some fun bike porn

Posted on March 14th, 2012

It’s been a while since I’ve done a gratuitously evocative bike post. It’s time…

Famous people on bikes

Some hot looks courtesy of  Fashionising, and Cyclelicious. Starting with Olivia…

Olivia Palermo

Lara Stone

Just some pretty looks

Gala’s bike porn

I loved reading recently about how Gala Darling has tricked up her bike riding style Here are some of her favourite bike bits:

simple wool backpack. I’ve posted before about my search for a perfect bike satchel. So for more ideas, go here.

Bloomers with  black & white stars.

She loves these women’s riding pants.

And this DIY polka-dot helmet!

You can also read about Gala’s adventures in buying her fold-up bike here.

And if you have a bike, and are struggling for ways to store it, check out these clever options here.

Trouser scandal!

Maria at Brainpickings (one of my favourite sites) recently found these great pics while”digging through the archive of the State Library of New South Wales“. As she says: equal parts “inspirational (a record-breaking ride from Sydney to Melbourne in 3 days and 7 hours!), and scandalous (NB: Annie is wearing trousers!)”.

Been on your bike lately? Any fashion tips and tricks you’d like to share?

 

 

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  • Larnie

    Hi Sarah…do you think sometime you could write on the practicalities/logistics of a cycling holiday (i.e what to pack, travelling with a tent/sleeping bag etc…). You have mentioned a few times you have cycled 000′s of kms in one trip alone. Sure you have a wealth of tips and knowledge to share. Would appreciate this type of blog more so than looking at pretty pictures of models and their bikes.

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    Larnie Reply:

    who are clearly not into messing up their hair with helmets!

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    Sarah Wilson

    Sarah WilsonSarah Wilson Reply:

    duly noted

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    Jason Reply:

    Stupid comment. The girls look hot. Good to see some cool chicks on a bike. The girl in the 4th pic with the blue bike did it for me. Totally hot. What’s the problem with a few nice pics for a change? Cool hair as well. If they had helmets it would spoil it wouldn’t it?

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    Rachel Reply:

    Olivia – please! She is clearly all too aware there is a camera in the vicinity. Yes she is pretty, but id prefer to see an actual bike rider – flouro vest helmet hair and all. Come on Sarah..! This doesnt seem like you?

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  • Mia Bluegirl

    I love the trouser scandal. :) Those photos reminds me of old ones of Amelia Earhart, all spepia-toned revolutionary women in “I rock this” poses. Awesome!

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    Sarah Wilson

    Sarah WilsonSarah Wilson Reply:

    They look so determind! I love it

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  • http://www.situp-bike-art.com Mike rubbo

    Sarah, I’d never seen the Billie Samuels photos before. Great stuff. Do you know the touching photos of women cyclists 40 years before Billie that can be seen in Jim’ Fitzpatrick’s book, The Bicycle and The Bush? He finds w women who rode fixies between our cities in long skirts on terrible roads in in incredible times.

    But there’s a wider bike culture we’ve lost as we’ve narrowed to become primarily sporty cyclists. Pre 1900, miners and shearers did huge distances on bikes, saddled down with swags and water bottles. The bike was way superior to the horse

    Now, another turn of the wheel. O’Farrell and the Daily Tele attack Clover’s separated bike paths because they can’t imagine a businessman on a bike. Today’s editorial says as much.

    What to do? We need to grow a European bike culture along side the sports one, as I explain in this blog post. Do you agree?

    http://www.situp-cycle.com/

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  • Tash

    What a boring blog. If I wanted to look at skinny models, I’ll just go buy a magazine. I usually come here for inspiration..guess not today.

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  • Jane

    I like the bike blogs… nice break from serious biz (which is also great)… go easy on the skinny models folks, they deserve to have fun too :-)

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  • MJ

    Gee Sarah, I got all excited when I saw the heading “Bike Porn”. Unfortunately, it’s more like “Bike Yawn”. You might just spark my interest again if you could find a photo of the very sexy Nigella Lawson on a bike. Now SHE is someone who deserves to have fun :)

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  • Sybil

    Love the post Sarah. A bit of frivolity in a post is good sometimes.
    For all those who yet again had a whinge that Sarah’s post didn’t meet your expectations in motivating you for yet another day, go away, get some councelling and keep your nasty comments to yourself. You don’t need motivating, you need a mother figure. Grow up.

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    Tash Reply:

    Hey Sybil, not sure which one of your multiple personalities wrote this but how about you go away and continue with your counselling and come back when you have something nice to say yourself!

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    Sybil Reply:

    I did say something nice just not about whingers like you Tash. Multiple personalites, hee hee, how original of you!

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  • http://www.monkeysee.net.au Denise

    It’s great that we live in a time where there is so much diversity, freedom + choice. Glamorous women on bikes, women with and without hat-hair, in lycra, in chic daywear, heels and flats. Fat, tall, short & skinny. How great to ride a bike! We can all lead by our example.
    Here’s a link to a blog about some great women of the late 1800.
    http://cycleandstyle.com/2012/03/how-the-bicycle-helped-bring-about-womens-equality/

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  • jan

    Hi

    After trying unsuccessfully to buy a weather proof bicycle storage system anywhere in the world I decided to develop my own. As an apartment dweller, I needed to find a suitable storage facility for my son’s racing bike that would prevent the weather, dust and grime deteriorating the bicycle while not in use, but one that was also able to be locked to the balcony to prevent theft. It had to have provision for the helmet, shoes and other paraphernalia associated with bicycles, as well as enabling the bag to be locked to balcony handrails. The locking system allows the bag to be hung up on bike racks suspended in garages. An additional advantage is that the bag doubles as a travel bag which can be thrown into or onto the car and fixed to roof racks if required.

