Bicycle Network: Women's Cycling
Eye candy for the discerning rider
Bikes as a fashion accessory? Why not! We showcase a few of the prettiest rides on the market.
You always knew that riding bikes was cool. But recently, every fashion label from Chanel to General Pants has started selling bikes along with handbags and jackets. Bikes are becoming fashionable- which is good news for ladies who prefer high heels and dresses to fluoro Lycra.
Gazelle Toer Populair
The oldest Dutch bicycle company, Gazelle have been providing the lovely ladies and gents of Amsterdam with bikes for over 100 years. The Toer Populair model is a premium version of the classic Dutch bike. Classic styling and ultra comfy upright sit position makes the Toer a perfect ride for cruising along the streets. The chain case and skirt guards protect your favourite jeans or summer dress from wear and tear, while the dyno generated front lights save hassle replacing batteries.
This sleek 3 speed bike has an ultra-low step-through frame with Shimano gearing. Designed in Melbourne, the low maintenance hub gear is perfect for ladies who like a streamlined aesthetic. Attach a basket to the back for an easy commuter ride, and remember that red bikes, like red cars, always go faster.
Electra Gypsy 3
This cute-as-a-button bike is not for girls who want to fade into the background- with red spokes, handlebar ribbons and funky curves, you will stand out like a modern day Cleopatra in a sea of branded roadies. Alone, or in a caravan of friends, the low-maintenance, 3-speed drivetrain takes the sting out of hills.
Electra bikes can be found at various bike stores, but visit www.bicyclestore.com.au for a wide range online.
Pashleys are the Burberry of bikes: Classically British and timeless. You might feel the need to don tweed and a hooped skirt on this bike, but the modern hub gears and fully enclosed brakes bring this cruiser into the 21st century. Pashley bikes are huge in Europe but are only sold through a small range of outlets in Australia.
www.bakerlite.com.au has the widest range.
These bikes suit ladies who like to colour co-ordinate their shoes with their nail polish. You can choose the colour of the frame, the rims, the cranks, the seat…the list continues. Lightweight and fully adjustable, the bikes are elegant and on trend. A flip-flip hub allow you to coast or to ride fixed gear style.