Saddle green

Appropriately timed after yesterday’s post about saddle covers, this lovely bicycle was spotted on a day trip to the sea side in Brighton. Its apple green saddle cover may not have been fending off a downpour in the midst of this heatwave, but it is ever at the ready and gleaming brightly like a granny smith.

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Saddle Cover

How do you keep the rain off your saddle? It can be pretty gloomy when you come back to unlock your bike and realise that you will need to perch on a wet seat, but this savvy cyclist has a strikingly chic solution – a gloriously moustached saddle cover! With its velvety coloured frame this bike wouldn’t be out of place in the Tweed Run.

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Spotted on Peckham High Street, SE15

If you are looking for a saddle cover, you can have a look online and keep a look out for offers like the bargain cover that was being sold at Cath Kidston in March. Alternatively, you can do as I did and just opt for a shower cap! Here are two incarnations of my shower-cap saddle covers.

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Both were purchased through ebay, but sadly the disco ball had to be replaced when the fabric wore throughl. I then opted for a sturdier plastic shower cap bearing a cute cat face and including pointed ears! My cat doesn’t look too impressed though.

 

I thought that this would be a good opportunity to see how other cyclists have protected their saddle: there’s everything from shopping bags to laminate…

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Spotted in Covent Garden [source].

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Spotted on Neal Street, Covent Garden [source].

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Spotted on The Strand [source].

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Spotted on Great Windmill Street, Soho [source].

Pannier

If you’re on the lookout for a chic and unique pannier bag, then you need look no further than Loeffler Randall. You’d be fooled into thinking that this is an ordinary satchel, but their beautiful leather panniers transcend the usual stereotypes of functional cycle gear, and give savvy cyclists a bike bag that translates seamlessly from bike to high street.

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The designs vary from the elaborate black and white pictured above, to plain coloured or even studded. At £315 ($495) they don’t come cheap, but if you have the cash to spare, you’re definitely going to get your money’s worth. Browse the Loeffler Randall Rider Bag range [here].

Mum’s the Word

Mum's the wordAs I cycled down Old Kent Road today I met Laura while she pushed her bike along and juggled two energetic boys. It was the first time that I have approached somebody on the street, but the sight of this lovely Vintage Dutch-style bicycle with its addition of a rear child seat was enough to make me hop off my bike and trot back up the road to say hello.

Today has been a beautiful sunny day, so Laura’s scoring 10/10 for her cyclewear choices. Her practical harems in a floral print, light cardigan and pashmina mean that she is prepared for both the warm daytime and cooler temperatures as evening draws in.
In addition to its handy child-seat this bike has a beautiful rectangular wicker basket, a refreshing change from the usual deep d-baskets found on dutch-style bikes.

Thanks for stopping to say hi Laura, it was lovely to meet you. xxsooz