Tuesday, 13 January 2015

Landmark Peekaboo

I've been cycling around London for years secretly playing peekaboo with these guys:
Oh my gosh Gherkin, stop following me

I see you Centre Point

Alright Big Ben, you got me

BT Tower, lurking

Sneaky Shard

I remember reading something David Byrne wrote in Bicycle Diaries about London being so easy to navigate around because of all of the land marks. I couldn't agree more. 
I don't know street names but can always find my way around with a little help from these guys.

Monday, 22 December 2014

Five emergency last minute Christmas gifts

How the hell is it already Christmas? I still haven't put my halloween costume away, damn it. Here are some gifts you can buy online, any time:

A Bristol based independent magazine released 2-4 times a year. They gather personal stories, beautiful pictures and illustrations from all areas of bike culture. You can tailor the subscription depending on how much you like the person.

For the person who says "don't spend any money on me" (not me). You can promise to take them to this Mapping the City exhibition coming to Somerset House in January 2015. Map porn galore, perfect for anyone with cartographic curiosities.

Relive those London 2012 vibes by pretending to be Chris Hoy on the very same track he won us some gold. This is so much fun. I have no experience riding fixed gear and I managed the whole session without breaking my face.

What better gift than the gift of choice? After checkout you will be emailed a link to your voucher which you can either print out or email.

Sign someone up for a charity ride and give them a challenge to work towards. Preferable if you sign yourself up too. Everyone talks about New Year's fitness challenges this way you can flat out force them into it. BHF has a number of different challenges of varying distances, plus you get to raise money for charity so probably nail two New Year's resolutions with one gift.

Now you can either print out the notification email and put it in a generic Christmas card (romantic), or you could be a bit more creative and add a personal touch.

Merry Christmas you gorgeous bunch xxx

Tuesday, 2 December 2014

The Girl's Bicycle Handbook book signing

My brother was looking for a present to buy me and he found this book he thought I'd love. In the queue to buy it he had a quick flick through the pages and sent me a message saying; "You are so hard to buy presents for. I found a book I thought you'd like but you are in it so you probably already have it."
Yep, I have it*. It's The Girls Bicycle Handbook by Caz Nicklin from Cycle Chic.
It's weird closing a book on my face.
If you want to buy and copy and have her sign it, she will be at Just E-Bikes on Portobello Road this Saturday 6th December. They'll also have free minced pies just in case you haven't started on them yet.  If they didn't already have me at 'free minced pies', I'm a west London girl so this one is just a short cycle ride away from home. 
Westside Massive
*Actually Eileen Sheridan has my copy and says she loved it.

You can read about Caz's favourite London spots here.

Friday, 31 October 2014

Pannier Pumpkin


Happy Halloween. Winky smiley face.

Here are some Halloween rides (and last year's pannier pumpkin).

Monday, 27 October 2014

Michaux Ambassador

My bike and I have been riding around decked out in Michaux. Here are some images from a quick photoshoot we did at one of my favourite places, the Turquoise Island in Notting Hill. Check out my five minute interview on the Michaux website.

Pictures by Rosie Holtom

Friday, 17 October 2014

Nice Rack

It's been a while since I bigged up a bike stand. I spotted these corten steel guys near the Z√≥calo in Mexico City. They are by the Italian company Metalco who make lots of other cool urban furniture. 

I think they fit in really well with the landscape and look like sculptures when they are empty. 

I definitely didn't hurt myself leap frogging over them. 

Monday, 13 October 2014

Boneshaker Magazine Issue #15

 Just in case you hadn't heard enough about my obsession with Mexican bikes and Beetles, issue 15 of Boneshaker Magazine is out now.

Tuesday, 7 October 2014

What bike lights do you use?

This is what 400 glow sticks looks like
The evenings are getting shorter which means we’ll be using our lights a lot more g’damn it.

I’ve been through a hell of a lot of lights in my time. I’ve lost them, broken them, run over them, lent them out, replaced countless batteries, watched them fade from a flash into a pulse, used them to create impromptu discos, held them together with hair bands, rode home holding them in hand and on occasion in my mouth.
Like we haven't all had to attach a torch to our bikes at some point

Or you could try chaining a toy fire engine to your bike. People will see and hear you coming.
This bike had seven sets of battery pack fairy lights attached. I couldn't wait for it to get dark.
I think I might have finally nailed it.
Here is what I use:

My front light:

This light is melt your eyeballs bright. It has five different flashing modes. I was an idiot at first and didn’t realise (didn’t read the instructions) that one was an eco-flash mode that lasts up to 50 hours so I was having to charge it up every few days like a fool. FYI at full beam it lasts about three hours. No need to steal the batteries out of your remote control because it’s USB rechargeable. The USB folds out so you can plug it straight into your computer without any wires.

I ride different bikes so they need to be self-mounting. This is easy to take on and off as it has a silicone strap with stainless steel clip.

My rear light:

This gets a lot of attention on and off the bike. It’s tubular so is visible from all angles unlike most lights that are just visible in the direction they are pointing at.
It has clips at both ends so can be attached to jackets, bags, I sometimes clip it to the back of my collar. It also has detachable silicone ladder slings that secure to the clips to you can attach it to your frame, pannier rack or helmet. It takes two AAA batteries that you can change without tools (or a penny).

I have on numerous occasions walked into places with it still on my bag and people have said, “you’re flashing!” THEY WISH.

When I put them away I attach the two together so I can find them easily and they haven’t yet turned themselves on in my bag. Winners.

If you have any winning lights TELL ME EVERYTHING.
Hey guys, it's nearly time for this

Thursday, 18 September 2014

Cycle Style// London Fashion Week SS15

I put fashion into two boxes; things you can wear on a bike and things you can't wear on a bike (things you would break on a bike). 
Here are my London Fashion Week picks that could well translate into cycle friendly looks.

I love a bit of neon but have never been a fan of full on hi-vis neonness. J. JS Lee and Fyodor Golan both featured jackets with neon accents while Anya Hindmarch repped the neon trend for accessories. I especially liked the detachable purses that would be ideal for attaching inside a pannier bag so you don't have to dig down deep for your keys.

Reflective, mirrored and iridescent fabrics were out in force with Fyodor Golan, Markus Lupfer and Ashish all nailing the sports luxe look.

Last but not least, let's all take a moment for Richard Nicoll's light up dress. 

Friday, 22 August 2014

Bike Beatz Carnival Special// Calypso Rose, The Bicycle

The shops have been boarded up, fridges have been filled with Red Stripe, residents are deciding how much to charge people to use their toilets, police are perfecting their Bogle and us masqueraders are praying it doesn't rain on our feathers too much. IT'S CARNIVAL.

In honour of Carnival weekend here is the famous Tobagan calypsonian Calypso Rose with The Bicycle.

Westside Massive

Start your weekend with Panorama.
And here are some things that I see and so might you.

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