Specialty Wooden Pedals by Wotz

These beautiful wooden bike-pedals caught my eye a while back. They are handmade in Arezzo, Italy, a teeny-tiny town in Tuscany. I passed through there on my way to the Perugia Chocolate festival a few years ago and found it to be typically charming and very sleepy on a Sunday afternoon.

The pedals are made of beech wood by local artisans under the label Wotz. A second style has the minimal look of a child’s building blocks. Both types of pedals are shipped in a specially made wooden box that doubles as a top tube case. I love the look of the polished wood against the rusted-out metal.

While wood seems like an unconventional material for pedals, it’s not without precedent; wooden bobbin pedals were made in the 1870′s and a rubber shortage during WWII lead to some bikes being outfitted with wooden pedal blocks.

Available on Etsy.

Kelly Style: A Fifties Romper Gets A Cycling Update

Kelly’s Cycle-in-Style Summer tip no. 1:

“Layer a 50s/60s-era beach romper over padded bike shorts for a long-ride look that’s both quirky and practical. I love me a good vintage romper. Felt like a genius when I realized it was perfect for cycling. They’re actually more useful for that, as you and I both know how much I go to the beach (um never) and it’s too ass-hanging-out-y to wear on the street without modesty shorts….so perfect!”

Well put, Kelly! And thanks for the style inspiration for this set. I can’t wait to try it out myself.

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Clockwise from top left: La Fee Verte Ikat Jumper, Stop Staring Sailor Playsuit, Quicksilver Spring Swan Romper, Low Rise Padded Spankie & Cycling Pro Padded Shorts from Aerotech, Primal Wear Sparrow Bike Shorts


Handmade Cycling Corset

Photo credit: Erin Browner


San Francisco’s Tweed Ride proved to be the best occasion to give my cycling corset a proper airing. Fortunately, The Bold Italic showed up.

After a hiatus of a year and half, the Tweed Ride finally returned to San Francisco on June 3rd, 2012. Erin Browner was there to photograph the wooly affair and she did an amazing job on this photo essay.

Of course dressing up for a bike ride is its own reward, but I was truly honored to see my handmade corset featured in the photo story. I made the purple plaid beauty a few years ago when I was attending FIT International Fashion Design program in Florence, Italy. It was actually a homework assignment!


Biking in Napa

Lauren rides a bike in Napa.

Photo Credit: Addie


I’ve never seen my friend Lauren on a bike here in San Francisco, but she went to Napa last weekend and sent me this gorgeous snapshot.

Thanks for the sweet photo, Lauren. You look amazing!

After the Tweed Ride

After the Tweed Ride

Photo Credit: Jonathan Gaull

I’d like to say that I dressed up specially for the San Francisco Tweed Ride we’d just been on, but actually I dress like this all the time.

I’m posing in front of my prettiest bike: a belt-drive bamboo beauty that I made at the Bamboo Bike Studio in San Francisco. The mural was on the side of the Sycamore, but it has since been painted over.