Our favourite English claymation characters Wallace and Gromit are in Melbourne for a cracking exhibition at Scienceworks.
If you haven’t been to Scienceworks since you were in school, now is the time to go – it’s fun for young and old and the exhibition celebrates inventiveness and innovation.
Interspersed with the very cool Wallace and Gromit displays is really interesting information about many Australian inventions such as plastic money, the Victa lawn mower and Melbourne’s very own ByK kids bike.
A child’s bike is not simply an adult bike made small. Adult bicycles are made with speed and comfort in mind, while for a child ease and stability are more important. So Warren Key redesigned his kids bike with a lower frame (lower centre of gravity), larger wheels and lighter components (easier to push).
It’s great to see Australian inventiveness celebrated as part of a world-class touring exhibition!
PS If you want to win tickets to visit the Wallace and Gromit’s World of Invention exhibition at Scienceworks, on from 19 May to 11 November, click here.
Melbourne Museum turned on its autumn charm to act as an elegant backdrop for our cycle chic photoshoot.
Here are some behind the scenes shots.
Photographer Johannes Wosilat
Assistant Giulia Capuana
Stylist Elaine Marshall
MakeUp & Hair Nadja Mott
Models Davide Tucci and Monica Foley from London MGT Group
Bikes Lekker Bike and Toyko Bike from Humble Vintage
Clothing and accessories Kings of Carnaby and CycleStyle
We have a thing for duffle coats. Must be our fond memories of wearing a chic navy duffle coat to school in winter.
So duffle coats and bikes make up stop for a second look. Especially a bright red coat paired with patterned tights and a megawatt smile. Almost puts her beautiful green bike in the shade.
Nina certainly turned a few heads when she cycled from Thornbury to the Melbourne CBD with her bike garlanded with flowers. Cycle chic indeed!
She has four different bells and hooters on her handlebars as “people are more likely to get out of the way if they think there’s four bikes coming instead of just one bike!”
Nina completes her eye-catching ensemble with a suede horse-riding helmet. Not technically Australian standard compliant but very stylish.
Frocks on Bikes braved the rain, wind and intermittent sun to ride from coffee shop to cafe in honour of worldwide bike movement Cyclofemme (and Mother’s Day).
Given the wet conditions, we were most obsessed with people’s footwear, hence all the bel0w-the-knee photos. And of course we loved all the bright and cheery frocks!
A fortifying chai for the cold.
The great things about cycling with your kids is that you get to chat about all the things you see along the way.
And look! This stylish mum is wearing a Nutcase Modern Dots helmet.
Spotted on the Capital City trail, Melbourne.
Stephanie cycles with her Gazelle Cabby to do her weekly shop at the CERES organic market, bringing her daughter along for the ride. A happy and healthy family!
This week on the blog we’re celebrating mums on bikes taking over the world!
Today we meet Abby and her son, who’s sporting a Nutcase Flower Power helmet. He loves cycling with his mum and even knows how to ring the bell!
What a stylish mama! Naomi Davis, blogger at Rockstar Diaries, rides a bike with her gorgeous daughter Eleanor.
Here’s an interview with Naomi where she describes her favourite bag – a Linus Sac Bag!
Sueshiro Sana is a ninth-generation Japanese shipwright who produces beautifully hand-crafted wooden bikes out of mahogany.
According to Sana, the bike’s structure is actually improved by the mahogany – the wood lends flex and responsiveness in a way no metal frame ever could, giving riders an increased sense of control. The bike also weighs only 8kg.
A number of his bikes have actually been raced professionally, through all terrains and weather types. Amazing!
via HUH magazine
Mark your diaries for next Friday and Saturday when we’ll be holding our first Finders Keepers Market in Melbourne.
The large market has a new venue this year at the Royal Exhibition Building in Carlton and a new time format too – Friday night 20 April and all day Saturday 21 April.
The market supports local independent creative design. There’s FREE entry for all and the market features live music, with food and bar. It’s a great day out and you can check out a review of a previous Melbourne event here. The markets
Friday 20 April 6pm-10pm
Saturday 21 April 10am – 5pm
Royal Exhibition Building Carlton, between Rathdowne and Nicholson Streets.
How to get there & Public transport info:
Map & how to get there guide is available here.
The markets are free entry and parking is available however it is limited. There is no ATM at the markets and most stalls will trade cash only (though we will have our trusty EFTPOS machine with us).
Cara Waters, journalist and blogger behind food and travel blog Gourmet Chick likes to move from restaurant to cafe to bar by bike.
A Pashley Princess to be exact. What a lovely steed! Here she is heading to afternoon tea dressed in an Indigo stretch dress, Marks and Spencer rope wedge sandals, a Scanlan & Theodore handbag and Yakkay helmet.
Check out the eye-catching trans-seasonal ensemble – a belted trench with faux fur collar/capelet, bare legs, black studded wedges and one candy-bright bike!
via Vanessa Jackman
Does Fitzroy/Collingwood has the greatest density of bike shops per square kilometre in Melbourne?
Being Fitzroy locals we had thought we were familiar with all the bike shops in the area – but just recently we stumbled across Mottainai Cycles.
Cameron Trethowan has been operating Mottainai Cycles for around 6 months now and he doesn’t even know how many bikes he’s got in stock these days.
On weekdays you enter the garage area via a graffitied laneway off Kerr St, while on Sundays he opens the back of his open-air workshop for the Rose Street Artists Markets (Saturday is his day off). Not only does he sell restored bikes, he sells parts, does repairs and hires out bikes as well.
Bikes range from $350 upwards, with this pastel Pashley beauty catching our eye for $800. We’re not supposed to be buying any more bikes…but…
Mottainai Cycles, 41 Kerr St, Fitzroy +61 448884051
Love this photo of a cyclist matching her look with her bike. Stylish and practical trans-seasonal outfit too – tights, slip-on shoes and something floaty on top.
via Atlanta Bicycle Chic
Those shoes, the legs, the bike…
The Faraday bike by IDEO and Rock Lobster Cycles won the People’s Choice Award of The Oregon Manifest Constructor’s Design Challenge, a design and build competition for modern utility bikes.
We love the summery mint green and red colour combination, the beautiful leather frame bag, the wooden fenders and large front rack for easy storage.
We love the luxurious look of this 3-way leather pannier from NYC based designer Kate Bryant under the label Pigeonco.
She also makes a cool tie-dyed denim and leather pannier in a range of colours.