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Fancy winning a Bobbin Cape and a copy of The Girl's Bicycle Handbook? Well, to be in with a chance to win all you need to do is enter the online raffle above. The winner will be picked at random and announced on 24th March. The Bobbin Cape is the ideal addition to any stylish cyclists spring wardrobe and it could be yours for FREE!

Posted by caz at 11:43
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Cyclists casting call...


Calling all cyclists who like the limelight... Sky are looking for cyclists to star in their new campaign. take a look at the casting details below and if you fir the bill get in contact with Jonny.Yapi@bskyb.com
 

"At Sky it’s our mission to get people back out on their bikes!
We are producing a new campaign to raise awareness of our SKY RIDE (goskyride.com) cycling website. We want cyclists across the country to discover the host of cycling related activities and info it contains.
Our campaign is based on the emotion of cycling. Everyone who’s ever ridden a bike will know how riding a bike feels, this feeling is common to all. Therefore we’d love to feature the real cyclists of Britain in the TV spot, along with members of the Sky Team. We want to illustrate and celebrate the host of cycling Britons that there now are.
 
Specifically we are after the following categories of British cyclist:
-Female: 18-35 non-competitive (ie non lycra wearing!) Loves her bike, loves riding her bike! Uses her bike to go shopping, see friends.
-Boy: aged 6-9 and his family. 
-Competitive males and females: Aged over 30. Committed weekend cyclists.
-Mountain bikers: (we’re not talking Red Bull Rampage! Just folks who like going off the road even if that means strictly “on path”).
-Non Competitive males over 35. If you use your bike to get places- that’s what we’re after.
 
We’re happy to shoot groups or individuals.
If you’re interested in taking part or know of someone that’s fits the bill please don’t hesitate to contact us:



Jonny.Yapi@bskyb.com

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Dreamy inspiration on Pin Interest...

 
Have a look at our boards and follow us if you like what you see


I have finally got around to setting up a Pin Interest account  -very slow on the uptake I know but better late than never as am loving it!  Simply looking through an eternal stream of pretty pictures and pinning the ones one likes is not just a treat for the eyes but is also remarkably calming and satisfying . So if you have a spare 5 mins and can't be bothered to tweet or talk have a look at our boards, and get taken on a journey of discovery on the smorgasbord of inspiration and  loveliness that is Pin Interest.
 

See our board of nice Bicycle pics



See our favourite pics from all our photoshoots
See our board of random stuff we like
 


PS. I have not yet figured out how to add a Pin interest widget to my blog... when I upload the widget it just published as a link not a button (see below) and Pin interest is not on the share options in blog settings. If anyone knows how so it and has the time to explain it, pls email me...caz@cyclechic.co.uk

 



Cyclechic

Posted by caz at 14:59

Tell me why you love your bike??


If you are a lady who cycles and you have a spare 10 mins, I would love, love, love it if you would email me your answers to the 3 questions below. I am currently writing a book for women about cycling and want to pepper it with mini interviews from real women who cycle.

All you need to do is email me answers to the following 3 question.

Email me at caz@cyclechic.co.uk

Copy and paste the questions into the email, and rattle off your answers. pls dont spend too long on it just write whatever comes to mind.

Also if you have a photo of you on/with your bike that you would be happy to be printed attach it to the email. Thank you!

1. What bike do you ride and why do your like it?

2. What do you love about cycling/ how does it benefit your life?

3. What's your favourite outfit to cycle in?

4. Do you cycle to work? If so tell me about the benefits? And how you carry stuff you need for work on your bike?

Also, you DO NOT have to be London based, I would love to hear from people from all over the globe!

The deadline for answers is 28th June 2013.

If your profile is going to be selected for the book, you will be emailed by 24th July.

Thank you! Cant wait to read your answers and see you pics.

Caz x


 

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Like us on Facebook and win £50 Gift voucher

 

To celebrate the launch of our new Gift Section we are giving away a £50 Gift Voucher to spend at Cyclechic.co.uk. All you need to do is Like our new Facebook Fan Page. The Lucky winner will be picked at Random and will be announced on the Fan Page on 7th Dec.

