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Sydney Design 2011 and CultureCycle

Last weekend was the start of Sydney Design 2011, an annual design event produced by the Powerhouse Museum including exhibitions, workshops, talks, seminars, installations and tours.

One of the new events this year is CultureCycle, a guided bike tour run in conjunction with ArtCycle on this Saturday 6 and Sunday 7 August.

The CultureCycle guided tour offers a way of viewing the city, experiencing cultural attractions and actively participating in Sydney’s design culture. Cycling, museums and crochet do have something in common! The day includes stops at the Australian Museum, Remy and Lees, CarriageWorks, Powerhouse Museum‘s Love Lace exhibition and a crochet workshop!

For more information, click here.

And for Sydneysiders, Sydney Design 2011 is your opportunity to check out Treadlie’s Made to Measure bike exhibition. For a peek at what’s in store, click here.


A Marvellous Outing – The Sydney Tweed Ride

The Third Annual Sydney Tweed Ride departs Sydney Town Hall at 9am this Sunday 31 July.

We’re assured that it’s an awfully fun affair – not pompous, just jolly!

If you have nothing to wear – never fear! A pop-up Tweed Outfitter will be stationed at MC Cyclery’s city store (230 Clarence St, Sydney) to doll you out in style.

The ride concludes with a picnic, Tweed games and a delightful fashion event.

For more information, click here.

Roll-Up Bicycle Valet Parking

Roll-Up is a new bicycle valet parking service which is launching at State of Design.

Instead of locking your bike up to the nearest lamp post, cyclists can get their bike valet parked for free by the fun-fair themed Roll-Up crew. It’s a great initiative as the provision of safe, secure and convenient bike parking will hopefully encourage people to take active and sustainable transport to festivals and events.

Melbourne is an official bike city, after all :–)

Melbourne Design Market here we come!

We’re back for the winter edition of the Melbourne Design Market 2011 with our friends Jellybean Bikes ( this Sunday 24 July 10-5pm.

For the winter markets we’ll be bringing along some of our fabulous reversible capes, waterproof trenchcoats, reflective gloves and legwarmers and cosy scarves.

If you’ve never been to the market you’ll find an ever-inspiring, ever-tempting array of great design stalls, cool grooves, coffee and happy crowds. For more information about the market go to www.melbournedesignmarket.?

See you on Sunday!

Introducing Wet and Wendy

Is it wet and wendy where you are?

Here in Melbourne this week it seems like we’ve had never-ending rain, from a light drizzle to a full downpour. It hasn’t stopped us from getting out and about though, thanks to the new raincoats we’ve got in store from local Melbourne label Wet and Wendy.

Firstly, we adore their cute name and their mantra – LOVE THE RAIN! Secondly, we’ve given their raincoats a test-run with this week’s weather and we think that you’ll love these stylish, functional and portable raincoats as much as we do.

They come in two styles, a longer raincoat and a shorter cape-coat, and in two colours. We’ll be taking some sample colours and sizes to the Melbourne Design Market next Sunday 24 July if you want to see them and try them on.

Winter Elegance

via Face Hunter

Finders Keepers Market – 2 and 3 July

This weekend we’ll be making our way up north for our first interstate market!

If you’re in Brisbane, come and say hi at the most fabulous Finders Keepers Market on Saturday 2 July and Sunday 3 July at The Old Museum at Herston.

The market supports local independent creative design, with over 65 stalls, food and free live music performances. It’s a great day out and you can check out a review of a previous event (held in Melbourne) here.


Saturday 2 July 10am – 5pm
Sunday 3 July 10am – 5pm

The Old Museum, Cnr Bowen Bridge Road & Gregory Terrace, Herston

Public transport:
Bowen Hills and Brunswick Street railway stations are less than a 10 minute walk from The Old Museum, and buses access the surrounding streets regularly. For further information on public transport, phone the Transinfo line on 13 12 30, or visit

There is no parking available onsite. The RNA showgrounds is offering Finders Keepers patrons all day parking in their carpark for a flat rate of $10. The parking lot will be open from 9:30am – 6:30pm daily.

New Bike!

Did we mention that we bought a new bike on the weekend?

A spur of the moment purchase of a step-through ladies bike from Melbourne custom bike company Mojo Bike (we’ve blogged about them before).

Our black Dutchie was an ex-demo model from their scratch and dent section and you’ll be seeing it in our future photoshoots and markets. We’ve currently adorned it with our orange and white floral Kitsch Kitchen panniers and took it for its debut ride to the Queen Victoria Markets to get ingredients for our slow-cooked beef bourguignon.

Brooks England deliciousness

We are big fans of the cycling products from Brooks England but we have chosen not to stock them because they are quite easy to find at most local bike shops and frankly a bit out of our price range.

That doesn’t mean that we can’t drool over their products – in particular, their latest release of bike bags named after two of our favourite leafy London suburbs – Islington and Hampstead.

J’adore Comptoir des Cotonniers

One of my favourite clothing labels is the French high street chain Comptoir des Cotonniers. It’s so easy to capture the easy chic style of French women in their clothing and in fact one of my favourite jackets, a bright orange swing coat (seen here), was bought on sale in Paris.

Now I love them a little more because their Winter 2011 catalogue showed a couple of cycle chic images. Oh, tres chic!

Bike basket pies

Brrr cold weather is definitely pie weather, which makes us wish that Bike Basket Pies were able to deliver pies to our door!

