Tuesday 28 December 2010

Bikes we wanted for Christmas No.1 Vintage Melbourne Bike

I am so in love with these bikes its untrue! As a sucker for second hand and a vintage fanatic these bikes are totally up my street. Old bikes restored with taste and style, they come in sublime colours with lovely white saddles and of course the classic wicker basket. Melbourne Vintage bikes have been going since 2005 and sell all their bikes through ebay. Totally loving your work guys and congratulations on being our number 1!

Bikes we want for Christmas No.2 Pashely Guv'nor

As you all know I am a self-confessed Pashley-ite but having waxed lyrical about the ladies bikes I thought I would pick a bike from there mens range with the rather wonderful Guv'nor, The boys are most definitely back in town.

Bikes we wanted for Christmas No.3: Christiana Bike

This would come in so handy for carting my daughter around not to mention the supermarket shop. Available from Velorution

Bikes we wanted for Christmas No.4 Metropole Buttermilk

Yet another cream bike I know... But what I really like about The Metropole by Bronx  is the price - £299!

Bikes we want for Christmas No.5 Racer Rosa

A New London based company Racer Rosa that started up this year offer bespoke bikes to suit your exact specifications. We love the bright Blue all steel frames and streamline aesthetic.

Friday 24 December 2010

Bikes we want for Christmas No. 6: Spencer Ivy Electric Bike

There has always been a stigma attached to Electric bikes, for one reason or another they have never really caught on but is that about to change? Spencer Ivy bring you Electric bikes that look rather attractive. Although I am a big fan of pedal power there are some days when I would welcome a bit of help! Price £1895

Bikes we want for Christmas no. 7 Skeppshult London Ladies Bicycle

You may see a slightly disproportionate amount of cream bikes in my top 10, I have a thing about cream bikes and to my delight there seem to be quite a few around. As a London lady, I am loving Skeppshults offering, The London Ladies Bicycle £1450. Not only easy on the eye but a high quality set of wheels. Go on spoil yourself..

Thursday 23 December 2010

The Vintage box bags arrived just in time for Christmas...

It's taken a while but we finally got our first delivery of Vintage box bags, just in time for Christmas! It was touch and go for a while as the factory got snowed in but we manged to rescue them and get them back to my flat last night! To all those who ordered them as Christmas pressies, they have been sent special delivery and everyone else who has a pre-order will get them first week on January! Happy Christmas!

Sunday 19 December 2010

We will be at Spitalfields Market on Tues 21st Dec

We will be at Spitalfields Market on Tues 21st Dec with all our lovely helmets, panniers and accessories. So if you still need to do some Christmas shopping and you're in the area, pop in and see us. Whether it's a Union Jack helmet for your brother, Dashing Tweed legwarmers for your girlfriend or a Frog strobe light for Uncle Derek, we've gos lots of treats that will go down well for your cycling nearest and dearest.

Wednesday 15 December 2010

Bikes we want for Christmas No.8: Charge Hob

Charge Bikes have a new girls bike in their 2010 / 2011 line called the Hob.  It's a pretty ground braking bike for women as it's a single speed bike which can be ridden either fixed or as a free wheel - but it's drop bar and sweep handle bars allow a relaxed sitting position - somewhere between riding a racer and a dutch bike.
Whats also interesting about this bike is the Mixte frame - where the top tube is replaced with two smaller tubes that run all the way to the rear axle. I saw quite a few Mixte's when I was in the US but you don't see too many over here. They have a functional elegance that I rather like.

Tuesday 14 December 2010

FREE DELIVERY for 24 Hours - until 2pm 15th Dec

We are offering all our lovely customers FREE DELIVERY from 2pm 14th Dec - 2pm 15th December at Cyclechic.co.uk.

Whether its' stocking fillers for under £15, or something special we will deliver FREE to your door!

Monday 13 December 2010

Doctor Zhivago here we come with The Yakkay Luzern

Stupidly excited to have the Yakkay Luzern helmets just in time for Christmas. Much to our dismay Yakkay stopped producing them for while but they are back! This is the perfect style of hat to have a helmet underneath as the bigger the better! And with the Russian Cossack style hat being must have head-wear this winter you will be warm, safe, stylish and feeling a little bit like Julie Christie from Doctor Zhivago....
They come in black and white at £104.99 for helmet and cover. Or if you already have the helmet base £45 for the cover only.

Friday 10 December 2010

No. 9: Gold Plated Brompton

Gold Plated Brompton
At £1900 a somewhat decadent choice of wheels but if we have the money we would! And Brompton's famous folding design would sure come in handy as we wouldn't want to leave this baby anywhere! I have to adnit I have often admired Brompton's from afar but have never owned one. Myabe next year I will invest but I think I will settle for Turkish green rather than the Bling-tastic gold! Avilable to buy from Be Golden.

