Thursday, 31 March 2011

Ladies - mind your heads!

Vintage styled hair - so many options - but what style to wear on your bike?

We have found a few vintage styling tips to get you going tips so your hair can look like Fleur De Guerre (above, left) at diary of a vintage girl who has also written a how-to on her 1940's hairdo

Fancy a different 'do? Here's a beehive guide

How about a simple vintage updo? there's loads more vintage how-to's on youtube

Keeping it a hair do and not a hair don't!

Everyone wants to make sure their perfectly coiffed hair looks look 'tip top' whilst cycling, so these tips may help keep your hairdo in place and not looking like the unfortunate Miss Jones;

Headscarves -
These can be a girls best friend - keep your hairdo in place, dry and static free. Be careful how you choose them, you want to look more like the lovely Grace Kelly, and a little less like our dear monarch:

Equally the scarf will protect your hair if you wear it under a helmet, or for those who want a little more protection and style on top, there are this lovely number from Cycle Chic:

The Yakkay helmet cover

Failing that, plenty of hairspray should do the trick, or one of these:

Wednesday, 30 March 2011

Ride Essentials

Much as one should never contemplate leaving the house in the morning without a bloody mary or two under one's belt, is utter folly to think about setting out on a bike ride unprepared. What follows is a guide to some of the preparations that you, dear reader, may wish to make before setting off on our expedition.

Tuesday, 22 March 2011

Tip Top entertainment confirmed!

Vintage Velo can confirm that tip top chaps the Hot Potato Syncapators will be entertaining the troops at our mystery destination at the end of the ride.

The Hot Potato Syncopators are a comedy swing whoopee band featuring a brace of ukuleles, musical saw and tea-chest bass played by three eccentric English gentlemen.

We're very excited to be able to host their talents. Check them out at

Friday, 18 March 2011

Portland Tweed Ride

Bike Portland got their tweed fix early this year, with a ride on 5 March. While their attempts to speak the Queen's English are fooling no-one ("cheerio" indeed!) our American cousins do bring a certain insouciance to cycling, which is often sorely lacking in our sceptred isle.

View the full set here.

Thursday, 17 March 2011

Historic Cycling Cat Artwork Uncovered

It's conventional wisdom that the first LOLCat pictures appeared in 2004, in response to general Internet-induced boredom. However a stash of crudely recaptioned cat photographs dating back as far as 1890 was recently recovered from the attic of a boarding house in Weston-Super-Mare.

Surprisingly, many of the pictures feature cycling as a theme, and we therefore present a selection for your enjoyment.

Classic Vintage riders

We're loving the collection of classic filmstars on bikes at Rides a bike blog
Some choice favourites include Marlene Dietrich dressing down for a quick ride and Jacques Tati's pipe 'n' passenger look.