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Buon Appetito by Bike #2 with The Squeaky Wheel – Westie Women Food Rides in May

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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.

Ovest West Footscray

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!

Fox in the Corn Footscray

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.

T Cavallaro and Sons Footscray

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).

Westie Women Food Rides are a Maribyrnong City Council Gender Equity Initiative. 

Buon Appetito by Bike with The Squeaky Wheel – Westie Women Food Rides in May

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The sun was shining yet again for our latest Westie Women food ride with The Squeaky Wheel.

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‘Boun appetito by bike’ celebrated everything Italian in the inner west with tour guide Joyce Watts of CycleStyle and MEL: HOT OR NOT.

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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.

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First stop Ovest for charcuterie, cheese and breads.

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bike tours melbourne

Second stop Honeycomb Hideout for pizza and a group photo!

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bike tours melbourne

Last stop dessert at Slice Girls West.

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bike tours melbourne

Look out for booking information for the June rides soon!

Westie Women Food Rides are a Maribyrnong City Council Gender Equity Initiative. 

Creative Kids Bike Parking Design Competition in Maribyrnong

Maribyrnong City Council Bike Parking Design competition

Maribyrnong City Council are inviting Primary and Secondary school students within the municipality to design a work of art that can function as a place to park their bike.

The winning designs will be installed within the City of Maribyrnong plus there are over $1,700 worth of prizes.

There are two major prizes to be won – one for Primary students and one for Secondary students – which consist of:

  • A brand new bike and bike accessory pack from Ted’s Cycles in Footscray and
  • A $250 voucher courtesy of Highpoint Shopping Centre

The Runner up in each category will also win a $250 Highpoint voucher.

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Designs will be assessed on originality, aesthetic appeal, functionality as a bike rack and connection to Maribyrnong by a panel of expert judges including:

The competition is open to primary and secondary students (from Prep to Year 12) living or studying within the City of Maribyrnong.

Students may enter online or fill out the official promotional flyer, located at select cafes, shops and libraries around the City and send in by mail or deliver in person to Council.

The competition opened on Tuesday 26 April and runs until 5pm Friday 10 June.

Click here for full Competition Terms & Conditions and Privacy Collection Statement.

Wheelie Good Day North Melbourne – Sunday 1 May 2016

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
  • Long kick and handball competitions with North Melbourne Football Club
  • Knitting, knotting and weaving with a POM POM workshop
  • Hip Hop Street Show by Jason Coleman’s Ministry of Dance students!
  • Bike Tuneups from GOOD CYCLES
  • Fix a Flat with PONY BIKES
  • Bike Engraving from VIC POLICE
  • Street Mural suggestion workshop
  • CARGONE COURIERS Bike Boom Box
  • Delicious food & coffee from POCKET CAFE
  • ROLL UP Bicycle Valet Parking
  • $1 MAMMOTH ice cream, on a bike
  • BIKE n’ BLEND pedal powered Smoothies

See you there!

 

Wheelie Good Day

Sunday 1 May 2016 11am-4pm

Melrose Street, between Erskine and Canning Streets, North Melbourne

FREE event

Chalktrail for bikes and scooters – creative fun on your bike

Watch the Chalktrail in action!

Chalktrail installation instructions

CycleStyle at The Upmarket – Saturday 7 November

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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.

The Upmarket FB Tile

We’ll be at The Upmarket with lots of cycling goodies and market-only specials at the next market, Saturday 7 November 9am-4pm!

The Upmarket

Malthouse Theatre/ACCA forecourt

111 Sturt St, Southbank

9am-4pm

Introducing the Notabag – the bag that converts into a backpack from Frankfurt, Germany

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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!

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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!

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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!

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Bicycle Wine Rack and Circus Bike Tricks!

Bike acrobat Maxime Poulin, a cycling artist in the Cirque de Soleil, straps a Bicycle Wine Rack to his bike while he does tricks to see if it will stay on.

Watch to see if it passes the test….

Riding in the Rain with RockiNoggins

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Have you been caught in the rain riding your bike?

RockiNoggins bike helmet covers protect you from sun, wind and rain, not to mention turning your helmet into a stylish accessory.

