Looking back while cycling forward…

It’s funny how things come full circle … or perhaps more appropriately in this case, things feel as if they’ve come full ‘cycle’.

As I suppose is natural, I seem to have spent many of my younger years looking forward, as if being more willing to believe in the better of an unknown future, rather than value the beauty and knowledge of what had come before. Perhaps that’s part of the reason why I now seem so interested in looking backwards for ways to inspire my future?

I used to be a keen cyclist and walker, but as is often the way once the incredibly useful car entered my life I got a little lazy. It’s a shame really as there is something rather magical about riding about town or suburban streets on a gorgeous bicycle – that’s why I intend to visit the virtual delights of the Melbourne-based Papillionaire and make a practical yet stylish investment. Their online store allows you to select all sorts of lovely optional extras for your bike, before it is shipped to you in flat-pack form or to a local bike store for assembly – genius! (I think pre-assembled by experts will be the option for me!)

Of course once I get the bike sorted, I’ll then have to treat myself to some awesome bike accessories … If you’re like me and find yourself constantly raging against the lycra-clad packs of cyclists who descend upon cafes in search of coffee and pastries*, you’ll love Cycle Style Australia. I’ll take one of the Cherry Straw Shoppers thanks!

Talking of all things bicycle-related, have you seen this video ‘Thoughts On My Bike‘? If not, you should watch … it’s perfectly lovely.

Are you feeling a little nostalgic? A little inspired to join the bicycle revolution too? Or perhaps, like me, a little of both?

*with a nod to the lovely Leonie, this statement requires a qualifier. I’ve got nothing against lycra-wearing cyclists, or cyclists who take coffee at cafes … it’s when they travel in aggressive packs and take up ALL the tables at a cafe I want to sit at … that’s when the trouble starts for me … no one EVER wants to come between me and my coffee!


  1. Joyce aka Miss CycleStyle

    Thanks for your shoutout for CycleStyle! We love the Cherry Straw Shopper too (we use our Lemon Straw version all the time and get lots of compliments) and they would go perfectly with the bikes from our friends Papillionaire. With Spring just around the corner, good luck with getting back on the bike!

    Joyce aka Miss CycleStyle

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Joyce – Thanks so very much for linking to my little blog piece on your delightful ‘CycleStyle’ website (you’re an absolute delight and your business is WONDERFUL!).

      I must admit that the Lemon Straw version of the shopper was my favourite at first, but then the darker delights of the Cherry Straw Shopper seduced me! 🙂
      I’ll most definitely be coming shopping through your site soon … I’m SO VERY EXCITED about getting my ‘cycle style’ on with my future gorgeous bike purchase.

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  3. Dan

    I’ve been seriously considering getting a bike recently, although the hills round here put me off a little bit.

    If I do I’m going to paint it black, put a batman symbol on it and a tail fin, and call it the Bat Bike. I trust that’s what you are going to do with yours?

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Dan – Bikes are completely awesome, I can’t wait to get a new ‘retro’ inspired one. Though I can see the disincentive for you, in having hills around you – those things are just WAY too painful on the poor legs.

      I love your plans for your bike: with the black paint, batman symbol and tail fin. Though I trust you won’t mind if I actually DON’T follow suit with your design ideas? 😉

  4. Piper (DailyDivaDish)

    I haven’t been on a bike (besides the stationary model at the gym) for years. Although, this post makes me want to start riding again. And the bike shop you’ve mentioned is gorgeous! I now want the classic model, in cream color with a leather seat. Beautiful post!
    XO Piper

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Piper – Thanks for your lovely visit! 🙂

      Now that I think about it properly, my last experience of a ‘bicycle’ is probably on a stationary bike at the gym too. I’m so looking forward to getting back to some ‘real’ bike riding as I really miss being out in the world and all its elements, feeling the breeze flying past me.

      That classic model in cream is wonderful – such understated elegance and classic style – I’d expect nothing less from you! 🙂

  5. leonie

    i had a dream about riding my bicycle last night. sadly my lovley road bike is in NZ and i am in the UK. i will definitely be getting it serviced and taking to the hills on it when we are back in NZ over christmas!

    i must admit, i have been one of those lycra-clad cyclists. though generally i would at least throw a hoodie and some trackies on first! there’s nothing like a steaming hot coffee and a freshly baked muffin after an early morning 50-80km bike ride 🙂

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Leonie – Oh a dream about riding your bike? How lovely … you’ll be reunited with your lovely bike soon by the sounds of it, and then your cycling dreams will become a reality once more! (there’s nothing sad about being in the UK … your travels have been wonderful to watch unfold on your blog). I bet the riding in NZ is wonderful … I really must sneak in a visit to that fair land some time soon. There are so many places to go in the world! 🙂

      I had to add a little note to my post based on your comment, as I didn’t want anyone to think I was actually anti ‘lycra-clad cyclists’ as a rule … I’ve just had some SCARY cyclist-pack experiences on far too many Sunday breakfast occasions … so thanks for that! 🙂 … I’d love to be able to do an early morning bike ride, but I’m just not a morning person AT ALL! 😉

  6. Gabrielle Bryden

    There is something wonderful about bicyles – maybe because my Mum wouldn’t let me have one as a child (she was a big worrier and thought they were to dangerous – but I would still sneak off to ride my friend’s dragster – haha). I’m not too happy with lycra clad cyclists descending on cafe’s – I like to smell coffee and bacon/eggs, not a group of sweaty people 😉

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Gabrielle – Bicycles are rather lovely for sure! It’s interesting how our childhood memories of things related to bicycles stay with us. I think for me I remember having to ‘sneak’ rides on my brother’s bmx. I was so happy when I finally got my own hand-me-own bike.

      The thought of a new retro-inspired bike has me all excited about reconnecting with the fun and freedom of bicycle riding all over again! 🙂

      Yes breakfast out and about is for the delights of coffee and lovely food, not so much for sweat and lots and lots of people! 🙂

  7. Rellacafa

    Aaah, what a sweetly nostalgic post. I, too, find it interesting that in my younger days everything was about the future and now I am finding inspiration and motivation from delving into my memory….such a strange thing, this life 😉 xx

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hiya Caf! It’s funny how things change when we get older … and I suppose I most certainly see evidence of that in my changing perspectives – rather than yearning for the future so much, I look back to see what I’ve already learned and how far I’ve come.

      I think it’s a wonderful inwardly focussed journey to embark on, as you describe it – finding ‘inspiration and motivation from your memory’ … and I think it is by doing so that we learn a lot about ourselves. xx

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