Sunday, 30 September 2007

Freedom bikes

After an eye-straining weekend, the corsages for the Hawai'i wedding commission are finally finished and about to be packed up and shipped to Greece. Can't wait to see what it all looks like together on the big day with fifties-inspired lemon yellow frocks, buttermilk clutches and butterflies and bridesmaids necklaces.

On a more kitsch note, Sarah was inspired by my rather excessive enthusiasm for Paris' new 'freedom bikes' scheme, Velib'. For the more than reasonable sum of 30 Euros a year, you can hire a bike from any of the hundreds of Velib' stations around the capital. The first half hour is free, after that the price goes up the longer you keep the bike, but the scheme is ideal for short hops to the gym or the market. A reasonable knowledge of the French highway code is a good idea if you don't want to get on the wrong side of Gallic motorists - its' easy to get a little cavalier once behind the substantial handlebars and forget you're actiuand cycling round the Arc de Triomphe and down the Champs Elysees is not recommended for your first go... Anyway, like all good trends, Velib' has opened up a world of potential for cycling-themed accessories, from designer Velib' card-holders (yes, you get another card for your groaning wallet) to cycling capes in this season's colours and stylish helmets and pink milk has celebrated this with a Cycling in Paris necklace, below.

It sold in less then 12 hours, but just like Velib' stations, more are coming, so wear them with pride as you ride the eco-wave - remember, two wheels good, four wheels bad...

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