Hello Kitty

London cycling meets Sanrio chic in the form of this wonderfully youthful candy pink Hello Kitty cruiser…. Adorable!

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Spotted on Whites Row, E1.

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LCC Protest

If you are free tomorrow evening you should pedal your way to Russell Square for a London Cycling Campaign protest commencing at 6:30PM. The aim is to highlight the need for designated cycle space following the third cyclist fatality in just three weeks.

Find out more on the LCC website: http://lcc.org.uk/articles/lcc-organises-second-protest-ride-after-third-cyclist-killed-in-three-weeks-on-street-without-dedicated-space-for-cycling

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].

#BikeWeek

Long have I wondered why the world must label days with pointless themes; ‘Hug Day’ on 21st January, ‘Doughnut Day’ the first Friday of June, or ‘Talk Like Shakespeare Day’ on 23rd April seem to serve no particular purpose. Tomorrow marks the beginning of ‘Bike Week’ around the UK, and unlike so many other it represents an actual purpose: to increase awareness, organise social events, and offer nervous newbies an opportunity try their cycle legs in a safe environment.

Bike Week will be taking place 15-23rd June 2013, and events vary from charity rides, free bike health checks and tune ups, races, skills training, or social gatherings such as thematic film screenings for anyone who doesn’t fancy risking the weather.

Find your nearest event using this [interactive map] and visit http://www.bikeweek.org.uk to find out more.

Brighton Blues

Did you know that an open return train ticket from London to Brighton is only £10? It can often cost just as much to get across London, which is why so many of us are bidding farewell to stuffy public transport and taking to the roads on our bicycles. Today it seemed that the train was packed full of sun-seeking Londoners lusting for the sea air; the sunshine meant picnics, strolling and general shenanigans.

I spent a good half an hour listening to the magic music of The Iron Boot Scrapers, a three piece group who brought well known tunes up to date by giving them a retro twist. If you’re ever in Brighton, these guys were on The Lanes by Choccywoccydoodah and are well worth seeking out.

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The sun meant that there were plenty of bicycles out and about, and these lovely steeds caught my eye and begged to be shared with the world. It wasn’t until I started to look over my photos that I realised that they were all blue!

I have always been a sucker for a flower garland, so the addition of a wicker basket with roses to what would otherwise be a very functional (and child bearing!) bike made my day.

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I will leave you with The Iron Boot Scrapers’ performance at Brighton Naked Cycle Ride 2010 – probably best to avoid watching at work as the title might imply. NSFW