Inspired by Copenhagen Cycle Chic

Cycling in dresses

Skies out, thighs out!

And wow, the skies this weekend were hot, hot, hot! This tropical weather come from out of nowhere–but I’ll take it. And top it with some short shorts, dresses, and skirts. The shorter the better these days!

Despite the heat and humidity, Amsterdammers were still on their bikes, showing off their stems–and of course full of style!

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Summer, longing for summer…

longing for summer-by aude

by Aude


Thank you Momentum Magazine!

Thank you Momentum Magazine!

Since December passed us by so quickly we are just now getting to share some big news. US-based urban cycling mag, Momentum Magazine, featured our very own Amsterdam Cycle Chic girls in their December issue. Joni and I wrote a brief article with tips about the best cycling city in the world, including a few pointers on “how to cycle like an Amsterdammer”. In the 2-page spread they also featured photos by us — and Aude’s shot of me for last year’s Cyclist of the Month was chosen for the cover! You can still download the December issue here.

We love opportunities like this. Sharing Amsterdam’s unique and amazing  – and all so normal at the same time – bike ‘culture’ with the world is one reason this blog exists. So keep on cycling chic, Amsterdam!

Thank you Momentum Magazine!


Sevilla Cycle Chic

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I am just back from a long weekend in Sevilla with my family. It was really good to see them all! The city is beautiful, as was the weather: 30 degrees! Great way to extend the summer.. There were many cycle chicsters like those young Spanish people or my sister/mother:

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The infrastructure is cycle and eldery friendly (see the road sign here above!)

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Next to the UNESCO World Heritage Sites like the Cathedral and the Alcázar palace , we biked to the CAAC (Centro Andaluz de Arte Contemporaneo). This museum, build in an ancient monastery, is a very inspiring place  that’s worth the detour..

Amsterdam Cycle Chic

by Aude

Not only locals  or ‘cycle chic families’ rent bikes or use the Sevici to get around, here you have a group of Italian friends, enjoying Sevilla by bike.


How to cycle chic … in Berlin!

Have you been to Berlin? Wow, what a city. This weekend I was super impressed with the numbers of cyclists their chic style.

Though the cities are very different, Berliners and Amsterdammers have quite a lot in common when it comes to cycling, also a few new things to learn! So if you’re in Berlin, here’s how to cycle chic. Check it out:

1. Wear a dress and tightsHow to cycle chic ... in Berlin!

2. Park where you want to
How to cycle chic ... in Berlin!

3. Know that maroon and different pinks DO match, somehow
How to cycle chic ... in Berlin!

4. Get some flowers for your handlebars
How to cycle chic ... in Berlin!

5. Strut your heels and blond tresses
How to cycle chic ... in Berlin!

6. Look relaxed, and wear dots.
How to cycle chic ... in Berlin!

7. Dont leave home without a scarf!
How to cycle chic ... in Berlin!

8. More dots and vintage road bikes
How to cycle chic ... in Berlin!

9. Stow your bag on the back rack
How to cycle chic ... in Berlin!

10. Change your gears!
How to cycle chic ... in Berlin!

11. Ride with long-stem flowers
How to cycle chic ... in Berlin!

11. Grow a beard…but only half-way
How to cycle chic ... in Berlin!

12. Go to Tempelhof, (airport-turned-park) with your kid’s bike on your back rack
How to cycle chic ... in Berlin!

13. Enjoy the Tempelhof runway with friends
How to cycle chic ... in Berlin!

14. Ride a men’s road bike!
How to cycle chic ... in Berlin!

15. Stop and listen to the music, and enjoy this magical city!
How to cycle chic ... in Berlin!

 

by Meredith

PS. Berlin has their own cycle chic blog, check them out here!


Weekend sun

With all this rain, I’m already reminiscing the lovely sunshine we had only a few days ago. People were out and about, laughing with friends, and drinking beers on the terraces. And of course, riding their bikes too.

Is the summer really over now? Do we have anymore 2o-degree days left? Until then, reminisce with me…

Weekend sun
Weekend sun
Weekend sun

by Meredith

 


Mint green

Amsterdam cycle chic

by Aude

Mint green, the color of the summer! Fitting with the color of the museum Nemo, the place to discover science and technology in a fun and educational way. Ok, I confess I have never been there.. Even if they have a great terrace on their inclinated roof. One of the nine things to do when Amsterdam is sunny, see here.


Calm and cool

On one of the few ‘hills’ in Amsterdam, I watched this girl breeze down the Ceintuurbaan bridge. The wind blowing through her hair. No pedaling required. Just calm and content. And not to mention a rockin’ outfit! Super chic.
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by Meredith


To the beach!

Amsterdam cycle chic

by Aude

This cycle chicster has the master plan for the weekend to share with our beloved ACC-folowers: go to the beach! This can either be done within the city borders, then go to Roest! Or just leave town and ride on to the Central Station and take the ferry to the Dutch seaside.


It’s a match!

It's a match!
It's a match!
Do you like to match your outfits to your bike? These two ladies do! Ok, black on black is pretty easy. But pink on pink! Too cute. And so perfect for a ride through the 9 Streets.
by Meredith


Green means go!

Green means go!
Green means go!
Green means go!
The green spectrum seems to be the ideal summer color this time of year. In a matter of a couple minutes, I spotted 3 lovely ladies donning the color in style–and on their bikes of course! So, yes, go out and enjoy this weather! Hopefully it’ll stick around a while…

by Meredith


*Dress* for the sun!

*Dress* for the sun!
*Dress* for the sun!
*Dress* for the sun!

