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Flower power cycle chic in Collins Street Melbourne

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 does CycloFemme on Mother’s Day

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.

Out shopping

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!

Mums on bikes – Flower Power

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!

Rockstar Diaries Rides a Bike

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!

Sanomagic Wooden Bicycle


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


Finders Keepers Melbourne – 20 and 21 April

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).

Gourmet Chick cycles to afternoon tea

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. 


Faux fur and candy brights

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

Urban cowgirls

via Style Quotient

Mottainai Cycles – Vintage Bikes in Melbourne

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

Hot Pink

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

That hair!

Those shoes, the legs, the bike…


Faraday Bike – winning modern utility 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.

Mobile Garden

via Italian Cycle Chic

Leather pannier

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.

Bike Runway and Levis Commuter Line Preview

LEVI’S® launched their Commuter capsule range in the US last year and it’s coming to Australia in April.

To coincide with the Australian launch LEVI’S® have just released a short film featuring a dashing young man riding and showcasing the attributes of LEVI’S® cycling jeans, such as reinforced fabric for longer lasting jeans, odour reducing stretch fabric and a higher waistband at the back.

Folks in Melbourne can preview the collection at Bike Runway – part of Melbourne Bike Fest and the LMFF Cultural
Program. Bike Runway is on tonight at 1000£Bend, 361 Little Lonsdale St, Melbourne.

Besides the LEVI’S® preview the event will showcase the best in Melbourne bike fashion, the city’s most stylish bikes, and give attendees the chance to flaunt their own bike style on the runway.

Melbourne Bike Festival Bike Runway
Thursday March 15, 6 – 9 pm
1000£Bend – 351 Little Lonsdale St, Melbourne
For tickets head to

Bikes and a blazer

This picture of fashion designer Gretchen Jones (winner of Project Runway in the US) shows how stylish the classic blazer and shorts combo can look on a bike.

You can read an interview with Gretchen about cycling around New York here.

Bikefest Village Picnic – Saturday 10 March

Bikefest fun continues the whole month of March with their next big event, the Bikefest Village Picnic in conjunction with the Melbourne Food and Wine Festival.

The day promises to be everything we love in one place – grassy lawns, cargo bikes, food, music, games plus face-painting and a cake baking competition via Rad Rebel Riders Bikefest Bake Sale (judging at 1.30pm next to the Feast table).

We’ll see you there, on our bikes, with a plate to share!

Mercator Lawn, Abbotsford Convent
1 St Heliers Street, Abbotsford
Enter from Gate 2

Optional goldcoin donation on entry