Mother’s Day Ride

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We went on a little ride for Mother’s Day with our Taga pram bike, Lekker Double Dutch bike, Dahon fold up, toting a Basil wicker basket and Kitsch Kitchen panniers    and sporting Nutcase helmets, a Wet and Wendy Smartcoat and a Cream Rayncape. SONY DSC

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We’re particularly chuffed that our friend Jenny rode a bike for the first time since her childhood days on this ride. She said that she had so much fun that she couldn’t resist taking a couple of extra turns on her way home. Happy cycling Jenny!

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Lekker Jordaan Bikes – Test ride and review

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Marianne from Esme and the Laneway is a fashion blogger and cyclist and we asked her to review the new Lekker bike – known as the Jordaan. Here’s what she had to say…

 I’m always excited at the chance of riding a new bike, and when I saw the Lekker Jordaan I literally squealed with delight – it’s absolutely gorgeous!

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A solid, curvy frame with similarly plump tyres, high handlebars with soft grips and a good fat saddle, the overall look is sturdy and voluptuous – not words I thought I’d use to describe a bike! I rode the mint green version, which is especially pretty.

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The first thing I have to note is the kickstand – so important with bikes and so often underrated.  Suitably chunky, it was easy to move back and forth – even in precious heels – and supported the bike really well, even on uneven ground. I’ve had too many experiences with stiff kickstands that are a struggle to put down, only for them to then have a personality change, become decidedly flimsy and collapse under the bike’s weight. Not so here. Phew.

So, to the actual riding.  As is the style with Dutch bikes, the riding position for this is very raised. The bike is, according to the description, suitable for riders from 5’1 to 6’4.  At 5’4, I’m at the shorter end of the scale, and even with the seat all the way down it did feel quite tall. But once up and going, I love riding up this high. It makes me feel very safe on the road, and I have excellent visibility – I can see cars and they can see me!

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I love the high handlebars, too, which encourage some very good posture and an upright riding position. With that plush saddle – the largest I’ve seen, the most comfortable I’ve been on – it gave me the feeling of being sat on my couch, rather than a bike; a wonderfully relaxed feeling for riding!

Verdict? A delight to look at AND ride! 

Introducing Iva Jean from Seattle, Washington

  

Iva Jean is a bike fashion and lifestyle brand that provides functional and fashionable clothing – encouraging women to incorporate biking into their everyday lives. Their garments are constructed of high quality materials and produced in Seattle, Washington (USA). 

Their debut range includes the Reveal Skirt and Daily Blouse. The Reveal Skirt has the versatility of a classic black tailored skirt but incorporates a back zipper that opens up extra fabric for comfort and ease while pedalling a bike. When you reach your destination just close the zip and you’re sporting a stylish pencil skirt. An invisible side zip and darts reinforce the tailored look. There’s also a  hidden pocket at the waist for a credit card, key or ID.

The Reveal Skirt is also great for travelling as it’s water and wind resistant, wrinkle-free, dries quickly and holds its shape. It’s made of the same amazing  Schoeller-Dryskin material as our popular (but sadly now discontinued for us) Outlier Daily Riding Pants. 

Match your Reveal Skirt with the Iva Jean organic cotton Daily Blouse which has a structured roomy fit, plus a back pleat for comfort when reaching forward on the handlebars.

Watch the story of Iva Jean by following Iva Jean founder and designer, Ann DeOtte, as she bikes Seattle and shares her experiences and vision for the brand. 

Iva Jean has been featured worldwide in Momentum Magazine, Huffington Post, Bicycling Magazine, Lovely Bicycle!, Treadlie, Elle Finland, Fast Company and VeloJoy.

The Story of Iva Jean

Follow Iva Jean founder and designer, Ann DeOtte, as she bikes Seattle and shares her experiences and vision for Iva Jean. The video also features designers and seamstresses, Katie Walag and Sewn Product Services’ Kristine Carlton and Jenny Mae Miller.

Iva Jean Size Guide

REVEAL SKIRT

Size Waist Hips Length*
US0/AU4 25 3/8″ 37 1/2″ 23 3/4″
US2/AU6 26 3/8″ 38 1/2″ 23 3/4″
US4/AU8 27 3/8″ 39 1/2″ 23 3/4″
US6/AU10 28 3/8″ 40 1/2″ 23 3/4″
US8/AU12 29 3/8″ 41 1/2″ 23 3/4″
US10/AU14 30 3/8″ 42 1/2″ 24 1/4″
US12/AU16 31 5/8″ 43 3/4″ 24 1/4″
US14/AU18 32 7/8″ 45″ 24 3/4″
US16/AU20 34 5/8″ 46 3/4″ 24 3/4″

 If between sizes, size down as the fabric has stretch.

*Measured from waist to hem at back centre

 

DAILY BLOUSE

Size Chest Shoulder to Shoulder Length*
XS (approx AU6/8) 39 1/4″ 16 3/4″ 21 3/4″
S (approx AU8/10) 41 1/4″ 17 1/4″ 22 3/8″
M (approx AU10/12) 43 1/4″ 17 3/4″ 23″
L (approx AU12/14) 46 1/4″ 18 1/2″ 24 1/8″
XL (approx AU14/16) 49 1/4″ 19 1/4″ 24 3/4″
XXL (approx AU16/18) 52″ 20″ 25″

*Measured from neck to hem at centre back.

Good Cycles mobile bike mechanics

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We love the idea of Good Cycles – a Melbourne-based social enterprise/not for profit mobile bike service that fixes your bike while you’re at work, university or even at home.  

Professional mechanics are teamed with trainees and together they take their cargo bikes around Melbourne and fix bikes.  While they provide a service to you, dear bike rider, they also give training and employment to long-term unemployed and disadvantaged folks. It’s a win-win situation!

