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Speaking of custom bikes, I just ran across another bicycle brand that will help you get a bike just the way you want it. RULE Bikes Britannia was recently featured on the catwalks of London’s Fashion Week.

London Fashion Week

Yes, bikes were going down the runway with models. They weren’t being ridden necessarily (that was my first question too) but they had some pretty impressive color schemes on these classy little bikes.

Through their website you can chose from the Elizabeth (women’s) or Horatio (men’s) model, then chose your color scheme  – fenders, chain guard, handlebars, seat, and tires are all selectable – and number of gears, from the base price of £450 (~$770) with free shipping within the UK. I didn’t see where you can get the crazy cool print that matches your speckled pants though….

If you’re not into paying for overseas shipping for a uniquely custom cruiser nor going to the UK anytime soon,there’s Republic Bikes with a similar set-up and an inventive online mix-your-own bike 3-D viewer and great customizing options. Chose from the men’s or women’s version of their Aristotle fixie/mixtie road bike or Dutch-style cruiser as cheap as $399+shipping. You get to pick your tires, rims, housing, crank, chain, mud guards, grips, and even a bell on the dutch-style. They have some pretty great color options, though nothing like catwalk-inspired prints.

Free from shipping charges, don’t underestimate Your Friendly Local Bike Shop. I was surprised to learn that this guy got his fancy styled-out bike at Richardson Bike Mart.

He was cruising up Akard to catch the train downtown yesterday when I chased him down for a photo. Flames come standard with this Rat Fink bike. He self- customized with his personal collection of stickers.

       

If you’re beginning to get a good idea of just exactly the bike you’d be proud to sport around town, I personally know all 3 of our in-town bike shops can get you hooked up.

Two of the custom bikes at our fashion show were fully crafted by the good folks at Oak Cliff Bicycle Co (who are currently making a custom bike for my sister-blogger here at Cycle Style.)

Custom bike from OCBC

And the craftsmen at Transit Bikes can ensure your ride is as unique as you are, especially if your leaning toward the fixed-gear style. They supplied another one of the showcase bikes at the fashion show.

Custom from Transit Bikes

The stye consultants of Switching Gears also have a great collection of color coordinated pieces to upgrade your ride (and they’ll have even more when they get moved into their new space around the corner.)

So many options between these three shops your decision-making brain area could be thrown in a tail spin. No need to ride an ordinary bike just like anyone else’s. It’s so easy to style-out your bike and really make it you’re own.

As we gear up for the Cinco de Mayo weekend of sunny afternoons and margaritas, we’re reminiscing about all the fun we had last Saturday. It was SO FUN partying with all our biko friends. Seriously. If you weren’t there….I’m sorry. Just make sure you make it next year – it’ll be even better.

Congrats to Timmy & Christa

The 2012 Face of Biking in Dallas!!!!

They totally deserve it – I see them at just about every bike event!

Runners up: Susan & Sabrina!!!

      

And of course, a special thank you to our

FAVORITE Cyclist Photographer:

Justin Clemons

All of the photos with Deep Ellum’s Sunburst mural in the background are his. Every single photo of his was great.

Chris Curnutt (with downtown in the background and a few Exposition Park shots) and Chris Arrant (with the Bishop Arts brick wall as the backdrop) were runners up. Thanks to all the photographers who came out. So many good photos this year!!!

The Cycle Style fashion event was a big hit, with the models from Wildflower Management styled out by our home-grown prof. stylists Brittany Winter, Tara Tonini, Arialla Villa, and Amy K Hayes and bikes from Oak Cliff Bicycle Co (those hanging from the ceiling are both for sale), Holly J and Ean P, and Transit Bikes.

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Thanks again to all our generous sponsors.

Kelly with Railean for the rum and tequila tasting, Transit Bikes and Rozik EveryWear for sponsoring the Deep Ellum and Franconia kegs, and Richardson Bike Mart, Oak Cliff Bicycle Co, Linus, Repotted, CocoAndre Chocolatier and Light Tec for donating cool prizes for all our winners.

Thanks to Regeared also for making cool things from used bike parts and selling them at the show. Rachel & Laura, we all love what you two are doing.

Last but not least! Pedal Power skillfully handled the bike valet for those of you who pedaled up in style. And we’re proud to present them with the proceeds from the event! These folks selflessly help donate used bikes to those in need. Stayed tuned for the where & when of our check-presentation to the folks who run Pedal Power. Thanks for all of your support!!!

Kelly, the 2011 Face of Biking in Dallas

We’re down to the last few hours to vote for the 2012 Face of Biking in Dallas, by noon today. Then come to the Cycle Style after party in Deep Ellum.