 

This weather calls for nothing less than short shorts and sun dresses–and picnics, bbqs, and lots of smiles. We’ve waited a long time for this, haven’t we people?!

So, go get those itsy-bitsy frocks out, dust them off, and put them to good use!

by Meredith


Sunny Curls…

Sunny curlsIs it here? Is summer finally here? Aren’t we all enjoying this warm spell here in Amsterdam…dresses, shorts, t-shirts, sunglasses. Bring it all out this week!

Looks like these curls are heading to the park for a picnic, bike bags are packed!

by Meredith


Flower-power

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She is ready for spring!

xMeredith


Red Bike Sunday

Red Bike Sunday

Red Bike Sunday
Red Bike Sunday

I have a red bike, so I’m always on the look-out for fellow red-bike-lovers. These three hip ladies all look spring-tastic on their red bikes! Listening to music, sporting the bright green bike bell and yellow pants, thigh-highs, skirts and heels–nice. Keep riding those red bikes!

by Meredith


Classy Sunday

Biking to the ball

Where is this well-clad couple heading? The opera? The ball? A wedding? Where ever it is, they’re getting there in style.
by Meredith

 


OV chic

by MeredithHeels, tights, and sub-zero weather–a great combination. This girl proves that you can still be chic on the OV Fiets.

But really, Amsterdam, who’s ready for spring?! I know I am.

by Meredith


Cyclist of the Month: ‘Miss Fair Fashion’ Marieke

Meet ‘Miss fair fashion’ Marieke Eyskoot: her mission is to make fair fashion normal in the Netherlands. “For me fashion is a way to celebrate life. I love it! But it should also be nice for the people who make it. I can’t enjoy clothes that people made in terrible working conditions.” For many years people have asked Marieke where they can buy fair fashion, what to look out for when shopping, easy things they can do for a more ‘fair lifestyle’ and if a fair lifestyle isn’t too expensive? Those questions made Marieke decide to write the book ‘Talking Dress- Vertelt je alles over eerlijke kleding (en lifestyle)’ that was recently published.
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‘Talking Dress’ is a guide –written in Dutch – to a fair lifestyle in the Netherlands and Belgium. The book shows you the way to your own fair fashion lifestyle. Ranging from shopping tips to DIY-tricks, from washing instructions to swapping ideas, from clothes to accessories, beauty products, food and even marriage: Talking Dress makes it easy (and fun!) to do good and look great at the same time.
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We love Marieke’s book and know that she uses her bike every day, so we asked her for an interview. We met in the lovely fair lunchroom and boutique ‘Beter & Leuk’ on the Eerste Oosterparkstraat.

Marieke and her bike

“This interview is a tribute to my bike. I bought it second hand in 1996 for 100 guilders and I have cycled it daily through the streets of Amsterdam since then.” The frame is from 1967 and it is a classical black Gazelle Dutch bike. But after more than 40 years some essential parts can’t be repaired anymore. So Marieke has to get a new bike. The decision of which bike to get was an easy one; “A Roetz bike of course!” Roetz’ bikes are sustainable and fair bikes made in the Netherlands. (Read more about Roetz on our blog).
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“I love to cycle and I use my bike every day, to go to my office, to meetings, to go out and to go for cycles in the weekend. I like to go fast on my bike. It is a great break every day to cycle in between the many meetings, phone calls and long hours behind a computer. The movement, the wind or sun and just being outside for a while make me feel relaxed. When I pass bridges I always slow down a bit, to enjoy the beautiful city and look at the water.”

“I can still clearly remember the moment I learned to cycle. I was with my father practising in the street where I grew up. I was cycling and he was running beside me, holding me. Suddenly I heard him quite far behind me shouting ‘I am not holding you anymore!’ and from that moment on, I could cycle on my own!”

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Text by Joni – Pictures by Aude

 
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Tres Sexy Sunday

by Meredith I was in Paris this weekend and couldn’t help but notice all the girls on bikes!  Très sexy! Looks like the Velibe bike share system is getting put to good use. I tried it too! It’s amazing how much smaller the city became when riding a bike. Plus, the first 30 minutes are free! Fantastique! 

by Meredith

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Pink Sunday

by MeredithGotta love this bright green bike and bright pink skirt! In the dark of winter, we need bright style like this to make our days last a little longer.

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“See you in a bit ;-)”

Amsterdam Cycle Chic

by Aude

Leaving the Amsterdam Fashion Institute, she is probably texting her friend: “See you in a bit ;)” in front of her bike before cycling to him..


Last sunbeams

Amsterdam cycle chic

by Aude

Nice girl cycling and chilling with her music under the last sunbeams in the Kinkerstraat, on the west side of Amsterdam.


Pink gloves

Amsterdam cycle chic

by Aude

Autumn is definitely there, but this doesn’t mean we need to wear dark colours only.. I just love people wearing colourful and vivid accessories, like these pink gloves!


Bike Fashion Show in Budapest

As  we wrote in our previous post, the absolute highlight of the Cycle Chic Conference in Budapest last weekend, was the Bicycle Fashion Show. When you think of a fashion show, you think of a catwalk, spotlights, photographers, press, and beautiful models. That was all the case in Budapest. But the models in the fashion show were very special. Not only did they walk the catwalk with (their own) bicycles, but also, they were not professional models, but just normal people that love cycling in their city, Budapest.

The models had been spotted on the streets and subscribed themselves to participate in the fashion show. The goal was to show the beauty of cycling, that cycling is for everyone and that you can wear the clothes you love the most while cycling. No need for lycra of sport gear.

Check out Budapest’s stylish cyclists!

Budapest bike model

Budapest bike model

Budapest bike model
Waiting for the show to start

Budapest bike model
posing for the cameras


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