Westie Women on Wheels – Free bike program of women of Melbourne’s west

I’m so excited to work with The Squeaky Wheel  to launch ‘Westie Women on Wheels‘, a FREE cycling skills program for  women who live or work in Melbourne’s west.

The program is for ‘interested but concerned’ women who have basic bike skills and who would like to gain the knowledge and confidence to ride for transport.

 Westie Women on Wheels   Free bike program of women of Melbournes west

Delivered over 3 sessions, participants will receive bicycle skills training, road rule education and route planning advice. The final session will be a fun social ride, introducing you to the safest and most direct routes for amenities in your local area.

Places are limited to 22 participants and participants are strongly encouraged to attend all three sessions to get the maximum benefit.

  • Saturday 16 May, 2pm – 4pm
  • Saturday 23 May, 2pm – 4pm
  • Saturday 30 May, 2pm – 4.30pm

The first two sessions will meet at the Footscray Bike Shed, Mills Close, Footscray (next to Building K, Footscray Park Campus of Victoria University). BOOK HERE.

Westie Women on Wheels has been made possible with the support of the Maribyrnong Community Grants program.

HOT: Luna1878 Night Market, Queen Victoria Market, cnr Elizabeth and Victoria Streets, Melbourne + Giveaway!

Luna1878 Night Market Queen Victoria Market cnr Elizabeth and Victoria Streets Melbourne + Giveaway 6 HOT: Luna1878 Night Market, Queen Victoria Market, cnr Elizabeth and Victoria Streets, Melbourne + Giveaway!

Queen Victoria Market’s annual winter night market is back!

Luna1878 Night Market is a midweek celebration of winter that is happening every Wednesday night until 27 August. Before you groan about leaving your warm house to venture out on a freezing school night, just note two things:

Luna1878 Night Market Queen Victoria Market cnr Elizabeth and Victoria Streets Melbourne + Giveaway 9 HOT: Luna1878 Night Market, Queen Victoria Market, cnr Elizabeth and Victoria Streets, Melbourne + Giveaway!

1. The market is actually much warmer than you might expect. I think it must be because of the roof, the number of cooking fires and bright lights. I didn’t notice any outdoor heaters about but I didn’t feel the cold at all.

2. There is mulled wine!

Luna1878 Night Market Queen Victoria Market cnr Elizabeth and Victoria Streets Melbourne + Giveaway 2 HOT: Luna1878 Night Market, Queen Victoria Market, cnr Elizabeth and Victoria Streets, Melbourne + Giveaway!

Under the sheds of Queen Vic you’ll find a large range of street food to sample, interspersed amongst diverse stalls of local designers and craftspeople. I was invited to try out what was on offer at the market and I was pleasantly surprised by the broad range of food and entertainment on offer. The set up was a lot more spacious than my previous visit to the summer night markets and there was enough seating for quick bites in between strolling.

Luna1878 Night Market Queen Victoria Market cnr Elizabeth and Victoria Streets Melbourne + Giveaway 4 HOT: Luna1878 Night Market, Queen Victoria Market, cnr Elizabeth and Victoria Streets, Melbourne + Giveaway!

I think the food is the reason to get most excited about Luna1878 Night Market. You can choose to eat the world with Filipino coal-roasted meats, soups in a cob loaf to steaming pans of paella. Some of it was ok, other dishes were fantastic and most of it was priced around the $7 mark with nothing more than $15.

Luna1878 Night Market Queen Victoria Market cnr Elizabeth and Victoria Streets Melbourne + Giveaway 3 HOT: Luna1878 Night Market, Queen Victoria Market, cnr Elizabeth and Victoria Streets, Melbourne + Giveaway!

My recommendations go to the Xinjiang spicy lamb skewers, the grilled cevapi from the cevapi cart and the baby octopus from the Sicilian barbecue.

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For dessert there were a few options – crepes, creme brulee, waffles or cannoli from a guy who had a cannoli for a head (kidding! just caught him at the right angle).

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I think there could be more dessert options as the line for all of these stalls was pretty long and in the end we settled for a chilli and spice hot chocolate from Market Espresso. Unfortunately this was probably the worst thing we tried on the night, with badly burnt milk combined with a syrupy spice mix. We dumped half of it in the bin.

