June Playlist: 10 Songs for Biking

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As Rogers + Hammerstein once said, “June is busting out all over.” It’s so true, and we couldn’t be more ready. Now that we can count on a few solid hours of sunshine each day (and this season of Game Of Thrones is almost over) we’re ready to devote ourselves entirely to ice tea, biking everywhere, and vibing out to the sweet sounds of summer.  Speaking of which, this month’s playlist is extra special: it’s all about Northside Festival, Brooklyn’s own music, tech + film discovery fest taking place this June 8 – 14. Listen to a few of our favorite festival acts below and find out where you can see them live in Brooklyn this month.

1. Summer Heat – Yawn: Let’s get things started with Chicago-based Yawn. Such good light indie pop vibes with some tropical, electronic sounds, and even strings, for good measure. See them at Union Pool Thursday, June 11.
2. Open – Rhye: Here’s something smooth for you to groove to: R&B duo Rhye is based in LA but its members hail from Canada and The Netherlands. Beautiful vocals gliding alongside bright synth make this your go-to track for summer lovin’. Catch them with the legendary Neko Case and Majical Cloudz at 50 Kent Ave.
3. Malibu Love Nest – Luna: All your dream pop dreams are going to come true when ’90s stalwarts Luna take the stage for a free show at McCarren Park on June 11. The perfect tunes for summer beach trips, we also get some soft Velvet Underground notes – what’s not to love?
4. Shilpa Ray on Broadway – Shilpa Ray: We’re suckers for a good harmonium, so this tune by Brooklyn-based singer/songwriter Shilpa Ray already has a leg up. A rock-crooner for our era with a killer live show, check her out at Rough Trade on June 14.
5. Brainfreeze – Bully: Something tough and spunky but entirely catchy, Bully’s captured our hearts. This quartet from Nashville’s got the grunge soundtrack to your summer. They’re playing with California darlings Best Coast and Idaho indie stalwarts Built To Spill at 50 Kent Ave on June 13.
6. Adult Diversion – Alvvays: As it just so happens, Canadian surf rockers Alvvays will be on the bill with Bully, Best Coast + Built To Spill as well. Every song could be a single, and every single one is perfect for sunny June. Don’t miss this one.
7. Broken Necks – Eskimeaux: Songwriter Gabrielle Smith has been writing and recording under this moniker since 2007, and we’re glad her brand of sweet, flower punk made it out of her bedroom studio and into our ears. See her and her band at a free show at the Urban Outfitters stage on Bedford Ave, Sunday, June 14.
8. Beach Holiday – Fort Lean: This isn’t the newest track from Brooklyn-based rockers Fort Lean, but man, it’s one of our favorites. The title says it all – bursting with emotion and catchy melodies, it transports us to sand and sea. Next best thing? Catching one of their two Northside shows.
9. Scene Sick – Diet Cig: This the cutest song on this month’s playlist. Some old school surf rock sounds swirled with sweet vocals and the refrain “I just want to dance” make this the perfect tune to dance to alone in your bedroom (or at one of two Northside shows).
10. Muscle Memory – Laura & Greg: We leave you with the beautiful harmonies of Brooklyn indie pop duo Laura & Greg. This song starts offsweet enough and builds into an emotional anthem you won’t be able shake – in the best way, of course. Catch the pair at Black Bear on June 13.
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Bike Style Interview: Fruzsi of Peachpatrol Designs

1. Tell us about your beautiful artwork?
My name is Fruzsi (pronounced froo-shee), I am an Adelaide (South Australia) based illustrator, ceramicist and cat lady. I have had my Etsy shop called ‘peachpatrol designs‘ for six years and am currently in the process of opening my own studio /retail space in Norwood in collaboration with Brick + Mortar. I make original paintings, limited edition prints and gift cards featuring my quirky lady portraits and illustrations of fictional creatures. I combine my love for poetry, design and art by making little thoughtful products using 100% recycled paper and natural pigments where-ever possible.

The amazing Historia Films made a short video about me 2 years ago, which invites you into my weird and wonderful world:

peachpatrol from Historia Films on Vimeo.

2. What is your favorite bike route?
My favourite bike routes are in Tokyo, where cyclists are so safe they don’t have to wear helmets or indicate when turning! Its my dream for the lovely town of Adelaide to catch up and really put cyclists’ safety first. This aside, I love riding through the parklands bordering the city, and along the beach from Brighton to Glenelg.

3. How would you describe your bike style?
I would describe my bike style as speedy, comfortable and functional – shorts or black jeans paired with boots, a plain singlet and maybe men’s flanny or bright jumper over the top. This is my usual studio ‘uniform’! I love exploring new suburbs and riding to coffee dates, especially when I can do it quickly and efficiently! This is why I love roadbikes and riding in clothes that are fitting and comfortable.

4. What is your favorite restaurant?
The lack of bike-lanes aside, Adelaide is tremendous for vegan food and outstanding coffee! My boyfriend and I are often found having lunch and coconut lattes at Nutrition Republic. The staff are really friendly and attentive and the quality of the ingredients is always fantastic.

