have to do is leave a comment below by Friday 9 December and the winner will be drawn randomly. The competition is restricted to Australian residents. Good luck!

The winner by random draw was Beth! Congratulations, your prize will be sent to you shortly!

FairRide – Find a bike and take it home

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Here’s a clever social media marketing idea for you…

Virgin Mobile have launched Australia’s largest ever treasure hunt FairRide and they’re giving away 75 bikes each day across Australia (Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide and Perth).

All you have to do is LIKE the bike you’d like via Facebook then go back on the day to get clues as to its whereabouts.

The campaign kicked off this week with the first set of bikes already found. We’ve LIKED a couple of Papillionaire bikes - hope they’re turning up near us!

Who wouldn’t want a new bike for Christmas?

Northside Wheelers

Fashion blog Business Chic captured Malachi, the owner of Northside Wheelers in Prahran, looking ever so stylish and chilled out with his bike in the window and tulips at the door.

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Melbourne Tweed Ride 2011

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Tally-ho ladies and gents!

Thanks to some Sunday sun, the Melbourne Tweed Ride 2011 was a great success! A large contingent of tweed-wearers and vintage-stylers rode out from Federation Square along the tweedy brown Yarra River to Como House, which was hosting the Paris to Provence Festival.

We met up with lots of lovely people on their bikes, including Marianne of Esme of the Laneway, Cheryl from Business Chic, Lara from Wardrobe Wonderland, Pip from The Squeaky Wheel, Kealey from Thelma Magazine, Georgia and Alexandra from The Wheeler, Jen and Sondra from Frocks on Bikes Melbourne, Michael from Smart Alec hatters and a large contingent from the Vintage Bicycle Club of Victoria.

Here are some of our favourite pictures.

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To see more images, check out our Flickr photostream. More pictures click here,  here, here and here.

Colour blocking in New York

Colour blocking is a big trend for spring/summer 2011 and we love how it’s been interpreted in this colourful image from NYC.

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Bicycle Wine Rack by Oopsmark

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We’ve got just the thing for your bike this party season!

If you like wine and you like biking, you’re going to love our new Bicycle Wine Rack. The handmade leather bicycle wine rack is perfect for taking wine with you on the go. It easily attaches to any 1″ bike frame with antique brass fasteners, while the hidden clamps hold the bottle securely. The olive oil-treated vegetable-tanned leather will only look better as it ages.

The Bicycle Wine Rack is in store now for $29. Something for the Christmas stocking, perhaps?

Here’s a great video showing off the Bicycle Wine Rack in its home town, Montreal.

Melbourne Design Market – Christmas edition

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We’re back for the Christmas edition of the Melbourne Design Market next Sunday 4 December 10-5pm.

You’ll find lots of Christmas inspiration at our stall – stocking fillers like cute bells and skirt garters, Santa’s wishlist items like chic raincoats and helmets and stylish panniers and bags for hauling home your Christmas turkey!

If you’ve never been to the market you’ll find an ever-inspiring, ever-tempting array of great design stalls, cool grooves, coffee and happy crowds. For more information about the market go to www.melbournedesignmarket.​com.au

See you on next Sunday!