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].

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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].

Spring tandem

The sun finally emerged yesterday, and it was a perfect opportunity to take my new Les Nereides tandem necklace for a les nereidesstroll in the sun. Having previously bought [this] blue bicycle necklace, I eventually fell for the syren song of this funky green tandem and added it to the collection. You can pick one up for half price from Les Nereides directly or as I [previously wrote], in the ASOS sale. The baby pink retro cruiser is a steal at £35.

So as this was the first day of proper sunshine and warmth in London this year, here are a few shots of what I did with my day.

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