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The Big Chill – Don’t banish your bike to the shed yet!

November 7, 2014 in Bicycle inspiration, Bicycles, Enjoy the ride

Crikey.  It seems like a while now since we were gaily pedalling along, the sun (on occasion) beating down on us, full of the joys… and whether it was Kentish lanes or Kentish Town, it felt like we owned the road, as we congratulated ourselves on the abundance of benefits we as cyclists had over those poor POOR people shackled to their steering wheels…  But then those feelings of gay abandon and the spontanaeity of it all became just a tiny bit less forthcoming as certain, shall we say, ‘challenges’ decided to present themselves in the panniers of our cycling euphoria….

Getting up at the usual time but it feeling like the dead of night, a bunch of car keys glinting at us in an alluring way by the front door, once crisp jewel-coloured leaves creating a carpet of treachery, and those oh-so lung-aching temperatures… Our love affair with two wheels feeling like we may have hit the seven year itch.

Winter cycling indisputably has more ‘challenges’ than the throw-a-leg-over-and-go style of cycling that summer allows.  But we’ve got some tips to help you get the most out of your bicycle and your winter rides, be they your daily commute, dashing out to the shops or a Sunday morning joy ride.

 

1. Your mother always told you, but it’s all in the preparation!  Book your beautiful bicycle in at your local bike shop for a full annual check-up.  You can get away with it in summer, but winter really is the season for servicing. Your bicycle should ideally have a thorough clean to ensure that all parts are grime-free, some good all-weather lubricant should be added to the chain, cables and parts where metal meets metal and a thorough check-over of all working parts to ensure that bolts, brakes and gears are all adjusted and tightened correctly.  They’ll check your hubs for wear and tear, make sure the lights are functioning correctly and that your tyres have sufficient tread, are the right pressure and dont show signs of damage.  A veritable luxury winter spa retreat for bicycles!

2. Be seen.  We’re big advocates of getting noticed on your bicycle, but it’s never more important than in the darkness and gloom of winter… And we’re talking about safety, not style for once!  Beg bicycles already have several clever bits of kit to make sure you are seen… Our bicycles are all fitted with German-made top quality, powerful Busch und Muller Lumotech front and rear Senso halogen dynamos – reliable and powerful halogens that not only feature a sensor so will switch on automatically as soon there is a hint of dusk, but which will remain illuminated, even when at a standstill.  And all of our bicycles have Schwalbe Delta Cruiser tyres as standard which  have reflective sidewalls for added visibility at night.

3. Now is the time to make sure that you yourself are as visible as possible on snowy days and dark nights and that doesn’t mean letting all your sartorial principles go out the window…. There are some fabulous cycling specific wardrobe staples out there these days including these specialist raincapes from Otto London, stunning hi-viz vests from Vespertine and look out for some exciting new reflective products arriving at BEG in the next few weeks.  We love the ingenious reflective pin-on buttons from SpotMe too…

4. Keep warm as toast! Our new super-cosy His ‘n’ Hers Chapka Helmets (£85.00) will banish chilly ears from winter cycling and keep your head – as well as your sartorial reputation perfectly intact!  We’ve also got dashing  Tweed flat cap helmets and super-elegant ladies hat-mets  (both £85.00) in our helmet shop.

 

5. Even SNOW shouldn’t be a hinderance to a journey on two-wheels.  No special gear is require beyond bundling up warm.  Simply let a little bit of air out of your tyres for better traction, and adjust your riding position.  Relax your arms and wrists and put your weight back in the saddle.  Make big turning circles when changing direction and allow plenty of time for gentle braking.  Only brake facing dead straight forward to avoid (highly embarrassing) skidding!.  And don’t forget enjoy the wonder that is a snow-transformed landscape. So much nicer to be a part of it than stuck behind a windscreen!

6. And whilst we advocate cycling ALMOST 24/7/365, if it really is blowing a snowstorm out there, there is always the bus, hideous as it is! And still better than the car!

 

Stay warm – and safe – on your wheels!


Autumn. / 14

September 20, 2014 in Bicycle inspiration, Bicycles, Enjoy the ride













A little bit of HUSH please…

September 12, 2014 in Bicycle inspiration, Bike Candy, Enjoy the ride, Press

 

 

… 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.