5. Who is someone you admire?
I admire my beautiful mother Patricia for her talent, generosity and never-ending compassion. She has also been the greatest supporter of my work and my biggest fan. She is the best!

Bicycle Muse: Tziporah Salamon

Tziporah Salamon is a well known personal stylist, fashion consultant, and performance artist living in New York. A favorite of Bill Cunningham’s, she has also appear in a Lanvin campaign in 2013. Also, Tziporah loves to ride a bike around NYC.  Silver_Bike_Riders Tziporah Salamon-6 Tziporah Salamon-5 Tziporah Salamon-4 Tziporah Salamon-3

Violet Femmes: 9 Pretty Purple Bike Accessories

One of the trends for 2015—be it in jewelry, in fashion or in bike accessories—will be all shades of purple from pastel shades of purple to dark purple, as seen on the catwalks for the new season, purple continues to gain space in every fashionista’s wardrobe. So we rounded up 9 purple bike accessories that we’re crushing on this season.  Purple_Bike_Accessories 1. Purple Wire Bike Basket for $25 from Sunlite

2. Floral chunky platform sandals from Dolce & Gabanna for $1025 (splurge)

3. Ray-Ban aviators with purple lenses for $170

4. Bike skirt clip in lavender for $14

5. Flower cabochon bicycle bell purple for $20

6. Bird Bicycle Lock in Purple for $15

7. Bike handlebar bag from Po Campo for $40

8. Essie nail polish in “play date” for $9

9. Lilac water bottle with straw from Lifefactory for $25

 

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May Playlist: 9 Songs for Biking

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It’s still a bit chilly at night, and we might not be ready to put our shorts in constant rotation just yet.  But we can all sense that the heat of summer is upon us.  This May’s playlist is a collection of tracks we’re jamming to in anticipation of summer. Here’s what were listening to on our bikes:

1. Night Still ComesNeko Case: The great Neko Case is a venerable songwriter + vocalist. Her stint with The New Pornographers transformed into a solo career that ranges from indie to country to pop. This one’s a slightly wistful beauty.
2. Quo VadisLower Dens: A dancey alt-rock tune that builds to a steamy, synthy apex; we really hear shades of Karen O in frontwoman Jana Hunter.
3. Daylight Dead Stars: We love every song on Dead Stars’ 2015 LP Slumber, but this one happens to be particularly great for springtime strolling and rides in the sun.
4. EverywhereEx Hex: The ladies of Ex Hex are some of our favorites in rock at the moment. They have such a great vintage sound that isn’t overdone… and pretty catchy, too.
5. Other PlansFigurines: Released in 2004, this track by Dutch indie-rockers is still one of our favorites for spring.
6. SunflowerThe Weepies: Something a bit softer for you – the ultra dreamy vocals of duo Deb Talan and Steve Tannen’s project The Weepies’ latest album, Sirens.
7. Feeling OkBest Coast: The anthem of your summer has arrived early, via the California stylings of the state’s surf rock darlings.
8. I Of The StormOf Monsters and Men: We hear whispers of The National at the start of the track, giving way to the sweet melodies of Icelandic sweethearts Of Monsters and Men.
9. Doo Wop (That Thing)Lauryn Hill: Yeah, so, it isn’t exactly a new tune but… you have to respect the one, the only, Ms. Lauryn Hill. She’s such a talented lyricist and has a gorgeous, velvety voice, to boot. And this song is something to nod along to.
9. Halfway ZenJerry Paper: Let’s get a little bit funky with this last one. Lucas Nathan’s Brooklyn-based project Jerry Paper is percussive and groovy and synthy and everything we want to hear on a bright spring day.
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Trend Alert: Boyfriend Jeans for Spring Biking

When it’s too nippy for shorts and dresses (sob), a chic pair of boyfriend jeans is the perfect antidote to those in between wardrobe spring blues. Boyfriend jeans are supposed to look and feel like the jeans a woman might borrow (or steal) from her boyfriend hence the name. They have a fairly relaxed fit, usually straight legs that may or may not be cuffed at the bottom, and they should look a bit big on the wearer which is perfect for bike riding. So we rounded up 6 ladies rocking boyfriend jeans on their bikes. Boyfriend_Bike_Jeans

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3 Tips for Biking and Cell Phones

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Don’t be like this biker (shown above) and chat on the phone while riding your bike. Everyone knows that you shouldn’t text while driving, and many states have a hands-free rule for talking on your cell phone as well.  It’s distracting, some say as dangerous as driving while intoxicated.  The same is true of using your phone while biking.  Human beings are terrible multi-taskers, as much as we might like to believe (and technology tries to assist us) otherwise.

Here are 3 tips to help you safely use and tote your smartphone with you on your cell two-wheeled trip:

1. Pull over-If you receive a call or text while riding your bike, pull over safety to the sidewalk or curb. Be safe and never chat or text while cycling.

2. Mount-Mounting your phone with one of these fun gadgets can make it quick and easy to reach your phone when parked. Also, these are great for GPS maps and music too.

3. Wait-Mute your cell phone on your bike ride. Use this time to clear your head and enjoy the ride. That important call or text can wait until you arrive at your destination.

Check out these stylish ladies playing it safe while they receive a call and text while biking.

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