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Tell us about Robin Hoods.
Robin Hoods is a line of stylish head covers that I developed after my mom was diagnosed with brain cancer. She was really devastated by the physical side effects of the surgery and treatment and it was impossible to find any head covers that were both stylish AND comfortable. So many were hideous or cheaply made with itchy materials and no lining. Additionally, traditional scarves proved way too difficult for the fashion-inclined woman to tie, let alone, my mom that had just undergone major surgery and some diminished motor-function. The more I looked into products that helped women maintain their confidence and feel beautiful while dealing with “hair hardship” as I call it, the more shocked I was to find that NOTHING existed. So I made my own line. I use only the finest materials from silks to cashmeres to the softest bamboo cottons and all of my pieces are lined and thoughtfully designed to work for the needs of women that wear them.
Where is your favorite destination for a bicycle ride?
I live in the east village so I love to take my bike down from FDR park on the east side all the way around the tip of Manhattan and over to Battery Park and Pier 25. The ride is best at dusk so you can catch the sunset and the special glow it casts over the city.
Does your bike have a story?
Since I use Citibike, I imagine each bike has a million stories. In fact, I often think about the person that rode before me and where they might have gone etc. For me, it’s the best way to travel around the city and still stay connected and see everything going on. It’s way less stressful than attempting to cab through traffic or wait on a delayed train.
What is your favorite restaurant in NYC and Atlanta?
In NYC, my favorite restaurant is Lupa. I’m actually dying to go back. The food is amazing and the vibe is low-key and a bit off the beaten path despite being in the middle of Greenwich Village. In Atlanta, my favorite restaurant is The Hil at Serenbe Farm. The food is all sourced from the communities self-sustaining farm. It’s all organic and so good!
Early bird or night owl?
Neither? I LOVE my sleep. I really wish I was one of those people that only needed 5 or 6 hours a night. I can’t imagine all that I’d get done in the day. But realistically, I like to get 9 hours a night if I can which makes me a 10 or 11pm to 7 or 8am kind of gal!
Who is someone you admire?
Man, the list grows every day! Currently, I really admire a new friend and all-around incredible woman, Suleika Jaouad. She writes a beautiful column for The New York Times called, “Life, Interrupted” and I stumbled upon it during my mom’s battle with cancer. Suleika was diagnosed at 22 with a rare form of leukemia and from all accounts should not have survived. She recounts her experience through her blog and every entry so powerful and moving. It is clear that she is an old soul and an incredibly strong woman. She battled the seemingly insurmountable and is not only surviving, but thriving and helping so many people as a result of sharing her story. I’m excited to have met her and to be collaborating with her on future Robin Hoods’ collections!
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We love how people embellish their style on their bicycles. And we just cannot get enough of how creative many ladies are sassing up their rides. Whether you’re just looking for ways to express your sense of style on two wheels or are just finding some fun in crafting projects, this d.i.y. bicycle seat tassel cover is the perfect way to make your saddle a little more festive.
What You’ll Need:
1 yard of printed cotton material, or other waterproof material
1 17-inch length of 1/4″ wide elastic
1 spool matching thread
1 safety pin
A pen, pencil, or tailor’s chalk
Any other embellishments you want to add: used here is pom pom garland
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Step 1: Creating the Seat Template
Loosely trace the top portion of your bicycle seat onto a sheet of plain or tracing paper – this will serve as the template for the top of your rain cover. You don’t want this to be an exact tracing of the top, but more of an outline. It helps if you try to keep at least a little symmetry on both sides of the seat.
Step 2: Expand your Template
Increase the size of the tracing you just made by about 1/4″ all of the way around (and smooth lines where necessary to make the outline a little bit more ‘bike-seaty’ – everybody knows it’s hard to trace 3-d objects!
Step 3: Cutting your Waterproof Material
Cut the template out of the tracing paper (including that extra 1/4″) and outline the pattern onto the vinyl (or other waterproof material you are using) using a pen or pencil (or tailor’s chalk if you want to get really fancy). At the same time, mark off a 34″ X 4.5″ rectangular strip on the vinyl as well. This will be the base of your cover. Once marked, cut out both pieces using scissors or a rotary cutter.