9pm to midnight, $10 entry, bicycle valet. Complimentary beer from local Deep Ellum Brewery and Franconia Brewery and complimentary Texas-made Railean tequila/rum tastings starting at 9pm.

Proceeds benefit Pedal Power, our local bicycle charity that provides used bikes to those in need.

At 10pm, Dallas’ first ever bicycle fashion show featuring Wallflower models styled by Brittany Winter, Amy K Hays, Ariella Villa, and Tara Tonini. Plus, we’ll reveal the winner of the 2012 Face of Biking in Dallas.

Whatever your style, get on a bike. The more of us on the road, the safer we all are. Come celebrate another year of biking in Dallas with us.


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We just looked through all the photos from yesterday’s Cyclist Census and are blown away at all the great shots! So many of our friends and lots of complete strangers to us had their photos taken – we laughed and cried…. (no we didn’t really cry.) We had some really great photographers shooting this year.

So a big thank you to our photographers who spent their Saturday with all of you. And a big thank you to all the cyclists who either took the afternoon to take a photo (or visit multiple photographers in some cases) or got caught by a photographer and agreed to let them take a photo. It’s so cool to see this single-day snapshot of the types of folks who cycle in Dallas!

We especially apologize to those of you who came out to a photo location to find no photographer. As frustrating as it was for you (and us!) please forgive us, life happens. Extenuating circumstances stand in the way of perfection and greatness sometimes. We’re working to mitigate this issue in the future.

Here are a few of the highlights for you while we’re uploading the rest. Voting starts Wednesday a.m.

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April 21st 10am – 2pm  all over Dallas

Come be counted in the 2012 Dallas Cyclist Census and be entered in the running for the people’s choice Face of Biking in Dallas! Photographers will be stationed around Dallas taking photos of cyclists.

Winner gets cool swag from Linus, Richardson Bike Mart, Transit Bikes, Oak Cliff Bicycle Co and more. Not to mention bragging rights.

Saturday April 28th 9pm-Midnite –  Continental Lofts Gallery 3311 Elm.

Fashion party and announcing the winners of the people’s choice 2012 Face of Biking in Dallas and judge’s choice Favorite Cyclist Photographer. Arriving by bicicleta encouraged –  the party’s just east of the Baylor DART Station in Deep Ellum, free Bicycle Valet available.

All benefiting Pedal Power – our local bicycle charity that provides used bikes for transportation and commerce to those in need.

$10 entry includes Rum and Blue Agave tasting with Railean Distillery (Blue Agave would be called tequila if it were made in Tequila, Mexico – but it’s MADE IN TEXAS!) and Deep Ellum Brewery beer.

See all the Cyclist Census photos on display and be inspired by runway-ready fashion that you might never have thought you’d see on a cyclist!

Kelly, the 2011 Face of Biking in Dallas

Whether you like to bike to the grocery store in dresses or spandex shorts is your call – we want to see all of you flaunting your personal cycle style because, simply put, the more of us bicycling on the road the safer we all are. So get dolled-up, pump your bike, and bring a friend to be counted in the April 21st census. Then come celebrate and feast your eyes on fancy bikes and runway fashion.

Keep updated with emails from the Cycle Style blog or join the Dallas Cycle Style Facebook Group to get the latest updates on the winners’ prizes and event info.

Thanks to everyone who voted in the 2011 Census. We’re looking forward to capturing photos of even more Dallas cyclists this year and seeing who steals the show!

(Update: these opinions are not endorsed by the Cycle Chic brand.)

I’ve finally settled into the harsh reality that Dallas isn’t Copenhagen. And have therefore decided to wear a bike helmet more often.

The Bishop Arts District and N Oak Cliff are pretty dreamy.

You’d think it would be obvious, Dallas differs in many ways from Copenhagen – maybe I’ve just been in denial.

As I pedal my heart out to work and home, to pick up my Urban Acres share, meet friends at Eno’s, grab something at the grocery, visit my sister…. I live in this imaginary world where Dallas is bikeable.

The harsh reality began to creep in as I was explaining to a friend how my morning commute could be made simpler by adding a bike lane on the northernmost lane of the Zang bridge into downtown.

Biking the Zang Bridge into downtown

I proceeded to tell her why that route is so treacherous and why this epiphany of mine would be such a major improvement, when she added “And people thought I was nuts biking in London – you guys deserve purple hearts!  At least London has bike lanes!”  Yeah, I guess it is pretty dangerous…

Then the bike lane debacle began to unwind and it hit me that Dallas makes a lot of City plans that only sit on shelves, never read.

Dallas saw bike lanes for a day: Ross Better Block 2011

Thank goodness for those hardworking citizens of the Fort Worth Ave Development Group and businesses owners in the area who are fronting money and pushing the city for paint on pavement. We might get bike lanes afterall, but I realize that not everyone’s so aware of this need nor on-board to get it done. Not like bike lanes in Dallas get preferential treatment when fixing potholes or clearing snow (as in Copenhagen.)