Wednesday 8 December 2010

Cyclechic's top 10 bikes for Christmas, No.10 - The Raleigh Superbe Roadster

The Raleigh Superbe Roadster - Raleigh are going back to their roots with this beautifully classic bicycle. It only seem to be available in the USA at the mo but hopefully they'll be bring it over to the UK soon. As a big fan of the Raleigh's heritage bikes, it great to see some of their classic style back. And it'd no just for us ladies theres a chaps version too.

Are you dreaming of a bike this Christmas, if so let me know which one?

Monday 29 November 2010

Say Happy Christmas with a helmet...

As December approaches we are feeling the festive glow. We've Christmassed up the homepage and have lots of lovely gift ideas. First up helmets....
New in! The Bern Brighton with hunter knit (Women) and Macon with hunter knit (men), both £74.99. These wonderfully wintery helmets with fab trapper hat style winter knit are great for the bike and the slopes.

Christmas deal! We are offering 20% OFF (reduced from £39.99 to £35.60) all Kids Helmets. The gorgeous Nino (Boys) come in red and black and Nina (girls) come in pink, cyan and purple and all helmets can be worn on scooters. Keep your little ones protected and looking lovely. 

Christmas deal! In celebration of the success of the Boris Bikes we are giving you 20% off (reduced from £39.99 to £35.60) The Gloss Blue Bern Bakers, (the colour matches the Hire bikes a treat)  Whether you are cycling a Boris or your own beloved bike The Gloss Blue Bern Baker is a classic helmet and an exclusive colour for Cyclechic.. so you find it anywhere else!

Get in there quick these baby''s wont stay around long!

Friday 26 November 2010

Sunday Times Cycle Girl 21.11.10

Was over the moon to be asked write a piece for The Sunday Times Cycling column last week.  My article was about ladies Bike, what exactly us girls want from our bikes and how the market if beginning to react to our needs ...

Here's a snippet...

"We want a touch of vintage charm. Cycling hasn't always been about chunky calves and going hell for leather. It used to be regarded as graceful and calm. Bicycles had manners and finesse not mud spattered suspension forks"

Friday 19 November 2010

Friday Bicycle Beauty

 I adore these Photo's from budding photographer Amber Smith. The vintage bike and the misty lilac/grey colours work a dream. Also loving the models hair...
Amber just shot our Christmas Gift Guide Brochure for us and did a fab job.  If you are looking for Christmas gift inspiration and are not on our mailing list already email us your address and we'll post one out to you caz@cyclechic.co.uk

Saturday 13 November 2010

The Muse reviews the SF Bike Expo

Models at the Pedal Savvy Fashion Show
Last Saturday we excitedly hauled our cookies all the way to San Francisco to promote our US sister site The Bicycle Muse at the SF bike expo.  The one day event was held at The Cow Palace, a huge venue just outside the city, where Elvis once played. He had left the building when we got there but a lot of people interested in bicycles had arrived!

There was a refreshingly underground feel to the event. It began it's life as a 'bike swap', where people show up with their bikes, parts etc and swap with other attendees. There is still a whole room dedicated to the bike swap but the event has now grown to a consumer and trade show for small, upcoming brands like ourselves to larger, established brand such as Nutcase.
We were given a warm welcome on the day and relished the opportunity to talk to customers. We had our full selection of products on display as well as showcasing some new exciting, stylish hi vis gear from Irish Brand Georgia in Dublin.

The Pedal Savvy Fashion show went down a storm and we were proud to have Meli from Bikes and the City modeling the wonderful YAKKAY helmets in Herringbone Paris working perfectly with her monochrome outfit.

Model sporting our cream cycling hat
Thanks for the warm welcome and hello to all the people we connected with; My Dutch Bike, Rickshaw bags, Po Campo, Pedal Panties, and a big thank you to Timbuk2 bags for the lift!

Wednesday 3 November 2010

The Bicycle Muse at the SF Bike Expo

Looking forward to our forthcoming trip to the fabulous cycling city of San Francisco for the SF Bike Expo at Cows Palace on Sat 6th November. We will be there promoting our new US site The Bicycle Muse and will be selling our lovely helmets, panniers and other beautiful bicycle bits and bobs.
We will be doing YAKKAY helmet fitting and will be giving customers a sneaky peak of our long awaited vintage box bags.
We are also very excited to be taking part in the Pedal Savvy Fashion show, showing off the best of the best in the Cycle Fashion world.
It may be a bit far to come from the UK but for all our US readers, if you are n the bay area please come down and say hello!

