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…
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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.
We try to avoid it generally, but brace yourself. We are going to mention the C word.
Ah! There it is, out in the open for all to see – and indeed, yes, summer really is only just over, but Christmas is a coming – in all its splendid, joyful, consummate glory!
Dare we say it, but some of our fabulously organised customers are already stocking up with BEG goodies – bikes have been ordered, helmets wrapped, bike baskets sent to Father Christmas…
But if you’d actually like to come and see us, try out a bike (they make amazing Christmas presents – particularly to yourself), see which helmet suits you, pick up a flask for Uncle Brian and procure a satchel for your hipster son/daughter/nephew/boyfriend (insert as appropriate), we are going to have a SHOP at The Country Living Christmas Fair in Islington, London! The fair runs from Wednesday 7th November until Sunday 11th November, and has extended hours on the Wednesday for a gala evening, so you can always pop in after work.
Ho ho ho indeed!
You will be able to buy there and then from our entire BEG Bicycles collection and even better, we will be including our beautiful handmade willow baskets FREE with any bicycle purchase made during the course of the fair.
If you’d like to come, we are giving away TWO free tickets worth £13.00 each in a competition over on our facebook page. Simply follow the link here and drop us a line to tell us…
I would like a BEG Bicycle for Christmas because…’
Someone switched on Autumn all of a sudden, but there is still time for some lovely seasonal bike rides before the weather turns wintery! We’ve got lots of great rides lined up in the coming months, including our regular Cambridge ride this Sunday (21st October). Joy Rides also crossed the channel this month (Le Joy Ride Paris?) for a very scenic ride along the Seine, and we’ll be doing another one in November. Details to follow for any Parisians who would like to come along. Chapeau!
For the Beg Bicycles Joy Ride on Sunday 21 October, we’ll be meeting at 10.30am at the Newnham Road Car Park in Cambridge
From there we’ll be cycling through Cambridge and out to Milton Country Park, where we’ll enjoy a cuppa at the country park cafe before completing a circular route back to Newnham Road. The ride is approximately 8 miles. Really hope you can join us!
Don’t forget, you can find out more information about Beg Bicycles at www.begbicycles.com and can read all about our previous Joy Riding exploits here!
O September – how you tease the poor cyclist with your unpredictable and unreliable ways! You revel in tripping us up, running us amok with your indecisiveness. You create all sorts of dilemmas with your chilly mornings and long shadows, all glaring sunlight and chances of rain and your sultry afternoons that delude us that summer is back and that require the miraculous appearance of a completely different outfit.
An array of decision-making processes fill the September cyclist’s head as they attempt to pack the panniers for the confusing day ahead whilst keeping it as minimal as possible. Bare legs or not (with coordinating goose bumps?), how many layers, that ‘in-between season’ jacket that you’ve never actually owned, a (gasp at the horror) cagoule (or rather chic cycling-specific raincoat), sunnies… and that’s just the wardrobe. Where’s it all going to fit? Load up the basket? Use panniers today? Get a pack-horse and tether it up to the back of the bike?
Despair not however because we all know, of course, that Autumn ‘for real’ is just around the corner (hurrah), and revel in its crisp, sharp air and soggy leaves we shall!
Here at BEG we’re feeling the autumn glow already and are excitedly looking forward to getting wrapped up for chilly cycling and hitting the road with some great new products that will make your daily cycling commute, or weekend jaunt on your wheels all that bit more cosy and pleasurable! Let us therefore introduce, without further ado, our new Autumn Winter 2012 campaign - Crisp Autumn Cycling…
October – we embrace you!
All products now in store for immediate delivery @ www.begbicycles.com
Thanks to lovely Hush homeware for featuring us (or at least Catherine) on their blog and newsletter this month. We now all know where to go to get our new stylish cycling wardrobes this Autumn! I want that super-cosy looking red outfit on the homepage in its entirety! You can read the interview with Catherine here on the Hush blog.
And by the way, Catherine says she doesn’t normally cycle around with dead leaves dangling out her basket. Right. We did wonder…
Check out the beautiful Hush AW12 collection at www.hush-uk.com. Oh and, Hush… tell your stylist to get some decent wheels for your model next time. That old bike has seen better days!