Perhaps my pro tip is to just swim against the crowd and eat dessert first and savouries later!

Luna1878 Night Market Queen Victoria Market cnr Elizabeth and Victoria Streets Melbourne + Giveaway 8 HOT: Luna1878 Night Market, Queen Victoria Market, cnr Elizabeth and Victoria Streets, Melbourne + Giveaway!

The lively vibe in the market was enhanced by the free entertainment, including musicians, street performers and comedians. I actually found the cooking just as much fun to watch as crews hacked into a whole pig at the Hoy Pinoy and a primary school kid deftly flipped pizza dough at 400 Gradi.

Luna1878 Night Market Queen Victoria Market cnr Elizabeth and Victoria Streets Melbourne + Giveaway 1 HOT: Luna1878 Night Market, Queen Victoria Market, cnr Elizabeth and Victoria Streets, Melbourne + Giveaway!

If you’re planning a trip to Luna1878 Night Market then mark next Wednesday 23 July in your diary as on that night only Kit Webster will be presenting his amazing multimedia installation called Enigmatic.

Luna1878 Night Market, Queen Victoria Market, cnr Elizabeth and Victoria Streets, Melbourne

Every Wednesday 9 July – 27 August 5-10pm

Free entry

Giveaway! Thanks to Queen Victoria Market I have 3 x $30 food/drink vouchers for Luna1878 Night Market to give away. To win just follow the instructions and the three winners will be chosen randomly. Entries close Monday 28 July midnight. Good luck!

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HOT: Good Cycles Mobile Bike Mechanics, corner of Village Street and Fishplate Lane, Docklands

Good Cycles Mobile Bike Mechanics corner of Village Street and Fishplate Lane Docklands 6 HOT: Good Cycles Mobile Bike Mechanics, corner of Village Street and Fishplate Lane, Docklands

We recently moved house and along with it all our bicycles – a kids balance bike, single speed, ladies step-through, fold up and cargo bike (if that sounds like a lot I got rid of another three before we moved!). So I thought now was an opportune time to get our fleet of bikes serviced.

Instead of hauling the lot of them to our local bike shop, and being without our mode of transport for days, I called Good Cycles.

Good Cycles are mobile bike mechanics whose workshop is based out of Docklands. They ride around the CBD and inner city with their 30+ kg Yuba impressively laden with tools, parts and accessories, servicing bikes in people’s offices, universities and at your home.

Good Cycles Mobile Bike Mechanics corner of Village Street and Fishplate Lane Docklands 1 HOT: Good Cycles Mobile Bike Mechanics, corner of Village Street and Fishplate Lane, Docklands

Good Cycles Mobile Bike Mechanics corner of Village Street and Fishplate Lane Docklands 5 HOT: Good Cycles Mobile Bike Mechanics, corner of Village Street and Fishplate Lane, Docklands

That means you don’t need to be without your bike on your commute and your errands and don’t have to spend your lunch hour or weekends getting your bike fixed. How often do you put off getting your bike serviced because it’s too much hassle? (Guilty as charged).

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Good Cycles rode their cargo bike over to my house and set up in their mobile workshop in my backyard. For almost three hours Mike the mechanic checked, greased, aligned and pumped our bikes, giving them the kind of attention that they hadn’t received in a long time. A standard service costs $77 or you can upgrade to higher levels of service for $120 and $170. Their prices are commensurate with the prices for most local bike shops and they offer discounts for group bookings too.

Good Cycles Mobile Bike Mechanics corner of Village Street and Fishplate Lane Docklands 4 HOT: Good Cycles Mobile Bike Mechanics, corner of Village Street and Fishplate Lane, Docklands

Not only is getting your bike serviced by Good Cycles more convenient than taking your bike to a bike shop, the business is also a social enterprise. They teach people in need, such as long term unemployed and homeless, to be bike mechanics (an in-demand job). They work with Melbourne City Mission, job agencies, and the Youth Support and Advocacy to recruit trainees into the program then during the 18 month program, participants are employed as trainees, completing on-and-off the job training in Certificate III in Bicycles and teamed with qualified bike mechanics. The traineeship includes accredited training, employment, personal support and assistance with transition into the open labour market with an option to complete an apprenticeship if they opportunity arises.