Thursday 28 October 2010

Babelgum's Freewheelers series

Babelgum have put together a series of short films about people and their beloved bicycles. My Pashley Poppy and are chuffed to be included. Some charming little interludes... I particularly like the Penny Farthing....

Tuesday 19 October 2010

Cyclechic picks the Kit bags for the Financial Times Magazine


We were very pleased to be asked by the Financial Times to pick our ideal kit bag for stylish cycling this Autumn.  I know the less than clement weather can make you feel like leaving the bike at home but on a fresh crisp autumn day being out and about on your bike can be wonderful so why not get inspired....

Pashley Sonnet Bliss
Hand-built in Statford-upon-Avon, this gorgeous claret-and-ivory bicycle has five gears, dynamo lighting and a frame-fitting lock. Pashley.co.uk, £595

Cherry Pine Deluxe Shopper
This chic, 1940s-inspired satchel simply clips on to the bicycle’s rear rack and, when removed, doubles up as a great day bag. £40, Cyclechic.co.uk

Lumatwill Cape
This beautifully tailored cape has reflective Lumatwill yarn sewn into the fabric, alerting traffic to your presence by night. Made to order by Dashing Tweeds & Hardy Amies, £400, dashingtweeds.co.uk
Sawako Furuno Helmet
Sawako Furuno’s bike helmets are feminine yet urban, printed with Japanese-inspired graphics. Ran, £68, at cyclefashion.co.uk
Brooks Hoxton Basket
Cleanly designed with a metal frame, wooden base and leather grip, this roomy basket is perfect for a weekend trip to the farmers’ market. £89.99 Cyclechic.co.uk

Tuesday 12 October 2010

See My Style, See My Disability

Here at Cyclechic we are big supporters of looking good on two wheels and this doesn't stop at bicycles... We are thrilled to be supporting the Disabled and Sexy charity fashion show happening in Notting Hill on 25th October. The show will feature models and work by designers who suffer from Muscular Astrophy in aid of the Jennifer Trust.

The show will use disabled and able bodied models, in an effort to prove that fashion is for everyone. Sophie Morgan, contestant on Britain’s Missing Next Top Model will be making a guest appearance in the show. The evening will be hosted by Jonathan Phang, who is highly respected in the fashion industry and was host of Britain’s Missing Next Top Model.  Doug Henderson, Head of Fundraising commented “This is an amazing opportunity for our young people affected by SMA to make a real difference in the fashion world. All of us here at The Jennifer Trust are proud of the work that has gone into this project, and excited about the show itself”.

The Jennifer Trust is the leading national charity in the UK dedicated to supporting children and adults affected by Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA). SMA is a genetic neuromuscular condition which causes muscle weakness in varying degrees of severity. In its severest form, Type I SMA is the largest cause of genetic death in infants in the UK today, usually fatal before the second birthday. Children affected by Type II SMA will never walk, and rely on electrically powered wheelchairs to gain mobility and independence. Proceeds from the Disabled & Sexy Fashion Show will go towards The Jennifer Trust continuing to provide ‘help for today and hope for tomorrow’ to all those affected by SMA.

So if you fancy a showbiz night, wearing a posh frock and sipping champagne what better  a cause for the proceeds to go to. To show your support to the young people who have organised this fantastic event, visit www.disabledandsexy.co.uk for more information, or contact The Jennifer Trust on 01789 267520 to purchase tickets at £20.

Friday 1 October 2010

Tuesday 21 September 2010

Light me up this Autumn

Its officially Autumn. The leaves have started to fall there's a chill in the air and the evenings have stated to draw in. Its the end of carefree summer cycling and time to get yourself kitted out with lights and some reflective additions.
My lights of choice this year are a Knog Beetle for the front and a Knog Skink for the back. I'm a big fan of the Knog brand sightly bonkers but totally practical. The body of the lights is made from a silicon material so they simply bend round and clip onto your bike, no awkward brackets and you can simply pop them off when you get off your bike, so they don't get nicked. They also come in lovely colours, I am sporting a pink for the front and blue at the rear. >We also have the classic frogs and Gekko's on sale with 15% off if your looking for a bargain.
We've been on the hunt for stylish reflective wear and have some great new products this season. My fave is the TWOnFRO reflective vest £39.99, pictured above. It's adjustable and flattering and easy to stow away when your not on the bike. If your looking for something more subtle we also have the very cute Po Campo reflective pins and Brand NEW!the inspired Dorothy covers by Georgia in Dublin. These are hi Viz covers that go over your basket, they not only act as a visibility aid but keep your belonging safe and dry and enable you to pack more into the basket without it all toppling out.