We’ve firmly got our eye on that awesome khaki parker… how practical for chilly morning rides!  See the hush blog for more info…

Happy days…

September 2, 2014 in Bicycle inspiration, Bicycles, Enjoy the ride

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!

 

 

Heroic Indeed

June 9, 2014 in Bicycle inspiration, Bike Candy, Enjoy the ride

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.

 

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.

Happy Easter Cycling….

March 28, 2013 in Bicycles, Enjoy the ride

… 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.

 

Joy Rides February – a case of deja vu?

February 12, 2013 in Bicycles, Enjoy the ride, Joy Rides

 

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.

 

Joy Rides 2013

January 8, 2013 in Bicycle inspiration, Enjoy the ride, Joy Rides

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 hello@begbicycles.com.

The October Joy Ride

October 29, 2012 in Bicycles, Enjoy the ride, Joy Rides

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.

Joy Rides Cambridge… and Le Joy Ride Paris!

October 15, 2012 in Bicycle inspiration, Enjoy the ride, Joy Rides

 

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!

Warming the cockles…

September 24, 2012 in Bicycles, Cycling Accessories, Enjoy the ride

… And Other Areas:

A Guide to Cosy Winter Cycling

Part 1.

Your Nether Regions

 

We’ve been thinking long and hard about cycling in the colder months here at BEG, and considering ways to make your ride all the more pleasurable, whilst being practical and useful.   Autumn and winter cycling has many charms but a chilly backside on an icy cold saddle certainly isn’t one of them!

So one of the new products we’ve come up is the BEG Sheepskin Saddle Cover.  Be kind to your behind, with these luxurious, beautifully-made covers that give a really toasty, very soft and comfortable ride.  They also work a treat if you are breaking your new Brooks saddle in, and finding it rather hard-going!

Our natural sheepskin saddle covers are made in Great Britain from 20mm pile sheepskin, so are very sumptuous, soft and certainly a treat for your derriere!  They are designed to perfectly fit Brooks B66 and 67 saddles, but because of their drawstring and toggle  construction, they nicely fit many other saddles we have tried them on.

There is but one danger.

Once on, you may never want to get off.  Could be a long ride.

A pink bicycle, home-made sandwiches and tah-dah… Tifamade.

June 21, 2012 in Bike Candy, Enjoy the ride, Sites we like...

 

We’ve been wanting to write a blogpost for ages about our friend Tiffany.  We first met Tiffany when we spied some of our BEG collection on her lovely foodie + cycling blog, www.tifamade.tumblr.com, and then we found out that we had two things in common… pink bicycles (sigh!), and a love of Paris (it was living in Paris that inspired us in the first place to start BEG – as have probably said 67, 000 times!).

So please allow us to introduce Tiffany of Tifamade, urban cyclist, creator of Tifamade (delectably handmade lunches and beautifully styled catering brought to you by bicycle), doyenne of the gourmet Parisian sandwich, calligrapher (Tiffany did our ‘Glorious Summer of Cycling‘ lettering), photographer, cyclechic designer and general uber-cool girl about town (and not just any town.  Sorry.  Forgot, we’d mentioned Paris already. It is lovely though)…

 

 

Hello, Tiffany!  Tell us a bit about how you got into cycling your gorgeous pink bicycle all over Paris selling such delectable goodies from your vintage suitcase?

Hi BEGsters! So the long story is that I was living in Pantin at the time, and used the Canal Hoche/St. Martin to commute to Paris centre. I saw a triporteur for rent at a bike shop on the canal and couldn’t help thinking there should be some use for it. And I happened to stumble upon (ride upon?) the suitcase at just the same time. I was dating a coursier à velo (bike courier) so cycling was kind of a household thing.

Where did your love of cycling come from?

My dad is a huge cyclist who comes to France each year from the States for one of the big races. I grew up looking for a way to spend time with him, and that necessitated loving bikes too.

 

 

What gave you the inspiration to start Tifamade.

I thought about all the great food trucks in the United States, and then thought that I’d never be able to do that in Paris. So I decided to use my bike instead.

What’s your best-sellling sandwich?

Maybe I’m projecting because I love it so much, but anytime I make sandwiches with beet hummus, I get a lot of love. Beet hummus is a nice mellow way to eat beets if you aren’t already a huge fan of them.