A standard service (the Good Standard) is $77 while The Good as Gold is a very thorough service for $170. You can also  pick and choose what you’d like fixed which individually costs between $15 and $30. 

Good Cycles have a special introductory offer of $55 for a standard service, just book here. Register online for yourself or gather your friends or colleagues together for a discounted group service.

Currently services occur on Mondays and Tuesdays and they’ll be adding Thursdays as demand increases. 

 

Take inspiration from Emily Blunt

We love Emily Blunt’s cycle chic outfit in the film Wild Target. A red rain jacket is the perfect cover-up for cool, wet weather (check out our Petra Waterproof Trenchcoat for a similar look) and opaque tights, bright accessories and a cosy hat complete the look. 

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Op Shop Coffee Ride for CycloFemme – Sunday 12 May

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Every year around the world female cyclists get together to celebrate CycloFemmeCycloFemme is a worldwide socially-driven-grass-roots celebration of women on bikes. Their mission is to create a unified voice for women in cycling, encouraging and empowering more riders.

To celebrate CycloFemme in Melbourne The Squeaky Wheel will be gathering for a leisure Sunday ride, bringing together some of the best things in this world: Bikes, Op Shopping and Coffee! …maybe even cakes…

The Op Shop Coffee Ride route will be along the inner north bike paths, visiting a few op shops and stopping at bicycle-friendly cafés along the way.

Riders of all capabilities, age and gender are welcome – the ride will be at a pleasure pace and taking in no more than 10km! 

BYO: working bicycle, drink bottle, helmet and something to hold your op shop purchases

More info here and RSVP to events@thesqueakywheel.com.au.

St Ali Signature Coffee Prizes for best dressed rider, sweetest lady-like bike and the ultimate bargain find!

Details: Op Shop Coffee Ride

Meet: Sunday 12th May, 10am at Auction Rooms, 103-107 Errol St, North Melbourne

Stop 2: Community First Op Shop (Queensberry St, North Melbourne)

Stop 3: Hunter Gatherer (Brunswick St, Fitzroy)

Stop 4: Clothing Exchange (Rathdowne St, Carlton)

Stop 5: Salvos and Second Hand Laneway (Nicholson St, Carlton North)

Finish: around 2pm at St Ali North, 815 Nicholson St, Carlton North

 

Check out other CycloFemme rides in your city here

In the Navy

Nothing says cycle chic more than a sleek navy blue ensemble – in this case, skinny jeans, a casual knit and a brass-buttoned blazer make up a nautical and nice look. But it’s the unexpected details of those killer shoes (and of course the beautiful smile) that makes this outfit just perfect for us. 

Donky Bike

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London based designer Ben Wilson had created the Donky Bike, a load-carrying bike with the strength and simplicity of a BMX.

The Donky Bike has been designed to be ridden easily and safely with whatever you need to take with you. The design distributes weight across a single beam at center of the frame rather than on the handlebars, so the steering and handling remain light and balanced and  improving maneuverability in tight space.

SmartAss Ass Saver in motion

See the SmartAss, an innovative lightweight emergency fender by Ass Savers, in motion on a morning commute. 

Ass Saver in motion from Ass Savers on Vimeo.

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Stuffitts for Shoes – Instructional Video

Stuffitts are form-fitted, reusable cedar inserts that combat moisture and kill odour in footwear caused by perspiration and outdoor elements such as rain. 

See how they work in this video

SmartAss and BrookShield Ass Savers – Instructional videos

Ass Savers are an emergency mudguard that’s there when you need it and gone when you don’t.

It comes in two models – the SmartAss for standard rail saddles and the BrookShield for Brooks saddles and other similar ‘old style’ saddles. 

Check us out at the Finders Keepers Market

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The Finders Keepers Market are back in Melbourne on Friday 5 April and Saturday 6 April in the beautiful Royal Exhibition Building, Carlton.

We’ll be there with our stylish bike gear along with lots of other awesome designers from Melbourne and around Australia. Make a day of it – enjoy live music and delicious food and drink while browsing the stalls. Gold coin donation on entry.

The Finders Keepers Market
Friday 5 April 6pm – 10pm
Saturday 6 April 10am – 5pm
Royal Exhibition Building 9 Nicholson Street, Carlton

Practical and eye-catching coat for cycling

We really like the mustard coloured jacket worn by this chic cyclist. The cosy colour keeps the wind out and the trenchcoat style provides easy movement for the up-down pedalling motion. Team it with a slouchy bag, casual top knot, opaque tights and flats and you’re ready for work, school or the bar.

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Autumn romance

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 Autumn is the perfect time to go on romantic bike ride, especially if you share a single bike and snuggle up close.

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Happy Easter!

We’re taking an Easter break and hope you enjoy your cycling break too!

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Cycling with a mini cape

We think that capes are the perfect cover-up for bike rides. They’re practical, stylish and can keep you warm and dry when you need. A trans-seasonal garment that every cycle chic cyclist should own! Check out our range here and be inspired by this lovely photo. 

Corrugated Cardboard Helmet

A helmet made out of cardboard, I know it sounds crazy, but supposedly it works. The designer behind this wonderful invention is Designer Anirudha Surabhi has invented a helmet made out of cardboard called the Kranium.

The Kranium is not only lighter but also stronger than traditional expanded polystyrene (EPS) models.

Using a material called Dual Density Honey Comb Board or D2, the liner of the helmet has been proven to absorb up three times the amount of impact of EPS helmets. Amazing!

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Denim, Vuitton, Paris

Love this transeasonal cycle chic outfit snapped by the Seine – a 3/4 length sleeve dress in an unexpectedly rugged fabric, elegant and practical leather gloves and a neat cross-body pouch by Louis Vuitton. Tres tres chic!

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