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!
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.
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.?com.au
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.
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.
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
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 www.transinfo.qld.gov.au
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.
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!
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.
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).
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.)
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.