Posted: 1st June 2011
Posted: 1st June 2011
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!
For more tips, click here.
Posted: 26th May 2011
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
Posted: 23rd May 2011
Posted: 28th April 2011
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?
Posted: 27th April 2011
Images by Vanessa Jackman during Paris Fashion Week SS2011. We are very partial to her cycling cape!
Posted: 6th April 2011
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.
Posted: 4th April 2011
Swedish high street label H&M has jumped on their bikes in their Amsterdam flagship store with their interpretation of cycle chic.
We think they’ve done a great job – breezy swing coats and capes for ventilation, layered tops, short skirts or shorts that won’t catch on your wheel or chain, colourful tights to keep your legs warm and a mid-height heel for elegance.
Posted: 25th March 2011
Melbourne loves its fashion and one of the most beloved labels of the city is Genki.
I first visited Genki‘s Cathedral Arcade shop when I arrived in Melbourne way back in 2003. I immediately fell in love with the tiny colourful shop and the adorable aesthetic of their clothing and accessories, especially their ‘I love….’ range of T-shirts (I still own a limited edition tee designed to commemorate the 2006 Commonwealth Games – ‘I love the Games’).
Fast forward to 2010 and I discovered that after a hiatus from the retail world, Genki was reopening with an online store. As I browsed through their collection I realised what was missing – ‘I love cycling’! So on a whim I contacted Chanie Stock, the owner of Genki, and suggested that she launch a cycling t-shirt….and when she did I would stock them in CycleStyle.
Find out more about Chanie and Genki here…
Chanie, tell me a bit more about your background and how you came to start your store and label Genki?
I studied Arts/Law but my true love was always fashion. Even from a very young age I had a very clear aesthetic and dreamed of having my own label. My grandparents worked in the fashion industry so it must be in my blood, but unfortunately they sold the family business when I was just a baby. I got my first job at Portmans when I was only 14 and then continued working in retail all through school and uni and never tired of it.
I decided to leave my job as a lawyer after 2 years to pursue my dream to work in fashion and after a few years as a buyer, I decided to open Genki. Many people though I was crazy as there was nothing like it happening at the time and no one (except the first incarnation of Alice Euphemia) was in Flinders Lane. But I had such a clear vision for Genki – that it break away from traditional retail concepts and be something totally new. I wanted to create a space where it didn’t feel like you were shopping but more like visiting a friend. When I discovered the Cathedral Arcade space I had butterflies in my belly, as I knew it was perfect and then with the amazing design by Six Degrees my dream became real.
I was inspired to sell all the things that I wanted to wear but couldn’t find locally (remember, this was 1998, well before online shopping). The original product mix was Japanese accessories, homewares and clothing, mixed with exclusive UK labels like YMC and US brands, Daryl K and Built by Wendy (which at the time were only available at Genki in Australia). I also tested a few simple styles by the Genki home brand, which to my surprise really took off. So as time went by the Genki label developed into something very special with its own identity and great loyal following.
One of your most popular lines is the ‘I love…’ T-shirts. What’s the story behind how you came to develop that range and your collaboration with Beci Orpin?
This is a funny story which shows how even with a clear business plan things pop up along the way that you never expect.
I had a weird vintage t-shirt from when I was little that said ‘I love talking’ with the strangest illustration of a boy (like those oddball 70s tees that are NQR). At that time I had just started working with Beci, who I met through Misha Hollenbach (who designed the Genki logo and the graphics during the first year). The minute I met Beci I knew she was a kindred spirit. We instinctively understand each other’s language and working with her is effortless and always a joy.
So, back to the “I love..” t-shirts…. I went to Beci with the idea for an “I love talking” tee with a Genki character. It was an instant success. The rest just flowed from there. Soon they had a cult following and even now, 12 years later, people still love them.
When I had the Genki shops, I used to get a lot of inspiration on my trips to Japan. It is a place that truly stimulates all the sense and is an aesthetic paradise. But it also gave me a break from the day to day so my mind would open up to new ideas.
Today I can’t travel as much as I did, but I find inspiration in the simplest of things. Food, nature, films, art, old magazines but mostly inspiring friends. There are some days when I wake up and feel fresh and clearheaded and I know something exciting will happen. I don’t want to get old, dull and boring so I need to keep learning and surrounding myself with innovative people.
You used to have very popular shops in the City and Windsor but now sell only online. What kind of challenges have you faced launching an online store?
Closing the city shop in 2009 was very difficult for me and while it was the right decision I still miss that part of my life. It was such a pleasure to go to work with fantastic staff and wonderful customers and do what I loved most. It wasn’t just about selling fabulous things. We laughed and chatted and built close friendships and a special community. My challenge with the online store is how to preserve some of that magic and create that warmth and familiarity in a virtual space.
It has taken some time, but since I turned the “Genki News” section into the “Genki Blog” so there has been a shift and I sense an online Genki community is forming.
What advice would you give to people wanting to start their own business?
The most important thing is really believing in what your business is about. Be it a product or a service, you must live and breathe it and know it inside out. Following on from that, it must be original and have your own fingerprint or flavour.