Monday 13 September 2010

City of London Cycle Style Event.. models required

We are delighted to be involved in The very first Cycle style event happening this Friday.
"Come and celebrate the diversity of City cycling at the first City Cycle Style, an event celebrating cycling as a fashionable form of transport in the City. Come for fashion, food and beverages within Smithfield Market’s hallowed halls.

There will be live music, performances and interactive cycling displays. You can meet the latest cycle fashion designers try-on outfits and sit on saddles of some of the newest trendy bicycles. The event is in conjunction with the City Cycle Challenge which will be raising money for
Re~Cycle bike aid charity for Africa."

We are also looking for a couple of lovely ladies to model for us on the night. We're not looking for 6ft tall size 0's but bonny lasses who identify with the Cyclechic brand. Think this could be you, please email me with a pic of yourself to caz@cyclechic.co.uk as soon as possible...

Monday 6 September 2010

Erin O' Connor on cycling

I am loving that Erin O' Connor cycles. She has always been my favourite supermodel - not only does she look ridiculously elegant but she comes across as having an admirably down to earth attitude given the world she works in. Erin is one of the famous faces promoting the Skyride events this year and has been talking about her passion for bicycles. " One of my happiest cycling memories - apart from passing that cycling proficiency test - is racing at high speed along the canals of Birmingham with my friends. We'd also go to the BMX track. I'd ride my girly pink bike in my school uniform with a gigantic pink bow in my hair."
Sounds wonderfully 80s! Read the rest of her interview at The Skyride style website
This year the Skyride has spread country-wide, with the Flagship London event taking place yesterday and a whopping 85,000 turning out on their bikes and the Birmingham Ride coming up this weekend.

Thursday 19 August 2010

3 Brilliant Bicycle Baskets

Bicycles and baskets belong together. Not only do they look charming but they are super practical for carrying your bits and bobs around as you cycle. Here's 3 of my faves for different bikes and budgets..
Brompton Basket, specifically designed to fit onto Brompton handlebars, designed by TwonFro and made from recycled boat sails. These wonderfully unique baskets are currently in our summer sales, reduced from £50 to £42.50 (above)

Bargain Basket: Classic Wicker £19.99

Brooks Hoxton Basket.. something a a bit special, made from recycled materials, elegant sophisticated and unisex £89.99

Tuesday 17 August 2010

swimming with the fishes

My Pashley Poppy, my Kitsch Kitchen pannier an my little girl, creating a rather nice swirl of colours against the backdrop...

Tuesday 10 August 2010

Cyclechic's little black book: Cafe Luc, Marleybone High street

I had the pleasure of being invited to new brasserie restaurant, Cafe Luc, to test out the bike valet service... and of course the food.
The booking was for 7pm so I popped on a frock, jumped on my poppy and set off across London. I had a wonderful cycle ride through Kensington and Hyde park, passing the Royal Albert Hall and crossing over the Serpentine. A perfectly romantic start to the evening.

I arrived at Cafe Luc, located in one of my favourite London streets, the sophisticated Marleybone High street. The restaurant looked wonderfully inviting and as I perused the menu, a couple of smartly dressed and rather handsome chaps came out and offered to park my bike for me. How lovely. Instead of the usual hunting around for suitable bike parking then scrabbling around with my lock, I simply handed Poppy over and waltzed into the restaurant to meet my date. Cafe Luc have a secure indoor area where they store customers bikes while they dine at no extra charge, this is the the first bike valet service I've heard of in London and I think its a fabulous idea.

I won't pretend to be a restaurant critic but the food was scrummy. A fantastic selection of French and Mediterranean dishes, I had scallops to start and Red Mullet for my main, washed down with lovely Savingnon Blanc. The service was efficient and friendly but not intrusive and throughout the meal I was safe in the knowledge that my bike was parked safely and would be presented to me as I left.

The restaurant, which has only been open for 8 weeks and busy and bussling - some popping in for a quick bite after work and others sitting comfortably in the corner, taking their time over 3 courses and a couple of bottles of wine. The mains range from £12-28 but there is also a very reasonably priced set menu for £15 per person so it doesn't have to be expensive night out.
The bike valet service was a great added extra to what was a very enjoyable evening out. I will definitely be back. I am already suggesting it to my cycling friends as the perfect spot to meet for Sunday brunch and have it noted as a great place for a business lunch.
So after a smashing meal and an espresso to help me with the cycle home, we left the restaurant and I was reunited with my bicycle. Not only was this handy and hassle free but was a sophisticated end to glamorous Friday night out.