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.
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.
Big thanks to the lovely Country Living magazine, for featuring our Persephone Pink Bella on the front cover this month. Gorgeous!
A mere week of sunny days and marginally warmer temperatures and the world seems like a much friendlier place. We’ve heard from lots of you that you’ve been out cycling so much more than winter allowed, and long may it continue, we say. Welcome to Spring, bicycle lovers!
Our next Beg Bicycles Joy Ride is on Sunday 23 March 2014, meeting at 10.30am. We’ll be cycling from the lovely National Trust Anglesey Abbey, Cambridgeshire (meet in the car park) and travelling around the daffodil-lined lanes in the area before heading back for scrumptious tea and cakes at Anglesey Abbeys lovely cafe and garden. Joy Rides are all about enjoying a genteel bike ride at a manageable pace, gorgeous scenery and great company. Oh – and the obligatory cake stop! For anyone thinking about coming along, you can read about our previous rides here.
Is there a better way to spend a Sunday morning!
Future Joy Ride dates for the diary include Sunday 27 April and Sunday 11 May 2014, and monthly thereafter through the summer and Autumn. Watch this space!
We like to keep our rides small and sweet so please drop us a line at email@example.com to confirm your place.
We love sending our bicycles out for bespoke events, photo shoots and film production…. the bikes definitely get all the glamorous jobs! We were therefore totally intrigued to find out what Cycling Active editor, Matt Lamy had up his sleeve when he called us last summer to borrow a Bertie for a shoot. Matt told us he had a complete first world war period military uniform lined up and the bike might get a bit muddy.
Fast forward to this month’s Cycling Active magazine, and Matt and photographer Andy Jones have produced a beautiful 12 page feature, The Great War, in which Matt retraces a WW1 soldier’s emotional journey 100 years ago from northern England across the channel to the bleak battlefields of the Somme on one of our Bertie bicycles. Its a poignant piece of writing and the photography is stunning. We think (naturally) that Bertie looks very much the part, as indeed befits his continental classic origins. Here are some of our favourite images of Matt and our Bertie on their journey…
Set off on your own epic journey with a Beg bicycles mens classic bicycle. From £745.00.
Introducing some beautiful and practical new cycling products to load up your bicycle in style. From wicker panniers, to stylish tote bag style shoppers, and even a wicker dog basket for the furry love of your life, we’ve got your shopping, work files, laptop all packed up for the ride.
Available in store now.
A helmet that combines sartorial savvy with safety is undoubtedly hard to come by, but our new collection of cycle helmets by esteemed Japanese designer Sawako Furuno meets our exacting ‘style meets functionality’ criteria perfectly. Put simply, these helmets are utterly gorgeous, beautifully-made and coordinate with our bicycle collection a treat (can you imagine how excited we were to FINALLY find a tan leather helmet? Swoon…)
Available here for immediate shipping. Get that head protected.
Esther’s kicking off a brand spanking new year of our wonderful Joy Rides with a real treat for January! Yes, another year bites the dust, but the Beg Bicycles January Joy Ride proposes to blow away the cobwebs, while still retaining some festive cheer! We have not one but TWO potential foodie stops on the way. Well, we have to ease ourselves back in gently, don’t we?
The January ride is on Sunday 20 January. We’ll be meeting at Shepreth train station car park at 10.30am. To fortify us prior to setting off, we’ll have tea and cake at Teacake, a lovely little tea room in Shepreth, which we went to last January and is well worth a return visit for its warm welcome and the owners’ impressive knowledge of aromatic teas!
From there, we’ll cycle to Fowlmere, Newton, Haslingfield and Barrington (yes, we’re going up Barrington Hill, gulp!) and then have another well-deserved pit stop at the Royal Oak pub in Barrington. Keeping it informal, Esther won’t be booking a table for us all for this stop, so if you’d like to eat please do, or just stop for a drink, the choice is yours!
From Barrington, we’ll continue back to Shepreth. The cycle route is a round trip of 11 miles.
Really hope you can join us on 20 January! Any queries, as ever, please do drop Esther a line at firstname.lastname@example.org.
… bike on by to Beg Bicycles. We’ve got some truly inspirational gift ideas for the cyclist – and non-cyclist in your life…or simply for treating yourself!
All items available for immediate dispatch www.begbicycles.com.