Tuesday, 30 March 2010

On yer bike! Cycle chic from across the globe


Sometime last week I was chatting to Buckets, claiming there were 'loads of cycle style blogs out there' and I've kind of had it at the back of my mind ever since. I vividly remember last summer doing street style photography for Fashion156.com constantly trying to capture wonderful people as they whizzed by me on their bikes, often failing to do so.

It seems the way to take photos of the elusive bike folk is to get them off their bike, seen above on many a street style site.

I, personally, am terrified of riding a bike on the road and I'm not very good at doing so when I muster up the courage so I'm pretty much in awe of a certain Miss Catherine Baba captured by Jak and Jil whilst riding the streets of Paris in YSL heels.

Not only has there been a rise in 'cycle chic' blogs, through my epic googling on the subject I found a fashion show dedicated to, as they call it, 'Wheels and Heels'. Organised by Hackney Council in London back in 2008 so perhaps we'll see another one soon!

I pretty much love all of these photos, that would have been quite normal without the bikes, they add a little something, an oversized accessory if you will. If I had to choose I'd go with the Sartorialist image at the very top of the page, I think it evoked summer perfectly.

I woke up this morning with what feels like tonsilitis (even though I haven't got any tonsils...) so I shall be bedridden today and will be spending time planning lots of posts so if there's anything you want to see or think I should do more of, just let me know!

48 comments:

  1. love love but you forgot AgY dyen :) the vitage flowery dress+ the french hat and sandals and the vintage bike with the basket

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  2. ooh these are fabulous :) the first and the fourth last are my favourites! have a brilliant week, easter's just around the corner :)
    x

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  3. i always used to ride my bike when i was at Uni! I miss it lots, hopefully the sun will get me out and about.
    xx

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  4. what a great post! I wish I could ride my bike here in Lisbon mas it´s really just not safe :P but it´s so fashioooon xoxo, Marta
    www.fashionmarketslove.blogspot.com

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  5. Oh, great photos, now I can't wait buying my own bike ;)

    tobes, this one? http://lh3.ggpht.com/_e6LD07iw_gg/S63xd5CaWSI/AAAAAAAAA8c/JRPSMOHXkHc/s720/_MG_9854.jpg

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  6. i love that jak&jil pic of the ysls riding a bike! aha!

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  7. Lovely inspiring post! Now I want to get my bike out too of course :p. Anyways, hope you feel better!

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  8. I have a very hardcore, ugly bike at home... I think I must invest in a pretty, city bike!! I am determined that when I head off to uni I will cycle everywhere... just found your blog, love it.

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  9. Wow, maybe the Satorialist should start a street-style, cycle division to his blog. I don't think I could ever look this chic on a bike!

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  10. Aren't cyclistas the chicest of all! And the greatest thing is: You can wear high heels. Hope you get better soon (highly recommend ginger tea!) x

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  11. Love this post! Such a good theme. Though I don't know how that girl with the crazy stilettos could possibly ride a bike. That's just an accident waiting to happen.

    Awesome blog!

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  12. I have to agree with Molly - I don't know how that lady could wear those stilettos on that bike! I'd be terrified of my heel getting caught and falling into the traffic.
    I, too, am scared of riding on the road, so until I move to the country, I doubt I'll be getting in on the beautiful bike action.
    Clare x

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  13. love it! as you know very well. i am so getting one, look how cool those chaps look. like the guys stripy too with it too.

    i'm getting mentions are over your blog of late, i like. i'll get on the "favourite things" post tomorrow/

    ps your bikes are better than mine.

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  14. such a sweet post! i love the pic of the green ysl heel on the bike (i think its sarts?) anyway, quite lovely!

    xo

    justyna

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  15. I love this post - cycling is so fashionable! I definitely need a cute "vintage" bike :-D

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  16. this has inspired me to get my bike out :) particularly now the weather is getting better! xxx

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  17. sooo many inspiring photos for ideas!

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  18. OMG the pictures are gorgeous!! especially love the first pic!!! <3 xx

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  19. why are bicycles so romantic?!

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  20. I hate bikes, i love my car, but nice inspiration :o


    Follow us plz ;)
    xoxo
    http://vivre2.blogspot.com

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  21. Oh wow, so stylish! I love the green shoe with the polka dot tights the best, beautiful!

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  22. Hi Claire,

    Lovely Cycle Chic photos. I adore the Miss Catherine Baba photo too.

    I've been researching the Cycle Chic network - created this map

    I'm helping plan a bicycle fashion show in Santa Barbara.

    It will be interesting to see the movement develop!

    Cheers from Santa Barbara,

    Christa

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  23. i love riding bikes and plan to do a lot of riding this spring and summer... but i can't imagine riding in heels... i've seen sooo many pictures of girls in heels riding around fashion week.... that just seems scary to me, haha!

    xo
    bravegrrl.blogspot.com

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  24. BIKING?

    You are so condescending to cars, Claretopher

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  25. You're right- biking is so chic! especially in cities. Very eco-friendly too, which is always a plus :) I love it when people use bikes to express their individuality.

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  26. was blog hopping and landed in your fun world! i'm loving these bike pictures and wanting my own very badly!

    i'm hosting a giveaway i think you might like-- http://tinyurl.com/gardenofwhimsey

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  27. <3 my bike! It's not pretty, but I feel so glamourous biking in a full skirt and huge wedges.

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  28. There is something so wonderfully fashionable about a great outfit and a cute bike!

    p.s. we are name twins! Hurray for Clare's!

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  29. I've always wanted to have a bike like those,
    really, the one on the 11th photo is just great, so pretty


    http://marleymumbles.blogspot.com

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  30. love the photos
    fabulous bits of inspiration
    thanks for sharing darling
    and i love your blog, keep it up!

    -cma
    COSMICaroline.blogspot.com

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  31. riding a bike in such heels must be an accomplishment... love it!

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  32. I love my bike!!! and I love this post!.... I'm totally excited about bike riding being a trend to stay... cute blog! I'll be following!....

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  33. I need to pull my bike out, but I am such a lazy sob lol.

    xoxo Maria

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  34. cant wait to get my bike back this summer!

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  35. cant wait for summer...cant wait for happy hour rides and gettups that will stop traffic.

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  36. Oh my gosh. Riding a bike in heels?!

    I bought a bike two years ago and rode it ONCE. It was terrifying riding a bike in the city. I rode it to campus one day and never picked it up again.

    Anyone who can riding in heels has my respect.

    http://everyroadarunway.blogspot.com

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  37. I've been right-click-saving bike style for ages and meaning to dedicate a post to it. I had no idea there were blogs dedicated to cycle chic!

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  38. I'm a 20 in. BMX kind of unsophisticated gal. ;)

    Get well soon!!

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  39. perfect way to travel. has inspired me to do a post with my cream dutch style town bike!! x

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  40. I'm glad people are appreciating bikes more and more! I have a road bike that I ride almost everyday and I thoroughly enjoy it. Great blog! I will for sure keep tuning in.

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  41. Love the bicycles, they make me happy! :D

    http://coffeearoundthecorner.blogspot.com

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  42. As the proud owner of a cycle chic blog - I am in LOVE with this post!

    check it out if you'd like..

    www.evoluer.worpress.com

    xo

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  43. Que manera tan chic de desplazarse por la ciudad, me encanta tu blog

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