The 2013 Le Tour de France Pop up Bar by The Shadow Electric and Treadlie


While bike racing and lycra aren’t really our thing, beautiful scenery, French food and the drama of the most famous bike race of them all means that Le Tour de France is an event not to be missed. 

This year outdoor cinema The Shadow Electric and Treadlie Magazine are opening a pop up bar ‘Domestique‘ which will present key stages of Le Tour de France upstairs at The Wilde, corner of Gertrude and Napier St, Fitzroy.

Domestique opens on Saturday 29 June and the tour will be presented each Wednesday through Sunday, concluding on Sunday 21 July.  

Each night the bar will open from 8pm with music and films to keep things warm before the race. Inside you’ll find a large indoor screen, HD projection and a late night license. Screenings will cover all mountain stages and important time trials with music, food, beer and mulled wine to keep you up and cheering.

Domestique will be a sports bar for people who prefer bars over sport (that includes us). See you there!


Bobbin Straw Pannier review

Fashion and cycle chic blogger Lady Velo reviewed the Bobbin Straw Pannier and gave it a big thumbs up! Here’s what she had to say about the bag…

  • The pannier includes two removable inserts for the sides of the bag which give it that rigid and smart looking shape
  • The bag is made from tan-coloured woven straw and its a simple, unfussy design with a vintage feel.
  • Even though the bag is made of straw the Bobbin Straw Pannier is lined and bound with waterproof fabric. 
  • Further protection comes with the zip and the Velcro flap.
  • Three rear clips attach the Bobbin Straw Pannier to your back rack. The middle locking clip is adjustable to fit either a back rack of any diameter. The clips are made from durable and heavy duty plastic with metal spring hinges and stops the pannier moving around while cycling.


  • The Bobbin Straw Pannier is spacious but not large enough for a 15″ MacBook Pro. It will fit an iPad and the usual essentials. Additional storage comes with the inner-zip pocket and a phone pouch.

Cycling cape

Capes are such elegant garments, particularly when on a bike. Their swishy, draped effect are shown off well when you breeze along the road on your bike. 

Rainbow bright cycle chic




Brighten up your winter ride with a fabulous mishmash of rainbow colours from head to toe – and top it off with a cosy beanie with flying braids.

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Wooden Bicycle Handlebars by Deer Runner

Deer Runner is a London design company that produces wood and leather cycling accessories.

We particularly like their hand crafted, custom-made oak handlebars which have been treated for weather protection. They look stylish and comfortable to hold as well. 

Red, white and blue

Red, white and blue

Red, white and blue

We snapped one of our customers Raquel at St Ali North where she was leading the Cyclofemme ride for The Squeaky Wheel. The bike was built especially for her, her basket is a Basil Swing wicker basket and her helmet is from Nutcase Helmets. So chic in red white and blue! 

Red, white and blue 

Po Campo’s Armitage Rack Satchel on the handlebars

Po Campo’s innovative Armitage Rack Satchel is a bag that we normally advise our customers to attach onto their bike’s back rack. 

Until we saw this photo, we’d not considered the fact that it can also be attached to your front handlebars depending on the width and height of the bars. The bag looks sleek and stylish on this ladies step-through. 

We like the outfit too – short mini dress, loopy scarf, sleep jacket and ribbed wool tights with awesome red cowboy boots!

via Let’s Go Ride a Bike

Free Women’s Bike Maintenance Class


Wheel Women is a women’s cycling community that offers bunch rides, workshops, lessons and advice for women in Melbourne. 

They also offer free women’s only bike maintenance classes and the next one is being held on Princes Hill Community Centre, Rear 270 Macpherson St Princes Hill on Saturday 18 May 2pm. Go along and learn how to change tyre and clean the chain and refreshments will served to make it a fun event!

Check out the other events that Wheel Women run, inclung the Healthy Communities Initiative Programs which is FREE for you from AustCycle.

Robert Doisneau photographs the French on bikes

Robert Doisneau was a French photographer, renowned for his iconic 1950 image Le baiser de l’hôtel de ville (Kiss by the Town Hall), a photograph of a couple kissing in the busy streets of Paris.

Below are some other pictures from his official website, showing people with bicycle in France.


 The tug of the Champs de Mars, Paris 1943


N98 near Sainte Maxime August 1969


Montreuil 1945

Mother’s Day Ride


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

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!


Lekker Jordaan Bikes – Test ride and review


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


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



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

Good Cycles

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. 

via Cyclelicious

Op Shop Coffee Ride for CycloFemme – Sunday 12 May


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

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


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.