Manchic. .

Let it never be said that chic cycling is a female-only phenomenon:
What’s not to love about the Moncler Gamme Bleu collection for Spring/Summer 2011? The show involved bicycles and dapper models wearing stylish bicycle themed outfits. See the whole collection at here at GQ.

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Luggage issues. .

With Spring well on its way in, and a hint of Summer almost tangible but still out of reach, I thought it was about time that we evaluate our “cycle luggage”. The traditional method for carrying your belongings from A to B, and my personal favourite, is to just pop my usual handbag into my basket. Fly also has a rear basket where I can keep my coat on the way into work, ready for the cooler evening air on the way home.
David Hembrow makes some beautiful bespoke cycle baskets in different shapes and sizes, with a selection of differently coloured willows, and with attachments to suit. The basic D-shaped two-tone front basket is pictured below.
Panniers are another great way to carry things, and often come with reflective strips or similar cycle-friendly ideas.
Cyclechic’s handbag carrier is perfect for anyone who wants to stick to a smaller purse without the basket, and their vintage style blue tartan box bag (pictured below), which attaches to your rear rack with some nifty adjustable straps, is water resistant and also available in black, win!

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Bicycle baskets and Panniers

If you’d prefer to avoid investing in a basket, the best way to know that your make-up won’t be spilling across the street as you go over a speed bump, is to pack it all into a backpack.
I tend to steer clear of backpacks as they don’t keep my back as cool as I’d like, but they’re a staple when I head to the supermarket and need to know I can carry everything home!

Cath Kidston have a great set of waterproof bags in two sizes which are a safe bet until we get past the Spring showers. Or if you’re feeling a bit more flush, pick up a “Batchel” from The Cambridge Satchel Company (the purple one is pictured here), and just thread half of the strap through the carrier to create two arm loops, then sling it over like a normal backpack.

Who said that backpacks need to be bulky and black?!

Spring backpacks for the prepared cyclist

 

Drip drip drop. .

I know things are bad when I’m grateful for rain because it means that I don’t need to feel guilty for getting the bus instead of cycling in.

Fly is making unhealthy sounds, not only when turning corners, but now there’s a horrendously loud clacking sound when I pedal as well as the old clicking of the buckled wheel that resulted from my scarf-meets-chain fiasco. I don’t have enough money to get it serviced at the moment, which is a really strange feeling because even though I’ve never been loaded, I get by. Counting pennies is really not my strong point.

Spring!

I think it’s safe to say that we’re officially in Spring time, and I know that because I’ve gone all risque on the world and unveiled the ankles! What the Victorians would make of this, I dare not think, but trading in the boots and tights for pumps and leggings, and knitted layers for just a bright blazer says to me that even if the sun hasn’t come out fully yet, Spring is well on its way!

property of Just.Sooz property of Just.Sooz
Mid-heel courts, New Look £25. Blazer, F&F at Tesco £15. Dress, ASOS January sale.

Don’t forget your clubcard. .

With affordable fashion this amazing, it’s hard to resist picking up a new dress along with your weekly shop at Tesco! This particular dress (both prints shown above) has a lovely full skirt and the cutest vintage style buttons on the back! And grab a boyfriend blazer in the online sale: I got one in navy and aqua, and I get the feeling that they could become a spring/summer staple for me!