The Casual Cyclists Guide Melbourne

by Lucy Feagins, Editor
Monday 2nd January 2012

The Casual Cyclists Guide Melbourne – written by Matt Hurst and friends, designed by Studio Pip & Co, published by Hardie Grant.

The Casual Cyclists Guide Melbourne – designed by Studio Pip & Co.

Good morning and HAPPY NEW YEAR dear readers!   Wowsers 2012 already… the treadmill starts up again!

Melbourne still feels a little sleepy this week, and I have a sneaking suspicion many of you may still be on holidayyyyy… so we’re kicking things off with a project that has certain summer holiday-ness about it. (Truth be told I really should have covered this one before Christmas. Whoops it got a little crazy back there, sorry Matt!).

The Casual Cyclists Guide is a new and very cute publication written by Matt Hurst of The Humble Vintage, with contributions by many super cool and super witty bike-loving Melburnians including Oslo Davis, Penny Modra and Max Olijnyk.  These are multitalented and VERY ENTERTAINING PEOPLE, people.   They are people who know how to write, draw, and ride bikes.

Billed as a collection of ‘routes, rides, rants and raves about the city and the bike’, The Casual Cyclists Guide is as entertaining as it is densely informative, and at just $19.95 makes the sweetest gift for any local cycle enthusiast.  It’s not really a guide book – I actually reckon it’s more of a cultural snapshot of Melbourne bike culture in 2011/12, covering a great variety of topics, from lycra and bicycle maintenance to architecture and art openings. I think some good citizen or sociologist should definitely squirrel a copy away in a time capsule so that future generations have a good understanding of the hipster scene in Melbourne at this time!

Grab a copy here, or from good local bookshops, like Readings.

Another layout from The Casual Cyclists Guide Melbourne – design by Studio Pip & Co.

by Lucy Feagins, Editor
Monday 2nd January 2012


  • Sara 4 years ago

    Hi Lucy
    Thanks for keeping the readings up even at this time of year- I love the blog. Revisiting the images of the Australian home I was reminded of your excellent photography skills- what camera do you use? are these always shot with natural light?
    Thanks again

  • CJ 4 years ago

    This was exactly the kind of light entertainment I needed in the lead up to christmas, and it provided more than a few laughs, but I’m also now looking forward to leaving it out for houseguests. The bike routes offer great highlights of such varied places to visit and things to do – excellent for inspiring interstate guests!

  • Lucy 4 years ago

    HI Sara thanks so much for your sweet comment!

    To be honest most of the ‘top 5′ homes were shot by a fantastic photographer I have begun collaborating with – Sean Fennessy. He uses a Canon 5D which is the camera I lust after. When photographing homes myself I use a measly Canon 500D, but hopefully one day soon I’ll have a 5D of my own!

    Thanks so much for your comments! It’s nice to know someone is reading at this sleepy time of year…! x

  • Sara 4 years ago

    thx Lucy!! saving for the upgrade myself

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