Good Cycles – Melbourne Mobile Bike Mechanics and Social Enterprise

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We recently moved house and office and along with it all our bicycles – a kids balance bike, single speed, ladies step-through, fold up and cargo bike (if that sounds like a lot we got rid of another three before we moved!). Instead of hauling the lot of them to our local bike shop, and being without our mode of transport for days, we called Good Cycles.

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Good Cycles are mobile bike mechanics whose workshop is based out of Docklands. They ride around the CBD and inner city with their 30+ kg Yuba impressively laden with tools, parts and accessories, servicing bikes in people’s offices, universities and at your home.

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That means you don’t need to be without your bike on your commute and your errands and don’t have to spend your lunch hour or weekends getting your bike fixed. How often do you put off getting your bike serviced because it’s too much hassle? (Guilty as charged).

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Good Cycles rode their cargo bike over to my house and set up in their mobile workshop in my backyard. For almost three hours Mike the mechanic checked, greased, aligned and pumped our bikes, giving them the kind of attention that they hadn’t received in a long time. A standard service costs $77 or you can upgrade to higher levels of service for $120 and $170. Their prices are commensurate with the prices for most local bike shops and they offer discounts for group bookings too.

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Not only is getting your bike serviced by Good Cycles more convenient than taking your bike to a bike shop, the business is also a social enterprise. They teach people in need, such as long term unemployed and homeless, to be bike mechanics (an in-demand job). They work with Melbourne City Mission, job agencies, and the Youth Support and Advocacy to recruit trainees into the program then during the 18 month program, participants are employed as trainees, completing on-and-off the job training in Certificate III in Bicycles and teamed with qualified bike mechanics. The traineeship includes accredited training, employment, personal support and assistance with transition into the open labour market with an option to complete an apprenticeship if they opportunity arises.

Good Cycles also run workshops and classes in bike maintenance and help local governments and community organisations deliver bicycle-based programs. All the profits from the business go back to supporting, training and engaging the people they help.

So with Good Cycles you can get your bike serviced, save time and support a good cause. Win-win for everyone!

Velo-city Global 2014 in Adelaide

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Velo-city Global is the world’s premier international cycling conference. Delegates from around the world have the opportunity to share best practices for creating and sustaining cycling-friendly cities where bicycles are valued as part of daily transport and recreation. 

In 2014 Velo-city Global is coming to Adelaide!  Did you know that Adelaide is ranked in world’s top 10 cities to visit by Lonely Planet in 2014?

Keynote speakers at Velo-city Global 2014 Adelaide will include those who have successfully transformed some of the world’s biggest cities including New York Transport Commissioner Janette Sadik-Khan, Copenhagenize CEO Mikael Colville-Anderson and Ethan Kent, Vice President, Project for Public Spaces.

The conference has an anticipated attendance of around 800 international and local delegates from a range of industries including health & fitness, tourism, local government, recreation, transport, sustainability, and engineering.  

In addition to the conference, Velo-fringe is Adelaide’s newest festival.  Held from 18-30 May 2014, in the lead up to the Velo-city Global Conference, it will be a celebration of bikes and cycling.

 If you’ve got an idea for a bike-related event – a ride, a tour, a talk, an exhibit, a debate, etc – you can take part, simple as that. There is a small registration fee and that gets you a listing on the Velo-fringe website and in the programme, plus assistance in finding a venue if you need it. It’s a great opportunity to spread the good news about cycling.  

For more info, contact velo-fringe@adelaidecitycouncil.com or contact Eugene Suleau on 8203 7111.

Bike Buddies in Sydney

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Bike Buddies is a website which matches aspiring bike riders with experienced riders (‘Angel Buddies’) in Sydney.

The volunteer Angel Buddies meet with aspiring riders and provide the guidance that a new rider needs to feel comfortable and confident. Together, they’ll go on a practice ride and the Angel Buddy will show the buddy the best route and give advice on riding in the city traffic. 

What a great idea – we hope that Bike Buddies will be able to expand nationally one day!

Projector Bike – Free Friday Night Rides

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Projector Bike is a custom-designed three wheeled cargo bike with a high-powered projector and stereo system. This mobile ensemble enables images and films to be shown in public places to large audiences. 

Every Friday night until Friday 25 July 2014 Projector Bike will be leaving Testing Grounds at dusk 8pm for a free ride to through the city (route map). On the way Projector Bike will be showing award-winning short films, with a fresh playlist every week, then return by around 10.00pm for a drink at the Testing Grounds bar. 

Projector Bike
8pm – 10pm approx
Testing Grounds (map)
1 City Rd, Melbourne 

This is a free event for all-ages.

