Ohweeeee…. Spring is here! And we’re so excited about the new collection of this years German Design Award Winner NOTABAG: peach and mint are our colors of the season and we can’t wait to take them out for a picnic ride this weekend.
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“This Smart Transforming Tote Is the Only Grocery Bag You’ll Ever Need” – GIZMODO
“The Haute-Couture show of bicycles fairs.” (Tobias Singer GQ Magazine (DE)).
The past 2 weeks were exciting and exhausting at the same time. At the end of march we made our way to Berlin to showcase some of our products at Berliner Fahrradschau 2016. Being at the show is a great way for us to directly receive customer feedback, watch customers try out our products, meet new lifestyle, fashion and bicycle related brands while simply having a great time surrounded by like minded people.
And even though the show is becoming bigger every year, it’s more a family and friends gathering for us. All our favorite brands like Musguard, Gravity Check, Goodordering or Mika Amaro were around and every year we get to meet more cool bike and fashion friends.
For example Zsofi, Agi and Viri fromPaperspokes. The architects design beautiful handcrafted wooden bicycle crates. Weatherproof, functional, eco friendly and good looking. (Photos by Paperspokes).
Or the wonderful people fromVelo-Oh, Greta and Zulfi. Vel-Oh is a cycling couture brand that redefines the nature of how we commute in style. Each product is a testament to the skilled craftsmanship pairing the heritage of the UK woven industry with the creativity and innovative design experiences of the founders.
…and there was of course lots of cycling: Try out for the new Mika Amaro model!
Hackney not-for-profit bike workshop rolls out crowdfunder
Please help our friends from London Bike Kitchen expand and fund a second workshop a.k.a superhero home located a few doors down from their current space on the New Era Estate in Hoxton. The second classroom will be a boon to their popular classes and DIY bike repairs. However, the new shopfront is in dire need of refurbishment, and the rent deposit and legal fees will also need to be covered. LBK launched a crowdfunder on Friday 4 March, their fourth birthday, to raise money for start up costs and renovation. They’re 45% of the way there, with 16 days left in their fundraiser.
“Our social landlord has offered us a once in a lifetime opportunity to expand into a second workshop. LBK is celebrating its fourth birthday this March, so we’ve been doing something right! But this past winter season hit us hard so we’re crowdfunding to get the workshop set up. Our current space is small but mighty – a second space means we can teach more people and become a more sustainable business.” says Director Jenni Gwiazdowski.
The second workshop will be a huge help in the summer when there’s more demand on classes and drop-in sessions. Currently LBK’s popular Build Your Own Bike (BYOB) class is sold out months in advance, and a new classroom will allow them to accommodate more students. It will also introduce capacity to carry out repairs for people who don’t have time to do it themselves. There are plans to start parent/child workshops, as well as OAP drop-in sessions.
“The second workshop will let us teach more one-on-one classes in a separate workshop, rather than simultaneously teaching drop-in students.” says LBK instructor and mechanic Seb Achaibou.
Volunteers have already been contributing to the cause – an architect, electrician, and designer are already on board, and there are a number of people signed up to help with the cleanup and painting. More volunteers are welcome, and can get in touch with LBK to offer help.
The small not-for-profit bike workshop has just a few days left to raise the remaining 8,000 pounds.
London Bike Kitchen is a do-it-together open workshop in Hackney, London. They run drop-in sessions and classes so that people can learn how to fix their own bikes. LBK believes that if people understand how their bikes work, they will be more likely to ride their bike. They work with the local community, charities, and schools in order to reach more marginalised people who want to learn how to take care of their bikes.
Photo: TIME.com | Ken Russel: The Last of the Teddy Girls
Why did we choose this particular photo?
The Teddy Girls(also known as Judies) a 1950s rebel youth subculture in Britain characterized by an unlikely style of dress inspired by the aristocratic flamboyancy of Edwardian dandies mixed with the rebellious attitude of rock’n roll. Sharply-suited Teds (whose name derives from ‘Edwardian’) look remarkably smart to a contemporary eye – particularly when positioned against fellow groups of teenagers, like the punks for instance – but their reality was more rebellious than it initially seems.
Who doesn’t love a kick-ass female (vintage) inspiration? We’re (style) inspired by the 1950s gang and celebrating International Women’s Day in great fashion!
About the Photo:
In 1955 the Ken Russel created a series called “The Last of the Teddy Girls”, which featured photographs taken against the war-torn backdrop of London’s East End. The images are one of the first reportage series to be made of British youth culture, presenting pictures of working class girls in Neo-Edwardian dress
This is true women power! Across Europe and America it might be normal for women to ride bicycles, but in Afghanistan (and other countries ad well) women suffer accusations of immorality and threats of violence just for riding a bike. The Afghan women’s cycling team does it anyway, and for that they’ve been nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize by members of the Italian parliament.
The team has used the bike for fighting for social justice and peace and against violence and social stigma. For them the bicycle is a symbol of freedom and independence.
Learn more about the Team here: Mountain2Mountain or check out the film project “Afghan Cycles”.
Film recommendation: “Afghan Cycles”
“Afghan Cycles” is a documentary that tells the story of brave afghan women who challenge gender barriers and put their life at risk for the pleasure of riding a bicycle.
The documentary is directed by Sarah Menzies and produced by Shannon Galpin, Anna Brones, Jenny Nichols, Sarah Menzies.
For us it is a film about inspiring strong women made by inspiring women!
