17.4.12

repository pt. 6: bicycle edition


(I took so many of the items here from the Adeline Adeline website because, wow, what a beautiful bicycle shop it is.)
1., 2., & 3.: Helmets! I threw in that picture of Jane Birkin in the middle for a little “cute girl in a helmet” inspiration (it exists!). Of course, that’s a scooter helmet that she’s wearing, but it’s a similar idea. Speaking of scooter helmets, the Ruby helmet on the left is so pretty—if only bicycle helmets could look like that (who wants to buy a helmet factory with me? Kickstarter? Anyone?). The helmet here is the Ruby Pavillion St ExupĂ©ry and it costs quite a pretty penny! The one I use is the Bern on the right. It’s the Watts model, and I have it in gloss white. As far as bike helmets go, it’s cute, and no one is looking at me anyway. If they do look at me, I doubt they’re thinking about what a dork I am, or caring in the slightest really. I used to hate wearing a helmet but it’s really not a big deal, even when I have to pull out my high ponytail or whatever.
4. Faux bike short leggings by Norwegian Wood.
5. Wet & Wendy mini cape, via tifamade.
6. Crane Karen Spring Strike Bell in brass. I had to get a new bell because the one I had had a long lever that caught in the brake cables of my new bike. I went for small and adorable (I got mine at Bikes on Wheels).


7. Who needs a handbag indeed, Hanneli.
8. Brooks saddles are so nice! They can make any bike look so much more fancy.
9. And then a trouser strap to go with your new saddle.
10. This Collina Strada bag is one of the prettiest bike bags I have ever seen, and I love that it doesn’t  scream “bike bag!”

29 comments:

  1. Loving the Jane pic :)

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  2. oh, how perfect! i have been kicking around bike sites lately looking for the latest "cycle chic" accessories, and you've just added some really beautiful stuff to my list! love it!

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    1. I'm glad you like it! I keep thinking about that cape myself...

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  3. So true about not worrying about people looking at you. Everyone is much too involved in themselves to worry about some bicyclist's helmet. Except to admire a particularly cool helmet every now and then. :)

    Adeline Adeline is the sweetest bike shop and the owner is so cool. I love that such places exist in the US now, as bicycling is becoming more of a normal activity.

    I have the Brooks sprung saddle on two of my bikes and I can attest to it being the most comfortable saddle ever in the world. I have a winter Bern helmet (with built in earmuffs!) but I most prefer my Nutcase for the pretty designs. One of my bikes had that little brass Crane bell, but eventually I replaced it with a similar but louder Crane bell - the one with the arm instead of the bobbly thing. If that makes sense.

    Fun post!

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    1. It's true! The only excuse that I have left is that when I go out at night and use my bike to get there, I don't want to have to carry my helmet around with me. I guess I'll just have to start locking it to my bike or something.

      Good to know -- maybe I'll start saving for a Brooks saddle. I would just worry about someone stealing it!

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  4. Lovely post, I just love these beautiful links & images. x

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  5. I agree with you when it comes to helmets. I think it's really important to wear one (and the Bern one is very nice!), and also, I think that people have gotten used to seeing them on just about any cyclist.
    I had been thinking though, do you think equitation helmets would do the trick? I don't ride my bike in the city right now because I'm too scared to do it without a helmet, but I saw a few equitation helmets in a thrift shop the other day and they got me thinking about why I had never seen anyone wear them in the city (although that might be because everyone else would think it's a silly idea haha!).

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    1. I don't see why not! I have never used one of those, but maybe they are more heavy. I was thinking about the difference between a scooter helmet and a bike helmet, and I imagine the scooter ones are heavier because they have to withstand impacts at higher speeds and as such have more padding, are made of denser material, etc.

      It's the same idea, though, so I don't see why it wouldn't work! The one I have looks kind of like an equestrian helmet, I think.

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    2. I'm curious about the ventilation of Bern helmets since they seem to be so popular now. Are they comfortable? I actually like traditional helmets since they have so many vents and are really light and it gets unbearably hot and humid in the summer here.

      I think that could be an issue with riding helmets if they don't have any vents. I remember being relieved every time I used to remove my mine, even in winter. I personally wouldn't buy a used riding helmet (or any helmet) since damage isn't always discernible, but if you do, I would at least make sure it's safety certified and not just a dress helmet.

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    3. I find the Bern helmet to be pretty comfortable, but that said, I don't ride super fast on my bike, and the streets I ride on are gently sloped at the most... not very hilly. My bike rides are more on the gentle side, ha. I've never thought that it was too hot for me in the summer... It works for me, but yeah, they definitely don't have as many vents and aren't as light as some other bike helmets. And yes, I would never buy a used helmet either.

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  6. I love lovelove that bag. Agreed it is the prettiest of all bags.

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    1. I know, I wish I could justify buying it for myself! Haha.

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  7. I was surprised to see a Ruby helment on here. They're down right amazing, did you know you can even customize your own on their site? Pretty neat! I've been wanting to invest into a helment sometime soon since I'll be making the transition from one city to another and planned on commuting by bike as much as I can. Also i'm glad you posted a link to that bike shop. It's a really cool place. This has got to be one of my favorite posts. :)

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    1. Yeah, I saw, although those helmets cost so much more than my bike! Ha. They are really amazing though. Thanks so much! Good to hear you'll be commuting by bike... I may be the slowest cyclist in the bike lane but it's my favourite method of transportation.

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  8. This is all making me wish I could actually ride a bike!

    Yes. I can't ride a bike. I have tried, many a time...

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    1. No shame in that at all! It happens! I'm a Canadian who can't ski, and I'm also not much of a swimmer... so hey, it's all good.

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  9. Great post! I love bike accessories, especially brooks saddles!
    I also really like the reflective collar that you made, so cute!

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    1. Thanks! I know, the saddles are so great! They cost as much as I paid for my bike, so I don't know if I can indulge without feeling really weird about it!

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  10. These are lovely. I haven't had a bike for years, despite quite wanting one, as this city is a bit terrifying for cyclists (although it's meant to be a cycling city, ha!) but all these are really making me wish I did.

    That bell is possibly the perfect shade of goldy brassiness, and the cape! The cape is the best.

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    1. Thank you! And yes, this city can be a bit terrifying too. We don't always get proper bike lanes (they are markings on some streets called "sharrows," but many drivers don't care to share) and I feel that drivers have grown increasingly more aggressive over the years. But I press on! A good bike ride is the best.

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  11. Yes. I bike everywhere and I love my basket on the front. This little cape is ingenious, I may have to save for one for next fall.

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    1. I love that little cape! I keep thinking about it...

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  12. all of these are amazing! i'm loving all those helmets and that cape :)
    xo TJ

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  13. I just recently got a Bern helmet (the brentwood). It's a nice model because it has a removable visor.

    Also, re: Brooks. They are amazing! But in addition to making your bike nicer, they make it more stealable, the unfortunate end of my 3rd bike in the last 4 years.

    http://m-swann.blogspot.com/

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    1. Yeah, that's a good one! I kind of like the visor on my helmet. It's actually my favourite part! But I guess if it weren't there it would be lighter, if that's what a person needs!

      Oh, I know, you're right... but after having the junkiest bike stolen from me I'm convinced that people will steal any bike! I have no faith, haha. I just have to be as careful as I can be and hope that no one takes it!

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  14. Hannah10.5.12

    Have you seen the uk based and made cyclodelic.com ? The reflective accessories are really beautiful!

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