HOT: Giddyup Mule, 177 Stephen St, Yarraville

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Giddyup Mule is Yarraville’s latest cafe opening. It’s part of the growing trend in serving healthy, raw, organic, paleo, gluten-free, dairy-free food that’s permeating through Melbourne’s cafe scene -perhaps as a reaction to the opposing trend of burgers, fried chicken and doughnuts!

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Giddyup Mule takes over the space that used to be a more simple coffee bar at Art of Cycling, an indoor spin training studio. It’s a little hard to find as the doorway and signage is hidden behind a street umbrella, so just look out for the Art of Cycling sign.

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The two young owners and westie locals Magarethe and Jodie have built a new kitchen, store room and brought their own spin (pun intended) on the space, with a roaring wood heater, a paint job and a kicking (pun intended again) menu of interesting dishes.

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The drinks list includes Axil coffee, Mofo hot chocolate, silky Chai Walli chai made with milk (or soy) and honey, a range from Tea Tonic, juices, smoothies and kombucha on tap by Grateful Harvest.

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The kombucha is freshly brewed in Melbourne and the ginger and tumeric is tangy and fresh ($5). I’m told the orange is sweeter if you’re not familiar with the fermented taste of kombucha.

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I try the pulled pork cigars with apple and walnut salad and smoky sauce ($18.50). It’s a decadent dish with melting strips of pork rolled up in a fried parcel – can’t really go wrong! The crunchy apples and nuts provide a textural and flavour contrast to the meat.

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The bircher muesli is a wild palette of colourful elements and totally delicious, especially the coconut yoghurt which they infuse with acai and berries. It’s good value for money at $12 as you won’t be able to fit in much else afterwards.

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You can’t go past a cafe menu these days without seeing smashed avo and this version comes with house-marinated feta and smoked cherry tomatoes ($16.50). It’s a generous tumble of vibrant freshness and the kombucha vinaigrette adds an interesting tangy twist to an otherwise ubiquitous menu item.

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For dessert there is a selection of organic raw desserts by Torquay’s Life Seeeds. I am in love with raw desserts at the moment as it seems like a healthier way to indulge my sweet tooth. The salted caramel joy bar ($7.50) contains ‘Aztec superfoods’ but all you need to know is that it’s decadent and rich.

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Giddyup Mule is a fun, friendly and healthy addition to the inner west cafe scene. If you’re a bike rider / gym-goer it’s even more convenient, with Art of Cycling spin classes, DCPT personal training and group fitness and Western Velo Works bike repairs in the same building.

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Plus if you need an early caffeine hit they’re open 6:30am on weekdays!

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Giddyup Mule 177 Stephen St, Yarraville 0405 788 253

Mon – Fri 6.30am to 4om

Sat 7- 4pm

Sun 8-4pm

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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.

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

Good Cycles Melbourne Bike Mechanics

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.

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Good Cycles Melbourne Bike Mechanics

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.

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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

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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…

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.

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.

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


The Casual Cyclist’s Guide to Melbourne Giveaway!

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

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!

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

HOT List: Bike-friendly cafes in Melbourne

How are you enjoying the beautiful weather this week? I’m going to ride my bike and enjoy some lunch.

The Wheeler, a quarterly magazine about cycling culture in Melbourne, recently compiled a comprehensive list of bike-friendly cafes in Melbourne. Being a cycling and cafe fan (though not of the road racing lycra-clad variety), I thought I’d reproduce the list here with a bit of value-add – links to previous reviews. Happy cycling!


