Saturday, September 26, 2015

Breezer Bikes | Papal Bike

via Canadian Cycling

I wanted to entitle this post post "Breezer Bikes x The Papacy," but that's a misrepresentation of how this bike came about. Breezer Bikes cooperated with the mayor of Philadelphia, the Philadelphia Bicycling Advocacy Board, and two Toronto businesses to customize a Downtown 8 for the Pope's visit today. VĂ©loColour, owned by Noah Rosen, provided the custom paint job. Through a second company that he co-owns with Suzanne Carlsen, the chainguard and brass headbadge were fabricated. Graphic designer, and fellow Canadian, Amanda Dirksen Cantanzaro gave the bike its overall papal look with the elements she created for its frame and fenders (shown below via Canadian Cyling ). In the spirit of the Pope Francis, the city, Breezer Bikes, the Philadelphia Bicycling Advocacy Board, and Advanced Sports International will be giving away 100 bikes to local charities and organizations that use bikes as a part of their mission.

via Canadian Cyling 

The Peace Dove symbolizes the Holy Spirit, God's presence on earth.

The Liberty Bell symbolizes Philadelphia, where Breezer bikes are made. This also represents the city's gratitude for the Pope's visit.

The Pope's motto: sometimes translated as, "humble but chosen."

The Pope's name in Spanish.

The beatitudes found in Matthew 5:5 and 5:9 are on the fenders.

The Pope's coat of arms

Thursday, September 24, 2015

Rapha. + Liberty of London

Photography by Neil Bedford | Art Direction by Jack Saunders & Gary Bradnick | Styling by Lee Holden

Photography by Agnes Lloyd-Platt | Art Direction by Eve Izaak.

via Rapha

I meant to blog about this a couple of days ago— as soon as I got the Google alert— but I was too busy agonizing over the new social media buttons I wanted to create. Now, dear readers, I fear there isn't much information about the Rapha. + Liberty of London launch to point you to. For ten days, leading to the launch of the collection on the 21st, Rapha released a new cycling cap in an iconic Liberty print. I was pretty psyched at my first peek on bikeradar, but the Rapha folks seem pretty over it. I can only find one cap remaining in their shop and it's sold out, of course. I've taken all of the images above from their blog and I wasn't able to find ten articles for each of the women of the London cycling scene modelling the caps. That's really too bad, especially because one of the women is Ally Capellino, maker of beauteous handbags. I could've sworn I blogged about her Burton pannier and Cavo pannier, but I might have just pinned them to my Cycle Chic board.

With all of those traditional Liberty prints out of sight and out of mind, I suppose we're to focus our attention on the print Rapha selected for it's collaboration with Liberty. Senior designer, Robin Hulme, "really liked the idea of speed on the bike, and wanted the print to give the illusion of motion and speed, which matched the theme of ‘flight’ that Rapha has set for its women’s collections this year." With that in mind and the help of Liberty's archivist, Anna Buruma, a print from the 1930's was selected which "evok[es] the image of starlings in flight."

In a far less romantic way I guess you could say that if you want to look like a blur as you speed by on your bike, this is the bike kit for you. But seriously, the bomber jacket is nice. However, I must decry the styling of leggings as pants. Leggings are not pants. Please don't wear leggings as pants. Before I go on a tirade about the sharp distinctions that exist between leggings and pants, I want to compliment Rapha on the "starling" cycling cap as well. I liked all of the cycling caps they designed with Liberty, but because I hold little hope that they could fit my inordinately large head I'm not really pining over any of them, very limited edition or not. In fact, I'll be limited to watching the return of the cycling cap from afar. I hope the rest of you fare better with bike couture this season than I do.