25.6.13

bike talk


I’ve been riding my bike nearly every day since early April, and it’s been so wonderful. Here is my bike posing next to a pretty rose bush. Love you, Road Kitten!

When I first got this bike, Geoff put a crate on it, and I had a few emails requesting instructions. That particular bike box was a rushed job, and the crate banged around and eventually disintegrated (taking a pair of my trousers with it, with a nice tear along the grain at the seat). Geoff recently put a new one on, and I have included a link to the DIY as well as some helpful photos below. I was given two identical wine crates last year, and they’re probably from the liquor store. If you would like one, you can try antique shops, and Eleanor’s has some as well.


Speaking of Eleanor’s, a cute biking accessories shop based in NY, they recently sent me a Robin Hoods headscarf (in blush, of course!) that I have been really enjoying on bad hair days. I love wearing things on my head, and this piece is lovely since I have nothing else like it. It fits under my helmet, and I actually wish I had been wearing it today. It’s so humid out that my helmet turned the top of my head into a flat mess and it would be handy to cover that up. So yes! Recommended!

Oh and yes I am wearing my same old blush maxi skirt (help I hate all of my clothes) but it works for bike riding; I usually tie a knot in the skirt at either side and it doesn’t get caught in the chain.



And onto the crate DIY! Geoff found the instructions for this project on the MAKE website, so follow along there for step-by-step directions. I probably could have done this myself, but Geoff enjoys these kinds of projects way more than I do.


I'm not sure exactly how many coats of tung oil he applied, but it was quite a few. Maybe six? He worked outside, of course. Once that was done, the remainder of the steps took less than half an hour.



When he worked on this project last year he never used these mending plates. They make a big difference.




Done! Let’s go for a spin.


39 comments:

  1. Ahh so amazing. You're a babe - look at your fab sunnies.

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  2. I love the wine crate idea.
    You look amazing in the photo with the headscarf and sunglasses.

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  3. thank you so much for all of this lovely information! I just moved to LA, and I've been researching bikes. I appreciate your ability to make a sporty activity look so elegant. x

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    1. Biking is the best! Oh man, riding a bike around LA sounds like a dream to me.

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  4. I'm working up the guts to get on a bike here. (Boston drivers are notoriously reckless!) I'll definitely consider a wine box for whenever I get around to buying one.

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    1. Oh trust me, it's scary here sometimes too. I try to stick to streets with bike lanes and side streets, but some drivers pay no attention at all.

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  5. Looks great! Alec and I are trying to find me a bike. I love the headscarf and it seems I've finally found someone who likes rose pink as much as I do.

    Amanda Rose
    http://sewmuchtosay.blogspot.com

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    1. Thank you! Good luck with the hunt.

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  6. talk about perfection in bike form!
    xx

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  7. Now, THAT is the raddest idea ever! Adore your shades!

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  8. Great DIY! I just became the owner of a vintage bike (once it gets a little tune-up), and I wanted to add a basket. Maybe I'll try this instead. I love the look!

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    1. That's great! Glad you enjoyed it.

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  9. You look so cool. *sigh*

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  10. This is an awesome idea
    Plus your outfit is quite quite lovely

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  11. Geoff rulez!
    Oh, and I love your bike helmet!!!

    :)

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    1. He does! And I like it too. Don't even mind wearing it! (I used to hate wearing a helmet)

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  12. Allie26.6.13

    i'm so glad to see you wearing a helmet!! i keep seeing bikers riding without them and it drives me insane. my boyfriend was recently hit by a car while riding his bike - it doesn't matter how good you are at riding, you never know what jerk might be around the corner!

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    1. Oh, I know. I used to hate wearing one, but I witnessed a couple of really scary, awful accidents last year (one was a dooring) and they put me off riding my bike for months, actually. I feel too vulnerable without one (not that I think wearing one gives me super powers, but it helps me feel a little more confident!).

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  13. This makes me miss my sweet little bicycle! I've been working up the courage to ride one in Toronto but we have a terribly bike-unfreindly mayor and city and I'm convinced I'll be killed by traffic. You can bet if I work up the guts, I'll be completing this little project though. That crate looks lovely!

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    1. I know, it can be pretty terrifying! But it's also the best way to get around. Good luck!

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  14. you are the sweetest thing. and i don't think you could ever outwear that blush maxi skirt (not to mention that it pairs perfectly with your new headscarf)!

    you make urban cycling look beautiful. i feel like my Clementine (my vintage Bianchi's name) and i are such country bumpkins in comparison, which has it's own charm i guess. i often wonder how'd we do on the city streets! anyway, lovely post and thanks for sharing the crate DIY :)

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    1. Aw, that is so sweet of you to say! And trust me, most of the time I am a mess on my bike... sweaty! Thank you.

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  15. He did a wonderful job! The bike looks so fab. (I also love your headscarf. Tres mignon!)

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  16. Haha, I too hate all my clothes right now! But you look beautiful!

    x dotti dee

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    1. Ugh, it's so annoying! But thank you.

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  17. Love your cute bike!

    ~Lou~
    Ps: i'm doing a fashion-related survey for my MSc dissertation, 5 mins, much much help ♥ https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/2WNTNCY

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  18. I am planning to get a bike soon, but it's so hot where I live right now, I doubt I'll realistically get to use it until September. If mine doesn't come with a basket, I'll be sure to try adding a wine crate like this! That scarf is perfect! And, I love that bicycle helmet!

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    1. Thank you! I hope you get to ride soon!

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  19. this is such a wonderful idea! my husband and i own a restaurant and have plenty of wine boxes to work with...i've been asking for a basket for my bike. time to get to work :)

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  20. so cool, i'm a total wimp when it comes to riding my bike around town but if i had a sweet helmet maybe i'd be a little more confident!

    p.s. where id you get your sunglasses? they are dreamy

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    1. Thanks! I got them from here but it looks like they're sold out: http://www.shop-summerland.com/ They're made by Something Else.

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