Berth Restaurant Bar Café, 45 New Quay Prm, Docklands, 03 9670 0199

Brunetti City Square Café, 214 Flinders Lane, Melbourne, 03 9663 8085

Coffea, 519 Elizabeth Street, Melbourne, 03 9326 7388

Jasper Café, 489 Elizabeth Street, Melbourne, 03 8327 2777

Limonetto, 35 New Quay Prm, Docklands, 03 9642 5001

Little Mule Co., 19 Somerset Pl, Melbourne, 03 9670 4904

Liquid, 50 New Quay Prm, Docklands, 03 9642 4242

Medici Café Bar, 36 New Quay Prm, Docklands, 03 9600 4160

Soul Kitchen, Arts Centre, St Kilda Rd

Team Degani Cycling Café, 833 Collins St, Docklands, 03 9620 7007

The Belgian Beer Café, 557 St Kilda Rd, Melbourne, 03 9529 2899

Time Out Café, Federation Square, Melbourne, 03 9671 3855


Café Bliss, 1393 Toorak Rd, Camberwell, 03 9889 9600

Cog Bike Café, 4 Clancy Rd, Mount Evelyn, 03 9736 4999

Mountain Goat Beer, Cnr North & Clarke Streets, Richmond, 03 9428 1180

Olmecs Café, Bar & Bakery, 410 Bridge Road, Richmond, 03 9482 5995

Provenance Food & Wine Co, 288 Smith Street, Collingwood, 03 8415 0700

Richmond Rush Café, 4 Stewart St, Richmond, 03 9421 0070

Rocket Fast & Fresh Café, 125 Burgundy St, Heidelberg, 03 9459 8570

St Andrews General Store, Main Rd, St Andrews, 03 9710 1200

Studley Park Boathouse, Boathouse Rd, Kew, 03 9853 1828

Studley Park Boulevard Café, 121 Studley Park Road, Kew, 03 9852 8144

The Maling Room, 206 Canterbury Rd, Canterbury, 03 9836 9889


Arcadia, 193 Gertrude Street, Fitzroy, 03 9416 1055

Bean Counter Café, 15 Railway Place, Fairfield, 03 9482 1170

Bike n Bean Café, 797 Plenty Road, South Morang, 03 9347 8501

Brunetti Café, 204 Faraday St, Carlton, 03 9347 2801

Ceres Café, Cnr Roberts and Stewart streets, Brunswick East, 03 9389 0100

Convent Bakery, 1 Saint Heliers St, Abbotsford, 1300 447 697

Don Vincenzo, 301 Brunswick St, Fitzroy, 03 9419 6204

Gertrude Street Enoteca, 229 Gertrude Street, Fitzroy, 03 9415 8262

Human Powered Café, 562 High St, Thornbury, 03 9480 0848 

Loafer Bread, 146 Scotchmer St, North Fitzroy, 03 9489 0766

Little Creatures Dining Hall, 222 Brunswick Street, Fitzroy, 03 9417 5500

Penny Farthing Espresso, 206 High St, Northcote, 03 9482 2246

Red Box Café, 317 Sydney Rd, Brunswick, 03 9387 8699

Seven Seeds, 106 Berkeley St, Carlton, 03 9347 8664

Threshermans, 221 Faraday St, Carlton, 03 9349 2319

Tweek Café, 266 Bridge Rd, Richmond, 03 9428 7193

*NEW* Carolina, 11 Nicholson St, East Brunswick


Brown Cow Café, 382 Hampton St, Hampton, 03 9521 0547

Café de Cuba, 69 Glenhuntly Road, Elwood, 03 9531 0033

Café Nacional, 36 Mills St, Albert Park, 03 9645 0977

Café Odo, Shop 1/1 Bluff Rd, Black Rock, 03 9589 1991

Café Panette, 144 Cecil Street, South Melbourne, 03 9690 2803

Café Racer, 15 Marine Pde, St Kilda, 03 9534 9988

Café Velocino, 304 Beach Rd, Black Rock, 03 8516 2233

Café Zappa, 206 Bank Street, South Melbourne, 03 9699 9333

Cerberus Beach House, Boat Shed 212, Half Moon Bay, Black Rock, 03 9533 4028

Caféteria, 36 Bluff Rd, Black Rock, 03 9589 2200

Dalmatino Café, 280 Bay St, Port Melbourne, 03 9645 6584

Degani@Port Melbourne, Cnr Salmon & Phillip St, Port Melbourne, 03 9681 9996

Dr Jekyll, 107–13 Grey Street, St Kilda, 03 9525 5999

Hahndorf’s Chocolates, 81 Bluff Rd, Black Rock, 03 9533 1575

