December 30th, 2009 · Erin - Vancouver · 2 Comments
I participated in several craft sales this November and December, and part of the process included moving my wares by bike with the help of my trusty fella. Our sturdy xtracycle once again came in handy for carrying crafty goodies, including the mannequin/judy. We were lucky to have fantastic weather this fall, aside from a week of torrential rain, which made it easy to get around our wonderful city every weekend to set up for another show.
This year I noticed many customers arriving with helmets and panniers in tow.What a great autumn activity! Find out where and when the craft sales are happening in your city and plan an afternoon with a friend riding around and getting your holiday shopping done, all while supporting local artists and craftspeople.
Loading the bike
Judy – strapped in and secure
My fella, ready to ride to another show
My booth at the Round House Urban Artisans’ Fair
Tags:art · bicycles · green
December 5th, 2009 · Erin - Vancouver · No Comments
The lovely Alana Prochuk is a new rider and recently wrote an article for the Globe and Mail about becoming a cyclist. She relays the fear of getting on her bike, her history of clumsiness, and the sheer determination it took leave her driveway to negotiate the busy streets of the Vancouver. In addition to her strong desire to ride, a cycling training course and encouragement from friends helped Alana is become a happy and confident rider. Read the article online in the Globe and Mail here. Welcome to the cycling world, Alana!
Illustration by Jason Logan.
November 27th, 2009 · Erin - Vancouver · No Comments
So it may be a little too early for this, in fact, I’m pretty sure it is, but I couldn’t resist posting these delightful bike-shaped holiday ornaments. FilzFelt sells these charming little felt bikes in sets of two with a portion of the proceeds going to the amazing Bikes Not Bombs. PS. There are other shapes too, but really, it’s all about the bike, right?
October 31st, 2009 · Erin - Vancouver · No Comments
As part of the Das rote Paket’s Ready-Made Light contest, entrants were asked to create a ready-made light that works with a low-enegry bulb from prefab parts not costing more than 40 euros. The catch is that others have to be able to easily replicate the design. Anton Kerner of Ingolstadt created the Lampe Gummilumi out of an old bike tire (among other things). Sweet!
For more info on the project and contest…
Tags:art · bicycles · clever · cool · custom · design · green · hand built · quirky · Uncategorized
October 15th, 2009 · Erin - Vancouver · 4 Comments
A quick round-up of some of the fun reflective bike wear – perfect for fall riding!
The Lumatwill Cape from Dashing Tweeds
Elena Corchero‘s Reflective Lace
Liz Collin‘s Reflective cardigans and more
and by yours truly, a felted reflective vest with LED button
Tags:accessories · bicycles · clever · clothing · cool · cute · design · fashion · fun · ladies · urban
October 14th, 2009 · Erin - Vancouver · 1 Comment
In Victoria BC, a group called Pedal to Petal is helping people compost their kitchen scraps. For $5 a week the group will stop by to pick up your compost by bike! Once the scraps are composted, the compost is used around the city in organic food gardens. All in all, it’s a great program that I’m sure we’ll see popping up in other cities as bikes become a bigger part of everyday life and the local food movement grows.
Tags:bicycles · clever · green · quirky · urban
October 14th, 2009 · Erin - Vancouver · No Comments
Just a quick post to draw your attention to a project by Laura Normandin and her husband. They took a tonne of bike photos during their trip to Scandinavia this past summer and made them into a lovely book about bikes. Check out her site for a couple more photos of the beautiful book.
Tags:adventure · art · bicycles · clever · cool · custom · design · photography
October 7th, 2009 · Erin - Vancouver · 2 Comments
Ahhh, it was a wondrous day, filled with excitement, intrigue and suspense! It was the 1st International Women’s Hardcourt Bike Polo Tournament, and it was right here in Vancouver on September 18th! Here’s a little photographic summary for your viewing pleasure. Enjoy!
1. Bushwackers (East Van – Cara, Lora, Patricia)
2. In my back pocket (Ottawa – Jen, Ohlea, Shelly)
3. Vagic Moments (East Van – Lisa, Naomi, Polly)
4. Killer Ladybugs (Victoria – Cordelia, Naomi, valley)
More info at East Van Bike Polo
Tags:bicycles · bike polo · cool · fun · ladies · urban
August 27th, 2009 · Erin - Vancouver · No Comments
Hey bikers and music-lovers – The Bicycle Music Festival is coming to Vancouver!
Join the fun this Saturday, August 29, starting at 10:30 at New Brighton Park in East Van. Or meet up with the ride along the way! Performers include:
Aunts and Uncles
The final stop at the Vancouver Museum will feature a beer garden and food (as well as those amazing performers)! Plus, the Museum of Vancouver is staying open until 10pm for the party and all festival goers can see the Velo-City exhibition for 50% off the regular ticket price!
The weather is looking warm and sunny – we’ll see you there!
Tags:adventure · bicycles · fun · ride · urban
August 20th, 2009 · Erin - Vancouver · No Comments
Tags:adventure · art · bicycles · fun · quirky · touring