She Spoke Bike Festival by City of Port Phillip – Kids and Family Events

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From March to May City of Port Phillip is presenting She Spoke – Southside Women on WheelsShe Spoke is a festival of rides, workshops and special events celebrating women on bikes, plus they have a series of family-friendly events for kids too. 

 

Pushy Women Excursion – A Mother Daughter Sisterhood Ride

Sunday 9 March, 2-4.30pm
Starting at Elwood Primary School Scott St, Elwood
$15, book at http://pwe-sisterhoodride.eventbrite.com.au

Good2Go Course for kids

T uesday, 8 April, W ednesday 9 April, 9am-1pm
St Kilda Primary School (near basketball court), Brighton Road, St Kilda
Full $25, Conc. $5, book at http://good2go1.eventbrite.com.au
A two day course of fun bike training, teaching skills children need to be confident travellers.

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National Ride2School Day

Wednesday, 14 March
Celebrated at schools across Port Phillip, more info 
www.ride2school.com.au
National Ride2School Day is about celebrating active travel within the school day and encouraging those who haven’t started to give it a go.

Cargo Bike Family Picnic

Sunday 27 April, 11am-2pm
Edwards Park, 219 Esplanade East, Port Melbourne
Free, turn up or book http://cargobikepicnic.eventbrite.com.au
Join us for a family picnic. Test some really practical cargo bikes and meet other cargo bike riders.

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Wheelie Workshop for kids

Saturday 3 May, 9-11am
Bubup Nairm Family and Children’s Centre, 99B Carlisle Street, St Kilda
$5 per child, book at http://wheelieworkshop.eventbrite.com.au
Bike fun for kids with bicycle doctors, bike decorating workshop and a bike runway.

Fix a Flat

Saturday 12 April, 10am-1pm
Back2Bikes@The B2B Garages, 525 Williamstown Road, Port Melbourne
Full $10, Conc. free, book at http://fixaflat2.eventbrite.com.au
Hosted by Back2Bikes
Mechanics from Back2Bikes will teach you how to fix a flat tyre and maintain your chains and gears.

Pushy Women South Sunday 2 March – Giveaway!

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City of Port Phillip is presenting She Spoke – Southside Women on Wheels with 3 months of rides, workshops and special events celebrating women on bikes. 

One of their first events is happening this Sunday 2 March at Gasworks Albert Park. It’s Pushy Women South!

They’re smart, sharp, dirty, hot and hilarious and will push the envelope with tales of life, love, lust and everything in between. Town bikes, speed freaks, lycra lasses, dykes on bikes, pedal pushers, dinkers and BMX bandits – you name it, the Pushy Women have it covered. 

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Eight of Melbourne’s most prominent writers, comedians, thinkers and performers will present their take on being a pushy woman. Featuring: Kate Miller Heidke, Chloe Shorten, Tracy Harvey, Monica Dux, Bev Killick, Sally Warhaft, Lally Katz, Nelly Thomas.

Hosted by writer, comedian, atheist postergirl and commuter cyclist evangelist Catherine Deveny, Pushy Women South will bring together Melbourne’s most fabulous and fiercely funny women to share their story of life on two wheels. 

Pushy Women South, Gasworks Arts Park, 21 Graham Street, Albert Park

Sunday 2 March, 4 – 6 pm

Tickets: $35 full / $25 conc. plus booking fee

Book your place online, in person at any of City of Port Phillip’s Town Hall Cashier & Enquiries desk or by phone on 9209 6274.

Giveaway! Thanks to The Squeaky Wheel (who have help to organise this event) you can win 2 x Double passes to Pushy Women South. Just click on this link and leave a comment on the post. The two winners will be notified on Friday 28 February and tickets emailed to you.
 
You can also buy tickets now with the discount code Pushy-VIP-10 for $10 off tickets.
 

Cycling Instagram Exhibition and Fund Raiser for Chain Reaction

chain reaction Cycling Instagram Exhibition and Fund Raiser for Chain Reaction

Some of Melbourne’s well-known cycling names, such as FYXO, Northside Wheelers, Cycling Tips and the St Kilda Cycling Club, are gathering for a one-off exhibition of cycling imagery and fundraising auction in support of Chain Reaction, a cycling challenge that raises money for children’s charities. 

The event is on Thursday 27 February, 6.30-8.30pm at Rear, Nine Smith Street, Fitzroy (Enter from Little Smith Street). Entry is by donation and food and drinks will be available for purchase. To RSVP email events@neometro.com.au.

Bicycle and picnic engagement photos

We are swooning over these beautiful engagement photos of a couple in Tuscany. A picnic and a bike ride with your loved one is certainly a romantic setting. 

