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CycleStyle x Habitots Pop Up Shop – Come and visit us in March!

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Habitots is a gorgeous store in Albert Park full of retail inspiration for children and families as well as a party space and creative art studio.

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During March we’re excited to have a Pop Up Shop inside Habitots with some of our best-selling items for kids.

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You’ll find cute hand-painted Beep Bicycle Bells, Baby Nutty and Little Nutty Nutcase Helmets, practical Notabags for Kids, durable Italian-made handlebar windmills and hard-to-find kids wicker baskets.

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While you’re at Habitots visit one of their classes, hang out in their playroom or enjoy the garden with sand pit and cubby house. And now for a limited time you can find the best kids cycling gear too!

CycleStyle x Habitots Pop Up Shop

1 March – 31 March 2017

146 Bridport St, Albert Park 03 9686 1312

Mon, Tues, Fri: 9am – 3pm

Wed, Thur: 9am – 4pm

Saturday 10am – 4pm

 

Jan Gehl in Melbourne on People, Places and Liveable Cities

Jan Gehl believes ‘A good city is like a good party. People stay longer than really necessary because they are enjoying themselves.’

The hugely influential urbanist, architect and humanist was in Melbourne and I was lucky enough to be in the audience.

I am so engaged by his talk that I don’t bother trying to update social media with any of his insights. So here’s a selection of #melbconvo #jangehl tweets from the night to give you a flavour of his stories of a life of making our cities happier and more liveable.

People once said cycling couldn’t take off in Copenhagen. Then they decided to plan to make it happen. #melbconvo
“Modernism killed the people scale” #melbconvo#jangehl

Buon Appetito by Bike with The Squeaky Wheel – Westie Women Food Rides in May

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The sun was shining yet again for our latest Westie Women food ride with The Squeaky Wheel.

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‘Boun appetito by bike’ celebrated everything Italian in the inner west with tour guide Joyce Watts of CycleStyle and MEL: HOT OR NOT.

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In the 1950s Footscray was a centre for Italian migrants. Sixty years later eleven female cyclists joined Joyce to experience how Italian cuisine has been reinterpreted for modern Australians with a three course meal by bike.

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First stop Ovest for charcuterie, cheese and breads.

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Second stop Honeycomb Hideout for pizza and a group photo!

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Last stop dessert at Slice Girls West.

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Look out for booking information for the June rides soon!

Westie Women Food Rides are a Maribyrnong City Council Gender Equity Initiative. 

CycleStyle at The Upmarket – Saturday 7 November

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As Christmas creeps closer our market schedule gets busier – and we’re kicking off with The Upmarket, Melbourne’s newest design market.

The outdoor market is held in the forecourt between the Malthouse Theatre and the Australian Centre for Contemporary Art in Southbank every 1st and 3rd Saturday of the month, rain hail or shine.

Stallholders are picked by a design panel, with a focus on local emerging designers and producers, and divided into three precincts – the Design District, the Larder and the Heart of Dining. At each market there’s a revolving selection of furniture, lighting, homewares, accessories, fashion, jewellery, ceramics, food and produce vendors plus free children’s and adults creative workshops.

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We’ll be at The Upmarket with lots of cycling goodies and market-only specials at the next market, Saturday 7 November 9am-4pm!

The Upmarket

Malthouse Theatre/ACCA forecourt

111 Sturt St, Southbank

9am-4pm

Melbourne Father’s Day Bike Ride – Sunday 6 September

fathers day bike ride bannerThis Father’s Day, celebrate dads everywhere and raise vital funds to support men’s health by joining the inaugural Jasco Telstra Father’s Day Bike Ride.On Sunday 6 September 2015 you can ride Melbourne’s Grand Prix Circuit, Albert Park by signing up for one of two rides – The Mattioli Challenge with 12 laps of the circuit or The Family Bike Ride, a leisurely ride that’s suitable for all ages and abilities.

There will also be special guests, delicious food, drinks and last-minute gift ideas for dad. For more information and registration click here!

Event Details

The Event Village

The Event Village will run from 8.30am to 1.00pm and will be located at the Grand Prix Pit Buildings (Pit Lane) on Aughtie Drive. There will be entertainment, appearances from our charity and community ambassadors, music and opportunities to get that last minute gift for Dad from a variety of retail stalls set up in the event village.

In addition there will be activities for the kids including face painting, bike skills lessons and road safety tips for all.

Food

Enjoy breakfast, morning-tea and lunch, or perhaps a snack and a coffee from the variety of food options available in the event village.  Food and coffee will be available from 6.30am to 1.00pm.

Charity Partners

You can register yourself or a team of friends and family with funds raised through rider sponsorship and donations going directly to support our charity partners beyondblue, the Movember Foundation and OzChild.

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

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!

The Sweet Cycle

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.

