Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Cyclette Cycle Chic

Cyclette is "cycling couture" brought to us by the Australian designers behind Milicent Darling.

The detachable hood looks big enough to fit over a helmet.

Love the reflective back vent.

Roominess and reflective piping make this a very handy handlebar bag.

Cute off the bike as well.

There's a pocket for lights as well as one for your phone and it has a reflective back stripe.

This totally solves the problem of making your hand signals visible at night.

And,oh look, it's another houndstooth cycling accessory to add to your collection.

In my mind, the Cyclette look says, "I'm going to take the lane and you're going to like it." Or "You've been a naughty motorist and I think you need some discipline." I'm not saying you should break out the whips and chains on errant drivers, but if you need a little extra gumption and visibility, Cyclette seems to have what you're looking for.

Unfortunately, it's summer in Australia right now and Cyclette's breezy tops and tanks with reflective bows and piping aren't going to do those of us in the Northern Hemisphere much good. Still, it is pretty warm here in the southern US. Maybe I can fit some fingered gloves under those fingerless gloves (they are must haves in my opinion).

Friday, November 18, 2011

Hot Off The Press Release: The Cooper Oporto

That's Cooper as in British racing legend John Cooper and the Mini Cooper. With great auto achievement under their collective belt, son Michael decided to focus the attention of John Cooper Works on bicycles. In fact he said
"The Cooper Car Company has always had a  passion for bicycles and we have been thinking about diversifying the company for a while. We wanted to turn our engineering know how to making bicycles that offer the best possible components for the best possible price."
Y'all know that I know nothing about bicycle components, but you may recognize the name Reynolds Tubing and the words "lugged and brazed." I'm sure we're all familiar with Brooks and Sturney-Archer. All things fancy-dancy have been going into Cooper Bike's hand-built road bikes for the past two years and now they've launched a step-through model: the T250 Oporto.They didn't skimp on excellence or elegance with this model; it's designed to high standards with civilized cycling accessories and a luxurious touch of leather provided by Brooks saddle and handgrips. In the near future, you'll be able to add the rather fetching Ally Capellino X Cooper bag to your ride. For now, purchasing Cooper accessories online is in the works, but you can buy your Oporto for 1,700 USD here and geek out on the specs here. (Due to technical difficulties details are only on the UK site).

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Facehunter Cycle Chic

All photos by Yvan Rodic, Facehunter.

I'm so happy to see another fashion photographer chronicling the growing cycle chic phenomena.

Monday, November 14, 2011

Be Seen. Be Chic.

I love this day-glo dirndle by Vespertine. Why oh why do I have such fabulous and expensive taste?

It's chic. It's tweed. It's reflective. What more could you ask for?
For guys and gals. Cinch your coat or your jeans and be stylishly visible to all.

I've seen the HR X CD sash in person and can say with confidence that you must do the "pageant wave" while wearing it. Better yet, you should sing, "There she is, Ms. Chic Cyclist." Tears of joy optional.
I think this trouser cuff is a gender neutral accessory the fellas could enjoy, but I wholeheartedly support any man who wants to be Mr. Chic Cyclist.

With the end of Daylight Savings Time and the beginning of some really early autumn evenings, I've had visibility on the brain lately. I have nice, bright front and rear lights, but lateral visibility is also really important. You can put all manner of glowing rope lights and reflective tape on your bike's frame. You can have a light show in your spokes, but why should your bike upstage you just because it's dark? It's an egregious violation of The Copenhagen Cycle Chic Manifesto you know.

Last week, I featured a video by the freshly Kickstarted company, We Flashy. They appear to have fulfilled their obligations to their backers recently and I hope this means they will have products available for the rest of us soon. Next with products in the offing, is Houndstooth Road. I have it on good authority that a showroom is arriving in Atlanta next year! The website will launch next year too. The Vespertine shop is live with new products coming soon. That's a whole reflective wardrobe on the horizon--make room in your closets.

Saturday, November 12, 2011

Mobile Social IX

Apparently, Atlanta is the new Hollywood and the stars decided to align over the Mobile Social starting point.