How do you find cycling in Paris?

I started wearing a helmet religiously last year because my mom was getting an ulcer worrying about me. I say a lot of bad words under my breath because, to be honest, it can be a little sketchy sometimes. For the most part, I really enjoy the universal bike lane and Sundays when cyclists have a lot of freedom throughout the city.

We hear you also design a mean line of cycling accessories..?

Thanks, I try! I’m always trying to solve some design problem because I don’t necessarily want to roll up looking like a hard-core cyclist. Hence the cute bike lock sock and the pant guard. I’m still waiting for my millions, however.

What’s next in the Tifamade empire?

I’m dying for a cargo bike. But like with other bike-related designs, I’m looking for something that isn’t too cargo-y.

tifamade.com

 

Classically beautiful…

May 22, 2012 in Bicycle inspiration, Bike Candy, Cycling Accessories, Enjoy the ride, Press


…and for once we’re not talking about our bicycles!

The fabulous Laura Wright, classical soprano and classical music chart topper, is riding our very own Bella in this week’s Hello magazine (and our 100% lambswool picnic blanket makes an appearance too!).   We love Laura so this is all rather exciting!

Laura’s having an incredible year.  Having been top of the classical album charts in 2011 with her album The Last Rose, Laura became the first soprano to perform at the Olympic Stadium in March and has been selected to record the new Diamond Jubilee song, ‘Stronger As One’, which HM The Queen mentioned in her Commonwealth Day Message at Westminster Abbey in March where the song was premiered.   She’s also just sung at the FA Cup final – and at our favourite – The RHS Chelsea Flower Show.  Her  new album, ‘Glorious’, was released yesterday –  a unique collection of great British songs, old and new, which will celebrate and commemorate the Diamond Jubilee – where she will fly the flag for Britain!

Anyway, we think Laura looks just beautiful  - and Bella isn’t bad either!

Many thanks to the team at Hello, Laura Wright and our friend, Selina Lake.

Even more Bikeminded…

May 7, 2012 in Bicycle inspiration, Cycle to Work, Enjoy the ride, Sites we like...


As you may have read  on this humble bike blog a few weeks ago (or not. Sit up at the back and pay attention), we recently got together with BikemindedRBKC, the fabulous, creative and highly motivating cycling campaign set up by the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, London to do some mutual nosying to see what each other is up to.

We were delighted to be featured on their fabulous blog, Bikeminded last month, and now it’s our turn to find out all about the great work they are doing in the borough to promote cycling.  We spoke to the lovely Katherine King, Road Safety Manager (and urban cycling guru), RBKC who told us all about what they are up to as a borough, and about her own cycling lifestyle.   And if you see lots of smiley, happy cycling folk on the streets of the London, chances are you are probably standing (or better still cycling) in Kensington and Chelsea.

Councils of the World…. your turn to pay attention!

 

Tell us how the fantastic Bikeminded blog came about and some background to the campaign…?

Thank you!  Am glad you like our blog, the feeling is mutual. We received some EU money in 2010 to promote cycling and wanted to develop a campaign that would be a hub for cycling information in Kensington and Chelsea, and a way for people to connect with other cyclists.  We also wanted to promote everyday cycling and show that people can be their same stylish selves on a bicycle.  We did a lot of research to find out what motivates people to cycle and have tried to base our campaign on the top reasons people always mention for cycling.

How has the uptake to the campaign been…? 

We’ve had an amazing response- both from local people and from the cycling community.  We’ve made some great connections with people that have a real passion for cycling and are keen to help us promote it.  We’ve got a growing twitter and facebook following, which is great for finding out more about what cyclists in our area need.

Can you tell us about who is cycling in Kensington and Chelsea? 

Kensington and Chelsea is very similar to most of Central London.  We have higher levels of people commuting to work- about 8% of people cycle to work, but just 3% of people cycle as their main mode.  We have a lot more work to do to get people to hop on their bicycle for every day journeys rather than just the commute or occasional ride through our parks. As in other parts of London there are more young, professional men cycling than any other group.

Have you noticed any cycling trends emerging in your part of London – or london-wide in fact?