Step 4: Creating the Elasticized Bottom
Take the 34″ X 4.5″ rectangle and fold a 1/2″ seam down the long side (so your rectangle will now be 34″ X 4″ with one folded up edge) - wrong sides together. Secure this fold by sewing a 3/8″ seam on the fold (3/8 from the folded edge).
Feed one end of the elastic length onto the safety pin, and then guide the safety pin (with attached elastic) into the folded tube/seam you just created.
Using the head of the safety pin, feed the pin and elastic with your fingers until the elastic is slightly more than mid-way through the folded and sewn tube (about 18 – 20″). When the pin has reached this point, secure the elastic at the beginning of the tube (back at
the point where you fed the safety pin into the tube) by stitching over the elastic & the vinyl. This means that the elastic isn’t going *anywhere*. Continue feeding the elastic through to the other end of the tube.
By this point, your rectangle will have become slightly curly (as the elastic is forced to stretch to reach the length of the tube. You want the elastic to be able to *stretch* to the full length of the rectangle. Once you can do this, secure the elastic at the other end
of the tube in the same way you did in step #6.
Trim elastic ends and sew both short ends of the rectangle together
- right sides together. Now you have the stretchy loop for the base!
Step 5: Sew the bottom to the top
With right sides together, sew the unfinished edge of the “seat” cutout to the unfinished edge of the rectangle with a 1/4″ seam (put the right sides together); you’ll have to follow some curves – this will be the toughest sewing part. Be sure to backstitch at the beginning and end of your stitches.
Once you’ve sewn all the way around the circumference of the
seat, you’re done!
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Trim & tidy threads and edges, embellish as required (or desired), here is the pom pom garland that was super glued onto the seat cover. Once you’ve given it a go, try it onto the bike for size (and style!). Now you’re ready to role in style!
All Instructions Via Instructables
Russian Inspired Faux Fur Hat
Add Down Quilted and Belted Black Coat
Longchamp Le Pliage Large Travel Tote
Studded Fingerless Gloves
J.Crew MacAlister Wedges Boots
As limiting as the cold can be on your fashion sense, we like to think of it as the perfect excuse to accessorize the hell out of every outfit. Our most vulnerable areas when biking—hands, necks, and heads—need cover-up, and naturally we’re going to sheath ourselves suavely. So we took some quality-time to scour our favorite shopping joints to give you a roundup of the raddest winter scarves that will keep your extremities toasty without sacrificing an ounce of style. So, yeah, blustery wind, snow, and ice are on their way, but with this collection of the coziest winter scarves, you’ll actually want to leave your hibernation cave for a bicycle ride. And remember, there’s no such thing as bad weather, only inappropriate clothing.
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Image Courtesy Of Sperry Topsider
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It’s December and tis the season to be jolly! We are ecstatic about the holidays and all that we have to share with you happening on bicycles. Whether you’re looking for gifts for the one you love, or maybe a friend who loves bicycles or a hint for someone to get you something bicycle themed, we have the cutest 11 gift ideas that we are loving and dying to share with you. All gifts are under $50 to help you stay on budget throughout your holiday shopping for the bicycle lovers in your life.
#1 Six Corners Handlebar Bag for $40.00: This cute little bag goes from handlebar bag to wristlet in seconds! Roomy enough for a large wallet and versatile enough to work with almost all handlebars, regardless of how much you’ve got on there already.
#2 Women On Wheels Handbook for $14.95: Combining a narrative of the early heroines of cycling with a practical look at some of the issues women city cyclists face, Women on Wheels is here. It’s pure inspiration to ride – promise!
#3 Strawberry Bike Valve Cap for $13.00: For the sweetest ride – a set of lovely handmade valve caps in the shape of juicy strawberries. An absolute must-have if you are a fan of biking and baking!
