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Surfing not Cycling…

May 31, 2011 in Sites we like...

Of course, whilst we’re BIG (should that read BEG?) cycling advocates and can wax lyrical about the plethora of benefits cycling brings to one physical and mental health, not to mention the enviro plus points, one simply can’t be in the saddle ALL day long (unless you’re a cycle courier, that is).

Not got your fill?   Fret not…!  There is a vast (bike basket) load of information and great reading matter about the Great Two-Wheeled Machine online that you can spend many happy hours tucking into.  Virtual cycling nonetheless.  We’ve been avid readers of all things bike-and-web-based for ages, so we thought you might like a round up of some of our favourite on-line reads in recent months;


For local British bike rides… As the UK’s National Cyclists’ Organisation, the CTC (Cyclist’s Touring Club) has been ‘protecting and promoting the rights of cyclists’ since 1878 and is the UK’s oldest cycling club.  Got a new bicycle and want to get out on it more with other bike-minded types… the CTC, with many regional branches throughout the UK organise local bike rides for all levels including very gentle rides and rides for women.

For the London cycling lowdown… London Cyclist on everything to do with cycling in not only London, but the rest of the UK.  Cycle routes, Apps, cycling tips, bike maintenance and news updates on events. Really useful articles on subjects like ‘How NOT to get your bike stolen’.

For heavenly bike images… Head Over Wheels Click on Archive to see months of stunning bike illustrations, vintage photos and everything that is beautiful about retro bikes.  Oh, and we’re on there quite a lot too (Thank you, H.O.W!)

For cafe-lovers…  PatisserieCyclismea lovely new website that ask cyclists to send in reviews of their fave bike-friendly cafes, because EVERYONE knows a bike ride isn’t a bike ride without a coffee and cake pitstop!

For a world of Chic Cycling... it has spawned a zillion me-toos around the globe, but the original and official Cycle Chig blog is Copenhagen Cycle Chic, the ultimate in people (on bicycles) watching, full of stunning photography and a whole lot more.

For women… Funded by the National Lottery and British Cycling, the Breeze network from British Cycling is all about fun, free, local bike rides for women – and a whole range of support, training and ride opportunities too.  As they say “Breeze bike rides are for women, by women. The Breeze network is informal and relaxed. It’s what you want it to be.”  We’re there!

And that’s just for starters… More of our fave sites soon.

Frivolous Friday…and Nice Things

May 27, 2011 in Bicycle inspiration

How gorgeously mid-century, cyclelicious is this fabric from Spanish brand Nice Things?   And we want that poodle (although think of the personal grooming involved.  We’d be fighting over the mirror with that pooch!)

Thrill seeking…

May 23, 2011 in Bicycles, Town and Country Cycling

Image courtesy of {100 COPIES}

I’ve always been one of those people who gets a bit of a kick from leaving things ALMOST too late.

A sort of cheap thrill.  A mini-frisson from the risk that it could all go wrong.  The delicious sensation of leaving it until absolutely the very last minute to go through to departures at the airport (sigh – the joyful frenzy of airside shopping), not getting ready to go out to dinner until seconds before the cab is due to arrive, knowing a work deadline is terrifyingly looming, but purposefully being very busy all weekend and then staying up all night and working like a demon.

(There surely must be a German word for this, in the way that schadenfreude and doppelganger sum up a notion perfectly, leaving gaping holes in the English language…)

I think this is why I LOVE cycling and it suits me so well.  It must be one of the most staggeringly obvious things to say, but it still never ceases to amaze me just how much ground you can cover on a bike.  That slightly too long walk to the tube, the irritation at hanging around waiting for the bus, heart-racing realisation that you’ve left it a bit late for the school pick-up (again)… that general need to plan ahead that I loathe so much all become issues of the past.   Since taking up city cycling, I get an ‘almost too late but saved by the bike’ thrill time and time again – because cycling is just so utterly convenient.   Have bike lock key, few basic essentials you grab as you race out the door, bike right outside and actually never run the risk of leaving it too late.  Because it’s all about calculated risk and not really ever screwing up.

Of course, now that cycling everywhere means I shouldn’t be late, the new (and very sad) thrill in my life is never putting the bike lock key back in the same place…

Oh I do like to BEG beside the Seaside

May 17, 2011 in Bicycle inspiration, Bike Candy, Press, Town and Country Cycling

Sorry.  TERRIBLE title, but didn’t we have a lovely time, the day we went to… not Bangor but Broadstairs, and the equally lovely Whitstable, home of the famous Whitstable Oyster Festival.

We’re constantly being asked by the press – and our customers – for new pics of BEG Bicycles out and about ‘on location’ and because summer is nigh upon us, this seemed like a perfect excuse to get Bella out there, parading by the sea.  She certainly stole a few looks on the beach!

Full shoot final images to follow soon, but here are a few of our faves to get everyone in the summer cycling mood… and oh, those billowing nighties.   Blooming marvellous!


‘Tis the Sessun…

May 6, 2011 in Bicycles

… to be cycling.  It’s Friday, it’s five to five and it’s… (ok – so only about a tenth of the British population born between 1968 and 1980 will get that, so sorry for the parochialism)… NOT Crackerjack, but the weekend. Hurrah!

Thoughts turn to two long blissfully unplanned days,  a weekend of opportunities, endless cycle route options (actually our weekend involves a VAT return but hey-ho) and romantic notions of a perfect summer cycling wardrobe.

Actually, that is just a cheap link to talk about the delightful French brand, Sessun, whose collection is full of cyclelicious outfits… all 70s LIberty prints and French rock chick.  Check out their beautiful website, nay leave it on for a good half an hour in the background while you bask in their fantastic playlist of sweet folky summer tunes.  Even better,  download the ones you like best, whack ‘em on your ipod (we’ve got Low Files Tropical by Get Back Guinozzi on repeat) and get pedalling… and DON’T forget to wear the Kensington jacket to match your Bella in Chalk.  You’ll look a peach.

Image {Sessun}