Cycling is definitely becoming more fashionable and we see more and more people out on gorgeous looking bicycles.  People who’ve put some real thought into their outfits and how they look on their bicycles.  That is really great to see as for a long time London has lagged behind the cycle chic capitals like Copenhagen and Amsterdam.  We’ve also had the Boris Bike effect here so we see a lot of people out on leisure rides over the weekend and men in suits riding off to work.

What are the initiatives the RBKC undertaking for cyclists in the immediate future…?

We have a fantastic film competition which we’ve just launched, inviting film makers to show us why they love cycling.  We heard that film is the most shared medium on the internet so we thought if we could generate some great films then we’d have a good chance of spreading the cycling message. It’s also a great way to support young film makers in the area as there are some excellent prizes up for grabs. We’re also about to open up a series of one way roads to two way for cyclists, which will mean that cyclists can avoid some of our main roads and that it’s easier to find your way around on a bicycle.

You’ve organised some really fun events for locals.   Can you tell us a bit more about these…?

We thought about how we might be able to entice people out on a bicycle through their other interests- especially those people who might think about cycling but need some motivation to give it a go.  So we’ve designed some tours with themes like film, music and theatre, which will introduce cyclists to some of our quiet back streets and hopefully give them the inspiration and confidence to cycle more often.  We had a few sell out tours last summer so are excited about launching this summer’s series.

You asked me this question in our interview so ‘back atcha!’ How do find inspiration for your blog, which is wonderfully up to date

When I started writing the blog I thought I’d run out of things to say within a couple of weeks, but there are always great things going on and new areas that we want to explore.  At the moment we’re concentrating on cycling films because of our film competition, and are about to launch a cycle style competition with Harrods so we’re trying to focus a bit more of the fashion side of cycling.

What would you say to encourage anyone who is toying with getting back in the saddle but fears the mean streets of London…?! 

When I first moved to London I’d never cycled in traffic before so was terrified.  But I took some cycle training which was really fantastic for teaching me to cycle assertively, and then spent the first few months sticking to the canals and quiet roads.  I’d definitely recommend that anyone thinking about cycling take up our free cycle training offer- most boroughs in London have free cycle training for residents.  It’s great for building confidence and helping any new cyclist to understand the tricks to keep them safe.  And make sure you plan your route and keep to roads that you are comfortable cycling on.  If you ever find you’re feeling things are getting a bit dicey then just get off and walk to a street you’re happier cycling on.

 What type of cyclist are you.. and what bicycle do you ride?

I guess I’m an everyday – utility cyclist, I try to cycle most places just because I prefer it to being squashed on a tube or waiting for a bus, it’s also a much more pleasant way to experience London.  Over time cycling in London my confidence has grown and my knowledge of the quiet back routes has gotten better so I’m pretty comfortable going most places on a bicycle now.  But I’m too lazy to wear special cycling clothes, I think I should be able to cycle in whatever outfit I’ve planned for that day so if it’s a special dress or something then I just cycle slower.  I’m a fan of high, high heels which are of course far easier to cycle in than walk in which is one of the great benefits of cycling!  I ride a pink Electra Townie, which I’ve had for 7 years now and it’s looking a bit battered.  I should upgrade but it’s hard to let go of an old friend.

What would your ideal day out on a bike be in London…?

I love heading out for brunch at the weekends and my current favourite place is Caravan on Exmouth Market in Islington so I often take a lazy ride over there through the parks.  Then cycling through Central London is great at the weekends since there’s so much less traffic so I’d head down into Soho or Marylebone for a mooch around the shops and probably a gelato since it would clearly be hot and sunny on my ideal day!   And seeing as it would be so warm and sunny, I’d probably meet friends in the park for a picnic.  I particularly like Regents Park or Kensington Gardens since they are so central for meeting up with people.

 

Thank you, Kathryn.  And keep up the fabulous and very inspiring work, RBKC!

 

Prima (Donna) Bicycles

May 4, 2012 in Bicycle inspiration, Bicycles, Enjoy the ride, Press

And here’s another one.

Because. Summer. Is. On. Its. Way.  Honestly.

(Thinking about it, just how empty and sad would British lives be if we couldn’t have the opportunity to make little witty sidelines about the weather.  Saying that, we’d get one heck of a lot more cycling days in, so the British weather, whilst it makes for character-building IS A BAD THING).

