Very cool exterior of Sable and Argent and some of their trendy Rapha Clothing
Our first destination is close to home – Sydney, which is just starting to embrace the concept of cycle chic. In Australia cycling is still perceived as a sport where you have to dress up in special clothes, be really fit and get hot and sweaty. That perception is slowly changing as people realise that cycling can be a really fun activity which gets you quickly and easily from A to B, out in the fresh air and is good for the environment to boot. When I tootle along the streets of Fitzroy, Surry Hills and New Farm I like to think of it as speed-window-shopping!
My first stop is Clarence Street Cyclery, a well-established bike shop in Sydney that’s just opened the only womens only bike shop in Australia. Jenny and the team at recognise that bike shops can be intimidating places for girls, so they’ve decked out the shop with a colourful mural of Sydney by ilovedust and they stock bikes which are made for the female figure (including beautiful restored vintage bikes from Sydney Vintage Bikes) and cute accessories such as wicker baskets and floral bags. The all-female staff are super-helpful and friendly and won’t make you feel silly if you don’t know what a derailleur is.
Bianchi bikes at Sable & Argent
Bamboo Bike from Sable & Argent
I then whizz my way to the Woolloomooloo end of the Bourke Street Cycleway to Sable and Argent. This light-filled white-washed warehouse conversion is home to Rapha clothing, beautiful vintage-styled Bianchi bikes, Taiwan’s colourful Favor Bikes as well as exclusively selling the stylish and practical Copenhagen Parts Bike Porter and vintage French figurines known as ‘le petit velo’.
Sable & Argent - Favor Bikes, Copenhagen Parts Bike Porter and vintage French ‘le petit velo’ figurines
Next stop is Taylor Square, a little hub of cycle chic in Paddington which also hosts the Sydney Sustainable Markets every Saturday. At Taylor Square I spot Hattie, Ronan, Lisa and little Eddy, all looking very cool in their everyday clothes and their chic bikes. I also meet up with Saskia, the lady behind Sydney Cycle Chic who blogs about cycling style in Sydney and organises rides around the city on her gorgeous Velorbis.
Lisa and Little Eddie – too cute!
Hattie and Ronan – cool bikers spotted in Taylor Square
Saskia and I head off to Tokyo Bike, a small independent bike company based in Surry Hills.
Yuki and her husband import light and colourful bikes from Japan and sell funky accessories such as these candy-bright Japanese bike locks and the Cycle Signs by Trent Jansen (also available at CycleStyle). You may remember Lucy chatting to award-winning Sydney designer Trent Jansen before – he makes the reflective spoke and strap-on Cycle Signs out of the offcuts from his Cycle Stools and it’s an truly upcycled product.
Trent Jansen reflective strap-on cycle signs
Trent Jansen reflective spoke cycle signs
Time for lunch at Remy and Lees‘s, a little bike-friendly cafe serving great coffee and easy-going morsels at the Surry Hills end of the Bourke StreetCycle way. Over a mushroom quiche and toasted cheese sandwich Saskia and I chat about Sydney Cycle Chic and her involvement with the Sydney cycle scene.