stylish cycling accessories for ladies

Stylish Cycling Accessories for Women

stylish cycling accessories for ladies

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As cliche as it sounds, I would love to be a Pashley owning cyclist, cruising about in a pretty dress with a bunch of flowers and a baguette in my bike basket.  The reality is that I live in rural village surrounded by hills and A class roads, which demand to be approached with a bit more vigour that could be sustained on a sit up and beg Dutch style bike!  Our village is also a popular spot for the local road club, who do a weekly competitive cycle through here.  So it’s pretty much hardcore cycling central over here.

I have a hybrid bike (a Marin Larkspur) which handles the roads and paths around here really well.  And to indulge in my girly side, a vintage Raleigh road bike from the seventies, which is very pretty, but not entirely practical (I can’t quite get used to the gear lever being on the frame rather than handlebars) and has sadly sat in my shed neglected for quite a while and is in probable need of some TLC.

Instead of digging it out from the shed and fixing it up, I’ve been procrastinating – I’ve been searching the internet for some stylish cycling accessories that are practical as well as pretty.  Here are my finds:

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1. Bike Bell from Claire La Secretaire / 2. Bike Basket from Bobbin Bicycles / 3. Pannier Bag from Basil / 4. Bike Basket from Brooks* / 5. Helmet from Bern

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1. Poncho from Otto London / 2. Saddle from Brooks* / 3. Strongman D Lock from Knog* / 4. Reflective Badges from Cycle Chic / 5. Front Light from Bobbin Bicycles

All of these stylish cycling accessories fall into the pretty category.  Some would be nice to have but not essential, but some accessories are essential.  Lights (front and rear) are a must if you’re planning on doing any cycling early morning or at night.  As well as being dangerous you can receive a £30 fine for each light that is missing – a total of £60 if both lights are missing.  A good lock is a must, preferably a D lock (some might call it a U lock) as it’s harder for thieves to cut through than cable locks.  The Knog Strongman is pricey but it’s one of the best on the market.  If you can’t stretch to a Strongman then buy the very best you can afford – I have a Kryptonite one, much like this one, and it’s pretty heavy duty.

I’d also recommend a bell to let pedestrians know that you’re coming up behind them.  It’s difficult to hear a bike sometimes, and it’s just common courtesy.  Helmets aren’t required by law, but I’d always recommend them (try wearing a silk scarf under your helmet to help banish helmet hair if you’re blighted by it).  And light coloured clothing is always a good idea, especially if you’re cycling at night.

I’ll be back with some practical cycling tips soon!

 

Main image c/o Bobbin Bicycles.

ethical mens underwear

Ethical Mens Underwear

ethical mens underwear

The other week I did a run-down of where to buy ethical womens underwear and promised I would write an ethical mens underwear guide too.  So true to my word, here is a guide to some of the ethical options for male pants, briefs and boxers, depending on your preference.

As always seems to be the case when it comes to men’s ethical apparel, sadly, the market for ethical mens underwear is considerably smaller than the women’s market.  So you are a little more constrained, guys.  But don’t despair – I’ve tracked down some great companies for you today:

Ethical Mens Underwear Companies

DaDa

organic ethical underwear for men

DaDa is an Edinburgh based boutique underwear company making rather jaunty and stylish ethical mens underwear.  Made from bamboo and organic cotton in Sri Lanka to strict ethical guidelines, DaDa’s briefs, trunks and boxer shorts, make great soft and comfortable ethical under garments for the discerning gentleman.  Each pair is around £18, and their pastel or stripe styling is a breezy alternative to your run-of-the-mill plain white smalls.  (2017 edit – DaDa have sadly ceased trading).

BAM: Bamboo Clothing

Plymouth based Bam: Bamboo pants are made of exactly what the name suggests: bamboo (as well as being blended with a bit of cotton!).  These have rave reviews from sportsmen and outdoorsy types looking for high performance technical underwear in basic colourways.  Their pants are ethically produced in Europe and Turkey. Prices range from £12 to £18.

Living Crafts

Living Crafts are a German based company who make ethically produced basic pants, trunks and boxer shorts.  They are available in the UK online via By Nature, from £8.95.

Peau Ethique

Peau Ethique are a French based mother and daughter company, specialising in underwear.  With transparent and ethical operating procedures, your pants and conscience can be clear!  Again, their ethical mens underwear is available in the UK through FabOrganics, who have a very limited selection of, ahem, one basic pair of boxer shorts.  They are currently in the sale for £13.75.

Do You Green

Do You Green are another French based outfit.  Although predominantly makers of ladies eco-friendly lingerie, they have branched out into ethical mens underwear.  Again a very limited selection of one pair is available on By Nature.  I promise I’m not sponsored by By Nature, it’s just as I said, the market for ethical men’s underwear in the UK is very very small!  Unusually produced from recycled white pine tree, apparently they are silky soft with a cashmere feel, yet with the breathability of linen.  They cost £15.95.

2017 edit – Do You Green are no longer available in the UK.

I hope you’ve found this guide to ethical mens underwear helpful!  Let me know if you find any other makers/stockists in the comments below and I’ll be sure to update the article!

Images from DaDa.