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… because we’re delighted to let you know that if you tiptoe over now to womenswear brand, hush‘s beautiful website and check out their lovely blog, you’ll find that you could soon be owner of one of our very own Betty bicycles. hush shot their new AW14 campaign in Amsterdam so its very befitting that they are giving away one of our very classically Dutch bicycles as well as the ginormous grocers basket that goes with it.
We love hush, and not only because of those long-limbed, tawny haired, tawny eyed and tawny skinned models (oh to be ‘tawny’ in some way!) but because of their super-relaxed, effortlessly chic style that just, well – works. Full of versatile pieces that are as stylish as they are practical, the autumn/winter 14 range includes a wide range of gorgeous knits, feminine and flirty skirts to everday dresses, trousers, plus a brand new outerwear range – all in a rich pallet of colours. Also in the collection are the best cotton pyjamas on the market and a great collection of contemporary basics – tops, tees, tanks and leggings – which are everyday essentials in any women’s wardrobe.
One of our customers sent us this delightful photo of cycling with his god daughter on the bespoke Racing Green Billy we built for him.
Bike rides should surely always be this much fun, don’t you think!
The first EVER L’Eroica Britannia is mere weeks away (calm down, calm down, it’s not Erotica , we hasten to add, as one of our team here disappointedly found out).
But disappointment it will be NOT. Yours truly will be there showing our sterling steeds, and other fine wares, but that’s just the tip of the iceberg (although some might say an historic cycling road race spanning the majestic hills and valleys of the Peak District, Derbyshire is a close contender).
Here’s our guide to the weekend – and hope very much we’ll see you there!
First of all, it’s going to be an almighty festival topped off by a road race in the very best vintage tradition. L’Eroica literally translates as ‘the heroes’. L’Eroica Britannia embraces the idea of heroic cycling and the romance of cycling as it once was, recognising the age old ideals of valour and courage. The l’Eroica hails from Tuscany and is described by The Guardian as ‘Run on gravel roads with 80s bikes, woollen jerseys and fuelled by rich Italian food and wine, the gloroius L’Eroica race captures the golden era of cycling’.
The pinnacle of the festival is on Sunday 22 June, with a three route bike tour of some of the most spectacular and uncharted landscape of The Peak District, including the private lands of the Chatsworth Estate. Come on the day and marvel at the unique spectacle of nearly 2000 riders taking on the challenge of the mighty Peak District on pre-1987 vintage bikes dressed to the nines in glorious vintage apparel. Have a look at the routes HERE http://www.eroicabritannia.co.uk/route
But it’s not all about the ride. An entire family festival has been planned around the cycling, celebrating ‘Best of British. Experience three jam packed days of live music, shopping and fun fair magic. There’ll be more than 100 brilliant brands including fascinating vintage sales, lifestyle finds, bike brands (including yours truly), a Bike Jumble and amazing street food trucks and drinking experiences. The style mavens over at Elle Decoration have even included the event in their compilation of the most amazing events happening this summer in the UK.
And furthermore, the entire event is FREE! What’s not to love…
Find out all about it on the event’s fabulous website L’Eroica Britannia.
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.
… to all our customers, suppliers and friends! Anyone got any good rides planned over the bank holiday?
Lets hope the weather warms up a tad, and that all our new customers receiving their bicycles this weekend will be able to get our there and enjoy a ride. If the Easter bunny brings what we are hoping for, a bike ride and some furious pedalling will certainly be in order.
We’re open tomorrow (Good Friday), Saturday 30th March and then all back to normal from Tuesday 2nd April, but do send us an email… and chances are we’ll get back to you.
After being properly scuppered by the snowy conditions in January, we’re going to give it a go again with the Beg Bicycles February Joy Ride. January’s cancelled ride was such a good one, we’re running it again (or rather riding it) and we hope you’ll come along too for some great cycling company, super-tasty pit-stops (coffee and cake is always a pre-requisite!) and generally a good time.
The February ride is on Sunday 17 February. 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, I 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.
Look forward to seeing you on 17 February! Any queries, as ever, please do drop us an email here or call Esther on 07910 487 856. If you can let us know if you are coming along, that would be REALLY great!
By the way – the image above is, of course, a joke. We look a whole lot more sporty than that – and naturally go a lot faster.
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.
The October Beg Bicycles Joy Ride was one of those lovely scenic bike rides that clears the cobwebs and makes you glad to be alive! It really was a day of mists and mellow fruitfulness and yet again, a dry day! Our Joy Rides have certainly been smiled on by the weather gods this year!
We met at Newnham Road car park and then cycled through the centre of Cambridge (avoiding dogs, tourists, pedestrians!) and then alongside the river, admiring the hustle and bustle of rowing activity on and around the riverside.
From there, we swished through the autumn leaves out to Milton Country Park where we stopped for tea and cake. I enjoyed a large steaming mug of coffee and the gooiest chocolate muffin you have ever seen! Well, we’d cycled six miles, so needed refuelling! The conversation quickly turned to the merits of different cake and quite a debate ensued! We were delighted to welcome to the ride Miss Sue Flay of The Secluded Tea Party so we definitely had an expert on hand for our baking and caking questions!
Following a lovely pitstop in the fresh air and a good chinwag, we made our way back from Milton Country Park to the centre of Cambridge and said our farewells.
The last Beg Bicycles Joy Ride for 2012 will be on Sunday 25 November. Further details to follow – and hope we’ll see you!
Thanks to Sue and Esther for the images.
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!