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!
Posted: 11th October 2013
Posted: 10th October 2013
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!)
Posted: 9th October 2013
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.
Posted: 8th October 2013
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.
Posted: 15th September 2013
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.
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.
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.
They are beautifully displayed with placards of information and even using vintage cast iron bike stands.
The collection’s oldest bike is a 1819 Hobby Horse which definitely doesn’t look comfortable.
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!
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.
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.
Posted: 6th September 2013
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.
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.
Posted: 2nd September 2013
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!
Posted: 27th August 2013
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?
Posted: 2nd August 2013
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!
Posted: 29th July 2013
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.
Posted: 25th July 2013
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.
Then as I was snapping her photo at the lights, she turned and smiled at me – and the picture was even better!
Posted: 2nd May 2013
Every year around the world female cyclists get together to celebrate CycloFemme. CycloFemme 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…
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
St Ali Signature Coffee Prizes for best dressed rider, sweetest lady-like bike and the ultimate bargain find!
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
Posted: 4th April 2013
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
Posted: 25th February 2013
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
Posted: 13th February 2013
Posted: 23rd January 2013
Veggie Velo is a business selling vegetarian food by 3 wheeled cargo bike around the streets of Adelaide.
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.
His menu looks just delicious and if you arrive by bike you even receive 10% off!
Posted: 7th January 2013
Posted: 26th November 2012
Love this photo from Barcelona Cycle Chic showing a whole new idea of ‘sharing the road’ – car, taxi, bike, skateboard and dog!
Posted: 23rd November 2012
For Christmas you can purchase with convenience online 24/7 or if you’re in Melbourne we will be popping up in real life at the following markets. Come by for some market-only specials and exclusive market products!
Sunday 1 December – Melbourne Design Market @ Federation Square, Melbourne
The Melbourne Design Market is held twice a year in July and December. Over 10,000 visitors are drawn to its carpark location at Melbourne’s Federation Square, transformed for each occasion into a design show that features the latest in fashion, homewares, furniture, lighting and so much more. Meet the designers, enjoy fine food and coffee, and be part of the Melbourne Design Market’s own style in fostering and promoting design.
Friday 7 December to Sunday 9 December – The Big Design Market @ Royal Exhibition Building, Carlton
The Big Design Market will be the biggest market of its kind in Australia, bringing together the best of independent Australian and international design over 3 huge days. Find fashion and accessories, homewares and textiles, lifestyle and kids products, stationery and books. A unique shopping event not to be missed!
Friday 14 December to Saturday 15 December – Sisters’ Market @ QV Square, Melbourne
Sisters’ Market will be holding a twilight market in QV Square is one of Melbourne’s largest public spaces. QV is an urban precinct giving shoppers the freedom to wander and discover the eclectic mix of shops, cafes and restaurants at their own pace. Shop, have a coffee, grab a drink or sit in QV Square and take it all in!
Posted: 23rd November 2012
Friday is the most relaxed day of the work week for most of us, so what better way to celebrate than with a bike ride and free stuff.
In 2011 Andy White aka cycling personality Fyxomatosis gathered together cyclists from all over Melbourne to create a new World Record for the most bike share bikes in one place at the one time.
In 2012 Cheryl Lin from Business Chic and I joined the group in another world record attempt at En Masse. So we didn’t reach a higher number this year but we did grab our free Melbourne Bike Share bike, pedal our way to uber-sustainable cafe Silo by Joost and enjoyed free coffees (Cheryl was very jittery after drinking numerous coffees in the quest to win a Giant Via bike!), a filling egg sandwich and pork sandwich between the two of us, muffin and a chat with Melbourne’s cycling community.
If you missed En Masse this year then look out for event details in 2013. You can also see more bike goodness from Fyxomatosis at the inaugural Australian Custom Bicycle Show coming up on 1 and 2 December at 167 Gladstone St, South Melbourne.