When I'm not racing around in the land of creative crafty bloggers I can be found on a variety of bicycle blogs.Pea green it must be said.Oh to live in a city where this is the favoured form of commuting and where drivers respect and accommodate the cyclist.I know I have mentioned this here before but I just had to show you a video I found over here.Feel free to bop along!!
Lately ,rather than spending my evenings sewing while glued to the likes of Brothers and Sisters or Greys Anatomy,I have been spending the time cruising blogs of a different kind.I have a new passion people and it is of the two wheeled variety.
Speaking as a girl who has never in her life had a bicycle before,I have become deeply madly in love with some of these gorgeous glossy ladies.Completely impractically,hey thats me!, my heart beats faster for the European granny style heavy steel bikes which to ride in hilly Sydney would be beyond ridiculous but..... if I have enough gears I figure I should be able to get up a little hill or two.Besides I am not going to exercise on it intentionally.Really I just want to be able to go riding with the children who very cunningly take complete and utter advantage when they are on wheels and I am on feet and zooooooooom into the distance.There are only so many people who are interested in hearing other childrens names shrieked loudly by a "no really this isnt a panic run-truly.Im just hurrying" woman tearing past in her ballet flats.Sneakers are just so kind of.....chunky....you know?!?
I have discovered that there is an entire network of truly passionate bicycle lovers out there and they are encouraging and helpful.Whether they make the bike,sell the bike,collect and fix the bike or just luuuuurve to ride the bike I am enjoying the education I am receiving in my quest for my perfect bike.Actually thats wrong.One thing i am learning is that there is no one perfect bike and some of these people have more bikes than some women have shoes.
My favourites and absolute best so far.
This is gorgeous Paula by retrovelo.I also love the pidgeon blue.Yummy!
Next up is the fab Velorbis Studine Classic.Scrap Deluxe is also divine but i don't really want a silver bike.Love this red though.
Good old Pashley is always a winner.Meet the Princess Sovereign who I have secretly lusted after for years but now,sob sob,I have to admit she has some decent competition
Still Pashley but now the sweet Poppy.
Viva is a new discovery and I like her.Very funky and terribly comfortable
Gazelle have good solid traditional bikes but they are also bringing out this sweetie.
Workcycles have a great Omafiets workbike but there is no-one here who stocks them.
Now do you see that delicious crochet style basket up the top there?She came home with me nearly two years ago and houses my unfinished bits and pieces(full) but she will be going on the front of my bicycle when I choose and my jar is full.I'm thinking that Paula in cream is the best choice so far as she will also take panniers that will have picnic stuff and possibly a soccer ball in them.
There is an array of vintage bicycles but they involve hunting and restoring.In a grease monkey kind of way I am rather tempted by that idea too.
Do you ride?What type of bike do you have and how do you use her?