 

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!

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

#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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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 Projector Bike will be leaving Testing Grounds at 6:30pm 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 7:30pm for a drink at the Testing Grounds bar.

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6:30-7:30pm approx
Testing Grounds (map)
1 City Rd, Melbourne

This is a free event for all-ages.

Cycling Instagram Exhibition and Fund Raiser for Chain Reaction

Chain reaction exhibition

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.

CycleStyle at The Big Design Market, Melbourne

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CycleStyle is back at The Big Design Market in Melbourne! 

The Big Design Market is the biggest market of its kind in Australia, bringing together the best of independent, Australian and international design.

  • Friday 6 December – 10am – 9pm
  • Saturday 7 December – 10am – 5pm
  • Sunday 8 December – 10am – 5pm

Melbourne Exhibition Building, Carlton Gardens, Melbourne

Yarra Rides2Work – Cool Clothes for a Cool Job

Day 5 of Yarra Rides2Work inspiration for Ride2Work Day.

We’re lucky that in the City of Yarra there are a lot of people that work in creative industries or hospitality, as it means we spot a lot of very stylish cyclists riding to work. 

We reckon this guy’s either a barista or a website designer. Either way, we love his bright yellow Stack Hat and matching yellow socks!

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Yarra Rides2Work – Give Us a Wave!

Day 4 of Yarra Rides2Work inspiration for Ride2Work Day is a happy cyclist giving us a wave as he goes on his way to work. Clearly cycling to work is a much happier experience than sitting in a traffic jam or being squashed on public transport on your way to work.

Note he’s also wearing pants and a business shirt, which just goes to show it’s possible to dress professionally and still get to work by bike. 

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Yarra Rides2Work – Chequered Helmet

Day 3 of Yarra Rides2Work inspiration for Ride2Work Day.

We like the upright posture of this elegant cyclist and his stylish functional cycling attire – a woolly scarf, hooded puffer jacket, skinny jeans and canvas sneakers. But mostly we like the chequered cover on his helmet!

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Yarra Rides2Work – Suit up

Day 2 of Yarra Rides2Work inspiration for Ride2Work Day.

Don’t let professional attire be an excuse not to ride to work! This stylish man shows that you can look good and ride in a suit (though we’d probably recommend a stylish messenger bag or panniers than a reusable shopping bag for a professional look!)

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Yarra Rides2Work – The Green Machine

National Ride 2 Work Day is next Wednesday 16 October and we are proud sponsors of the ride to work celebrations of our local council, the City of Yarra

To help celebrate Yarra Rides2Work and to inspire your ride to work, wherever you are, for the next week we will be posting images of people riding to work in the City of Yarra

First up, the Green Machine! Love how this lady has styled her outfit to match her green bike with her green flippy skating skirt and green leather boots.

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The Incredible Farren Bicycles Collection, Melbourne

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We first met Paul and Charlie Farren on a Melbourne Tweed Ride when they turned up with a coterie of gasp-inducing vintage steeds (and dressed in 19th century cycling garb and tweed as well). Paul told us that these beautiful bicycles were part of a private collection of over a hundred rare and unique vintage bicycles that he had spent over 30 years amassing with his wife. Most of the bikes were older than 1900 with the newest being about 1910.

We couldn’t believe that this sort of collection was housed in Melbourne and other than for rare outings for tweed rides and exhibitions it’s not generally open to the public.

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However, recently Paul and Charlie held an open day in their warehouse to celebrate the publication of their book, Bicycling through Time: The Farren Collection. The event was free and drew lots of bike aficionados and curious passersby who had no idea that one of the top 10 early bike collections in the world was housed in quiet residential Richmond.

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The Farren collection includes penny farthings of all sizes, bamboo bikes, curious tricycles, women’s sidesaddle bikes, tandems/three seaters and “sociables” that allowed riders to sit side by side.

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They are beautifully displayed with placards of information and even using vintage cast iron bike stands.

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The collection’s oldest bike is a 1819 Hobby Horse which definitely doesn’t look comfortable.

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This 1928 Malvern Star three person bike caught my eye. Having ridden a tandem before I can’t imagine how difficult it would be to get three people cycling on this contraption!

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As well as bikes there is lots of vintage bike ephemera and equipment to gaze at – including old parts, equipment, posters, artwork and advertising material.

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Each bike comes with a story and that’s how the book came about. The bikes themselves provide an interesting insight into society of a particular time and place and the stories of their discovery and restoration are also fascinating. Interestingly, most of the Farren collection have been purchased in Australia, from auctions to discoveries in rubbish dumps.

We’re so lucky to have a collection of this variety and importance right here in Melbourne. While you won’t be able to see the collection all the time you can now appreciate and enjoy these beauties through Bicycling through Time: The Farren Collection.