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Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Bicycles

Last year I was looking for a bicycle. I had visions of riding up to the nearest stores to pick up bread, milk, to drop off packages at the post office and so on. It seems like such a waste to have to hop into the car for these short trips. Of course there is the issue of how I would travel up there with Robert (I'm not sure I have the confidence to strap him in a bicycle baby seat) and the cost. You see, the bicycle I have my heart set on is this one:
The Electra Amsterdam Original. It is a good looking bicycle don't you think? I know I could buy a cheaper bicycle that would do the same job but I do like the curves of this one. I probably should buy a cheaper one actually because I'm not even sure I can ride a bike comfortably anymore. Is it true that you never forget? I haven't hopped onto a bike for years.

I suppose because I have been on the lookout for a bike I have noticed bicycle designs cropping up here and there. Here is a roundup of my favourites from Etsy and beyond.

Ferm Living (oh how glad I am to have come across this store!) have created a tea towel and pillow in this charming penny farthing design. I think the tea towel would look great framed too.

Now this is a clever idea. Spool and Sparrow's linen pillow has a lovely bicycle block-printed onto the front and if you are after a different look you can flip it onto the other side to display the Eames rocker instead. Available in a scarlet colour too and with a different chair on the reverse side.

AceroStudio have added their little bicycle design to plates, soap dispensers, salt and pepper shakers and other ceramics. They also have vintage camera designs on some of their products which I'm coveting.

VitalHome's range of screen printed glasses would be great for a summer party, don't you think? I only wish they shipped to Australia. They may if you ask nicely but they warn that shipping may be expensive.


I have mentioned kikki.K's Cykel collection previously but there are products I hadn't seen listed on their website before. How could I have missed the bicycle tote bag and the paper clips?? They may very well have to come home with me next time I visit this store.

ChalkChalk is owned by Sharon Montrose's husband who drew these bicycles on a chalkboard at home. One thing led to another and now they are for sale in his store as prints and some as originals.

I really can't get enough. Are you a bicycle fan too?

10 comments:

  1. I (heart) bicycles!!! especially the first one you posted that you were thinking about getting. I must say its a beauty!!! I just got a fabulous beach cruiser this summer at a flea market here in NYC haven't rode it much this winter but plan to break it out again very soon! I love the chalkboard images you posted as well. Very nice!

    Btw... Im here via BYW... looking forward to interaction with you more in the future =)

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  2. I like all of these. They seem so fresh and fun. I'm beginning to get a little tired of all the numbers craze (numbers on everything). And yes, you still know how to ride a bike, but I would advise buying a cheap, maybe even used bike, at first to see whether you'll really use it as much as you think. I had an expensive hybrid bike, which I actually used but think I would have used it even more if I had loved it. As expensive as it was, I did not love it and now I just want an inexpensive beach cruiser. As for your baby, you may want to consider a bike trailer. We had one and used it until our kids got older and wanted to ride their bikes ( around 3 years old).

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  3. I agree with the bike trailer idea. They aren't all that pretty :( but they are great for toddlers. We picked one up in a sale at Target for around $100. Once our littlest one is big enough to go in I'm getting a bike and we can go for family rides. :D

    Love that bike - I bet you could get something similar second hand. I'd hazard a guess lots of people buy bikes and never ride them!

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  4. I love the bike tumblers the best! So colourful!

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  5. Ooh - I like that bike! I'd love something like that too :) Great post - love the penny farthing cushion and teatowel x

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  6. A trailer! That's a good idea. Thank you!

    I think I should buy a cheap secondhand one first to see if I'll actually use it. Thank you for the advice :)

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  7. i don't even know how to ride a bike. how sad is that? and i grew up on a 100 acre farm, i just never learned. i love all the bike stuff out right now but i feel silly buying it.

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  8. Hi Viv!

    Your post on bicycles immediately reminded me of this heaven bike I saw a few months back... check it out... sigh* Although you could almost buy a small car for the same price, I just had to email you the below link as I know you will LOVE it! x

    http://www.madsencycles.com/bikes/gallery/blue-bucket.php

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  9. where i find your pillows? i am from cyprus

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Thank you so much for taking the time to leave me a comment, Viv xx


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