Here’s a fun video showing off their weather resistant helmet covers which are all designed with your style and safety in mind. #ridinintherain

Westie Women’s Foodie Rides – Bookings now open!

Thanks to Maribyrnong City Council we’ve teamed up with The Squeaky Wheel to bring you the Westie Winter Warmers ride, the first in a series of foodie cycling tours for women exploring Melbourne’s west.

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?

Book Your Ticket12:30 – 2:00 Saturday July 18th

Westie Women’s Foodie Rides is a Maribyrnong City Council Gender Equity initiative


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Meet at D’Asian carpark,  Cnr Hopkins St & Moore St, Footscray

EOFY Flash Sale!

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EOFY FLASH SALE!

We’re celebrating another big year with a End of Financial Year sale! Receive 20% off everything* until midnight 30 JuneJust enter EOFY2015 as the coupon on the checkout page.

*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.

SHOP THE SALE NOW

Bookman Sweden’s Grand Collection Lookbook Video

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.

Grand Collection Lookbook from Bookman on Vimeo.

Introducing Sarah Imm from Vélo-à-Porter

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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 Sweet Cycle cycling food tour with The Squeaky Wheel

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Maribyrnong City Council regularly run ‘Westside Discovery Tours’, a series of FREE tours for locals and visitors to introduce them to the secrets of Melbourne’s west side. (Read about some of their previous tours here and here).

Joyce from CycleStyle led a delicious tour with The Squeaky Wheel to discover some of the Westside’s best pastries, cakes, desserts and sweets. Here are some of our pics!

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First stop – Footscay’s iconic Olympic Doughnuts for fresh jam doughnuts. Only 80c each!

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Second stop – Sourdough Kitchen Seddon, the only bakery in Melbourne that make sourdough pastries. Needless to say we packed doggie bags for takeaway.

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Love the street art just around the corner too.

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Cycling through the backstreets of Seddon to Yarraville.

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Third stop – Amazing cakes from Cobb Lane, an artisan bakery and patisserie in Yarraville Village. The tiramisu gets our vote!

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Busy bakers making their famous doughnuts.

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Fourth stop – right next door is Hello Gelo, one of the few ice cream stores in the west that make their product on site. Their most popular flavour? Salted caramel.

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Final stop – T Cavallaro & Sons for best cannoli in Melbourne. Here’s proprietor Tony Cavallaro presenting a cannoli cake!

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Also try the amaretti – they grind the almonds themselves and it creates a gorgeous chewy texture without the fake almond essence taste.

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 Keep an eye out on our blog and The Squeaky Wheel‘s website for information about more cycling food tours in Melbourne’s west!

Oopsmark Bicycle Wine Rack – Made in Montreal video

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The makers of our bestselling Bicycle Wine Rack was recently featured in a documentary series that focuses on makers in Montreal Canada and the neighbourhoods they come from.

The video gives a behind the scene look into the Oopsmark workshop where they make our bicycle wine racks! Plus all the music was made by Oopsmark‘s founder Jesse Herbert.

Westie Women on Wheels – Free bike program of women of Melbourne’s west

I’m so excited to work with The Squeaky Wheel  to launch ‘Westie Women on Wheels‘, a FREE cycling skills program for  women who live or work in Melbourne’s west.

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.

Westie Women on Wheels has been made possible with the support of the Maribyrnong Community Grants program.

Interview with Sara Henrichs from Hendrichs UK

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Sara Henrichs, the founder of reflective fashion collection Henrichs, spoke to online magazine  ‘It’s Rude to Stare’ about her inspirations.

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.

 

 

 

 

Wingman Backpack Garment Bag – Features video

The Wingman Backpack was designed to transport business suits, dresses, shirts, ipads and accessories with the convenience and comfort of a backpack.

Tandem NY Skirtweight – Video Review by Bike Stylish

The Tandem NY  Skirtweight is a nifty gadget for holding down your skirt (or blouse or bag) while you ride.

Here’s a short video review by Bike Stylish.

Little Sparrow Market – Federation Square Sunday 1 February 2015

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Our first market of the year will be at Melbourne’s iconic Federation Square. Come and check out 60 designers and makers with gorgeous goods at Little Sparrow Market.

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Little Sparrow Market

Federation Square Atrium

Sunday 1 February 10am-5pm