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7 Movies with Cinematic Cycling Style

We wanted to take this opportunity to share with you some of our best-loved bicycle-centric films.  These movies aren’t necessarily about biking but certain sets of wheels have stolen the show and become quite iconic.  Here’s a nod to a few of our faves.

1. Mona Lisa Smile (Dir. by Mike Newell, 2003): Bicycle baskets abound in this film about a forward thinking art history professor (Julia Roberts) at Wellesley who inspires her students (including Kirsten Dunst, Julia Stiles, and Maggie Gyllenhaal) to rethink their positions in conservative mid-century culture.  An all-star cast and beautiful period design (plus more than a few cute bikes) make this film one of our favorites.

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2. Moonrise Kingdom (Dir. by Wes Anderson, 2012): We do love a sweet vintage creel, as does Suzy from Anderson’s latest indie romance.  She uses it to tote her kitten along on a whimsical adventure.  We use it as a bicycle basket. image Image courtesy of Frontier Psychiatrist

3. The Wizard of Oz (Dir. by Victor Fleming, 1939): In addition to being one of the great classics in the history of film, The Wizard of Oz also played a huge part in popularizing our the lidded bike basket – one of our all-time favorite bicycle accessories.  That said, you don’t have to be wicked to work a picnic basket. image

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4. Pee-wee’s Big Adventure (Dir. by Tim Burton, 1985): Haters gonna hate on Pee-wee Herman.  Say what you will but that man knows how to cycle chic.  We adore his bike almost as much as much as he does: the film’s tagline is “The story of a rebel and his bike” and revolves around the theft and recovery of the beloved bicycle.   image Image courtesy of Screened

5. My Girl (Dir. by Howard Zieff, 1991): This coming of age tale tackles some pretty heavy subjects from birth to death and literally everything in between.  Youngsters Anna Chlumsky and Macaulay Culkin not only share  young love but a fondness for bike accessories.  Check out those streamers, and get a pair of your own, while you’re at it.

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6. E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial (Dir. by Steven Spielberg, 1982): Talk about a classic.  We wish that we could ride as free as Elliott and his alien friend in this iconic shot of the pair silhouetted against the moon. image Image courtesy of The Sydney Morning Herald

7. Safe Haven (Dir. by Lasse Hallström, 2013): This film was adapted from a novel of the same name by Nicholas Sparks, the gushy romantic genius behind the notebook.  The bike plays a key role in the romance that unfolds between Josh Duhamel and Juliana Hough’s characters; we’re certain that the bike basket set the mood.

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How to do it like they do in Mona Lisa Smile

We had to share this piece from Design Sponge with you: it’s all about getting that Mona Lisa Smile look.  What a perfect place to find inspiration for retro looks with a healthy dose of art history, feminine elegance, and biking chic.  We love this handy guide, but the entire article is most certainly worth a read.

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PS- We’ve got your vintage-inspired bike baskets right here!