It doesn't get more mainstream than a Disney movie. Perhaps this is an auspicious sign for cycling.

 I believe Mobile Social IX is the first Atlanta Bicycle Coalition ride I've completed. I got to Woodruff Park on time (!) and rode off with the group. It was quite elevating to see so many people out for a bicycle ride on a chilly fall evening in Atlanta. If I were a better photographer, I would've snapped a picture of the dozens of rear blinkies ahead of me sailing down the dark streets. I did well just to make it to keep up without stopping to take photos. The pace was moderate, but the hills were abundant. In fact, they all seemed to be clustered together in the last quarter mile. Or half mile. I'm not good at determining distances, especially when my lungs are burning. If Atlanta were a city of cyclists, there wouldn't be an iota of respiratory illness among us (or a heat dome above us). It's that hilly.

For all the perspiration--and you know I don't like perspiration--I still enjoyed the ride. I don't get to enjoy Marietta's suburban streets as a cyclist so I look forward to organized rides in the city. I like being around fellow cyclists--riding with them and talking about cyclist stuff--and stuff in general. On the ride, I talked with another female cyclist--Rachel--about cute helmets, bicycle bells, and the increasingly mainstream status of bikes. We also chatted about her cool Houndstooth Road X Cyclodelic reflective sash and restaurants. I talked about Betty to a couple of other cyclists. At Republic Social House, I discussed bike fashion and all the crazy people that I know with Hamzat. We also discussed our food--he ordered some really good fries served in a really big bowl and I got the Taco Trio. (Get two of the same and skip the chicken taco).

I finally met Jett who planned the Mobile Social route and started the blog, Atlanta Intown Cycling. Naturally, I mentioned the sweat-producing quality of the route. He suggested that the "Heels On Wheels" ride might be more my speed--slow. A group of us chatted about slow cycling, normalizing cycling (by biking in places like Marietta),  the "Mary Poppins Effect," and Southern food. I wanted to hang out a bit more, but I had to be sure I would catch the bus home. My fellow cyclists are always good about helping me get to the nearest MARTA station--Rachel and her friend lead me directly to King Memorial on their way home. I still missed the 11 PM bus, but I met another cyclist named Vincent who treated me to a soda at a pizza place across from Arts Center Station. Atlanta cyclists definitely make the Mobile Social a great Friday night out on the town.

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Bike Videos: Warm + Fuzzy And Flashy

We-Flashy Kickstarter Video from Alex Vessels on Vimeo.

Friday, November 4, 2011

Rusty True Love

Cruel (?) fate comes between a girl and her rusty true love. I gasped out loud. Twice. (A++ to whoever did the makeup. It was so chic and effective).

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Mini Hybrid Fixies = Mixies

"Mint" My hands-down favorite.

"Tinsel Town" reminds me of my 2010 New Year bike. If it were more metallic, it'd be a mini-ringer for sure.


"Tux." The tires are a nice touch.

So this is a first: the bike as a cool gadget. The Mixie is produced by Scratch Tracks, "a lifestyle design company for the retro-eclectic clickster," are "part fixed-gear, part urban commuter, part BMX, and all style." This is the first time I recall hearing of a bike made by a company that doesn't make bike or vehicles of any kind. The frames aren't described as male or female specific; they're simple labeled "Criss Cross" or "Straight Edge." The components are standardized, including the "flip-flop free-fix-wheel hub," so you can switch out parts with those of subsequent collections for a customized ride.

This is yet another two-wheeled offering from Urban Outfitters.The lightweight Mixie is easy to carry up to your small city apartment. Just in case you don't live in a tiny walk-up in Brooklyn, this might come in handy during a multi-modal commute. I can get Betty on buses and up escalators pretty well, but it could always be easier. I'm just not sure about the posture of the Mixie rider; I can't tell from their video if it's a comfortable upright ride or a more hunched over one.

Bikes On The Cutting Edge of Culture

What people with an eye can do with Post-it's! The story of how this started in France is cool and, even better, it looks like it's already spreading. The bike shop picture appears to take place in a Kalkhoff bike shop in Germany. Vive le Post-it War!
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