A month ago I became the proud owner of Olive, a vintage Dutch bicycle. She’s 32 years old and was born in Haarlem in the Netherlands. Olive came to Australia in the 80s with her previous owner. I am lucky to be her second owner. She’s a Sparta bicycle and your traditional commuter bicycle for getting around town. I’m lucky to work just outside the city along the Yarra River so every day I get the most beautiful scenic ride to and from work – I’m super lucky.
From the very first moment I bought Olive home, I started to kit her out. She needed accessories to give her a little style. Lordy! Did I get caught up in this. I found two fantastic online stores – cyclestyle.com.au and cyclechic.co.uk. Both of these stores have fabulous stylish cycling products for the most discerning lady cyclists. Also, my little local market has a fantastic little bike shop – Bakerlite. So I ended up with two helmets, two pannier bags, a saddle bag, a handlebar bag, I upgraded my little bell (most important), bought three varieties of bicycle lights and beautiful basket (which I adorned with fake flowers and ribbons- as you do). When it comes time to choose my outfit for the day I have to think, is this a cycling outfit or not. Yes! I’m obsessed! I love riding my vintage Dutch bicycle. From time to time, I’ll share my love of cycling. Let me know if you’re a fellow vintage cyclist and totally understand my new passion.