Bike Basket Pies is a one-woman pie baking and delivery service based in San Francisco. Natalie Galatzer sources seasonal ingredients locally and organic where possible to make her ever-changing pie menu (tummy rumble for the shaker orange pie) and delivers the cupcake-sized goodies on her bike.

We particularly love her ‘About’ page which asks ‘Why by bike basket?’

Natalie was introduced to big city biking when she moved to San Francisco, and is totally addicted. Plus riding a bike is a low cost (and no pollution!) way to get around town. Way faster than the 12, or the 27, or the 26, or the 14, but maybe not faster than the BART. So she bakes and bikes and is pretty happy. She just wishes the amount of calories she burned while delivering pies was equal or greater than the amount she gains while taste testing pies. (I guess not everything is perfect in this world).

Stylish disorientation – London cycle chic guide

Spanish jewellery designer Patricia Nicolas gives her cycle chic tour of London at Vogue Espana‘s blog ‘Stylish Disorientation‘.

She writes ‘The best route through the city, to go safely and away from the all traffic, is to go by the Regents Canal. It starts on the Thames, near Saint Catherine’s Dock, meanders through the city and ends in Manchester! Along the canal, do not miss the London 2012 Olympic city. Go a little further along Victoria Park and if you continue north you will pass by Camden Lock, Regent’s Park and you can even get to Notting Hill.’ (PS This is one of our favourite London cycle routes as well.)

Shorts  – Sisley

Socks – Gap

Blouse – Maje

Wool cardigan – Benny Room

Shoes – Juan Antonio López

Jewellery- Patricia Nicolás

Photos – Kirsty Stevens

Frocks on Bikes Northside Garage Sale Trail

The beautiful ladies of Frocks on Bikes Melbourne are organising another fabulous ride this Saturday 4 June. This time they’re doing a northside garage sale trail – bikes and bargains, what fun!

Join us on Saturday 4th June as we trawl the streets of the inner north hunting down pre-loved salt and pepper shakers and classic movies on VHS. And then assuage any buyer’s regret over lunch. Somewhere in Northcote venue TBD. Meet at Edinburgh Gardens Rotunda at 10am.

The Facebook event details are here. And to whet your appetite for the ride,  here’s a video from the last ride thanks to our blog reader Suzie.

Frocks on Bikes from Suzie Haslam on Vimeo.

The Thousands

The Thousands all around the country ran a story about our Freehands Gloves and even provided a giveaway to their readers!

Winter Cycling Tips

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We hope that the first day of winter hasn’t discouraged you from cycling for the next three months.

Here are some winter cycling tips from Transport for London – they should know, winters in London aren’t exactly mild!

See where you’re going

  • As the nights draw in, it’s important to have good bike lights; white at the front and red at the rear

Be seen

  • Make sure you can be seen in the dark or in bad weather conditions
  • Wearing reflectors and high visibility clothing helps everyone to see you – including pedestrians! Check out CycleStyle’s stylish reflective gear – the Disco-bright legwarmers, Pageant Queen Reflective Sash, Jenny Cycling Cape and hoodies by Pedaler Clothing.

Don’t get wet

  • Investing in a good lightweight waterproof jacket with breathable fibres is always worthwhile. Have a look at Pedaler’s Unisex Microsuede Anorak.

Keep your grip

  • There are a wide range of gloves available, featuring breathable waterproof materials, padded palms, and non-slip brake and gear change fingers, so there’s no excuse for chapped, dry hands! We love Freehands Gloves which keep your hands warm while still enabling you to use your phone, camera or switch gears.

Cover your head

  • The claim that you lose up to 75 per cent of your body heat through your head alone may be a myth, but if you wear a thin ski hat or balaclava under your helmet you’ll be sure to keep your head and ears warm. Why not pop an Otto and Spike beanie under your helmet?

For more tips, click here.

Vintage hued Portland Tweed Ride

The colouring of these photos from the Portland Tweed Ride are reminiscent of an elegant and romantic bygone era. Just lovely.

More photos from BikeRanger’s flickr gallery

Minneapolis Tweed Ride

Some lovely pictures from the Fall Tweed Ride held in Minneapolis, Minnesota. You can also read an article and check out more pictures of the ride here.

Dixon Bikes Dutch-style bikes

We’ve just discovered a new company based in Sydney who are selling Dutch-style bikes called Dixon Bikes.

The bikes have all the essential components for a commuter cyclist – a step through frame for upright posture, porterage via a back rack and front rack and protection from grease and dirt from the fenders, skirt guard and chain guard. They also come for the wallet-friendly price fromn $348 plus shipping.

Do you like the black, red or white?

Parisian elegance

Images by Vanessa Jackman during Paris Fashion Week SS2011. We are very partial to her cycling cape!

Magnificent Revolution

Magnificent Revolution is a not-for-profit education project based in London.

The organisation has been running since the summer of 2007 when they first built a bicycle powered cinema at the Big Chill Festival. MR uses bicycle power generators as educational tools in schools, colleges and communities to help people understand their energy use, its links with power production and climate change.

One of their projects is Cycle-In Cinema. Magnificent Revolution build bike-powered cinemas, from the full Magnificent Cycle Cinema system which uses up to 8 bicycles / 16 legs to power 600W of audio visual equipment for public film screenings or projections to the Pop-up LED Cinema which just 2 bicycles. In 2011, they want to put together 3 free regular Cycle-In Cinemas all over London. A new 10-bike generator will be built as a resource to be lent out to small organisations, schools and charities.

For more information, click here.