Ever found the perfect dress or skirt for riding to meet friends or go shopping only to find it lacks any kind of pockets? Where will you put your bike lock keys?
Well now following these simple instructions you can add a cute and functional pocket to your outfit!
Found via Country Living
In time for the festive season we’ve stocked up with more cotton caps. Check out the Rocket Fuel store for details
I’ve been giggling all day at the comments the article has attracted on the SMH site.
I’m the kind of cyclist who always stops for the red lights, who doesn’t filter through traffic and will wait for more than one cycle of the lights to see if the trigger has gone off on the sensor. It’s just how I like to ride and I know it’s not everyone’s style but I try and follow the road rules and be polite and it works for me.
But most days I have to go against at least one of the lights on the cycleway. I generally wait and go when the pedestrian light goes (which is when the bike lantern should go if it is triggered correctly). I always feel bad but I also need to get to where I am going. If the signals were automatic or fixed so they were not so difficult to trigger then it would help alot.
Today I was riding in the city and was first at a set of lights and while I was waiting a lady came up to me and said “are you the girl from the newspaper?” I said yes and she congratulated me on riding and said “keep it up” was very sweet of her.
Other queries I have got today
Q. what do you wear in the rain? A – tights or knicks, jersey and a waterproof jacket and a cycling cap to keep the rain off my face and full finger gloves to keep my hands warmer.
Q. Where did you get that dress? A – it’s vintage fabric that I made into that dress using a commercial pattern (Simplicity pattern actually).
Q. Do you always ride in heels? A – not always, I do sometimes but it can ruin your heels if you are not careful so I tend to wear a pair of flat bottomed Adidas shelltoes and swap once I get to my destination.
Q. Do you always ride to and from work? A – generally yes unless it’s a day I’m working from home but even then I’ll use my bike to go to the post or the shops or even fit in a sneaky ride.
Q. Do you own more than one bike? A – yes different bikes for different purposes. You don’t need to own more than one but it depends on what you are using your bikes for.
I’m a total sucker for patterned tights, from fishnets to lace to crazy colours I just love the pop! they add to an outfit. Added bonus they also stop me from flashing the world my pants when I’m on the bike and have miscalculated the length of my skirt (thankfully that doesn’t happen often).
Now thanks to this wonderful D.I.Y from the etsy blog I can make my own!! So exciting.
Even though you aren’t reading this till Friday, it’s Thursday night now and I just took the plunge and entered a running event! Eep!
It’s only a few weeks away and is one of the Nike she runs events.
I’ve never run in an event before, I’ve never run this distance before and I have no idea what it’s going to be like or what’s going to happen? I’m not fit enough and I’m carrying extra kilos.
But despite all that it’s pretty exciting.
Am testing myself this weekend by going for a 10km run, will keep you all updated on how I go.
For a little while I’ve wanted a new commuter bike. This horrible summer of seemingly endless rain has propelled the want even further. Problem is I can’t find what I want.
So I’m asking for help, I’ll list what I want and a few restrictions and if you think you can find the perfect bike for me please leave me a message at the end of this post. Thanks so much!
Ok so now what the bike must have
- a few gears, not many but definitely not singlespeed (I use this thing to haul groceries, get to and from work and sometimes one gear is just not enough for me)
- proper brakes (no back pedal or brakeless)
- front basket or space to attach front basket
- rear rack
- skirt guard is optional but would be nice
- not weigh a million kilos (I have to negotiate stairs and it defeats the purpose of getting a commuter bike if it’s too heavy to actually use)
- a step through style or mixte style would be nice
- decent componentry (internal hub gears would be awesome), this bike will be ridden rain, hail or shine.
- be pretty to look at, bonus points if it also comes in a range of colours to choose from
and here is the big one, the one that has so far prevented me from finding a bike
- must be able to fit a small female who just reaches 150cm (5 foot)
I can find any number of pretty bikes with all the wants I have listed but they are all too big!
I tried one today and even on a step through with the seat as low as it could go there was no way I could get off the seat to put my foot on the ground without needing a ladder of some kind! (slight exaggeration but not by much).
So can anyone help find me a pretty bike?
Feeling a little flirty in the summer time? How about a cute lace edged pair of shorts?
This cute tutorial from Mallory Makes will have a pair of knickers worthy of flashing in no time.
Recently our good friend Meg was back for a visit and we finally got to give her a present we’d picked up in Japan a gorgeous vintage kimono*
It was incredibly difficult to photograph so I ended up just taking detail shots of the patterns and the contrast of fabric between the neck band and the main body of the garment.
We picked it up while in Kyoto from this wonderful place which I am fairly certain was the shop owners garage. Each night around dusk a roller door would open up and there would be a few racks packed with vintage kimonos and belts and other apparel and an odd assortment of curios and antiques.
It was wonderfully wacky and eccentric and just one of those experiences that make travelling so worthwhile an experience.
*According to the shop owner this is not technically a kimono but rather an undergarment that would traditionally be worn above the underwear and under a formal kimono. It is 100% cotton and the neck band is a woven satin. Undergarment or not it is absolutely gorgeous and way too pretty to be covered up.
Sweet style found via One Sydney Road