A rose by any other name

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spotted Lamb Street, E1.

UPDATE:

Hi there,

You just featured my bike on your blog – A rose by any other name. Thank you, I love what you do!

My bike was bought from an East End retailer, not too expensive after the heartbreak of having a previous bike stolen, and I really wanted a ladies bike, something so classical about it and so many more fashion options 🙂

I’m originally from Oz and really got into bikes in Melbourne. They have a great community based around the BUG groups and Critical Mass.

We’ve converted a number of people riding around the east end and the city. Recently my sister was in town and we got her so excited about bikes she went back to Melbourne and bought a shiny red ladies bike and is now a complete convert!

My basket is a christmas present from my boyfriend a couple of years back and we found some of the flowers in Christiania in Copenhagen – the amazing anarchist state!
This spring we added more flowers and I just love my basket and my flowers.

My boyfriend and I love bike riding around London, especially on the weekends as the east end and the city are so quiet and you feel like everything is there, just for you! We also try to ride bikes whenever & wherever we travel and love riding in country lanes in the UK summer 🙂

Wish me luck, I’m going to attempt the London to Brighton bike ride next weekend!

Thanks again,
Jessie


Thank you Jessie, it’s great to hear from other keen cyclists – especially ones that have been converting the masses to join our clan! East London is a buzzing cycle community, with everything from rusty old cargo bikes to sleek road bikes with polished frames. Each bike uniquely reflects their owners like the opening scene of Disney’s 101 Dalmatians! The lucious blooms on your basket caught my eye from a distance and I just had to skip down the street for a closer look. Good luck with your jaunt to Brighton – there’ll be some fabulous seaside vintage shops to look forward to at the end of a long ride. xxsooz

Blue skies

April showers have turned into a chilly May, and I’d be lying if I said that I cycled my way through last month’s torrential rains. When the heavens open a bus is dryer and much more comfortable, but if you’re braving the elements, make sure you stay safe by keeping an eye on your bike maintenance, especially the brakes – remember that wet brakes are less responsive!

For tips on how to stay dry, here’s my How To guide.
And if you want to keep your head in clear skies, check out these beautiful bespoke helmets by New York designer Belle Helmets.

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Sky helmet, @Etsy or @bellehelmets.com. £95.35 or as agreed with seller.

Cath Kidston bike-bargain

coverWe may be in a draught warning zone, but Spring showers are always a possibility, and we can definitely guarantee our fair share of Weather once autumn sets in. Once you’ve decided on your cycle outfit, the last thing you want to do is to have to sit on a wet seat and soak your bum, so a saddle cover is the best solution.

Hurry down to your local Cath Kidston or visit the website and pick up their funky saddle cover with 15% its usual £3.50 price using the ecode EGGS. The discount expires on 31st March so don’t think about it for too long or you might miss out!

Cath Kidston Be A Good Sport bike seat cover.

So Carrie. .

Every chic bicycle has a basket: you can pop your handbag into it, or your shopping bags, and I’ve even been known to buy a bunch of flowers for the house and have it peeping out over the front on my cycle home. The Carrie basket by Design Stockholm House is the perfect update for a spring-time bicycle, and even has a shoulder strap that you can attach so you can sling it over your shoulder and take it with you after you’ve parked up. At a hefty £78, style doesn’t come cheaply, however, so choose your colour wisely because if your purse is anything like mine, it probably won’t agree with having to cough up for all three!
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