Posts tagged: Bike Fashion

Runway to Bike Lane - 10 Chic Helmets

Runway to Bike Lane - 10 Chic Helmets
Walk into the typical Local Bike Shop (LBS) and you're unlikely to find one good-looking lid, let alone 10 chic helmets in the latest colors. So I rounded up a selection of stylish head-protectors that are perfectly on-trend for the Fall 2014 season, based on this highly-researched report from a top fashion forecasting agency. Here are ten cool helmets that'll turn your bike lane into a runway.

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Ride A Bike In A Skirt And Top From Iladora

Ride A Bike In A Skirt And Top From Iladora
Cute outfit for riding a bike

I'm a big fan of Iladora Apparel's Perfect Bike Pant. (Seriously, there is nothing better for a drizzly commute or a sloshy wine party.) So it's pretty effing cool that the brains behind the label have added two more bike-able items to the line.


Naturally, Iladora head designer Ilana Siegelman set her sights on a skirt you can a bike in. And it's a different approach than the bike-to-work skirts from Iva Jean and BetaBrand.


Instead of providing pedaling room with zippered gussets, this skirt is cut in a subtle A-line. Although if you're curvy like me, it fits more like a straight skirt. The new Mindy Skirt is made out of the same durable, quick-dry, 4-way stretch material as the Perfect Bike Pant. 


According to the photographer, the shaped hemline prevents the dreaded Underpants Flash. Also the skirt is cut slightly longer in back, although again, if you're curvy like me, the difference is very subtle. 


Also new to the line is the Lisa Top. Think of it as a t-shirt that leveled up in style and function. It's made of an antimicrobial bamboo-cotton blend that fights stinkiness and dries quickly. I mean, human beings sweat. It happens. Sometimes when you bike pretty you bike sweaty too, you know? 


Your fancy bike attire needs to work as hard as you do. Also, this shirt is as comfortable as an old broken-in tee, but looks way more stylish. Are formal t-shirts a thing? I'd definitely put this one in the dressy category.


Photography: John Chavez   Model: Alicia Forbrich

Jewelry: Rachael Kinsey Designs   Bike: Public Bikes


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Londoners who Cycle support LCC's latest Space for Cycling campaign

Londoners who Cycle support LCC's latest Space for Cycling campaign

Last month, I received a rather funny email. "You're the first people I think of when I think 'tandem,' " wrote Anna of the nonprofit organization, London Cycling Campaign.

I hadn't realized our racing tandem, dorkily lovingly covered in tweed since the 2013 Tweed Run, had reached such levels of ubiquity.

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What Anna wanted to know was whether we'd participate in a photo shoot of Londoners who Cycle, for LCC's Space for Cycling campaign.  The answer was obviously yes.  Any opportunity to show off my top-tube pattern-making skills and penchant for More Prints Than the Eye Can Handle is one I'll take, thankyouverymuch.

Really though, LCC's raison d'être is something any cyclist in London could easily get behind.

Their enthusiastic team works round-the-clock to campaign every local council candidate "to support one specific action to create safe Space for Cycling in their area."  Yep, you read that right.  There are people out there whose full-time job is to make local government candidates prioritize the needs of cyclists on London streets.  

And oh, are we a needy bunch. For anyone who has cursed at a double-decker (or six) that whizzed past mere inches from their handlebars, only to have to ride around them when they all stop at the next station 100 meters down the road, or wheezed at the exhaust from the twenty-odd lorries that fly by during an average daily commute,  LCC is basically heaven-sent.

Read more about the campaign here - and, if you're a LDNer, type in your postcode here to see how you can get involved locally. Below is a series of our favorite looks from the shoot, expertly snapped by photographer Steve Rutherford.

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Bike Pretty at SPIN London

Bike Pretty at SPIN London

Bikes?  Check.  Good coffee?  Check.  Pretty things, nice people?  Check. We took a spin (har har) through SPIN London last weekend, a biannual event now in its third edition, and came back with this summary of our favourite bike pretty products, people, and moments to share with you.

Starting with none other than...

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1. Michaux Club.  A former technical designer, Bike Pretty muse Rachel Bonney set the bar high when she launched her cycle-minded bag line Michaux Club in 2011. Hey that's her!  Check out that smile, and smart merchandising. 

But she doesn't make just bags.  A new version of Michaux Club's stellar Lightsaber bar tape debuted at SPIN, replete with neat double rows of perforated holes that reveal the reflective material underneath - a concept that began with Rachel's Zodiac bag series.

