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The April Joy Ride

April 22, 2014 in Joy Rides

 

 


Esther has planned a stunning ride to round off April, and if we haven’t already tempted you over to Norfolk to visit our stand  at the County Fair (see here for more on that!), cycling around some of Cambridgeshire’s lovely lanes is a very good alternative on The List of Fabulous Ways to Spend a Spring Weekend. Here are all the details about the ride…

 

 Next Sunday 27 April is our April Joy Ride. We’ll be heading to lovely Saffron Walden and meeting at the Swan Meadow car park at 10.30am.

 We’ll be heading out to Littlebury and then out into the Essex countryside, past Audley End and then back into Saffron Walden. It’s about an eight to ten mile ride and Malcolm tells me that there are some small inclines on route.   Once we’ve finished the ride, we will perambulate into Saffron Walden for tea and cake. My recommendation is Molly’s Coffee Shop!

Hope to see you on Sunday! Please do email us on hello@begbicycles.com if you have any questions, or to book a spot on the ride (we like to keep our rides small and sweet, so places are limited).

 

Our May Beg Bicycles Joy Ride is on Sunday 11 May – details to follow soon!


 

Roll up! Roll up!

April 22, 2014 in Bicycles, Enjoy the ride

 

We’re exhibiting at the Norfolk Game and County Fair this weekend (26th – 27th April 2014) at the Norfolk Showround, Norwich and really hope we’ll see you there!

We’ll be loading up our very nicest van with a little bit of everything including a bevy of Bettys, an a-bundance of Berties and all sorts of cycling loveliness for you to test ride, try on, ding dong and generally enjoy!

You can buy tickets, download your map and generally get excited at what promises to be a lovely event here.

 

 

 

British Country Fete by Robert Duckworth Greenham.  Beautiful.

Aint got that Swing!

April 17, 2014 in Bike Candy, Cycling Accessories, Reviews

 

Combining genuine style with practicality is an art form, and its what we really believe in here at BEG Bicycles. Finding products designed for cycling that work really well and look as good on or off the bike. So it’s a real pleasure for us to be able to announce our latest cycling accessory collaboration.

{Drum roll….}

Introducing the BEG Bicycles Michaux Club Limited Edition collection of handbags, made in Britain and designed for cyclists.

Created for modern women, the collection combines the desire to be elegant and stylish with the practical requirements of busy lifestyles and the functional needs of transportation by bikes. The Beg Bicycles Michaux Club collection allows you to cycle with ease, and whether you’re conquering a daily commute to work or a leisurely ride at the weekend, Michaux Club bags not only provide the answer to your cycling concerns, but also take you from bike to boardroom in an instant. No one would ever know you are sporting the latest in rider safety accessories. Ingenious features such as 3M reflective detailing for safer night time cycling and a cross body support strap are all given a carefully considered aesthetic.

 

 

The bags are constructed with a waterproof cotton canvas outer layer to ensure your belongings are kept safe and dry whatever the weather, combined with beautifully detailed, highest quality British vegetable tanned leather. Each bag cleverly incorporates unique technical elements including various fastening options, practical pocket positioning and discreet reflective inbuilt design.

 

In line with our own principals of keeping it local, Michaux Club are committed to creating their products as close to home as possible and believe manufacturing here in Britain is a defining aspect of their authenticity. The BEG Bicycles Michaux Club collection is hand made in the heart of the Lake District, on the factory’s original 300 year old site, and by one of the few truly British bag manufacturers still remaining in our country.

 

 

The Beg Bicycles Michaux Club collection comprises three uniques styles of bag, available in an exclusive to BEG new colourway, Stone, as well as black.  Designed to look beautifully elegant, both with the BEG Bicycles ladies range of bicycles, or indeed with your wheels of choice, the collection will meet all your cycling needs, and look beautifully stylish to boot!

 

The go-anywhere rucksack: Lightening

 

 

Sleek, spacious and perfect for a busy lifestyle, the Lightening rucksack extends to fit your shopping or gym kit, and rolls down for less ambitious items, keeping all your belongings dry. From your cycle commute to work via the gym, with a quick food shop on the way home, this is a great all round style. Accessible pockets allow you to reach your belongings whilst cycling just in case you need to refer to your trusty map or mobile!

 

The must-have saddle bag: Shadow

 

Sigh. Was ever a saddle bag so stylish – or so versatile? The Shadow saddlebag clips beautifully onto the back of your saddle and then cleverly transforms into either a sweet little backpack, or a very stylish shoulder or crossbody bag, simply by re-fastening the convertible straps. Throw in a lipstick, your purse and keys, a mobile and a puncture repair kit and the day (and night!) are yours.

 

The boardroom to weekend bag: Zodiac

 

Cycle in style – and safety. A smart shoulder bag that can be used in every scenario from cycling to work meetings, or for leisure and pleasure. The Zodiac is worn across the body whilst cycling, and the anti-swing strap keeps your bag safely in position as you ride. Beautifully incorporated reflective panels are an integral part of the design and will ensure that you are safe and sound on dark nights.

 

The collection is now in stock and available to purchase for immediate shipping here.

 

A bicycle made for two…

April 13, 2014 in Bicycle inspiration, Cycling Accessories, Reviews

 

We spend a lot of time here at BEG seeking best in class cycling accessories and it has to be said that finding a child seat that is a perfect fit, top quality manufacture and ticks-all-the-important-boxes in terms of looks and practicality  has been very high up on our to-do lists in recent months.

