Thursday, April 20, 2017

The Schwinn Lemon Peel Rides Again (Once Again)

Apparently, Schwinn isn't​ the least bit hesitant to relive its glory days. And neither are Schwinn fans. This Monday, April 24th, the company will release it's second run of a reproduction Lemon Peeler Sting Ray on Amazon. Sans stick shifter, 2017's singlespeed Lemon Peeler will have many features of the original like ape hanger handlebars, banana seat, springer fork, rear struts, a 16-inch front wheel, and a 20-inch rear wheel.

I read about the occasion in Parade Magazine, of all places, so everyone and their mothers know about this repro launch. According to Bicycling, the first run sold out in less than twenty-four hours. The last time Schwinn released a Lemon Peeler repro was 2008 and the last time I saw anything mass-produced in the muscle bike style was around 2012 by an outfit out of New York City that doesn't appear to exist anymore. That probably means that there's a great deal of desire out there for a relatively small amount of bikes. The Lemon Peeler Sting Ray's will be $349. You might want to have your credit card in hand at the stroke of midnight Monday.

Friday, April 14, 2017

Keep x Linus Shoes

Nighttime photo via Keep

Daylight photo via Linus

My well-loved tweed high-tops

As a very satisfied Keep customer, I couldn't let their collaboration with Linus Bike go unmentioned. I look forward to donning my dapper tweed Guerra's as soon as it really gets cool (they're quite warm). The plimsolls they've designed with Linus will suit you for several seasons and look particularly spiffy at night. This edition of the Keep Homer features a graphic printed in​ reflective ink as well as a cushy insole and French terry lining.

Saturday, April 1, 2017

Brompton Collaborations

CSC x Brompton Batchels in Turkish Green and Lagoon Blue

Brompton with coordinating Batchels.

The Oxblood Brompton is exclusive to this collection.

Oxblood Batchel and Brompton

Oxblood is a classic color well-suited to fine leather goods and Britain's quintessential folding bike, the Brompton. It also looks smart with the Mackintosh which appears to be de rigueur for an English spring.  The Cambridge Satchel Company x Brompton Batchel also comes in a soft green and a bright blue— appropriate for those of us who enjoy early, warm springs— and is a tad larger than a medium-sized Loeffler Randall's Rider bag. (This season's Rider bags are $225 more than a Batchel). In addition to a deal on a bike friendly carryall, Cambridge​ Satchel Company is giving away one CSC x Brompton bike and a matching bag. Enter to win here.

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Collaboration Cycle Chic

Blu Dot x Handsome Cycles

It feels as if ages have past since there was any movement in the realm of fashion and cycling collaborations, but it's not so. Google Alerts and I have merely been slacking. Have you ever gotten a text from someone and you thought you replied to it, but you actually only answered it in your head. That's kind of what I've been doing — I could've sworn I pinned something about designer bikes to my Cycle Chic board when I didn't. Well, it's time to catch up. Fashion is fickle. (But James Perse is not; I took note of his beach cruiser back in 2009). Blu Dot represents high end/design furniture’s first foray into bicycle collaborations. Solé Bicycles and Wildfox represent high end loungewear (I guess that's an apt description). Carhartt WIP is the high end street collection with workwear DNA, Pelago provides the quality ride, and Mission Workshop makes the hard-wearing yet classy bag.

James Perse City Cruiser

James Perse Tricycle

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