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.
We hope that the first day of winter hasn’t discouraged you from cycling for the next three months.
Here are some winter cycling tips from Transport for London – they should know, winters in London aren’t exactly mild!
See where you’re going
As the nights draw in, it’s important to have good bike lights; white at the front and red at the rear
Make sure you can be seen in the dark or in bad weather conditions
Wearing reflectors and high visibility clothing helps everyone to see you – including pedestrians! Check out CycleStyle’s stylish reflective gear – the Disco-bright legwarmers, Pageant Queen Reflective Sash, Jenny Cycling Cape and hoodies by Pedaler Clothing.
Don’t get wet
Investing in a good lightweight waterproof jacket with breathable fibres is always worthwhile. Have a look at Pedaler’s Unisex Microsuede Anorak.
Keep your grip
There are a wide range of gloves available, featuring breathable waterproof materials, padded palms, and non-slip brake and gear change fingers, so there’s no excuse for chapped, dry hands! We love Freehands Gloves which keep your hands warm while still enabling you to use your phone, camera or switch gears.
Cover your head
The claim that you lose up to 75 per cent of your body heat through your head alone may be a myth, but if you wear a thin ski hat or balaclava under your helmet you’ll be sure to keep your head and ears warm. Why not pop an Otto and Spike beanie under your helmet?
We’ve just discovered a new company based in Sydney who are selling Dutch-style bikes called Dixon Bikes.
The bikes have all the essential components for a commuter cyclist – a step through frame for upright posture, porterage via a back rack and front rack and protection from grease and dirt from the fenders, skirt guard and chain guard. They also come for the wallet-friendly price fromn $348 plus shipping.
The organisation has been running since the summer of 2007 when they first built a bicycle powered cinema at the Big Chill Festival. MR uses bicycle power generators as educational tools in schools, colleges and communities to help people understand their energy use, its links with power production and climate change.
One of their projects is Cycle-In Cinema. Magnificent Revolution build bike-powered cinemas, from the full Magnificent Cycle Cinema system which uses up to 8 bicycles / 16 legs to power 600W of audio visual equipment for public film screenings or projections to the Pop-up LED Cinema which just 2 bicycles. In 2011, they want to put together 3 free regular Cycle-In Cinemas all over London. A new 10-bike generator will be built as a resource to be lent out to small organisations, schools and charities.
Swedish high street label H&M has jumped on their bikes in their Amsterdam flagship store with their interpretation of cycle chic.
We think they’ve done a great job – breezy swing coats and capes for ventilation, layered tops, short skirts or shorts that won’t catch on your wheel or chain, colourful tights to keep your legs warm and a mid-height heel for elegance.