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 via Curitiba Cycle Chic

Tandem wedding bike

We love weddings that feature bikes, especially when the bride and groom arrive in tandem, by tandem.  Happy Valentines Day tomorrow!

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via Cycle Chic Belgium

The InterLock Bike Lock – How to Install

Installing your InterLock bike lock is easy. Just pull out the old seatpost, switch your saddle, and put in your new one!

Here’s a step by step guide in how to do it.

       1. Loosen Seatpost        

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                     2. Remove your old seatpost

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     3. Remove seat from old Seatpost 

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           4. Put seat onto your new InterLock seatpost

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5. Put your new InterLock back inside your bike

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     6. Tighten it all up and enjoy your  new InterLock Bike Lock

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The Interlock Video

Learn all about The InterLock bike lock in 55 seconds!

Santas on Bikes #5

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via Milano Fixed

Susan Fleming delivers gifts by bike

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Actress Susan Fleming delivers her sack of gifts by bike (in heels, a beret and hot pants no less!). via Rides a Bike

Hannmaid Bike Pocket Squares

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Hannmaid is a Melbourne-based design label and they make our cufflinks and slapbands. They’ve now added silk pocket squares to their collection and they will be debuting at The Big Design Market this Friday-Saturday-Sunday at Royal Exhibition Buildings Carlton. 

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The pocket square is a versatile piece that complements Hannmaid’s handsome cufflinks. Add some sartorial flair to your wardrobe!

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Get your Christmas tree home by cargo bike

More people use their bikes for transportation in Portland, Oregon than in any other major U.S. city, which means they also have a high percentage of cargo bike owners.

So around Christmas time lots of Portlanders pick up their Christmas trees by bike. Love this photo!

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via Bike Portland

Indoor Bike Shelf by Cyclehoops

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Cyclehoop are the award winning London-based designers of cycle parking solutions. You might have heard of them from their world famous CyclehoopsCar Bike Ports or Public Bike pumps that are on the streets of London. (There is also a public bike pump on the streets of Sydney!)
 
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They have just released a new indoor Bikeshelf in time for Christmas. The Bikeshelf allows you to store your bicycle and cycling gear in one convenient location. Integrated hooks and shelves keep your locks, tools, keys, lights, gloves, helmet and bags tidy. A locking hole allows the bicycle to be locked to the Bikeshelf
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Cyclehoop are taking preorders for the Bikeshelf now and they deliver internationally. 
 

 

Hello to the first day of Summer!

For us summer means sun, lightness and freedom on a bike (with floaty dresses and fresh flowers of course). What does it mean for you?

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Win an Ortre C5 Utility Bike this December

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For festive season we have teamed up with Ortre to give every CycleStyle customer in December the chance to win an Ortre Cinco 5 lightweight urban utility bike. 

All you have to do is make a purchase with us either online or at the Big Design Market (6-7-8 December) in December, fill out an online questionnaire and cross your fingers. 

You have until 10 January 2014 to get your entries in.  The winner will be determined by a random draw on 11 January 2014 and contacted via email. Only Australian residents are eligible. Good luck!

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Behind the scenes at Lekker Bikes photoshoot

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The newest LEKKER bike is the Jordaan and new stocks have arrived after the first shipment sold out quickly!

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The Jordaan is the most fashionable part of Amsterdam and the LEKKER Jordaan is all about comfort and quality, with a superlight aluminium frame like nothing else you’ve seen Australia. It comes in a three beautiful colours – black, pale blue and mint-green

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Have a look at the backstage movie they made at the photo-shoot where the bikes were matched up with food! 

Roscoe Crossbody Bag – the Perfect Day Trip Travel Bag

The Roscoe Crossbody bag is not just great for cyclists – it is fantastic as a day trip, sightseeing bag for travellers.

Maria Boustead, the founder of Po Campo, designed the Roscoe Crossbody after realising that there was no bag in their line that would be perfect for sight-seeing. You know, a slim profile to move through crowds, hideaway pockets to stow important documents, space for things you need throughout the day.

During a recent vacation to Turkey, she used the bag daily, and loved it! 

Here’s why:

  • It packs flat in a backpack or suitcase
  • You can easily fit in a wallet, guidebook, sunglasses, Kindle, notebook and a small bottle of water;
  • >The front pocket provides easy access to street maps and the inside zippered pocket is good for hiding big bills and/or passport;
  • The key fob works for making sure no hotel keys are misplaced;
  • Having such a flat bag is good for crowded trains or marketplaces. The main zipper is “submerged” which makes it less obvious how to get into it.

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