Giddyup Mule – Bike-friendly cafe in cycling/exercise hub

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On our regular reconnaissance rides for the Westie Women’s Foodie Rides program we stumbled across Giddyup Mule, Yarraville’s latest cafe opening. It’s part of the growing trend in serving healthy, raw, organic, paleo, gluten-free, dairy-free food that’s permeating through Melbourne’s cafe scene -perhaps as a reaction to the opposing trend of burgers, fried chicken and doughnuts!

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Giddyup Mule takes over the space that used to be a more simple coffee bar at Art of Cycling, an indoor spin training studio. It’s a little hard to find as the doorway and signage is hidden behind a street umbrella, so just look out for the Art of Cycling sign. It shares the same building as Art of Cycling spin classes, DCPT personal training and group fitness and Western Velo Works bike repairs.

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The two young owners and westie locals Magarethe and Jodie have built a new kitchen, store room and brought their own spin (pun intended) on the space, with a roaring wood heater, a paint job and a kicking (pun intended again) menu of interesting dishes.

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The drinks list includes Axil coffee, Mofo hot chocolate, silky Chai Walli chai made with milk (or soy) and honey, a range from Tea Tonic, juices, smoothies and kombucha on tap by Grateful Harvest.

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The kombucha is freshly brewed in Melbourne and the ginger and tumeric is tangy and fresh ($5). I’m told the orange is sweeter if you’re not familiar with the fermented taste of kombucha.

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I try the pulled pork cigars with apple and walnut salad and smoky sauce ($18.50). It’s a decadent dish with melting strips of pork rolled up in a fried parcel – can’t really go wrong! The crunchy apples and nuts provide a textural and flavour contrast to the meat.

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The bircher muesli is a wild palette of colourful elements and totally delicious, especially the coconut yoghurt which they infuse with acai and berries. It’s good value for money at $12 as you won’t be able to fit in much else afterwards.

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You can’t go past a cafe menu these days without seeing smashed avo and this version comes with house-marinated feta and smoked cherry tomatoes ($16.50). It’s a generous tumble of vibrant freshness and the kombucha vinaigrette adds an interesting tangy twist to an otherwise ubiquitous menu item.

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For dessert there is a selection of organic raw desserts by Torquay’s Life Seeeds. I am in love with raw desserts at the moment as it seems like a healthier way to indulge my sweet tooth. The salted caramel joy bar ($7.50) contains ‘Aztec superfoods’ but all you need to know is that it’s decadent and rich.

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Giddyup Mule is a fun, friendly and healthy addition to the inner west’s bike-friendly cafe scene. Plus if you need an early caffeine hit for that morning ride they’re open 6:30am on weekdays!

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GIDDYUP MULE 177 STEPHEN ST, YARRAVILLE 0405 788 253

MON – FRI 6.30AM TO 4OM

SAT 7- 4PM

SUN 8-4PM

Westie Women’s Foodie Rides – Bookings now open!

Thanks to Maribyrnong City Council we’ve teamed up with The Squeaky Wheel to bring you the Westie Winter Warmers ride, the first in a series of foodie cycling tours for women exploring Melbourne’s west.

Explore the global cuisines of the inner west this winter while getting out and exploring the west on your bike. What better way to stay warm than pedalling your way from one gastronomic delight to the next?

 

Join us over ninety minutes for the Westie Winter Warmers ride on Saturday 18th July for a discovery tour of local specialities. We’ll be kicking off at 12:30pm in Footscray and I will introduce some of my favourite local purveyors of delicious warming lamb skewers, Salvadorean papusas, croissants and hot chocolate and cannoli.

 

This is one bicycle tour that won’t be leaving you hungry and as a bonus, you’ll also be building your confidence getting around the west on a bike with a bunch of like-minded ladies as we pedal around Footscray.

There’s only ten places on this ride. Tickets are $10 per person (lots of food included!) and they’ll fill up fast so be sure to book your ticket and make sure you don’t miss out. Is there a better way to spend a wintery Saturday afternoon?

