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Tokyo Bike Shop Melbourne

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Tokyo Bike Shop Melbourne, 5 Peel Street, Collingwood +61 3 9417 2845

Monday 11:30am-5:30pm
Tuesday closed
Wednesday 11:30am-5:30pm
Friday 11:30am-5:30pm
Saturday 11:30am-5:30pm
Sunday 12pm-4pm

Everything’s Connected

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!

Wet and Wendy Pop Up Umbrella Shoppe

Melbourne weather forecast for Wednesday - Rain at times. Windy. 12-15 degrees.

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.

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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).

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The pop up shoppe is open from Tuesday 16 August to Thursday 25 August, on weekdays only and from 8am every day.

This week, why not LOVE THE RAIN!

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Melbourne Cycle Chic Featured Fashion – A Name is a Label

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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!

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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.

See the full fashion shoot on the at Melbourne Cycle Chic.Designer: A Name Is A Label

Fashion Photography: Jac Price

Bike: Quol’s Vintage Cycles

Location: Collingwood Children’s Farm

BelowFour by Ilya Fridman

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Rock up to Friday night drinks with your own, perfectly chilled beers transported via bike.

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BelowFour by Melbourne designer Ilya Fridman is a saddle bag with a difference. It’s a hard case which is super stylish and perfect to carry in your hand and it’s refrigerated too!

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Just unclip the case from your seat and voila, drinks and snacks are ready for the party!

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We are in awe

…of Catherine Baba, stylist and the most exotic creature we’ve possibly seen on a bike. Like a bird of paradise, she rides off to her next fashion show during Paris Fashion Week.

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Sydney Design 2011 and CultureCycle

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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!

For more information, click here.

And for Sydneysiders, Sydney Design 2011 is your opportunity to check out Treadlie’s Made to Measure bike exhibition. For a peek at what’s in store, click here.


A Marvellous Outing – The Sydney Tweed Ride

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The Third Annual Sydney Tweed Ride departs Sydney Town Hall at 9am this Sunday 31 July.

We’re assured that it’s an awfully fun affair – not pompous, just jolly!

If you have nothing to wear – never fear! A pop-up Tweed Outfitter will be stationed at MC Cyclery’s city store (230 Clarence St, Sydney) to doll you out in style.

The ride concludes with a picnic, Tweed games and a delightful fashion event.

For more information, click here.

Roll-Up Bicycle Valet Parking

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Roll-Up is a new bicycle valet parking service which is launching at State of Design.

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Instead of locking your bike up to the nearest lamp post, cyclists can get their bike valet parked for free by the fun-fair themed Roll-Up crew. It’s a great initiative as the provision of safe, secure and convenient bike parking will hopefully encourage people to take active and sustainable transport to festivals and events.

Melbourne is an official bike city, after all :–)

Melbourne Design Market here we come!

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We’re back for the winter edition of the Melbourne Design Market 2011 with our friends Jellybean Bikes ( this Sunday 24 July 10-5pm.

For the winter markets we’ll be bringing along some of our fabulous reversible capes, waterproof trenchcoats, reflective gloves and legwarmers and cosy scarves.

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.?

See you on Sunday!

Introducing Wet and Wendy

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Is it wet and wendy where you are?

Here in Melbourne this week it seems like we’ve had never-ending rain, from a light drizzle to a full downpour. It hasn’t stopped us from getting out and about though, thanks to the new raincoats we’ve got in store from local Melbourne label Wet and Wendy.

Firstly, we adore their cute name and their mantra – LOVE THE RAIN! Secondly, we’ve given their raincoats a test-run with this week’s weather and we think that you’ll love these stylish, functional and portable raincoats as much as we do.

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They come in two styles, a longer raincoat and a shorter cape-coat, and in two colours. We’ll be taking some sample colours and sizes to the Melbourne Design Market next Sunday 24 July if you want to see them and try them on.

Winter Elegance

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Finders Keepers Market – 2 and 3 July

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This weekend we’ll be making our way up north for our first interstate market!

If you’re in Brisbane, come and say hi at the most fabulous Finders Keepers Market on Saturday 2 July and Sunday 3 July at The Old Museum at Herston.

The market supports local independent creative design, with over 65 stalls, food and free live music performances. It’s a great day out and you can check out a review of a previous event (held in Melbourne) here.


