After a winter hiatus, we’re back at Blackbird Market next Saturday 8 October. It’s a lovely local market held monthly in The Workers Club and features up and coming contemporary fashion and jewellery design, vintage clothing, live music, DJs and delicious food and drink – all on a beautiful afternoon.
The guest posts are all written by young parents to share their experiences with the Baby Bunting Facebook community. Previous topics have included eating out with kids and express beauty tips for busy mothers.
My contribution is a perfect amalgamation of my interests – Melbourne, babies, cycling, fun things to do around town and places to eat out. Entitled ‘Where to ride, play and eat with your tot‘ I decided to do a slightly different take on the ‘places to go and things to do with kids’ angle as I’ve picked out places based on whether they are accessible by bike.
Have a read of our guest post here. The post doesn’t include any of the links so for ease of reference here are all the places linked for you:
Food and cycling are probably our two favourite things, which is why we’re so excited to hear about ‘The Moving Feast’, a celebration of food and cycling in Sydney.
The new event is taking place on Saturday 24 September at 9am which is 350.org‘s Moving Planet day – so it’s also a day to promote moving away from fossil fuels (and taking our food and transport systems with us!)
Two groups will cycle along two separate routes (East Side and West Side rides) visiting Sydney’s farmer’s markets and food hot spots on the way. The rides will end with a party in Prince Alfred Park at midday so that you can enjoy your food with your new friends!
For the hard-core cyclists there is the traditional 55km Classic Ride but this year there is also a shorter 16km City Ride, a more leisurely amble which will feature many of the highlights of the longer ride (including riding over the Sydney Harbour Bridge).
You can register for the ride here. $5 of each entry fee goes to charity and this year the Spring Cycle is proudly supporting 3 charities:
National Breast Cancer Foundation – Team Pink
Amy Gillett Foundation
Bicycle NSW Environmental Trust
To make the event a really fun day out, Bicycle NSW are running several competitions including a best-dressed competition. You could opt for a super-stylish Parisien look, deck yourself out in head-to-toe tweed, dress as your favourite super hero or go as way out as you can.
The winner receives a $250 voucher to spend with us! So what are you waiting for?
This weekend take your bike shopping by joining a ride and rummage through the op shops of Brunswick.
The ride begins at 11am Brotherhood St Laurence Op Shop Brunswick (109 Brunswick Rd Brunswick) and the nearest railway station Jewell or Rushall.
End Point – Coburg Railway Station. After the ride you can compare our finds at a Coburg cafe!
Treasure Hunt bragging rights for:
- Best find for under $5.00
- Coolest thing you can hold in the palm of your hand.
- Best bad taste / Kitsch item.
- Craziest costume.
- Most stylish ‘DIY’ Diva award.
- “Project Inspiration” Award (Tell us what you are going to make with your op-shop find)
Don’t forget that this Sunday 4 September is Fathers’ Day!
To get you in the mood, check out the inspiring collection of photos and stories of Dads on Wheels, a collaborative salute to dads who bike with their kids by Bikes and the City and Bike NOPA, both blogs out of San Francisco.
Tangled Journeys is a day celebrating the art of decorating your ride with yarn. Whether it is practical pieces, like skirt guards, saddle covers, maybe even handlebar bags, to frivolous fun with tassles, pom poms and tube covers. It could even be items to wear!
There will be examples to see, a kick-start with a crochet expert setting people off on their first project, patterns, yarn and the Taco Truck.
Some of our lovely crafty products will be on display and on sale on the day, including our crochet skirt guards, snoods and trouser cuffs.
The newest addition to the Fitzroy/Collingwood bike shop enclave is Tokyo Bike, a small independent bike brand hailing all the way from Yanaka, Japan via Sydney.
We’ve previously written about Tokyo Bike’s Sydney store on The Design Files and now husband-and-wife team Fuyuki and Yuki Sagahara have headed south to bring their colourful steeds to a lovely light-filled shop off Smith Street.
The fitout is simple but thoughtfully furnished with small tokens of Japan, from the sprig of cherry blossom at the entrance to the series of overhanging Japanese fisherman’s lamps.
Tokyo Bikes are made with the urban cyclist in mind. The wheels are designed smaller for more stop-start riding through city streets and are perfect for moving through Tokyo’s and Melbourne’s back alleys. The pared back frames are super-light and the colours are eye-catching. In fact, a Tokyo Bike is one of “50 things to improve Your life” according to the July 2011 edition of Monocle!
Four styles are available – the classic CS, Bisou step-through for the ladies (and enlightened gents), SS single speed and Sport for the speed demons. You are encouraged to test ride any of the bikes in streets around the store, hence the deliberate choice to have a shop off a main street.
The shop also has a neat curated collection of accessories, from Knog lights and locks to Gropes leather grips from the UK.
Tokyo Bike Shop Melbourne, 5 Peel Street, Collingwood +61 3 9417 2845
The City of Sydney has produced a series called of videos ‘Everything’s Connected’.
Similar to the videos produced by Transport for London, these short vignettes tell stories from real-life Sydney bike riders. They express the joy and freedom of riding a bike around the city and watching them made us feel happy!
You can view and share them all from YouTube. Enjoy!
In Melbourne it seems that we’re in store for yet more rain. But don’t let the drizzle stop you from getting out and about, because Wet and Wendy have taken over one of the city’s round disused news stand on the corner of Swanston and Lonsdale Streets and transformed it into a neat little stall.
The racks are filled with fabulous rain gear, from umbrellas to rain coats. The small retractable umbrellas with a cheerful rain print on the underside are $39.95 and the large umbrellas are $49.95. In weather-wear, the stylish waterproof cape coats are $99.95 and the remaining handful of samples of the silver and navy blue rain coats are $60 (snap them up quick – we sold out of our stock in a week and these are the last ones left).
The pop up shoppe is open from Tuesday 16 August to Thursday 25 August, on weekdays only and from 8am every day.
Melbourne Cycle Chic has a Featured Fashion section where designers are invited to collaborate with the Melbourne Cycle Chic project and are set the challenge of creating pieces that work well on a bike, use sustainably sourced fabrics and of course look chic!
The most recent Featured Fashion collaboration is with A Name Is A Label. The concept behind the dresses is ‘stage wear for the streets’. The dresses use a combination of textiles, juxtaposing different textures, patterns and colours. All the fabrics are re-used, either because they were discarded or excess.
Last weekend was the start of Sydney Design 2011, an annual design event produced by the Powerhouse Museum including exhibitions, workshops, talks, seminars, installations and tours.
One of the new events this year is CultureCycle, a guided bike tour run in conjunction with ArtCycle on this Saturday 6 and Sunday 7 August.
The CultureCycle guided tour offers a way of viewing the city, experiencing cultural attractions and actively participating in Sydney’s design culture. Cycling, museums and crochet do have something in common! The day includes stops at the Australian Museum, Remy and Lees, CarriageWorks, Powerhouse Museum‘s Love Lace exhibition and a crochet workshop!