Book Your Ticket12:30 – 2:00 Saturday July 18th

Westie Women’s Foodie Rides is a Maribyrnong City Council Gender Equity initiative


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Meet at D’Asian carpark,  Cnr Hopkins St & Moore St, Footscray

EOFY Flash Sale!

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EOFY FLASH SALE!

We’re celebrating another big year with a End of Financial Year sale! Receive 20% off everything* until midnight 30 JuneJust enter EOFY2015 as the coupon on the checkout page.

*Discount does not apply to Bikerax, Lekker, preorders or gift vouchers. Usual shipping calculations apply – you will receive free shipping if your total order is $150 or more after the discount is applied to your shopping cart. Australian orders only.

SHOP THE SALE NOW

Bookman Sweden’s Grand Collection Lookbook Video

Bookman is a Stockholm based brand that makes accessories for bicycles and for the people on them.

Inspired by the bustling bike life of the European metropolis, the focus is the urban bicyclist, for whom style is as important as function.

We share a mission to inspire more people to take up biking and to make life in the saddle more enjoyable for everyone that does. Here’s a peek at their Grand Collection lookbook, which features the Bookman Lights and Clip-On Reflectors.

Grand Collection Lookbook from Bookman on Vimeo.

Introducing Sarah Imm from Vélo-à-Porter

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We’re excited to announce that fashion and cycling blogger Vélo-à-Porter will be guest posting for CycleStyle in the coming months.
Sarah Imm is the brains behind the popular blog – and is fact a customer of ours! The goal of Vélo-à-Porter is to inspire and encourage more women to bicycle as lifestyle, not just as sport. Sarah’ style is so inspiring, particularly as she gets about town with her children.
In this post, she tells us about her Fridays with her son on the Nihola, a cargo tricycle.

Sydney is growing its bike network

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Lucky Sydney cyclists! Ten major bike connections are under construction or in design to support the growing number of people riding and ease pressure on the city’s roads and public transport network.

City of Sydney-funded cycleway links along sections of Castlereagh and Liverpool streets are expected to be complete this year, construction is underway on another four projects, and design work is being undertaken on five more.

“Bike trips have more than doubled over the last four years in our local area, and where there are cycleways, they’ve doubled again,” the Lord Mayor said. “On Bourke Street alone there are now five times as many riders. Transport for NSW surveys confirm many more people would commute by bike if it was safer and more convenient.”

Bike paths under construction include the Broadway link through Chippendale, an upgraded shared path connecting the Bourke Street and Bourke Road cycleways and safer cycling links to the Sydney Harbour Bridge, making the north-south commute a smoother ride.

Design work is underway on connections to the Castlereagh Street cycleway, a new cycleway along Lawson Street in Redfern, and cycleways for Green Square Town Centre. The City has also received NSW Government funding to help design a major cycleway link along Moore Park Road.

Plus, a new children’s bike track at Sydney Park is also supporting the growing number of children learning to ride.

 

The Sweet Cycle cycling food tour with The Squeaky Wheel

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Maribyrnong City Council regularly run ‘Westside Discovery Tours’, a series of FREE tours for locals and visitors to introduce them to the secrets of Melbourne’s west side. (Read about some of their previous tours here and here).

Joyce from CycleStyle led a delicious tour with The Squeaky Wheel to discover some of the Westside’s best pastries, cakes, desserts and sweets. Here are some of our pics!

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First stop – Footscay’s iconic Olympic Doughnuts for fresh jam doughnuts. Only 80c each!

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Second stop – Sourdough Kitchen Seddon, the only bakery in Melbourne that make sourdough pastries. Needless to say we packed doggie bags for takeaway.

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Love the street art just around the corner too.

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Cycling through the backstreets of Seddon to Yarraville.

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Third stop – Amazing cakes from Cobb Lane, an artisan bakery and patisserie in Yarraville Village. The tiramisu gets our vote!

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Busy bakers making their famous doughnuts.

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Fourth stop – right next door is Hello Gelo, one of the few ice cream stores in the west that make their product on site. Their most popular flavour? Salted caramel.