Saturday 2 July 10am – 5pm
Sunday 3 July 10am – 5pm

The Old Museum, Cnr Bowen Bridge Road & Gregory Terrace, Herston

Public transport:
Bowen Hills and Brunswick Street railway stations are less than a 10 minute walk from The Old Museum, and buses access the surrounding streets regularly. For further information on public transport, phone the Transinfo line on 13 12 30, or visit

There is no parking available onsite. The RNA showgrounds is offering Finders Keepers patrons all day parking in their carpark for a flat rate of $10. The parking lot will be open from 9:30am – 6:30pm daily.

New Bike!

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Did we mention that we bought a new bike on the weekend?

A spur of the moment purchase of a step-through ladies bike from Melbourne custom bike company Mojo Bike (we’ve blogged about them before).

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Our black Dutchie was an ex-demo model from their scratch and dent section and you’ll be seeing it in our future photoshoots and markets. We’ve currently adorned it with our orange and white floral Kitsch Kitchen panniers and took it for its debut ride to the Queen Victoria Markets to get ingredients for our slow-cooked beef bourguignon.

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Brooks England deliciousness

We are big fans of the cycling products from Brooks England but we have chosen not to stock them because they are quite easy to find at most local bike shops and frankly a bit out of our price range.

That doesn’t mean that we can’t drool over their products – in particular, their latest release of bike bags named after two of our favourite leafy London suburbs – Islington and Hampstead.

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J’adore Comptoir des Cotonniers

One of my favourite clothing labels is the French high street chain Comptoir des Cotonniers. It’s so easy to capture the easy chic style of French women in their clothing and in fact one of my favourite jackets, a bright orange swing coat (seen here), was bought on sale in Paris.

Now I love them a little more because their Winter 2011 catalogue showed a couple of cycle chic images. Oh, tres chic!

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Bike basket pies

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Brrr cold weather is definitely pie weather, which makes us wish that Bike Basket Pies were able to deliver pies to our door!

Bike Basket Pies is a one-woman pie baking and delivery service based in San Francisco. Natalie Galatzer sources seasonal ingredients locally and organic where possible to make her ever-changing pie menu (tummy rumble for the shaker orange pie) and delivers the cupcake-sized goodies on her bike.

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We particularly love her ‘About’ page which asks ‘Why by bike basket?’

Natalie was introduced to big city biking when she moved to San Francisco, and is totally addicted. Plus riding a bike is a low cost (and no pollution!) way to get around town. Way faster than the 12, or the 27, or the 26, or the 14, but maybe not faster than the BART. So she bakes and bikes and is pretty happy. She just wishes the amount of calories she burned while delivering pies was equal or greater than the amount she gains while taste testing pies. (I guess not everything is perfect in this world).

Stylish disorientation – London cycle chic guide

Spanish jewellery designer Patricia Nicolas gives her cycle chic tour of London at Vogue Espana‘s blog ‘Stylish Disorientation‘.

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She writes ‘The best route through the city, to go safely and away from the all traffic, is to go by the Regents Canal. It starts on the Thames, near Saint Catherine’s Dock, meanders through the city and ends in Manchester! Along the canal, do not miss the London 2012 Olympic city. Go a little further along Victoria Park and if you continue north you will pass by Camden Lock, Regent’s Park and you can even get to Notting Hill.’ (PS This is one of our favourite London cycle routes as well.)

Shorts  – Sisley

Socks – Gap

Blouse – Maje

Wool cardigan – Benny Room

Shoes – Juan Antonio López

Jewellery- Patricia Nicolás

Photos – Kirsty Stevens

Frocks on Bikes Northside Garage Sale Trail

The beautiful ladies of Frocks on Bikes Melbourne are organising another fabulous ride this Saturday 4 June. This time they’re doing a northside garage sale trail – bikes and bargains, what fun!

Join us on Saturday 4th June as we trawl the streets of the inner north hunting down pre-loved salt and pepper shakers and classic movies on VHS. And then assuage any buyer’s regret over lunch. Somewhere in Northcote venue TBD. Meet at Edinburgh Gardens Rotunda at 10am.

The Facebook event details are here. And to whet your appetite for the ride,  here’s a video from the last ride thanks to our blog reader Suzie.

Frocks on Bikes from Suzie Haslam on Vimeo.

The Thousands

The Thousands all around the country ran a story about our Freehands Gloves and even provided a giveaway to their readers!

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