Assuming the passion and dedication is there the next step is good planning and discipline. A clear detailed business plan is essential and use the resources you have around you (for example if you have an accountant in the family or someone who has specialist skills). Never be afraid to ask for help.
What are your next plans for Genki?
I would like to develop the Genki Blog to touch on other aspects of life. Not just style, but food, hobbies and funny odd topics.
I will continue producing the “I love..” tees, the striped tees and the basic denim pieces as long as the demand is there. There have been many requests for our fleece hoodies and jumpers so I’m planning to bring them back for winter. My plan in the next 12-24 months is to reach new customers, especially the 18-25 year olds (the most popular age demographic back in the day).
Posted: 24th March 2011
In our travels around Melbourne we’ve often seen enterprising cyclists strap plastic milk crates to the back of their bikes to help carry all those bottles of milk/wine/beer home.
Bowery Lane Bicycles from New York takes this a glamorous step further, by handmaking vintage cruisers with American steel, dual-spring saddles, cork grips – and attaching a wooden crate stamped with their name on the back.
We’re thinking flowers, crusty baguettes and cupcakes in our dream cargo.
Posted: 17th March 2011
Bike blog Melbourne Cycle Chic not only take photos of chic cyclists on the streets of Melbourne, but they have a Featured Fashion section which promotes the bike-friendly couture of local fashion designers.
Their latest Featured Fashion shoot is by Neisha. The collection is inspired by designer Neisha Smith’s travels in Gambia and Senegal and featured fabrics have been hand-dyed in those countries, with 5 per cent of all sales going towards building sustainable artistic business for the Bakau, Gambia community.
Photo: Sudeep Lingamneni for Melbourne Cycle Chic
Posted: 10th March 2011
Posted: 8th March 2011
Sydney-based bike company Vuelo Velo shot their launch video at the Sydney Olympic Velodrome and the city streets of Sydney at 2am.
We think the soundtrack from The Cinematic Orchestra perfectly captures the beauty of night-time riding – and check out the gorgeous twinkling view of the Harbour Bridge!
Posted: 4th March 2011
You would have noticed that CycleStyle only stocks a small range of clothing. This has been a deliberate decision – we simply haven’t found that many cool, stylish clothing ranges for urban cyclists and we’re not going to foist clothes we wouldn’t wear ourselves on our unsuspecting customers.
One of the labels that has made the cut is street-smart Pedaler Clothing, a unisex range coming out of California.
(Images from for the love of bikes)
Posted: 3rd March 2011
Posted: 2nd March 2011
The 2010 San Francisco Bicycle Expo included a cycle chic parade called Pedal Savvy. Bike blog Cyclelicious was there to capture the action – the slide show features all sorts of cool gear, including Nutcase helmets, Dashing Tweeds reflective legwarmers and Po Campo’s handlebar clutch.
Pedal Savvy also produced their own slick and funky video of the event.
Posted: 25th February 2011
From the onset, New York-based Outlier has aimed to achieve the critical goal of providing garments that fulfill both a performance and design quality. In this hypebeast.tv video, we go behind the scenes with brand founders Tyler Clemens and Abe Burmeister to gain a better understanding behind their whole process.
Posted: 23rd February 2011
There’s no better way to cool down after a ride than a dip in the sea.
Bike Fun Melbourne organise regular beach rides. All you have to do is text “beach rides” to 0412703483 or follow @bikefunmelb on Twitter to receive alerts. When it is going to be hot, they will give you 24 hours notice, ride to a Bay beach for fish’n’chips and a swim.
Sounds like a perfect summer’s day to us!
Posted: 22nd February 2011
This morning we’re quite excited to share our latest discovery – Mojo Bikes, a custom build bike store based in Melbourne.
Custom made bike-making businesses are sprouting up all over the place these days, so why are we particularly inspired by Mojo Bikes? Because their video features a leggy Katie Holmes lookalike making eyes at the camera…
…and their photo gallery shows off their colourful bikes, including fixed gear, mixies and some lovely looking ladies step-throughs (Dutchies), against a background of some very recognisable landmarks of our home town – Melbourne Museum, Chinatown, St Kilda beach, Melbourne University and CBD laneways.
Posted: 21st February 2011
After the success of the first Cargo Bike Picnic last year (check out photos here), cargo bike businesses in Melbourne are organising a northside version, this time at Edinburgh Gardens on Sunday 27 February.
The cargo bike picnic is for people who are interested in the cargo bike lifestyle, people who are interested in buying a cargo bike but are unsure about it eg. how heavy it is, how safe, difficult to ride etc. They can look, test and feel the bikes and ask questions.
The people organizing the picnic are the importers of cargo bikes (Cargocycles, Gazelle , Countdown Cargo Bikes, Christiana bikes from PS Bikes, Taga, Kangaroo, Dutch Cargo Bike). People without a cargo bike are very welcome! Just BYO picnic and helmet.
Hopefully you will see me with my Taga and new baby!
Cargo Bike Picnic
Sunday 27 February 11-2pm
Edinburgh Gardens, North Fitzroy (map)