Goodordering is a small independent bag company run out of a flat on top of a bike shop in East London. Founded in 2012 Goodordering was started by designer and avid cyclist Jacqui Ma, who previously has worked for product design consultancies and brands such as Puma and Jasper Conran.
What does Goodordering stands for?
“The brand name comes from the joy and satisfaction of ordering well at a restaurant. Our family often went out for meals together and after a very satisfying meal, we would all call out ‘Good ordering!’ to mum. This brand incorporates all the values of family get-togethers and those captured moments of happiness,” says Jaqui.
The bags: The collection feautures backpacks, laptop cases and panniers, inspired by Japanese school bags and airline bags from the 70s and 80s. The clean outlines embody a retro sports vibe, and the modern details and weatherproof fabrics fuse a nostalgic sports aesthetic with the urban-suburban landscape. With its clean outlines and geometric angles the designs are also influenced by Bauhaus design.
What we love about it: The combination of functionality and aesthetics. Each bag has been designed with technological gadgets in mind and features padded compartments and pockets of different shapes and sizes.
Want to learn more? Check out the collection here.
Congrats to our friends at NOTABAG: The winners of the GERMAN DESIGN AWARD 2016, category: Fashion and Lifestyle.
“The German Design Award is the international premium prize of the German Design Council. Its goal: discovering, presenting and awarding unique design trends. Every year, top-quality submissions from product and communications design are awarded, all of which are in their own way ground-breaking in the international design landscape. The German Design Award, started in 2012, is already one of the best-known design competitions in the world and is held in high regard well beyond professional circles. ”
We can’t think of a better recognition for all their hard work, creativity and persistence to succeed, while never loosing their passion and love for good design!
What is NOTABAG:
It’s a smart combination of a bag and a backpack. With a single pull on the straps, it transforms itself from a sleek eco-friendly bag to an easy-to-carry backpack. Learn more about Notabag and view the new collection here.
The NOTABAG: The perfect accessory to make your daily bike life easier!
Goodbye winter, hello spring, WELCOME BACK. A new start for everything and time for new designs in our shop. Our new CYCLE STYLE Collection for example features beautiful colorful dresses by Mio Animo as well as cosmetics and nail polish by eco conscious brand benecos.
We want to help you to make your bike ride and city life more beautiful. The dresses, shirts and sweaters featured in the collection are made for an active and busy lifestyle. Just picture yourself on your morning bicycle commute: You want light and breathable fabrics, bright colors and sportive but feminine designs. During the day you want to look elegant and feel comfortable at the same time.
Check out the new designs from the New Spring Collection and let us know what you think!
Four weeks and we’ll again be at the Berlin Bike Show 2016 March 18th-20th 2016, the world’s leading cycle lifestyle fair, showcasing our latest products and designs! But this year we have another reason to party: We’re teaming up with our friends from mika amaro at the show.
mika amaro designs and builds beautiful and high quality urban bikes and this year we’re celebrating the launch of the brand new Ladies Bike by mika amaro, featuring special frame geometry and components optimized for woman.
Psssst! Here’s a Sneak Peek of the new Ladies Bike:
Can’t make it to Berlin?
The exhibition „Handmade in Germany“ is showing masterpieces of 150 German manufacturers, craftsmen and designers. mika amaro is one of these German brands and the bikes will be presented in 15 cities worldwide. Learn more: www.handmade-worldtour.com
Last weekend we flew out to the balearic islands to spend a few days in the beautiful old town of Palma, the capital city of the Spanish island of Mallorca.
We had rented a beautiful apartment on Airbnb and right after arriving from the airport we started exploring the city. The small alleys, perfect climate, beautiful street art, very friendly people and an amazing culinary experience made us fell in love with that small city right away.
What we noticed right away: Lots of good looking cyclists!
The city bike scene in Palma is growing. Some might call it hipster overload, but we call it lots of people on beautiful bicycles. And the reason why someone starts to bike – even if it’s simply for style reasons – doesn’t matter, because cycling helps the city and the planet. 🙂
For breakfast we went to La Molienda. A small coffee place, serving delicious coffee and cinnamon buns. Lots of people arriving by bike and the little outsite seating area in front of the cafe is perfect for people and bicycle watching.
After breakfast we (of course) rented bikes at a place close to the The Cathedral of Santa Maria of Palma, more commonly referred to as La Seu. In the summer it’s probably crowded by tourists, but this time of the year it is really quiet in Palma, which makes it kind of perfect. We biked all along the water for about 15 km. A really easy ride along the beach and on a bike lane in perfect condition. Mallorca in general offers impressive and beautiful bike rides and makes the island a popular destination for amateur to professional cyclists.
But we took it easy this time. Stopped several times on the way to watch surfers, drink coffee and to simply enjoy the sun.
For some after ride drinks we cycled to Santa Catalina. The former fishermen’s district with its rapidly gentrifying streets has still really affordable places to eat and drink. (Glass of Red Wine for 2€). It’s like Williamsburg 8 years ago. Santa Catalina’s Market: the oldest market of Mallorca (that recently went under a makeover) sells the best fish, fruits and vegetables of the island and you’ll find locals have lunch at one of the many cool food stalls.
Dinner: For dinner we tried out Tast. We overheard a conversation on the plane and wrote down the restaurant recommendation. And it was worth it: the very classy tapas bar has really good food and wine. Not on the cheap side though, but prices and quality are in perfect relation. For an after-dinner walk definitely stroll through the small alleys of the old town and explore the beautiful street art, that you can find on every corner.