Tillie & Coco

two ladies, two bicycles, two hemispheres

Category: Posts by Coco

Hoola hoops

by Alacoque

Dear Tillie,

I was walking into town yesterday and had to stop at the lights on Kent Street. As I waited to cross a couple of riders pulled up the lights on the cycleway. I could see a conversation happening between two riders who clearly didn’t know each other. When I crossed all was revealed- the male rider was letting the female rider know her hoola hoops had slipped backwards and were hitting her rear tyre. He helped her adjust them before they rode off. So lovely to see strangers helping each other! And hoola hoops!

 

Coco xx

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Friday fish

by Alacoque

Dear Tillie and friends,

Friday turned on the most beautiful weather. By 9am I had a couple of loads of washing already on the line and feeling as though I’d taken advantage domestically I simply had to get out and enjoy the sunshine. Willa and I took a leisurely ride to the fish markets to get something for dinner. We took the long route there, avoiding the roads and taking in the foreshore along Darling Harbour and Pyrmont Point.

 

 

The fish markets has the  most ill-conceived bike racks outside the car park entrance, miles from the actual markets and away from watchful eyes, so no one uses them. Most riders simply lock their bikes to the fence near the water’s edge. With the addition of Willa’s baby seat it was rather more difficult to secure my bike and I provided quite the entertainment juggling a bike, baby, two helmets and a lock.

 

On the ride home I stopped in at the community garden and picked some salad greens to go with the fish for dinner. Delicious!

Love Co xx

by Alacoque

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Spotted yesterday on Bay Street, Ultimo.

Sydney Bicycle Film Festival

by Alacoque

Hi Tillie & Friends!

Exciting times- the Sydney Bicycle Film Festival is coming up next month (October 27-29th) and ticket sales are now open! A couple of films have caught my eye (images and info from the BFF site):

LESS CAR, MORE GO

USA 2011 | HD 8min.
  Dir. Liz Canning
The next level of bicycle sustainability movement is cargo bikes.

LET’S DIDGERIDOO THIS

Australia 2011 | Video 17min.
  Dir. Joe Rich
For BMX legend Joe Rich and his Terrible One crew go down under.  An exquisitely shot film that expresses the     soul of BMX in Australia.

In fact the whole program looks really good. The only thing to do now is convince my husband I deserve a couple of nights off 😉

Coco xx

To market, to market!

by Alacoque

Dear Tillie and friends,

the weather has finally turned and spring has well and truly sprung! The warm weather has everyone out on their bikes and I was very pleased to see this duo loading up their market buys on the back of mum’s bike. What a great example she is setting for her daughter- and such a nice way to shop!

 

Paddy’s Markets in Haymarket is often visited by riders but it isn’t well serviced by bike parking. Bike are always precariously locked up to anything that stands still. The demand is also increased by the students attending UTS next door. The surrounding area is to be redeveloped in the near future, including a bike path, so hopefully bike parking will be included too!

Coco xx

Bike!

by Alacoque

In her post Garance states this is the perfect biking outfit. What do you think? What is your typical cycling outfit? I generally just get on the bike and ride wearing whatever but I do love a bit of an up-skirt breeze in summer! One thing I do agree on- on a bike the city is yours! http://www.garancedore.fr/en/2012/08/31/bike/#more-31797

Old school

by Alacoque

Dear Tillie and fellow bike lovers,

last weekend I spotted this old school cyclist outside the Powerhouse Museum. I’ve posted before about their bicycle collection and I’m assuming this particular bike is one of theirs they keep in working order for spontaneous loops around the forecourt just like this! It appears to be a modern reproduction. Isn’t it wonderful! Can you image what is must have been like to see penny farthings rolling down the main street back in the day?

Love Coco xx

Sydney’s Most Leisurely Bike Rides

by Alacoque

Concrete Playground features Sydney’s Most Leisurely Bike Rides http://sydney.concreteplayground.com.au/news/76336/sydneys-most-leisurely-bike-rides.htm

Let’s go for a ride baby!

by Alacoque

Dear Tillie and friends,

as you saw yesterday we had Wilhelmina’s bike seat fitted on the weekend and we couldn’t wait to try it out. We took her for a little cruise around the local foreshore, sticking to shared paths to allow us to both get comfortable with her on the bike before tackling traffic. We had to stop once or twice to fiddle with her helmet (see if you can spot the shot where she’d pushed it down over her eyes) and by the time we got to the park we had things all worked out. In fact on the ride home she was so comfortable she conked out (so cute)!

Thank you to my darling husband for being so snap-happy and capturing the moment. Tillie I hope you noticed the Sydney icons in the background- just for you!

Love Coco xx

Baby presents

by Alacoque

Hi Tillie & friends!

Guess who got a new baby bike seat and helmet this weekend…

Love Coco xx

P.S. A big ‘thank you’ to the wonderful Cheeky Transport for ordering in and fitting the seat for me! You guys rock!