15 April 2015

A Tailored Affair: Tweed Run Outfit (Pt2)...

With the dress made and ready for the ride, the remaining thing to sort for my Tweed Run outfit was the hat. When Nisa presented me with my finished garment, she also kindly gave me a small roll of dogtooth tweed that was left over... "this might come in handy later" she said with a knowing smile, and then pointed me in the direction of a milliner she regularly saw in Old Spitalfields Market. Nisa had remembered the there was a matching Pill Box hat in the poster. The last past of the puzzle was falling into place.

I won't lie - I'd never really been a 'proper' hat woman. I always loved the look of beautiful and ornate hats and fascinators, but never really thought they would suit me at all. Before this year, the only types you'd find in my wardrobe were beanies & bobbles that would only be deployed in the winter (or when in between hairstyles), so getting a fancy hat professionally made was something I never thought I would do. As soon as I'd arrived at Bellapacella, I realised that was about to change..


12 April 2015

A Tailored Affair: Tweed Run Outfit (Pt1)...

So, you may have noticed I'm even more excited than usual about the Tweed Run. For this years ride, the poster was designed by the brilliant Eliza Southwood. It features a woman (huzzah to that!) and that woman was inspired by... me. It feels pretty unreal to say that, and I'm still quite bowled over by it.

I love planning and putting together an outfit for the Tweed Run - its always been one of my favourite things about the event. As this one is a bit special, I decided to have a more fun and let life imitate art: I had to try and recreate the outfit from Eliza's amazing poster! 

23 March 2015

Beauty of the Build: VCG meets Darron Coppin of Sven Cycles...

The beauty of frame building is something I have come to really respect and admire. Over my 5 years in the world of cycling, I've been lucky enough to become the proud owner of a British hand-built bicycle, and become friends with some of the incredibly talented UK artisans in this field.

One of these frame builders I recently had the pleasure of meeting was Darron Sven Coppin, of Sven Cycles. Hosted in the stunning B1866 Brooks England store, Darron & Keith Noronha of Reynolds Tubing gave a Q&A session on "The Custom Bicycle". Elements of a custom build from fit and geometry to tube selection was covered at the event, with everyone having the chance to have a feel of some raw tubing and check out some of the amazing bespoke builds Darron had made, including the 'El Loco' single speed...

9 March 2015

The London Bike Show 2015 - VCG Highlights...

After being bedridden with my Asthma last month it feels good to be back in the land of the living and working on blog business again.

The first big event in my cycling calendar was the London Bike Show 2015. This year I was there as both a spectator and worker, as HOYVulpine launched at the show. It was pretty cool to see what we've all be working on for so long be revealed to the public and go live! The launch was one of my highlights of the show: We had an ace stand which included a beer pump (watch out Peggy Mitchell, I pull an 'alright' pint...) and of course Sir Chris Hoy joined us on Saturday to meet and talk to people about the design of the range with Vulpine.
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