We have been searching high and low for the best pressies for your cycling loved ones and have got some real crackers lined up, 3 of my faves are....

1. Candy Bell £16.99, all wrapped up like a sweety! (currently unavailable)

 

 

Reflective Helmet Bow £12.99

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Hot in a Helmet: We Need You!


Readers of the blog will know we are on a mission this summer to rid the 'Bike Helmet' of its geeky image and champion it as a Fashion Accessory not a Fashion Crime.
 
Its not that we think everyone should ALWAYS wear a helmet when cycling. Wearing a helmet is a choice and I am all for the freedom of  flowing locks. However when I first started cycling in London I was scared of the roads and a combination of wearing a helmet and having professional cycle training gave me a much needed confidence boost.

So to help women get over their helmet hang ups we have launched a Hot in a Helmet Gallery and we need pics of you 'rockin' it in your helmet.

You can email us your pics to hotinahelmet@gmail.com or tweet them to @cyclechic

Or just have a browse at the gallery and like your fave looks.

Posted by caz at 11:19
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Love London, Go Dutch

I've just signed the petition to support LCC's Love London, Go Dutch Campaign. The general idea, as the name suggests,  is to make our streets as safe and as inviting for cyclists as they are in the Netherlands, where 47% of the population cycle regularly.

When I first started writing London Cycle Chic. I did a lot of research into the barriers that prevent people from cycling. Safety fears were by far the main barrier. And although the image of cycling has seen a vast improvement in recent years and there are more bikes on the London streets, is it really any safer than it was 5 years ago?

I cant speak for the whole of London but I haven't seen many changes to the routes I do regularly. And especially as most of my journeys are now done with my 3 years old daughter in tow, I am highly aware of any possible dangers or risky roads.

On our regular journey to the swimming pool, I opt for as almost entirely non-road route, through a business park , along a very wide pavement (cus it just seems silly not too when faced with the busy A315). This is by no means a cycle specific route but as a lot of cyclists do you make up your own route in preference to busy, vehicle orientated roads.

As cycling becomes more and more popular and everyone seems to agree it a jolly good solution for London's transport problems, surely more radical changes need to be taken. The unnecessarily wide pavement on my way to the swimming pool has very few pedestrian's using it. I have often thought it would accommodate a segregated cycle lane rather nicely and then perhaps we would see more Mums and Dads cycling there kids to the swimming pool rather than driving.

There are however quite a few journeys where I can not find a sneaky alternative route and the main road is the only way to go. These are often a no no with the little one and we both end up glum on the bus.

The LCC  campaign is  focused on putting a stop to car-centric planning and making a dedicated space for cyclists on these larger roads
" That’s why our 'Go Dutch' campaign calls for clear space, Dutch-style, for cycling along major roads in every London borough."

So please if you cycle and Love London, show your support and sign up to Go Dutch.

Posted by caz at 11:21

Dawn Porter hauls her cookies from London to Paris by Bike!

 

TV Presenter and old uni chum of mine, Dawn Porter, took on the huge challenge of cycling from London to Paris last week. Despite severe saddle sore, she made it and we were only too happy to kit her out with a helmet and panniers to help her complete the mammoth ride in style.

 

 
 

 

 

 

 

 

Dawn was not just doing the ride to tone her thighs, she was raising money for a charity dear to her heart, Breast Cancer Care. So in keeping with the pink theme we sent her Sawako Furuno Ribbon Helmet in Rose and two Pink Maripopas Panniers.

Well done Dawn!

 

 

 

 

 

Posted by caz at 11:18

Floral fun this weekend!

 

Fancy doing something different this bank holiday weekend, why not pop down to the Southbank and join the Floral bike parade.
 

 

The floral bicycle parade is part of Southbank Centre’s Weekend 51 (26th-28th August), a weekend looking back at the 1951 Festival of Britain. Sunday’s events are in partnership with the Mayor’s Story of London festival, which has been curated by the Museum of London, and pay homage to community involvement in 1951 when many outer London boroughs took part with a wide variety of celebratory events. Local museums in five of the original participating boroughs – Dagenham, Brent, Haringey, Redbridge and Wandsworth – are hosting displays in their boroughs and recreating some of the activities that took place.
Cyclists are invited to recreate the floral bicycle parade of the Festival of Britain by decorating their bikes, helmets and clothes for a grand parade around Southbank Centre.