Thank you Prima magazine for such a great feature, and particularly to Selina Lake, the stylist.  Selina – we are undoubtedly on the same styling wavelength!  I’ve always had a bit a thing for peeling cricket pavillions.

 

Bikeminded indeed….

March 30, 2012 in Bicycle inspiration, Enjoy the ride, Press, Sites we like...

We know the UK isn’t quite Amsterdam or Copenhagen yet, and that we have a long long way to go to be able to create the utopia of cycling that other countries enjoy – but inroads are being made.  There are leaders in this world – and then there are the followers… and in terms of forward-thinking, bicycle infrastructure-focused types, the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea in London is a pioneer in the UK.  It was with great pleasure that we hooked up with them recently and agreed to do some mutual introductions and we’re REALLY looking forward to interviewing them in the next few days and telling you more about the great work they are doing in their borough to make cycling a more accessible, desirable and safe option for their residents and commuters.

In the meantime, here is an interview Catherine did with them yesterday on their fantastic blog, Bikeminded about BEG….  You can read the full interview here.

Look out for our interview with Bikeminded coming next week…

 

 

Your Kingdom awaits you…

March 22, 2012 in Bicycle inspiration, Enjoy the ride, Sites we like...

Nothing compares to the simple pleasure of a bike ride, according to John F Kennedy.  It’s all about the journey, the thrill and satisfaction of the ride and less about the destination after all…. but saying that, there are times when one does need just a little bit of inspiration about where to head off to.

We’ve long been fans of a really wonderful resource, This is your Kingdom, “An Insider’s Guide to Lovely Local Things to See and Do in the UK“, an online community where people can both discover and share these invaluable insider snippets of local knowledge. Nothing beats stumbling upon a local gem – something a bit special or unexpected, or even just a reminder of an event, a cafe, a boutique, a market that you’d forgotten all about.  The site can be navigated by county – or by ‘his’, ‘hers’, ‘kids’ etc so it’s really easy to come across something alluring!

 

We were really thrilled when Hannah who runs the site got in touch to ask us for the lowdown on Cambridgeshire (you can see what we have to say here), and we’re delighted to say that you can now win one of our lovely, tan leather old-school satchels (normally priced at £120.00) by entering a competition we are running with This is Your Kingdom as part of their new ‘Back Britain‘ series.    With 2012 set to be a vintage year for the UK, ‘Back Britain’ is a year-long campaign designed to capture the national spirit at this special time and celebrate all that makes Great Britain so very unique and fabulous.

 

For a chance to win one of our satchels,  follow this link to the site and you’ll see how easy it is to win.  The competition will run until early April, so get in there quickly!

Illustrations via {Jess Linares}.

 

A Glorious Summer of Cycling

February 19, 2012 in Bicycle inspiration, Enjoy the ride

That’s it.

We’re putting winter behind us.

We’re digging out our sandals and we’re getting ready for a truly Glorious Summer of Cycling.

Introducing our new SS12 Ladies bicycle and accessories campaign…  You ready too?

 

 

10 GREAT reasons to cycle this Christmas

December 8, 2011 in Enjoy the ride, Joy Rides, Press

Phew! It’s been a bit of a week… Firstly, we’ve had a incredible photographer and stylist here this week taking very beautiful shots of our place, which sounds glam but has actually involved ‘magically’ making half our worldly goods disappear (ie shoved under every bed, into every cupboard, filling up the cellar to bursting… how we ever will find anything again is the worry du jour!) and a lot of masking tape.  The results are very spectacular but can’t be discussed further for some time… which is making me ache with impatience.

Then we were invited by the very nice people at British Cycling’s Sky Rides to be their first ever guest writer for their Christmas blog post, and this is what we wrote (ahem… sorry if you recognise the first bit from an earlier post.  There was a bit of judicious copying and pasting because…well… sometimes you just can’t rewrite something that turned out how you wanted it to be the first time and was still right the second time you wanted to say the same thing!  You still following…?).  You can read the whole article here.

 

 

By the way, this is a good time to say a bit more about Sky Rides.  Created by British Cycling, Sky Rides are a fabulous network of organised bike rides across Britain, open to all.  Read all about their fabulous regular events on their website, and for some great women-only rides, they have also created the Breeze network – all free, fun and guaranteed to get you hooked on cycling!