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Three colours!  Wow.  Is it obvious our vote lies with the gold? your bars will glow ominously in the dark.

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I loved glowsticks on halloween as a kid, so this takes me back to happy memories of trick-or-treating. Except on my bike. Everyday. And who doesn't wish everyday was halloween?

Rachel also featured some snazzy tassel keyring charms in the same colour palette as the bar tape.

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Tinged with reflective 3M silver, they really bring the hi-viz whimsy.  I liked them so much I bought two (one for me, one for Melissa, natch).  It goes great with my vintage Bonnie Cashin for Coach satchel, pictured above right (via Michaux Club's instagram feed).

And with another extra-special satchel, that you'll hear about soon.


2. Otto London. Londoners will likely be familiar with this line of urban ponchos, which come in an array of colours.  In my bike pretty world, there's two kinds of capes: those to wear in an absolute downpour, and those to wear on a regular basis, to help block wind chill whilst maintaining a sense of movement and ease on the bike.

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Despite the fact that I live in London, I'm often in the latter type.  And this denim version of Otto's signature style ticks all the right boxes.

The dark material is versatile and weighty, giving it just the right amount of swing.  And it's treatable, too, with otter wax or any other water-proofing process, for the repellant-inclined.

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Functional details like the two-way zip, internal handlebar straps and zipped chest pocket make it perfectly suited to cycling, and conveniently hidden when you're not. All in all, I felt just like Anne St. Marie in Balmain, circa 1955.

And what's not Bike Pretty about that?_________________________________________________________________________________________________

3. Hovding. We've all seen those slow-mo vids of the much-hyped Hovding Airbag for Cyclists, circulating on design blogs across the internets for what feels like years.  But did you know Hovding's design is proven to be three times more effective in a crash than leading industry helmets?  Protecting the noggin is a very Bike Pretty concept indeed.

Styled on the Euro-predilection for layered scarves, Hovding¬†Marketing Manager Patricia M√ľller modelled the paisley version for us here.

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Scandinavian genes.  It's a real thing, guys. _________________________________________________________________________________________________

4. Lflect.  If you've gone internet-hunting for pretty solutions to hi-viz in the past few years, chances are you've come across L-Flect's Chanel-inspired chain.

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What you may not have seen is the rest of adorable designer Elena Corchero's (pictured here) line, which includes a vast array of other like-minded, witty-chic accessories.

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Retro-inspired shoe clips, pins, reflective-threaded knits and more filled her SPIN stand.

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I love a mustard-hued glove.  With a subtle, detachable hi-viz bow; even better.

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My BP vote lies with the 3M reflective kiltie, and the hi-viz polka dot T-shirts.  I think the latter concept could be spun off into any manner of dotted materials and products, however.  Corchero should just go dotty.

Always a good look, if you ask me.


5. Tracy Neuls Bike footwear line.  Nominated for the London Design Museum's 2014 Designs of the Year exhibit, Neuls' capsule range of bike-oriented styles combine her signature quirky sensibility with resilient materials and subtle hi-viz details.

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Our favourite is the George Chelsea Boot, pictured here at Spin in two materials: vegetable-tanned leather that only gets better with pedal-scuffed age (taupe on right), and the black suede style on the left.

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Glass beads are melted onto the surface and then coated with resin, lending a supple granular aspect to the surface that ultimately yields a versatile, lo-fi take on these babies that lit up fashion week streets of recent seasons.  Suffice it to say Neuls' design will probably stand up to the elements, and your bike, much better.

Not to mention eliminate the shedding problem that comes with glitter footwear.

Photo courtesy of Tracy Neuls. 


6. Tokyobike. Let's face it: bike shops are not usually an aesthetically pleasing experience.  East-London based Tokyobike breaks that tacit rule however, and their SPIN stand was no exception with its reliably minimal, multi-brand offering.  Plus, it led to another Karina T. Jones sighting, which is always a thrill.

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Their thoughtful palette of SAHN helmets paired well with Tokyobike's eponymous frame line.

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And you know we love a pastel helmet palette.


7. Festka custom-built road frames. Specifically, this one embellished by artist Jan Kalab.

There are no words.

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and of course, our favourite Bike Pretty star of east London, Jenni Gwiazdowski of London Bike Kitchen!

Posing with another *ace* Festka frame:

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The next edition of SPIN takes place 5th-7th of December 2014.  Hope to see you there!

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