 

 The original parade took place in Haringey, and so Haringey cyclists will be leading the parade on the 28th.  Decorating stations will be open on site from 2pm for any last minute touches, and the parade begins at 4pm at Southbank Centre Square Doors.
 

 

The perfect accessories have to be the Yakkay Flower helmet and a lovley floral Kitsch Kitchen Pannier.

 
 
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Posted by caz at 19:37

Get Dashing for the Tweed Run this weekend

 

If your pedaling on down to the tweed ride this weekend you might see these dapper chaps along the way. Dashing Tweeds have collaborated with Italian Bicycle company ABICI to launch there ready to wear Cycling jacket and showcase ABICI lovely 50's inspired bicycles

"The collaboration between ABICI and Dashing Tweeds sees the ‘Dashing Tweeders’ photographed in Primrose Hill on a pair of one-off ABICI Granturismo Uomo Dashing Tweed bicycles and an ABICI Velocino. All three riders and bikes will be participating in this week’s Tweed Run in London on Saturday 9th April.

Sporting a range of bespoke garments from Dashing Tweeds and showcasing their forthcoming ready to wear bicycle jacket in Green Sergeant tweed, complete with reflective stretch panels and vents, the shoot also features a tank top in reflective LumatwillTM and a cycle suit, waistcoat and plus 5s in McDougal check."

Unfortunately I am away in the States so will miss the tweed run this year but have fun to all those taking part!

 

Posted by caz at 04:24

The Bicycle Muse at the SF Bike Expo



Looking forward to our forthcoming trip to the fabulous cycling city of San Francisco for the SF Bike Expo at Cows Palace on Sat 6th November. We will be there promoting our new US site The Bicycle Muse and will be selling our lovely helmets, panniers and other beautiful bicycle bits and bobs.
We will be doing YAKKAY helmet fitting and will be giving customers a sneaky peak of our long awaited vintage box bags.

We are also very excited to be taking part in the Pedal Savvy Fashion show, showing off the best of the best in the Cycle Fashion world.
It may be a bit far to come from the UK but for all our US readers, if you are n the bay area please come down and say hello!

Posted by caz at 23:22

See My Style, See My Disability


Here at Cyclechic we are big supporters of looking good on two wheels and this doesn't stop at bicycles... We are thrilled to be supporting the Disabled and Sexy charity fashion show happening in Notting Hill on 25th October. The show will feature models and work by designers who suffer from Muscular Astrophy in aid of the Jennifer Trust.



The show will use disabled and able bodied models, in an effort to prove that fashion is for everyone. Sophie Morgan, contestant on Britain’s Missing Next Top Model will be making a guest appearance in the show. The evening will be hosted by Jonathan Phang, who is highly respected in the fashion industry and was host of Britain’s Missing Next Top Model.  Doug Henderson, Head of Fundraising commented “This is an amazing opportunity for our young people affected by SMA to make a real difference in the fashion world. All of us here at The Jennifer Trust are proud of the work that has gone into this project, and excited about the show itself”.
 
The Jennifer Trust is the leading national charity in the UK dedicated to supporting children and adults affected by Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA). SMA is a genetic neuromuscular condition which causes muscle weakness in varying degrees of severity. In its severest form, Type I SMA is the largest cause of genetic death in infants in the UK today, usually fatal before the second birthday. Children affected by Type II SMA will never walk, and rely on electrically powered wheelchairs to gain mobility and independence. Proceeds from the Disabled & Sexy Fashion Show will go towards The Jennifer Trust continuing to provide ‘help for today and hope for tomorrow’ to all those affected by SMA.
 
So if you fancy a showbiz night, wearing a posh frock and sipping champagne what better  a cause for the proceeds to go to. To show your support to the young people who have organised this fantastic event, visit www.disabledandsexy.co.uk for more information, or contact The Jennifer Trust on 01789 267520 to purchase tickets at £20.

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