Check out these adorable bike medic and cycle care kits my lovely friend Gen gifted Frank and I with yesterday.
Manufactured in Oakland, CA by Adventure Medical Kits this lovely and functional first aid kit will definitely come in handy for my GUARANTEED scrapes and falls throughout the coming weeks….
Our second treat was this gorgeously designed cycle care kit by – oddly enough – furniture polish manufacturer F.A. Seeds
The kit’s contents include steel & chrome polish, wax, sprocket & gear oil and an all-organic bug repellent (not shown).
The cute packaging may have lured Gen’s ever savvy design eye into purchasing these for us (who could resist?!) but as luck would have it, a first aid kit was the last thing on my ‘to do list’ so I’m really really grateful to have these extra supplies along for the ride.
Charming. Original. Home Grown.
I’ve just returned from a very soggy ride home. While I normally love winter riding, where all the puddle splashing makes me feel like a gleeful five-year old, I find myself craving a little sunshine reprieve today. Perhaps it’s my upcoming NZ bike trip that has me all summer dreamin’ like. Or maybe it’s the daunting list of work to-dos required anon. Either way, I’m in need of some lazy dazy bike riding in big form.
As I rode home I found my mind flashing back to some beautiful pictures I came across not too long ago by local clothing designer Downtown Betty – pictures that immediately had me whisked away to moments of carefree riding from summers past. Perfectly capturing the sunny abandonment and romantic beauty of warm weather biking, the pictures showcase a series of Downtown Betty’s spectacularly hand-detailed bikes.
Sold at local bike shop Ride On (the geniuses that have helped Hubs and me with Frank’s epic overhaul), each of Downtown Betty’s bikes have been reclaimed and restyled for a new life of West Coast riding bliss. Like her buoyant and entertaining tweets, Downtown Betty’s bikes fill my heart with sparkly warmth. Additional shots of her bikes can be viewed on her Facebook page.
For anyone interested in seeing her clothing crafts firsthand, Downtown Betty will be showcasing at Vancouver’s much anticipated One of a Kind show this upcoming Thursday through Sunday.
Clever. Stylish. Bloody.
The creative folks at the Melbourne Bike Festival – an Australian grassroots initiative aimed at normalizing bike riding through Melbourne (and my newest crush) – have crafted an inventive series of videos designed to draw young people towards daily biking. Entitled ‘Once Bitten’, the series plays upon vampire lore (the pop-culture fad du jour / du année / du just won’t quit) with tongue-in-cheek flair to shift perceptions on biking and cyclists in general.
Stylishly shot, Once Bitten is a collaborative effort with filmmakers WHO BY FIRE.