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The Cycloc

Bikes are great when you’re cycling round on them but when you’re not they take up so much room. If you live in a flat and don’t have a garden it seems there’s little choice but to get a Brompton or lean your bike up in the hall and bash your shins on the pedals every time you go past. We’ve got our bikes in the shed but with two in there they take up all the floor space so there’s barely room for anything else.

I’ve seen hanging bike storage solutions before but none that look as good as the Cycloc.

Cycloc - green

Available in white, black, red or green for just under £60, it fixes to the wall so you can hang your bike up by the frame horizontally or vertically so it’s out of the way and your shins are safe.

Cycloc

These bikes look like an art installation, although I’m not sure how easy it would be to get the top ones down…

Cycloc multiple

The space in the centre is big enough to store your cycling accessories like gloves and lights and there is a slot so you can use an ordinary bike lock to secure your bike if you need to.

I think these are a wonderful idea and perfect for having at home (although maybe too pretty to put in a shed?) or in the office. Nag your boss to get some so you can cycle into work without getting your bike pinched from the lamppost outside.

What do you think?

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Saddlebags

For my Cycletta ride on Sunday I have a list of things I want to take with me and want a bag that I can hang on my bike rather than on my back. I never thought I’d want more saddlebags, I’ve carried a pair on my hips since I reached adulthood. But with the exercise I’ve done over the last six months hopefully I can start to minimise my physical ones and just have them on my bike.

I found them surprisingly expensive and a lot are pretty ugly too, but here is a beautiful one to start with.

Chritina Hamilton Bike Bag

Designed by trained saddler Christina Hamilton who qualified from the London College of Fashion earlier this year, this stunning design is from her final project. I am hankering after one so much. Christina won the Leathersellers’ Company Business Start Up Award and is setting up her own business so if anyone knows when and where they are available to buy, please let me know!

So until I can buy one of those, here are some other nice-looking ones.

This 1940s style pannier from Cyclechic looks just as good off the bike as on. It’s made from water-resistant woven pine and is £55.

Bobbin Bicycle Pannier - Cyclechic

This pannier inspired by vintage boat bags is so enormous I bet it would hold everything you could ever need. It also has a padlock so you can secure it to your bike. It converts to a shoulder bag and is made from waxed canvas in three colourways, at £44.99 it is also from Cyclechic.

Linus Sac pannier Beige - Cyclechic

The Liv Classic Large Handlebar Bag is made by bike brand Giant. It fits on the front under the handlebars which means you can keep an eye on it when you’re riding through town and it transfers to a handbag with a shoulder strap for when you’re on foot. I’m assuming it isn’t waterproof though as it comes with a raincover. The retail price is £44.99 but Wheelies are selling it for £40.49. It also comes in a dark green canvas with dark brown artificial leather trim and in a medium size.

Giant Liv Classic Large Handle Bar Bag

Finally this shiny red handlebar bag from Cyclodelic is waterproof and coverts to a nice little clutch bag. It is handmade in London and costs £69.

Handlebar Bag Red - Cyclodelic

I was tempted by a basket but I think they’re too twee even for me.

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A Ride With Valentine

It is only a few days now until I take part in the Cycletta ride in Bedfordshire and I’ve done a fair bit of cycling to prepare myself for the 60km route. My husband has been fantastic and has been out on every ride with me. We managed to clock up 34km on Sunday and he even picked me up and put my chain back on when I fell off. I’m still not a natural cyclist…

When I saw these A Ride With Valentine brooches they seemed to sum up my last few weeks cycling around with the man I love.

A Ride With Valentine Pin White - The Mesh

The white brooch is £16.52 and the red brooch is £12.39 and are unique pieces by The Mesh. I love the contrast of the little figurines with their lasercut surround.

A Ride With Valentine Pin Red - The Mesh

If you’d like to help me raise money for Tommy’s, the baby charity, please click over to my Just Giving page.

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I (Maybe) Want to Ride My Bicycle

Last October I chickened out of joining my new mother-in-law and sister-in-law on a Cycletta bike ride and opted to cheer them on at the finish line instead. How lame of me…

But they’re doing it again and despite having only ridden a bike twice in the last 20 years my hankering for fitness has got me thinking of joining them to test the theory of whether you do ever forget.

This gorgeous and not-so-expensive bike from Made.com is tempting me even further.

Hollander Bike Made.com

Cycletta organise seven 40k bike rides a year round the UK that are open to women only and cost about £45 to enter. Although fairly pricey, the routes are traffic-free and well marshalled with a ride rescue crew that come and help out if you get into any problems and there are plenty of free things after the ride like goody bags and pamper sessions. For spectators there are food stalls and entertainment so kids aren’t screaming round the fields like loons waiting for their mums and aunties to ride past.

For the really motivated, some of the locations have an option to do an 80k route! I am in awe of anyone who even contemplates riding the equivalent of two marathons on a bike.

Some of the locations have places where you can hire bikes and this worked really well for my sister-in-law, unfortunately my mother-in-law got a dodgy one and the gears dropped off a couple of kilometres in meaning she had to do almost the whole route in second gear. But she did it!

Cyclists out there – am I mad to consider a 40k bike ride in May when I’m not a cyclist?

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