Harper’s Kitchen, 78 Inkerman St, St Kilda, 03 9537 0450

Hot Honey, 40 Armstrong St, Middle Park, 03 9696 1900

Il Fornaio Bakery Café, 2 Acland St, St Kilda, 03 9534 2922

isit Café, 11 Izett Street, Prahran, 03 9533 2904

Kanteen, 154 Alexander Ave, South Yarra, 03 9827 0488

Mt Eliza Deli, 104 Mt Eliza Way, Mt Eliza, 03 9787 2521

North Point, 2B North Rd, Brighton, 03 9596 9196

Parkdale Beach Café, 6a Beach Rd, Parkdale, 03 9580 3377

Pod Espresso, 305 Bay St, Nth Brighton, 0433 578 149

Salford Lads Club, 1 Fennell St (Cnr Bridge St), Port Melbourne, 03 9900 1234

Seed Café, 9 Centreway, Mordiallic, 03 9587 5766

Soulmama, 10 Jacka Blvd, St Kilda, 03 9525 3338

Stokehouse, 30 Jacka Blvd, St Kilda, 03 9525 5445

The Baths Café & Bar, 251 The Esplanade, Brighton, 03 9539 7000

The Little Ox, 452 New St, Brighton, 03 9607 8558

The Pantry, 1 Church St, Brighton, 03 9591 0393

Tour de Café, 1 Pier Rd, Mordialloc, 03 9587 4144

Urban Hotel, 37 Fitzroy St, St Kilda, 03 8530 8888

Vuelta Café, 92 Inkerman St, St Kilda, 03 9525 5431

Wall Two 80, Rear 280 Carlisle St, Balaclava, 03 9593 8280

Wild Organic Café, 122 Ormond Rd, Elwood, 03 9537 7333


Café Cirino, 33 Nelson Place, Williamstown, 03 9387 5452

Degani@Point Cook, Shop K-2, 5 Main St, Point Cook, 03 9395 5991

Ferguson Street Provisions, 62 Ferguson St, Williamstown, 03 9399 9955

Gravy Train, 83 Gamon St, Yarraville, 03 9687 9866

Le Chien, 5 Gamon St, Seddon, 03 9362 7333

Melissa’s Cakes, 34 Pier St, Altona, 03 9390 8898

Nosh@Newport, 24 Hall St, Newport, 03 9391 6404

Image thanks to Cheryl Lin at Business Chic.

HOT: Tokyo Bike Shop Melbourne, 5 Peel Street, Collingwood

The newest addition to the Fitzroy/Collingwood bike shop enclave is Tokyo Bike, a small independent bike brand hailing all the way from Yanaka, Japan via Sydney.

I’ve previously written about Tokyo Bike’s Sydney store on The Design Files and now husband-and-wife team Fuyuki and Yuki Sagahara have headed south to bring their colourful steeds to a lovely light-filled shop off Smith Street.

The fitout is simple but thoughtfully furnished with small tokens of Japan, from the sprig of cherry blossom at the entrance to the series of overhanging Japanese fisherman’s lamps.

Tokyo Bikes are made with the urban cyclist in mind. The wheels are designed smaller for more stop-start riding through city streets and are perfect for moving through Tokyo’s and Melbourne’s back alleys. The pared back frames are super-light and the colours are eye-catching. In fact, a Tokyo Bike is one of “50 things to improve Your life” according to the July 2011 edition of Monocle!

Four styles are available – the classic CS, Bisou step-through for the ladies (and enlightened gents), SS single speed and Sport for the speed demons. You are encouraged to test ride any of the bikes in streets around the store, hence the deliberate choice to have a shop off a main street.

The shop also has a neat curated collection of accessories, from Knog lights and locks, Gropes leather grips from the UK and Tokyo Bells.

Tokyo Bike Shop Melbourne, 5 Peel Street, Collingwood +61 3 9417 2845

Monday 11:30am-5:30pm
Tuesday closed
Wednesday 11:30am-5:30pm
Friday 11:30am-5:30pm
Saturday 11:30am-5:30pm
Sunday 12pm-4pm