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Final stop – T Cavallaro & Sons for best cannoli in Melbourne. Here’s proprietor Tony Cavallaro presenting a cannoli cake!

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Also try the amaretti – they grind the almonds themselves and it creates a gorgeous chewy texture without the fake almond essence taste.

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 Keep an eye out on our blog and The Squeaky Wheel‘s website for information about more cycling food tours in Melbourne’s west!

FREE Cycling Food Tour of Melbourne’s West with CycleStyle

Maribyrnong City Council regularly run ‘Westside Discovery Tours’, a series of FREE tours for locals and visitors to introduce them to the secrets of Melbourne’s west side. (Read about some of their previous tours here and here).

New tours are available for booking from today.

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Joyce from CycleStyle will be leading a tour with The Squeaky Wheel to discover some of the Westside’s best pastries, cakes, desserts and sweets. Free tastings too!

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When: Sat 9 May, 1.30 -3pm

Where: Meet in front of Olympic Hot Doughnuts, Footscray Railway Station, Irving Street, Footscray

FREE Bookings required, limited to 10 places

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Incidentally Joyce will also be leading a Culture Mamas tour of family-friendly Footscray. It’ll be a 1.5 hour walk covering some of her favourite places to take kids to eat, shop and play in her neighbourhood, with tastings en route.

Family Friendly Tour of Footscray

When: Mon 4 May, 10 – 11.30am

Where: Meet in front of Olympic Hot Doughnuts, Footscray Railway Station, Irving Street, Footscray

FREE Bookings required, limited to 8 places

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To book email susie.wickes@maribyrnong.vic.gov.au with your full name, street address, contact number and selected tour. Only one tour per person and not available for group bookings of 4+ people. For more information click here.

 

Oopsmark Bicycle Wine Rack – Made in Montreal video

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The makers of our bestselling Bicycle Wine Rack was recently featured in a documentary series that focuses on makers in Montreal Canada and the neighbourhoods they come from.

The video gives a behind the scene look into the Oopsmark workshop where they make our bicycle wine racks! Plus all the music was made by Oopsmark‘s founder Jesse Herbert.

Westie Women on Wheels – Free bike program of women of Melbourne’s west

I’m so excited to work with The Squeaky Wheel  to launch ‘Westie Women on Wheels‘, a FREE cycling skills program for  women who live or work in Melbourne’s west.

The program is for ‘interested but concerned’ women who have basic bike skills and who would like to gain the knowledge and confidence to ride for transport.

Delivered over 3 sessions, participants will receive bicycle skills training, road rule education and route planning advice. The final session will be a fun social ride, introducing you to the safest and most direct routes for amenities in your local area.

Places are limited to 22 participants and participants are strongly encouraged to attend all three sessions to get the maximum benefit.

  • Saturday 16 May, 2pm – 4pm
  • Saturday 23 May, 2pm – 4pm
  • Saturday 30 May, 2pm – 4.30pm

The first two sessions will meet at the Footscray Bike Shed, Mills Close, Footscray (next to Building K, Footscray Park Campus of Victoria University). BOOK HERE.

Westie Women on Wheels has been made possible with the support of the Maribyrnong Community Grants program.

CycleStyle spotted Mikena at Flinders Street Station

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We spotted Mikena at Flinders Street station. She’s from Boston originally and now lives in East Brunswick. Today she’d ridden from East Brunswick along the Capital City Trail to visit her friends in Footscray, then took the train back into the city before riding home again. Just goes to show that riding some of the way is ok!

Love her bright bike and helmet and edgy cycling outfit too!

Interview with Sara Henrichs from Hendrichs UK

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Sara Henrichs, the founder of reflective fashion collection Henrichs, spoke to online magazine  ‘It’s Rude to Stare’ about her inspirations.

Who do you design for? Are you inspired by a certain personality / look when coming up with ideas?

I design for style-conscious urban citizens who want to look good while travelling by bicycle or scooter but don’t want to wear the ugly yellow hi-vis vests. The idea is to be able to do this through a Henrichs garments, they can wear this over what they would normally wear, so it’s practical, safer and still looks good. The cape for instance is my flagship product and the reason why I launched Henrichs.