Nothing is more wonderful than sharing the pleasure and practicality of cycling with your child, and the experience is certainly enhanced by having a good child seat.   I personally have gone through the pain of finding  a good bike seat for our children, so can speak from great experience.  With one child nicely ensconced in school and one still very small girl by my side day and night, cycling as a pair became a priority for a precious short period of time.  At one point, I even toyed with the idea of putting her in the front basket with a little cushion with a stuffed toy.  Back in the pre-BEG days when our daughter was a babe in arms, swayed by its looks, I bought an inexpensive, but very beautiful bike, a Taiwanese-made beach cruiser with wide chrome handlebars that was actually very impractical on narrow city streets and whose beauty was quickly undermined not only by its poor quality build but also by a very ugly grey and blue plastic child seat, that ressembled an injection moulded squid.  Despite this, I had company on my rides and my daughter and I were happy as Larry as we made our daily rounds.  I’d call over my shoulder to her “Are you alright back there?  Pat my back so I know you’re OK!?” which she would dutifully do because at her tender age, words still eluded her, but she would be furiously pointing at all the interesting things we would see on our journey  and her little cheeks would be glowing when we reached our destination as I lifted her carefully out.

When you’ve spent so much time and care choosing the bicycle that is to become a hugely important part of your life, an appendage like a child seat is an important consideration.  First and foremost, it has to play a multifunctional role in not only protecting your progeny from the perils of the world, but it must simply WORK well on a practical-level.  It has to be easy for you  to get your child in and out of without you letting it all go – the bike, your dignity and your poor offspring who is precariously teetering between nice comfy seat and very hard and uncomfortable pavement (Luckily, we have thought of  all that and BEG Bicycles make this easy as we use bi-pod stands which make the bike very stable).  It must conform to all possible safety criteria and tick an impressive checklist of safety standards.  It has to have an easy to open and close fitted safety harness, secure  feet rests and in addition to all the above,  it simply has to look good!  It’s a bit like putting a grey plastic roof box on an Aston Martin.  You just wouldn’t, would you?!

Anyway – we think we’ve found  it.

Introducing the Yepp Maxi childseat collection; front and rear child seats that we think fit the bill – and our bicycles very nicely indeed.

 

Here’s a list of impressive things that we like about Yepp child seats;

+ Fits BEG Bicycles beautifully.  Tick

+ Easily mounted on the bikes seat post using the Yepp Maxi seat post adapter, which fits 95% of bike models

+ Light and easy-to-use

+ Designed to carry children from 2.5 to 6 years of age (up to 48 lbs or approx 22kg).

+ Quick and simple to snap into place and detach.

+ An additional integrated lock guarantees extra safety and guards against theft

+ 5-point harness with easy-to-use buckle and adjustable footrests with straps provide optimal protection

+ Equipped with 3 rear reflectors to ensure visibility

+ Soft shoulder pads are included for added comfort

+ Made of flexible but sturdy rubber material, which ensures both safety and comfort for your precious cargo.

+ The material is shock absorbing, antibacterial and easy to clean, and features a high insulation factor and water resistance.

+ Award-winning product: Baby Innovation Award Winner 2011, Reddot Design Award Winner 2009, Good Industrial Design Winner 2009 and 2010, Dutch Design Award 2009, Fiets Innovatie Award 2009

+ Complies with the most stringent European safety requirements and is certified by the Dutch TNO Institute for applied science research

 

To see our range of Yepp childseats, click here.

 

A very Smart Turnout indeed!

April 3, 2014 in Bicycle inspiration, Press

 

 

We are delighted to announce that our Bertie bicycle has certainly earned his stripes and is making a guest appearance in the very exclusive Princes Arcade in Piccadilly, London this Spring at Smart Turnout’s beautiful flagship store.

Founded by former Scots Guards officer Philip Turner, Smart Turnout is built upon quintessentially British values and traditions.   This classic gentleman’s outfitter offers its discerning customers a collection of preppy clothing and accessories including bags, ties and watches, all based upon British styling combined with pops of colour and always a fresh twist.

Not being able to find a high quality jumper in his regimental colours, Philip set out to source materials and make his own, soon leading to orders from fellow guardsmen for jumpers, socks, ties, and other accessories. Now, the collection has grown into a fully-fledged menswear line that has gained international recognition.

Stockists include Harrods and Selfridges in London, Galleries Lafayette in Dubai as well as J Press and Bloomingdale’s in New York, and United Arrows and Beams in Japan. The store has also had pop-up shops in John Lewis and Selfridges.

2012 saw the opening of Smart Turnout’s first stand-alone store in Princes Arcade, central London, a location specifically chosen to reflect their British traditions and fashionable flair. They now draw in locals and visitors alike and cater for fashion conscious men in London.

We love the brand for the values it shares with BEG Bicycles – classic styling, a contemporary twist, and always attention to detail and fine craftsmanship. What is more, this season they have launched a bicycle-referencing range, which include socks and ties…

Furthermore, the kind folks at Smart Turnout are offering BEG Bicycles customers a very Smart offer of a 10% discount on the entire Smart Turnout collection.  Simply enter the code BIKE10 on their website in the coupon code box .  They have fabulous ideas for presents as well clothing ideas for the discerning gentleman in your life.

We’ve already got our eye on that smart little satchel with the yellow binding…!

 

Visit Smart Turnout to see the collection.