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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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Ride to Work wear

This photo from Californian bike blog Riding Pretty is the ultimate cycling to work outfit for us. Tonal top and skirt, a neat structured blazer, mid-height heel and of course a beautiful retro bike. 

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.

Cool Cycling Shoes by Tracey Neuls for Toyko Bike

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London-based shoemaker Tracey Neuls have collaborated with Tokyo Bike to celebrate London Fashion Week and London Design Festival.

Many lady cyclists told Tracey that some of the bike shoes on the market weren’t very aesthetically pleasing and so they’ve been taking advantage of Tracey Neuls‘ rubber sole styles to ride around town. 

 

Now Tracey Neuls has produced two designs that are the perfect shape for cycling and have a grey cat’s eye reflective ribbon on the back to keep you safe. The styles have an integrated rubber sole – there’s 1.5 cm of really hard rubber at the base so it’ll take a LOT of wear. The pedal sits right into the heel shape and doesn’t slip.

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The Tokyo Bike collaboration shoes include the GEEKS (pictured above on the bike) in brown or black leather with reflective cat’s eye ribbon, at £165 and FERN (no image yet) a heeled lace up boot in grey leather with black rubber sole and cat’s eye ribbon at £250. 

Wooden Crate for the Back

How do you tote around your gear on your bike?

We like this guy’s style – a vintage wooden crate bolted onto the back rack of the bike. He’s even attached a tail light on it!

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How many cars did you pass today?

The Bicycle Channel filmed one cyclist’s commute from Essendon to the Melbourne CBD. 

He added up the cars he overtook and subtracted the ones passing him – and in total beat 589 vehicles into the city! Think how much better it would be for all commuters, drivers especially, if there were more bikes around.

How many cars did YOU pass today? 

Winter cycle chic with a hooded parka

Just because it’s winter doesn’t mean you can’t get warm and cosy on your bike. Just rug up in a hooded parka, faux fur lining and pom poms optional and ride with a big smile on your face!

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Getting ready to ride to work…Johnston St, Fitzroy

I snapped Kate just was she was getting ready to ride to work. I liked the small details of her cycle chic look – the blue step-through has matching fenders and even a blue bungee cord wrapping up her white back basket. Her easy breezy outfit is perfect for cycling – layers on top, a flippy skirt and winter tights tucked into boots with a sturdy heel.

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And then she smiled at me…Cycling Style on Johnston St, Fitzroy

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I loved everything about this cute, sparky outfit by this chic lady cyclist in Fitzroy, from the unusual helmet to sparkly backpack to the jellybean blue shoes.

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Then as I was snapping her photo at the lights, she turned and smiled at me – and the picture was even better!

 

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

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

Designer cycling style in Tokyo

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You can wear designer clothes and go shopping for designer gear while looking effortlessly chic on a bike. Love this photo from Tokyo by by Jack Jurczy?skiego

 

Love in Soho

Engagement photo session with the couple taking to their bikes in Soho, New York. By KT Merry Photography 
 
 

Veggie Velo – Vegetarian food by cargo bike in Adelaide

 

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Veggie Velo is a business selling vegetarian food by 3 wheeled cargo bike around the streets of Adelaide. 

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Veggie Velo is powered by a Frenchman by the name of Manu who has worked in many of Adelaide’s vegetarian restaurants and cafés. Manu loves bikes and food so much that he thought of combining both passions and now provides  high quality, healthy vegetarian food in all corners of the city. 

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His menu looks just delicious and if you arrive by bike you even receive 10% off!

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Kerri Russell Rides a Gazelle

Actress Kerri Russell rides a Dutch Gazelle bike around New York City in various relaxed and chic outfits. Especially love the big floppy hat!

 

Transport for everyone

Love this photo from Barcelona Cycle Chic showing a whole new idea of ‘sharing the road’ – car, taxi, bike, skateboard and dog!