A very wet day didn’t deter a group of intrepid women joining us for another Westie Women food ride with The Squeaky Wheel.
The second edition of ‘Boun appetito by bike’ visited some slightly different venues to the previous ride as we celebrated everything Italian in the inner west with tour guide Joyce Watts of CycleStyle and MEL: HOT OR NOT.
First stop was Ovest for warming hot chocolates and potato doughnuts with chocolate mousse. Ovest were even kind enough to open up especially for us as they don’t usually trade during Saturday lunch times.
Second stop was Fox in the Corn for plates of steaming hot pasta. They even have bikes hung up as wall decoration so it’s the perfect stop for a bike tour!
Last stop was T Cavallaro and Sons for an Italian (or technically Sicilian) sweet. Always a crowd favourite, their cannoli are the best in Melbourne.
The June rides are now open for bookings! If you’re a woman who lives, works or plays in Melbourne’s inner west join me for a 1.5 hour cycling tour of the best food in the area for only $15 (including tour and tastings).
The sun was shining yet again for our latest Westie Women food ride with The Squeaky Wheel.
‘Boun appetito by bike’ celebrated everything Italian in the inner west with tour guide Joyce Watts of CycleStyle and MEL: HOT OR NOT.
In the 1950s Footscray was a centre for Italian migrants. Sixty years later eleven female cyclists joined Joyce to experience how Italian cuisine has been reinterpreted for modern Australians with a three course meal by bike.
First stop Ovest for charcuterie, cheese and breads.
Wheelie Good Day is a community gathering and street party in Melrose Street North Melbourne and it’s on this Sunday 1 May 11am-4pm.
The day is all about educating and training families to ride a bike plus a full with a program of workshops, tours and fun!
We’ll be there with the Book Swap Bike, a Christiania cargo bike filled with secondhand children’s books and a pop up reading lawn. Families are invited to either bring a book to swap, to borrow a book to read together or to participate in colouring-in and/or craft activities.
Other fun activities include:
Face painting & bike decorating for KIDS
Bike doctors and skills course for KIDS
Pimp your bike workshop for TEENS
Bike skills course & tours of the local area for ADULTS
As Christmas creeps closer our market schedule gets busier – and we’re kicking off with The Upmarket, Melbourne’s newest design market.
The outdoor market is held in the forecourt between the Malthouse Theatre and the Australian Centre for Contemporary Art in Southbank every 1st and 3rd Saturday of the month, rain hail or shine.
Stallholders are picked by a design panel, with a focus on local emerging designers and producers, and divided into three precincts – the Design District, the Larder and the Heart of Dining. At each market there’s a revolving selection of furniture, lighting, homewares, accessories, fashion, jewellery, ceramics, food and produce vendors plus free children’s and adults creative workshops.
We’ll be at The Upmarket with lots of cycling goodies and market-only specials at the next market, Saturday 7 November 9am-4pm!
Notabag is a smart combination of a bag and a backpack. With a single pull on the straps, it transforms itself from a sleek eco-friendly reusable bag to an easy-to-carry backpack. Its versatility allows you to carry it in your hands as well as comfortably on your shoulders. We’re so excited to be the first Australian retailer of the Notabag!
The Notabag idea was born during Adnan Alicusic’s trip to the local farmers market. It was one of those situations that we can all identify with – the grocery bag filled up very quickly and he still had to ride his bike home.
Things got pretty tricky once he found himself in the middle of busy city traffic, trying to manoeuvre a bike with a heavy shopping bag on the handlebar, bumping against the front wheel. At that moment, he started visualising how a simple bag could be transformed into a backpack.
After spending months of prototyping and testing, Adnan and his friend and fashion designer Ilaria Gregianin, introduced a smart way to combine a bag and a backpack as a Kickstarter project. The Notabag even folds up into a small pocket for those times when you need a bag unexpectedly!
It is made in Europe from cotton and rip-stop nylon. The fabric provides the product with sturdiness and soft touch of cotton fabric, yet it is still lightweight and water-resistant like the rip-stop nylon.
Notabag has been nominated for a German design award and ranked as Frankfurt’s Top 10 startups in 2015. They recently collaborated with Swedish bike brand Bookman to make a reflective Notabag especially for cyclists. We think you’ll love it as much as we do!
Explore the global cuisines of the inner west this winter while getting out and exploring the west on your bike. What better way to stay warm than pedalling your way from one gastronomic delight to the next?
Join us over ninety minutes for the Westie Winter Warmers ride on Saturday 18th July for a discovery tour of local specialities. We’ll be kicking off at 12:30pm in Footscray and I will introduce some of my favourite local purveyors of delicious warming lamb skewers, Salvadorean papusas, croissants and hot chocolate and cannoli.
This is one bicycle tour that won’t be leaving you hungry and as a bonus, you’ll also be building your confidence getting around the west on a bike with a bunch of like-minded ladies as we pedal around Footscray.
There’s only ten places on this ride. Tickets are $10 per person (lots of food included!) and they’ll fill up fast so be sure to book your ticket and make sure you don’t miss out. Is there a better way to spend a wintery Saturday afternoon?
*Discount does not apply to Bikerax, Lekker, preorders or gift vouchers. Usual shipping calculations apply – you will receive free shipping if your total order is $150 or more after the discount is applied to your shopping cart. Australian orders only.
Bookman is a Stockholm based brand that makes accessories for bicycles and for the people on them.
Inspired by the bustling bike life of the European metropolis, the focus is the urban bicyclist, for whom style is as important as function.
We share a mission to inspire more people to take up biking and to make life in the saddle more enjoyable for everyone that does. Here’s a peek at their Grand Collection lookbook, which features the Bookman Lights and Clip-On Reflectors.
We’re excited to announce that fashion and cycling blogger Vélo-à-Porter will be guest posting for CycleStyle in the coming months.
Sarah Imm is the brains behind the popular blog – and is fact a customer of ours! The goal of Vélo-à-Porter is to inspire and encourage more women to bicycle as lifestyle, not just as sport. Sarah’ style is so inspiring, particularly as she gets about town with her children.
In this post, she tells us about her Fridays with her son on the Nihola, a cargo tricycle.
The program is for ‘interested but concerned’ women who have basic bike skills and who would like to gain the knowledge and confidence to ride for transport.
Delivered over 3 sessions, participants will receive bicycle skills training, road rule education and route planning advice. The final session will be a fun social ride, introducing you to the safest and most direct routes for amenities in your local area.
Places are limited to 22 participants and participants are strongly encouraged to attend all three sessions to get the maximum benefit.
Saturday 16 May, 2pm – 4pm
Saturday 23 May, 2pm – 4pm
Saturday 30 May, 2pm – 4.30pm
The first two sessions will meet at the Footscray Bike Shed, Mills Close, Footscray (next to Building K, Footscray Park Campus of Victoria University). BOOK HERE.
Who do you design for? Are you inspired by a certain personality / look when coming up with ideas?
I design for style-conscious urban citizens who want to look good while travelling by bicycle or scooter but don’t want to wear the ugly yellow hi-vis vests. The idea is to be able to do this through a Henrichs garments, they can wear this over what they would normally wear, so it’s practical, safer and still looks good. The cape for instance is my flagship product and the reason why I launched Henrichs.
When I was a fashion student in Paris I was fascinated by the Schoeller reflective material and designed the cape for myself to cycle with. Since then I had so many people asking me where I got it from so I decided to produce it and the rest is history!
Are you a keen cyclist?
Yes, I always cycle it’s the best transport way in cities nowadays!
Describe your personal style?
I am a chic french girl with a practical german touch.