    The system I have designed and developed, known as the “Weather Jacket”, has all of the features above; the purchaser simply has to release the front wheel of the bicycle and the bike then fits straight into the bag. There are toggled compartments for the bike essentials such as helmet, shoes, tubes etc. There is a pocket for the wheel that has been detached from the bike and the bag then zips up by way of a double zip. The handrail attachments, handrail and locking system are all positioned conveniently and practically.

    As an apartment dweller I am clearly aware of the potential of my “Weather Jacket”. There is limited storage space inside an apartment, however there is usually a balcony. These balconies are exposed to the elements but if there was a “Weather Jacket” available then the bike riders could put their bicycles outside without worrying about the deterioration over time due to weather. The “Weather Jacket” is not solely for apartment use and can easily be used as a storage system in a garage of a house or a bicycle storage cage.

    Just as I discovered, there was nothing suitable and user friendly available on the market, until now. I am interested in selling the concept to an interested party so maybe one of your readers can assist.

    J

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  • EDITH

    I live in the unfriendly bike state of Florida and I really want to get into bike riding. Though everything is long distance travel I feel like it would be the smartest option for me. Besides it’s another chance to dress dazzling for myself and be active.

    But my question for you is how can it be possible to ride in a state that isn’t bike friendly? How do I bite the bullet and get over that fear. I mean I know if New Yorkers can do it….but they also have side walks there which are rare here and better public transportation. Not owning a car is more possible in a lot of places just not really here. Especially to get somewhere worth going.

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    Anthony Reply:

    Edith, if your state in not particularly bike friendly you can take some reasonable precautions like, make sure you protect yourself by being easy to see. Wear clothes that standout, wear a bike helmet and have reflectors on your bike, lights and a loud bell. You can even wear a vest similar to a traffic warden,

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  • Anthony

    It’s great to see fashion on a bike. Certainly, a hot chick on a bike catches my eye. If you have a bike too it makes a great ice breaker.

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  • Katherine in London

    I’m not even kidding, this post inspired me to buy a bike on Ebay.
    I picked it up today and plan on using it to commute to work tomorrow. EEEK!

    Thanks again for your inspiration Sarah. :)

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  • http://booksandasummergirl.wordpress.com Alexandra Bohannon

    I love opening up my blogreader to see the post entitled “Bike Porn”. All these bikes are quite lust-worthy!

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  • Toria

    I’m loving the fashion, but seriously, have you guys tried riding a bike in peak hour traffic wearing platfrom stilletos? I have and it’s frickin’ scary! The shoes slip and slide off the pedals not to mention the terror of them scraping on the road. For that kind of mayhem, I would definitely want to be wearing a helmet!

    These truly, beautifully styled shots, but how can a girl look this stylish rising a bike in reality, without sacrificing safety?

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  • amyer

    Love this! Love seeing what other people wear on bikes …there’s no need to be lycra clad if you’re not into racing or riding really long distances. I’m not against people who do, but I enjoy seeing the alternative. There are so many options out there!

    I mostly stick with denim shorts and a singlet most days for my commute, but if I’m meeting people after work I tend to jump on my bike in whatever it is I wore that day. I stay away from heels, but that’s more thanks to the sharpness of my pedals – they’d ruin the heel! I generally like to have back pockets in whatever I’m wearing so I can easily access my keys and phone.

    I haven’t quite mastered the winter bike riding uniform. I find it really tricky to keep me/my things relatively dry, to keep warm, but not overheat and to ensure I can be seen by other people on the roads. Could you maybe consider a post on that?
    For someone like me without a car or good public transportation options it’d be a godsend!

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    Denise Reply:

    Just picking up on the mention of winter gear. Depending on how much you have to carry you could consider waterproof pannier/s? It also solves the vision problem, and takes all the weight off the shoulder. Otherwise, there are handle bags, saddle bags, as I said depends on your load.

    One important thing to remember is that if you choose to go for fluro (hi-vis) – and yes it is all the fashion! it only works during the day, it does not work at night, so for after dark you need reflective material, really, for winter fluro AND reflective is the safest bet.

    Good lights are important, a strong front and back. My tip is a helmet light too, flashing, at this level it is much more visible to drivers than one that sits under you seat.

    I’ve designed a hi-vis/reflective monkeysee harness for women cyclists in mind that can be easily worn over whatever you are already wearing to make us more visible, it’s comfy, effective and pops into your bag at the end of your ride, the vision was to offer a fashionable item (who wants to wear a workman’s vest right!) so you can wear the harness over any rain jacket or coat (there are some gorgeous ones out of NL)
    then you don’t need to have a cycling specific one. Merino is a good way to stay warm and layers so you can peel off as you start to heat up.

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