Posts tagged: Pretty Bike

Start the Summer With Our Special Discounts

Start the Summer With Our Special Discounts
We are kicking off the weekend with Memorial Day Discounts. Start your Summer in style. Get fantastic deals on Bike Pretty bags and shirts. And because you deserve a bike as fashionable as you are, we are offering $200 off all Pashley Bikes.

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Leather Bike Collection by Coco Republic

Leather Bike Collection by Coco Republic
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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.

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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.)

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Rather, Coco Republic is a furniture and interior design firm. They live and breathe beautiful, functional design. Their taste level is sky high.

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And the designers behind the label are exquisitely aware that bicycles are no longer relegated to the non-existent garages of city-dwellers.

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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.

Sadly:

This limited edition range is only available in Australia for a short time and is almost sold out

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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?

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Beautiful City Bikes by Papillionaire

Beautiful City Bikes by Papillionaire
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photos via Papillionaire Bicycles

I'm finding more and more options for stylish city bikes. Recently, I came across Papillionaire Bicycles.

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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.

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Based in Australia,Papillionaire‚Äďrhymes with millionaire‚ÄďBicycles recently opened an outpost in Brooklyn. Now they can ship their gorgeous step-throughs and diamond frames around the US.

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The prices are quite reasonable too. You can get a brand new, awesome looking bike for under $800.

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A couple weeks ago, they very generously lent one of their Sommer bikes to me. Look for a review (and photo shoot) coming soon!

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Urban Outfitters - Design Your Own Bike

Urban Outfitters - Design Your Own Bike
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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!

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While I'm scheming to de-uglify my road bike, there's alway plenty of bicycle eye candy on Pinterest.

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Take this collaboration between Urban Outfitters and Republic Bikes. Going strong since 2009, these inexpensive city bikes have style to spare.

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Even better? You can customize your ride on the UO website with this cute, little interactive tool. Grips, chain guard, saddle, frame, even the tires have multiple color options.

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.

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Try it out and send me your favorite combination!

Also, how cute are those rompers? Check out Kelly's advice for rocking a vintage romper while riding your bike.

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DIY: Your Own Flat Pack Wood Bike

DIY: Your Own Flat Pack Wood Bike

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Dutch Design: A Flat Pack Wood Bike

Would you ride a wood bike? I would. (Technically, I made my favorite bike out of grass.)

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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.

However, according to Coolhunting, the Sandwichbike is now available for pre-order inquiries. And it will be introduced for sale in late 2013.

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These metal and plywood single speed bikes are designed to be shipped in an Ikea-style flat pack.

Sandwichbike 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.

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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.

 

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