When I was a fashion student in Paris I was fascinated by the Schoeller reflective material and designed the cape for myself to cycle with. Since then I had so many people asking me where I got it from so I decided to produce it and the rest is history!

Are you a keen cyclist?
Yes, I always cycle it’s the best transport way in cities nowadays!

Describe your personal style?
I am a chic french girl with a practical german touch.

 

 

 

 

Wingman Backpack Garment Bag – Features video

The Wingman Backpack was designed to transport business suits, dresses, shirts, ipads and accessories with the convenience and comfort of a backpack.

Tandem NY Skirtweight – Video Review by Bike Stylish

The Tandem NY  Skirtweight is a nifty gadget for holding down your skirt (or blouse or bag) while you ride.

Here’s a short video review by Bike Stylish.

Little Sparrow Market – Federation Square Sunday 1 February 2015

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Our first market of the year will be at Melbourne’s iconic Federation Square. Come and check out 60 designers and makers with gorgeous goods at Little Sparrow Market.

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Little Sparrow Market

Federation Square Atrium

Sunday 1 February 10am-5pm

Handleband attaches any smartphone to any handlebar

The HandleBand Universal Smartphone Bar Mount allows you to securely attach most mobile phones to a handlebar, with or without a case, to be easily seen and conveniently accessible to use while riding, walking, or running.

Watch this video to see how easy it is to use the HandleBand.

Kris Kringle gifts for under $20

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To make your gift-giving easier we’ve compiled a list of Kris Kringle / stocking stuffer presents under $20 for the cyclist in your life (or that guy in accounts you don’t really know).

For more gift giving inspiration check out these gift guides featuring our products.

Carradice x Harris Tweed

Carradice of Nelson and HARRIS TWEED have collaborated on a limited edition range of saddlebags.

HARRIS TWEED is only woven on the Isle of Harris by hand operated looms and carries the trademark Orb. Aren’t they stunning?

#MaribyrnongRides for #Ride2Work Day – Wednesday 15 October

Maribyrnong Ride2Work Day 2014

Ride2Work Day is coming up and we’re assisting City of Maribyrnong with their free community breakfast on Wed 15 Oct 7:30-am-9am in Footscray.

There will be wholesome food from Bakers Delight and Vari’s Organics, a smoothie bike from Bike n’ Blend, free bike safety checks by Western Velo Works, free police bike engraving and tunes from Cargone Couriers’ Boombox bike.

PLUS great prizes from Teds Cycles Footscray, psbikes, Roof Rack Superstore, Treadlie, Maribyrnong Aquatic Centre and CycleStyle!

For more information http://www.maribyrnong.vic.gov.au/Page/Page.aspx?Page_Id=8935 #maribyrnongrides

 

Pedalling Footscray’s Food Icons with CycleStyle!

A few times a year our local council Maribyrnong City Council run ‘Westside Discovery Tours’, a series of free tours for locals and visitors to introduce them to the secrets of Melbourne’s west side. (Read about some of their previous tours here and here).

New tours and now available for booking now and covers topics as diverse as art, history and food.

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Joyce from CycleStyle will be leading a tour which combines her passion for food and cycling! With our friends at The Squeaky Wheel she will be taking a small group on an 1.5 hour eating and cycling tour of Footscray, her home and one of the most diverse and delicious suburbs in Melbourne.

PEDALLING FOOTSCRAY’S FOOD ICONS is a fun way to explore Footscray’s food culture – from doughnuts to goi cuon to cannoli. Bring your appetite and your bike and get ready to eat, shop and ride!

Sat 25 Oct, 12.30pm – 2pm

Meet in front of Olympic Hot Doughnuts, Footscray Railway Station, Irving Street, Footscray

FREE Bookings required, limited to 10 places

To book your place on a tour email susie.wickes@maribyrnong.vic.gov.au

For more information about the tours visit www.festivalcity.com.auwww.cyclestyle.com.au and www.thesqueakywheel.com.au

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