Good Cycles also run workshops and classes in bike maintenance and help local governments and community organisations deliver bicycle-based programs. All the profits from the business go back to supporting, training and engaging the people they help.

So with Good Cycles you can get your bike serviced, save time and support a good cause. Win-win for everyone!

 

 

 

 

HOT: Melbourne Bike Share En Masse 2012, Silo by Joost, 123 Hardware Lane, Melbourne

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Friday is the most relaxed day of the work week for most of us, so I can’t think of a better way to celebrate than with a bike ride and free stuff.

In 2011 Andy White aka cycling personality Fyxomatosis gathered together cyclists from all over Melbourne to create a new World Record for the most bike share bikes in one place at the one time.

DSC05757 374x540 HOT: Melbourne Bike Share En Masse 2012, Silo by Joost, 123 Hardware Lane, Melbourne

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In 2012 Cheryl Lin from Business Chic and I joined the group in another world record attempt at En Masse. So we didn’t reach a higher number this year but we did grab our free Melbourne Bike Share bike, pedal our way to uber-sustainable cafe Silo by Joost and enjoyed free coffees (Cheryl was very jittery after drinking numerous coffees in the quest to win a Giant Via bike!), a filling egg sandwich and pork sandwich between the two of us, muffin and a chat with Melbourne’s cycling community.

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If you missed En Masse this year then look out for event details in 2013. You can also see more bike goodness from Fyxomatosis at the inaugural Australian Custom Bicycle Show coming up on 1 and 2 December at  167 Gladstone St, South Melbourne.

HOT: Mottainai Cycles, 41 Kerr St, Fitzroy

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Does Fitzroy/Collingwood has the greatest density of bike shops per square kilometre in Melbourne?

Being a cycling fan and a local I had thought I was familiar with all the bike shops in the area – but just recently I stumbled across Mottainai Cycles. As in literally stumbled – I tripped over their board sign on Brunswick Street while checking out a cool bike zooming past.

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Cameron Trethowan has been operating Mottainai Cycles for around 6 months now and he doesn’t even know how many bikes he’s got in stock these days.

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On weekdays you enter the garage area via a graffitied laneway off Kerr St, while on Sundays he opens the back of his open-air workshop for the Rose Street Artists Markets (Saturday is his day off). Not only does he sell restored bikes, he sells parts, does repairs and hires out bikes as well.

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Bikes range from $350 upwards, with this pastel Pashley beauty catching my eye for $800. I’m not supposed to be buying any more bikes but…

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Mottainai Cycles, 41 Kerr St, Fitzroy +61 448884051

HOT: SO:ME Space, South Melbourne Market, 322-326 Coventry St, South Melbourne

South Melbourne Market has moved out the dollar stores and moved in some hip wares.

Under the big shed they’ve created a space for small shops and pop up sites called SO:ME Space. It’s filled with clothing, accessories, artwork and bikes – a fun place to browse before or after your market grocery shopping.

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Some of the designers include previous blog favourites Wet & Wendy and Skinny Nelson at Jane, plus cool bikes and accessories from Bakerlite and a very eye-catching shop display at Stone Glint and Bone.

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SO:ME Space, South Melbourne Market, 322-326 Coventry St, South Melbourne

Wed 9am-4pm
Thurs 5pm-9pm
Fri 9am-5pm
Sat 9am-4pm
Sun 9am-4pm

 

HOT: The Design Files Open House, 40 Little Napier St, Fitzroy

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What’s better than a pop up shop? A pop up house!

Melbourne design blogger extraordinaire Lucy Feagins has brought her blog The Design Files out of the interwebs and into real life. With the help of The Project Agency’s Esther Navarro-Orejon, Lucy has turned a swoon-worthy Fitzroy warehouse conversion into an even more swoonworthy display home – where everything is for sale!