And despite all the people I know who ride frequently, there are many in Dallas who have not touched their bike in decades and can’t remember that feeling of freedom with the wind in your hair and the birds chirping with the smell of fresh cut grass or woodburning fireplaces… Dallas drivers in their SUVs and F250s tend to get pushy, and dangerously aggressive toward cyclists. Or just plain don’t see us. (Check out the really great bike awareness campaign my friend saw in London.)

The cherry on top was another friend-of-a-friend who’s been seriously injured while biking.

It’s tragic. And it’s all convinced me that maybe wearing a helmet in Dallas is a good idea, as a realistic assessment of the biking atmosphere here.

I’m in the market for a stylish new helmet!

The cat’s pretty much out of the bag. Remember all the photos from the Cyclist Census back in April? And the lawn movie, the Texas Theatre, the photo exhibit, and the bike polo, and….

We’re doing it again in 2012, only we’re revamping the plan.

Cyclist Census: check

“Face of Biking in Dallas” mad online voting competition: check

Blowout party with bicycle fashion: check

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We all had a fantastic ride to the boutiques in West Village and Henderson Ave Sunday afternoon. We found some real gems of  shopper’s paradise, got some killer Christmas gifts… for ourselves *wink*, and got to know more cool folks in our bike community here. Then most of us stuck around for dinner, drinks, and games at Barcadia. Don’t worry though if you had to miss this one – we’ll have more Chic Boutique Rides to come.  And if you have a great idea for a ride shoot us an email! DallasCycleChic@gmail.com

Chris at Biking in Dallas got some great shots from the ride!

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Jonny commutes every day by bicycle from his North Oak Cliff house to his Bishop Arts yoga studio, Tranquilo, but today I spied his two gorgeous daughters in tow too. So pretty!!

We may not see as many people cycling around Dallas in super stylish outfits as we might see in other major cities, (ahem! Copenhagen) but we still have a lot of very cool cyclists to celebrate.  These people hop on their bikes and GO.  They do it in their way in their everyday clothes as part of their every day life, and we want to celebrate that.  If you see someone embracing the cycling lifestyle, hollar at them “Hey!  You on the Bike!  Can I take your photo?!”  and send those pics in to us.  I guarantee you they’ll be complimented.  Here’s a couple I snapped today outside of my shop, Salvage House Btq, in North Oak Cliff.

Casual and styling, with his layered collars, creamy sunglasses, and high rolled skinny jeans, I had to run out of the house and yell for him to come back because this guy was zooming down Melba on his bike FAST.

It’s been cold this week.  If you’re like me and really cherished time spent poolside during our long hot summer, this cold-weather thing came all at once a little abruptly. I’m still pulling out my winter-wear and it’s been below freezing for 3 nights already.

SO in the spirit of fun winter fashion and gearing up for our Chic Boutique Ride coming up this Sunday, here is some winter biking inspiration for us all.

Granted, we most likely won’t have snow Sunday, but it’s highly likely we will see snow sometime this winter (given how cold things have started out I’d say we’ll see plenty of snow…yes, that was a  a 20% chance of snow Tuesday night)  You can’t say it isn’t possible to bike in the snow, getting your everyday things done in a very functional outfit. (Colored tights!)

Hopefully it won’t get this extreme in Dallas.

But if it did, and you were caught out in it, you would have the satisfaction of knowing you aren’t the only one to endure the elements this way.  There are many thousands of stylish people around the world riding their bikes through much harsher winters, and there are indeed a small number of people in Dallas who do not own a car, whose only mode of transportation (by necessity and choice) is walking or biking.  Even on snow-days. Just ponder that…

In fact, winter biking isn’t that bad.  You build up quite a lot of body heat under those layers. The key is to watch the weather so you’re prepared and wear layers easy to remove or add so you stay comfortable. On that note, here are some stylish winter cyclists spotted in Copenhagen (the bike capital of the world) from the blog Copenhagencyclechic.com:

     

This gentleman has some stunning class.

With some good gloves, a hat and a scarf, I’d say the best part of winter biking is getting to wear so many layers. It’s a refreshing change from having to bike around half-naked all summer to stay cool. Send us photos of you and your friends winter biking.  We’d love to see how you’re handling it with unabashed style and warmth.

With inspiration from Copenhagen Cycle Chic, visually embracing how urban cycling and style converge in our everyday lives, we began Dallas Cycle Style to promote Dallas cyclists flaunting their style.
Dallas has it's own unique urban culture, with it's funky southern flair, traditional values, obsession with fashion, and a pioneering entrepreneurial spirit that's made this region great.
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