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A Closer Look: Pretty, Pretty, Bike Pretty Satchel

Nothing completes (or destroys) an outfit quite like a handbag, and it’s a surprise any of them hold up to the challenge. They’re tasked with carrying so much: wallet, sunglasses, mobile phones, keys, lipstick, hairbrush, and to do it in style. Throw in the added challenge of attaching to a bike and the pickings are slim indeed.

So when a new bike-friendly bag comes along, it’s worth a closer look. And I was lucky enough to catch Melissa with her new Bike Pretty Satchel at the Pedal Power exhibit at the Los Altos History Museum.

Bike Pretty Bag  Portrait

Drawing from her experience working in the handbag industry in Italy as well as her experience as a fashion-forward cyclist, Melissa designed the Bike Pretty Satchel herself. In the case of this particular one, sewed it herself. The result is a fine leather bag with finishing touches like high quality clasps and reflective materials.

If you’re not up for the challenge of designing your own bag, the good news is that the Bike Pretty Satchel is now available for purchase on the Bike Pretty store on Etsy. If you’re interested, don’t wait. The model in deep burgundy red has already sold out. And you know better than to pass up a chance for a perfect bag.

 
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Posted by on June 13, 2014 in Cycle Fashions

 

Bike Spotting: Madeleine’s Raleigh Twenty Folder

Before there were Brompton or Dahon or Bike Friday folding bikes, there was the Raleigh Twenty, manufactured from the late 1960s to the early 1980s in the UK. Like its modern counterparts, the Twenty was a hit with bike tourists and commuters combining a bike trip with a train, bus or airplane ride. Like vintage cars, there are active fan sites for the Raleigh Twenty. Sheldon Brown even owned one. That’s how bike geek cool they are.

But that’s not why Madeleine bought her Raleigh Twenty. It was simply a good deal on a basic bike to ride around San Francisco, and it came with the luxury of traveling under the radar of bike thieves. When her other bike was snatched cruelly from a bike rack, the thief left her Raleigh Twenty beside it resting in peace.

Madeline

Heavier than its modern counterparts with larger 20″ wheels, and sporting just three gears in its Sturmey Archer hub, you’d think it wouldn’t be the best choice for hilly San Francisco. But Madeleine loves climbing and her little coffee-brown Raleigh Twenty powers her up the steep grades just fine.

Location: Ferry Building Plaza, San Francisco, California, USA.

 
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Posted by on June 11, 2014 in Bike Spotting, Cycle Fashions

 

Fashion Weekend Edition: Bike to Shop Day

It’s easy to have fun hunting for bike-friendly fashions when you have bike-friendly businesses near home. All I need is a new flowery sundress, lacy red sandals and some critical accessories and I’m ready to shop ’til I drop on our first-ever Bike to Shop Day here in Silicon Valley. Let today’s bike shopping extravaganza begin!

Sundress

This is my third, yes, third dress from Boutique 4 in Mountain View. Just as comfy as my power dress.

Follow #biketoshop on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter to follow the adventures on our bike shopping tour in San Jose today.

About Fashion Friday: Inspired by a 2011 Bike to Work Day challenge sponsored by the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition, this series highlights the broad range of “dress for the destination” bicycling fashions.

 
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Posted by on May 17, 2014 in Cycle Fashions

 

Fashion Holiday Edition: Bike to Work Day

Irish-Americans have St Patrick’s Day, Mexican-Americans have Cinco de Mayo, Cajuns have Mardi Gras and bike commuters have Bike to Work Day. The theme for the festivities at the SVBC Bike Away From Work Party this year was “Dress Like Your Bike.” For a classy, vintage-inspired bike like Susie Q Public, that meant giving a nod to Jackie Kennedy in a pill box hat, Chanel-style jacket, classic pumps and kidskin gloves.

Mad Men portrait

Only a few people at the party dressed for the theme (like Winona, Dick & Jill) but who cares? We had fun.

About Fashion Friday: Inspired by a 2011 Bike to Work Day challenge sponsored by the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition, this series highlights the broad range of “dress for the destination” bicycling fashions.

 
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Posted by on May 13, 2014 in Cycle Fashions

 

Fashion Holiday Edition: Kentucky Derby Day

There’s nothing subtle about fashions for spectators at horse races, starting from the top down with the signature Kentucky Derby hats embellished with any manner of flowers, feathers and figurines. A simple white lace dress (a strong trend this season) creates the perfect backdrop for a bold flower necklace and a flouncy wide-brimmed hat in red organza. What am I betting on? That I picked a winning combination.

Kentucky Derby Portrait

About Fashion Friday: Inspired by a 2011 Bike to Work Day challenge sponsored by the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition, this series highlights the broad range of “dress for the destination” bicycling fashions.

 
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Posted by on May 4, 2014 in Cycle Fashions

 

Fashion Friday: Power Dressing with a Power Dress

A touch of red against a backdrop of navy: a classic combination for exuding confidence in a professional setting. A suit may be the ultimate in power dressing, but when done right, like this Diane von Furstenberg-inspired wrap dress in a strong modern print, a power dress can be just as suitable.

Power Dress Portrait

I bought this dress at Boutique 4, a dress shop that’s offering 15% off to bike shoppers on Bike to Shop Day.

About Fashion Friday: Inspired by a 2011 Bike to Work Day challenge sponsored by the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition, this series highlights the broad range of “dress for the destination” bicycling fashions.

 
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Posted by on April 26, 2014 in Cycle Fashions

 

Fashion Weekend Edition: Bike Date Dreamy

The things you do for love. Like wearing a button-down shirt and a sweater for a Friday night bike date, and swapping your singlespeed’s pedals so you can wear regular shoes instead cycling shoes. Or growing a beard just because your sweetie wonders out loud how it would look on you. That’s what love is all about.

Bike Date Portrait 1

About Fashion Friday: Inspired by a 2011 Bike to Work Day challenge sponsored by the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition, this series highlights the broad range of “dress for the destination” bicycling fashions.

 
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Posted by on April 5, 2014 in Cycle Fashions

 
 
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