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Q. What is Let’s Go Ride a Bike?
A. Let’s Go Ride a Bike (or as we affectionately call it, LGRAB) is a cycling blog that the two of us started back in 2009, soon after we began bike commuting in our respective cities of Chicago and Nashville. We loved it so much we wanted to share our adventures with others. Through LGRAB we hope to encourage more people, especially women, to rediscover the joy of riding a bike by showing that life on two wheels can be simple, stylish and fun.
Q. Where is your favorite destination for a bicycle ride?
A. Trisha: I love biking just about anywhere, but I think that biking to events downtown is the most rewarding. Whizzing past cars stuck in traffic jams + free parking = winning.
Dottie: I have to say my morning commute to work. Not that I love the office so much (ha!) but I appreciate the routine of starting my day in the fresh air and the relative calm of morning drivers.
Q. Does your bike have a story?
A.Trisha: Ha. Which bike?? I have four, and they all have stories. But probably the best one goes with my Batavus Entrada Spirit, which I bought in England. I wasn’t flying back to the States from London, but my parents (true champs) happened to be visiting the city the very next week and brought it back for me. The staff at Heathrow were pretty blasé about the whole thing, but apparently in DC they had to swab it for explosives! And then, of course, it had to be wedged into my mom’s Mustang for the drive from Atlanta to Alabama. You can read more here.
Dottie: After a few months of bike commuting in workout clothes on a hybrid, I discovered the world of “cycle chic” and began dreaming of a Dutch bike of my own. Specifically, a WorkCycles Oma. Around that time, I vacationed in Seattle, where I made sure to stop by Dutch Bike Seattle to test ride the Oma. Almost immediately upon returning home to Chicago, I read news of Dutch Bike opening a Chicago location. On opening day, I showed up bright and early, becoming Dutch Bike Chicago’s first customer. The shop has since closed, but my Oma and I are still going strong.
Q. What is your favorite restaurant?
A. Trisha: This is tough to answer, since new restaurants are popping up in Nashville all the time and there are so many great ones. But my longest-running affair is with Woodlands, a vegetarian Indian restaurant that is truly fantastic (and I’m not even a vegetarian).
Dottie: Girl and the Goat, a restaurant opened by Top Chef winner Stephanie Izard. I went there on my 30th birthday for my most adventurous meal ever: pig face, duck tongues, goat belly and snail ravioli. I have no plans to eat any of those dishes again, but everything the restaurant serves is interesting and delicious.
Q. Early bird or night owl?
A.Trisha: Used to be an early bird. Lately I’ve been both, which isn’t working too well for me!
Dottie: Neither. I am way more interested in sleep than in waking up early or staying up late!
Q. Who is someone you admire?
A. Trisha: Besides Dottie? Again, hard to pick one but since I’m a reader I’ll go with a writer: Lionel Shriver. Her books are not for everyone but I love how fearless she is as a writer, both in the topics she chooses and the way she shapes her characters. Plus, she’s a cyclist!
Dottie: I admire everyone who bikes daily for transportation, despite the lack of safe infrastructure. And especially Trisha, for showing me it was possible all those years ago.
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To all our friends and family… Happy Thanksgiving!
Whether you’re invited over for Thanksgiving dinner or hosting tomorrow with family and friends, we thought we could help you out in finding some great wine for the dinner table. Also, if you happen to be riding your bicycle to your destination, you can always find an easy way to carry it with this Oopsmark Bicycle Wine Rack. Now, onto our list of the 6 best wines for fall and under $20 to help you save for the upcoming holidays!
1. Jean Ginglinger Alsace Riesling Cuvée Bihl 2011: Alsace rich Riesling, with peachy, earthy, and dry flavors.
Forever 21 Safari Elephant Shirt
Hunter Green Parka from TopShop
7 For All Mankind Kimmie Straight Leg Jeans
JCrew MacAlister Wedge Boots
Chanel Classic Flag Bag
Modcloth Gunmetal & Net Necklace