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That means inside The Design Files Open House all of the furniture, artworks, homewares, textiles, plants and food (and in theory even the Mini) can be popped into your shopping basket. Here’s your chance to bestow the gift of good design to your friends, family or let’s be honest, yourself.

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Here are some of my favourite picks:

Baggu backpacks and totes in an array of colours.

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A coat rack from Tractor Home that reads in rainbow colours ‘It’s beautiful here’. Very Miranda July I thought.

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Maiike softies and Made by Mosey fabric mobiles. Awww.

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I am obsessed with lamps. And my current obsessions is with these Workroom lamps. See them here…

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..and here….

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….and here!

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A festive table full of kitchenware and sweet treats from Phillippa’s.

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And when you’re done shopping and browsing, hang out on the rooftop under the  Basil Bangs umbrellas and enjoy some coffee and sweet treats from Coffee Supreme/The Abbotsford Club.

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The Design Files Open House, 40 Little Napier St, Fitzroy

Thu Dec 1 – Sun Dec 4, 10am-5pm
Online from Mon Dec 5 – Sun Dec 18

The Casual Cyclist’s Guide to Melbourne Giveaway!

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I am a big fan of Melbourne-based bike rental company The Humble Vintage and the limited edition hand-drawn maps coming out of it called Melbourne for Visitors and Casual Cyclists.

Now author and entrepreneur Matt Hurst has written The Casual Cyclist’s Guide Melbourne, a book bringing a fresh perspective to cycle routes in Melbourne interspersed with articles on cycling tips, tricks and thoughts as varied as Taking the Scenic Route and Five Surprising Situations When it’s Better to Take the Bike.

The guide brings together contributions from a range of Melbourne architects, historians, chefs, designers and local identities, including chef Guy Grossi and milliner Richard Nylon.

With hand drawn maps by Matt, design by Studio Pip & Co and illustrations from graphic design duo Tin & Ed, it’s a uniquely Melbourne collaboration. The book is a delightful read and it’s an essential item for the ambling Melbourne cyclist.

Giveaway! Thanks to Hardie Grant, I have one copy of The Casual Cyclist’s Guide Melbourne to give away. All you have to do is leave a comment below by Friday 9 December and the winner will be drawn randomly. The competition is restricted to Australian residents. Good luck!

HOT: Melbourne Tweed Ride 2011

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Tally-ho ladies and gents!

Thanks to some Sunday sun, a group of about 50 well-dressed cyclists gathered for the annual Melbourne Tweed Ride.
Tweed wearers and vintage-stylers rode out from Federation Square along the tweedy brown Yarra River to Como House, which was hosting the Paris to Provence Festival. We got many amazed glances, friendly waves and jolly car horn toots along the way.

Some pictures to inspire your next tweedy/vintage outing!

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To see more images, check out CycleStyle’s Flickr stream and click here,  here, here, here and here.

HOT: Melbournalia Home, Level 1 Rear 126 Franklin St, Melbourne

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Stuck for a unique, Melbourne-themed Christmas gift or holiday souvenir?

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Then make sure you get to Melbournalia, a series of pop up stores open now in the lead-up to Christmas. Over the next few weeks four Melbourne CBD venues and one repurposed newspaper stand will host displays of Melbourne design goodness, with HQ being at Melbournalia Home in an out-of-the-way laneway (naturally) off Franklin St.

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Melbournalia Home is a stylish converted warehouse filled with stationery, jewellery, homewares, fashion, coffee, art and design from some of Melbourne’s best-loved boutique design brands.

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My covet list includes:

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Gorgeous Neighbourhood throw and picnic rugs from Otto & Spike and make-your-own mobile from Ink & Spindle.

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Tram roll cushions from Poulier & Poulier.

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 Mattt cases for notebooks and laptops.

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In 2011 our kitchen calendar is by The Design Files. In 2012 our calendar will be the designed by the giggle-worthy Able and Game.

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Tonight Melbournalia Captains opens at Captains of Industry (Level 1, 2 Somerset Place, CBD) with a launch event 6-8pm and everyone’s welcome! Enjoy some wine and browse the Captain’s selection of Melbournalia gifts for the modern gent.