29 December 2014

Post Christmas Cycle...

We actually did it... me and The Boy broke our Christmas circle (basically staying indoors relaxing/eating/sleeping ad infinitum) and went out for a ride on Sunday. Although we left the house on Saturday for a very well planned visit to the sales, we didn't ride to the West End (it was a bit too mad for that) and we were itching for a chilled post Christmas day cycle. 

Somewhat inspired by the spirit of festive colours, my cyclestyle for the day featured an Ivy wreath, incredibly red tights Santa would have been proud of and very metallic shoes...
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14 December 2014

VCG's Christmas Cyclestyle Guide...

No shame in saying this: I get very excited about Christmas every year. I'm like a big kid when it comes to the festivities and try to be as well prepared as possible... yet there are times when in all the fuss, I get a bit last minute with present shopping. So, if you're a bit stumped on what to get for the cyclist in your life (or just for yourself - and why not?!) here's the VCG quick guide to some cycling related gifts...


Women's Button Down Oxford Shirt - £95 by Vulpine: Perhaps I'm a little biased, but this is my favourite garment from Vulpine's A/W range. With a classic cut, the Oxford features neatly hidden cycling features along with beautiful detailing. Designed for cycling and everyday wear, it's suitable for city life and riding all year round... most certainly a wardrobe staple piece.
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10 December 2014

From Detroit to Shoreditch - Shinola and #SlowRoll Spin Into Town...


Mixing cycling with my favourite time of the year is guaranteed gold, so my Christmas radar was cranked up to 11 last weekend when Spin London rolled back into town for its second SpinXmas edition... something which I wasn't going to miss.
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17 July 2014

Velo Vintage Girl: VCG does L'Eroica Britannia 2014...

A few weeks ago I was blasting around Derbyshire on a vintage Italian road bike climbing and descending for 30 miles… certainly not your average weekend ride for me, as I took part in L’Eroica Britannia! Courtesy of Lush Handmade Cosmetics, VCG attended the inaugural British leg of the iconic event, which was transported from the rolling hills of Tuscany to the beautiful Peak District.
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9 June 2014

Bicycle Review: Series 01 by Milk Bikes...

Falling for bikes I see at the Bespoked Handmade Bicycle Show has become an occupational hazard for me, so you can guess what happened when I saw THIS by Milk Bikes on display in April! Founder Mark Meadows debuted his new Series 01 range with the 'Barra' model...
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19 May 2014

The London Tweed Run 2014...



My favourite cycling event of the year swung around again last Saturday: the sixth annual London Tweed Run! Although VCG was there in spirit last year, I was counting down the days to taking part in the ride this time. With the temperature hitting 23 degrees, organiser Ted Young-Ing couldn’t have chosen a better day for the event… which also led to a last moment change of my planned outfit for the day. I doff my cap to those who preserved in full tweed, but I suspect I would have baked in Central London with the suit I had in mind!
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29 March 2014

Bicycles and Brews - Good & Proper Tea at Tokyobike...

Coffee and bikes - a well known combination loved by many cyclists, including myself... but what if I said the same could apply to tea? Always partial to a good Rosie Lee (well, I am from East London!), I’ve been enjoying some quality blends recently - so I was thrilled and intrigued when Tokyobike invited me round for a cuppa or two at the Good & Proper Tea Brew Bar which was in residence at their shop for four weeks...

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23 February 2014

A CycleStyle Mix...



It's been a little while since I've put one of these together and my CycleStyle radar has been going off like mad with clothing and accessories being brought to my attention! With Spring attempting to make an appearance and me itching to get out and do some longer rides (especially on my new bike) here's a little selection of what's caught my eye... 

1) Women's Cotton Rain Trousers - Vulpine: These trousers are a perfect fit for both on and off the saddle. Made from Epic Cotton, they're breathable, water resistant and designed to withstand tough rides... yet style has not been sacrificed in the design. Vulpine's Cotton Rain Trousers include subtle cycling specific features (such as the reflective inner leg seams) meaning that teaming them up with your everyday wardrobe isn't an issue.

2) Chrome SPD Truk Pro Shoe - Always Riding: If you've seen on my Facebook page and on Twitter, you'll know that I am now the proud owner of an Aprire Celeste road bike! A new world of clipped-in riding awaits and as a city cyclist, this style of these SPD's are calling out to me. I love the idea of having a clipped-in shoe that I can comfortably wear all day, so these could well be the ones.

3) Anna Cat Print Sweatshirt - Markus Lupfer: Sequins and embellishments teamed up with cute kittens? This sweatshirt was bound to get my attention! I've a long standing love for Markus' designs with a couple of his pieces in my wardrobe. With a chill still in the air in London, this Sweatshirt would keep you warm on a brisk ride.

4) Alcaria Bicycle Pannier - Ideal & Co : Available exclusively through Saddle and Spoke in the UK, this stunning pannier is made from laminated cotton canvas fabric, with a tan leather trim. Doubling up as a backpack with its extra shoulder straps, this is another cycling accessory which gets the VCG thumbs up for use on and off the bike with an urban and classic twist.

5) Ray-Ban Pink Wayfarer Sunglasses - ASOS: A little bit of pink goes a long way, and these are a great little injection of colour into Spring on your bike! 

6) Olivia Burton Big Dial Watch: Yes, big watches are in at the moment, but if like me you like them simple and not overdone with bling, stones or big gold straps, these watches by Olivia Burton will be right up your street. A classic design with a simple leather strap makes this just wonderful, and a beautiful finishing touch to your CycleStyle wardrobe whatever the season.
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5 January 2014

Book Review: 'The Girl's Guide to Life on Two Wheels' by Cathy Bussey...

The new year is upon us and if you're thinking about getting on a bike in 2014 or looking for advice on cycling, 'The Girls Guide to Life on Two Wheels' by Cathy Bussey is a great place to start. I set aside time between work and the Christmas rush to settle down and read 'The Girl's Guide…' and wasn't disappointed. Cathy's "handbook for the chic cyclist", is bursting with information for ladies who like to ride… or would like to start.
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