Posts tagged: Pretty Bike
A serendipitous Instagram hashtag led me to a mysterious post showing the prettiest bike I think I've ever seen. But it took some more internet-sleuthing to trace this stunning leather bike collection by Australia's Coco Republic.
Of course, Coco Republic is not a bicycle manufacturer. (In general, the bike industry is heavily influenced by road cycling and mountain biking. Everyday transportation biking is often treated as an after-thought and doesn't get a whole lot of design love.)
Rather, Coco Republic is a furniture and interior design firm. They live and breathe beautiful, functional design. Their taste level is sky high.
And the designers behind the label are exquisitely aware that bicycles are no longer relegated to the non-existent garages of city-dwellers.
Bikes are taking their (rightful) place inside of our homes. So why not turn a bike into a beautiful piece of mobile furniture?
[The bikes] are made of high grade aluminum frames but are upholstered beautifully by hand, in stunning tan Argentinian leather.
This limited edition range is only available in Australia for a short time and is almost sold out
Look at the beautiful molded leather on the chain-guard. Notice the way the stitching along the tubes creates a delicate little motif. The thread reminds us that the work is made by hand, by a skilled artisan.
This sort of attention to detail is so inspiring to me. Even the mini leather pannier and hand pump match the rest of the bike. Who wouldn't want to give pride of place to a bike this beautiful?
photos via Papillionaire Bicycles
I'm finding more and more options for stylish city bikes. Recently, I came across Papillionaire Bicycles.
Comfortable and easy to maneuver through narrow streets, these are great bikes for people who are just starting to live the cycle chic Bike Pretty lifestyle.
Based in Australia,Papillionaire–rhymes with millionaire–Bicycles recently opened an outpost in Brooklyn. Now they can ship their gorgeous step-throughs and diamond frames around the US.
The prices are quite reasonable too. You can get a brand new, awesome looking bike for under $800.
A couple weeks ago, they very generously lent one of their Sommer bikes to me. Look for a review (and photo shoot) coming soon!
Photos via Urban Outfitters
Design Your Own Bike With Urban Outfitters
Let's face it, most bikes are ugly. You know it's true. Even I have an ugly bike. Worth every penny and amazing to ride. But every time I see her, I catch myself thinking, "Why can't you be more like your sister, The Bambeauty?"
Or I start dreaming of my next bike. She's sure to be some sort of upright, Dutch-style with lovely swooping lines and a built-in rear rack that'll accommodate a friend or two. Oh, and skirt guards. Must have skirt guards!
While I'm scheming to de-uglify my road bike, there's alway plenty of bicycle eye candy on Pinterest.
Take this collaboration between Urban Outfitters and Republic Bikes. Going strong since 2009, these inexpensive city bikes have style to spare.
I whiled away the better part of an hour designing my dream bike, but I had the most fun by hitting the "random" button and seeing the variations go spinning across the screen.
Also, how cute are those rompers? Check out Kelly's advice for rocking a vintage romper while riding your bike.
Dutch Design: A Flat Pack Wood Bike
The plywood Sandwichbike began seven years ago as a concept bike by Bleiijh, a Dutch design studio. Yes, the Internetz are littered with the brittle bones of cool-looking concept bikes that never saw the light of production.
These metal and plywood single speed bikes are designed to be shipped in an Ikea-style flat pack.
Everything needed for assembly, including the tools, is included in the package. Trust me, it's awesome to ride a rad-looking bike and tell people that you built it yourself.
And while I love the beauty of the natural wood, the surface is also a natural canvas. Just customize the panels before building your bike.