ROLLING INTO SEPTEMBER WITH LOCHSIDE CYCLES
Building up my confidence on these two wheels!
I’ve been in the throes of our bedroom makeover as we approach the big reveal day. As most room refreshes go, things had to get really chaotic before they could get better, which was tough. Our entire bedroom was in our living/dining room, and for a hot minute, we had double of all our bedroom furniture. Once we sold everything (to really great homes, loved how delightful everyone who bought stuff was) and were able to switch things around, everything is really coming together and it already feels like an entire new space.
When the dust settled and we cleared out living room clutter, my beautiful Lochside bike was calling my name (I love it so much that I don’t trust storing it in our building’s bike room, so it lives in our apartment rn lol). I’m so sad that I didn’t feature this beauty sooner, so please stick around while I give these guys some major love.
Lochside Cycles is a local company, started by two brothers based out of Victoria. They just love cycling and wanted to get more people out there on bikes! They’d always tinkered around with customizing their own wheels, and ended up creating what is now Lochside Cycles, names after the local bike trail they grew up riding. They saw room in the local market for minimal, stylish, yet functional bikes, and they’ve really created such a gorgeous collection. With attainability in mind, they also somehow keep the prices reasonable so that occasional riders, like myself, still find their offerings accessible.
What I ended up with was the Uptown Bike. It’s a 5-Speed with internal gears for easy shifting, and quite perfect for my city cruising. I was really great in July for going out for short rides to help build up my biking skills, but I really let that go this past month while I was in project mode. I am dedicating September to more rides! The final goal is to be able to cycle to the office in Gastown, and to nearby errands. I even bought a front basket with this goal in mind. I can’t wait to be a confident badass biker out there in those Vancouver bike lanes!
As you can also see, from my wardrobe, I am mentally checked out of summer and fully moved into fall mode. September means that we’re only a few weeks away from the very best season of them all! Cannot even wait. Hope you all have a wonderful long weekend!
FACING MY FEARS ON TWO WHEELS
There are only a few things in life I have an unwavering fear of:
1) Touching the bottom of the lake in bare feet.
2) Speaking in front of people.
3) Biking on the streets of Toronto.
Now with the lake thing, no worries friends, because your girl’s got water shoes. They’re hot pink, pair sooooo well with my bikini look, and let me wade in the shallow waters off the dock at the cottage. As for public speaking – the more I do it, the more comfortable I become. I force myself to do Insta Lives, sit on panel discussions, and I even signed on to speak at Blogpodium at the end of the summer. But the biking thing? Well, there’s a bit of history there…
The thing is, I can physically ride a bike. Every summer as a kid was spent biking to parks, poppin’ wheelies and throwin’ Band-Aids onto scraped knees. As I got older and started driving, there was no need for two wheels when I had four. And so when I got to my late twenties, I hadn’t ridden a bike in ages. Then I met Damien and moved to the UK, and I knew he was pretty hardcore into cycling, so I thought, “Oh that’ll be a nice weekend thing to do. Hop on a bike and scoot around the English countryside.”
That was until he gave me a bike to ride and I found myself head-down, ass-up on a proper cycling bike, barely able to touch my feet to the ground if I needed to, and trying to navigate the streets of rural London. Every time a car approached me, I started wobbling, Damien started laughing, and the best part of the whole experience was when we stopped at a pub for a drink two hours later. Safe to say, my British cycling days were short-lived.
So when I was approached by BC-based Lochside Cycles about trying out one of their bikes for my urban lifestyle, no one was more surprised than me when I said ‘yes’. When I had moved back to Toronto two years ago, the city seemed to have gotten so much busier. The traffic was worse, the construction was never-ending, and don’t even get me started on horror stories from cyclists getting their wheels stuck in the streetcar tracks.
Despite all of that, I craved the freedom that a bike would allow me. I recently moved to the east end of Toronto and I love it, but getting downtown or over to the west side is a bitch when I don’t have the car. And when it was announced that the Queen streetcar would be replaced by buses all summer, that was the icing on the cake, because my aversion to buses is real. So I made it my goal to get comfy riding a bike
The thing that attracted me to Lochside in the first place was that they had a selection of city bikes, one of which was a cruiser. No more of the face-down,
So I chose the Madeline bike in black with white wheels because, well #monochromelife, and ordered a cute mint green helmet online because I’m all about that safety friends. When the bike arrived a few days later (free shipping, y’all!), all we (Damien) needed to do was attach the parts to the main frame and I was ready to ride!
Even though I’m obsessed with my new bike and it’s comfy AF, I was still shit-scared to take on Toronto’s busy streets – even though downtown has plenty of bike lanes, it’s gonna take some getting used to. Luckily, the east end has plenty of residential side streets for me to practice on and to start feeling comfortable scooting around on two wheels. Also, what better way to prep dis booty for my wedding dress in the fall than to cycle to events and meetings all summer long?
I’ll be posting more about my cycling adventure throughout the summer, so keep an eye out on Instagram for pics and Insta Stories of me facing my fears on two wheels!
Although it often means tight spaces and shared laundry, living in the city certainly has its perks. Since we moved to the heart of Vancouver almost a year ago, I’ve stopped driving, taken way less transit, and have spent much less time commuting in general… and I’m certain that it’s done wonders for my overall well-being. My primary mode of transportation these days is by foot, and I love being able to stay active while I’m going from place to place.
The downside to walking, of course, is that it’s definitely time-consuming – which is why I’m hoping to start biking this summer. I learned how to cycle as a kid, but it’s been a while since I’ve been comfortable riding one. However, we literally have a bike lane on the street right outside our apartment, and it’s basically been calling out to me since we moved in. So when the opportunity came to partner with Lochside Cycles, I officially ran out of excuses. The Victoria-based company is owned by two brothers, who make bikes that are perfect for the city: well-made, functional, simple, and stylish.
ELLIVEN STUDIO | WEEKEND CRUISING!
- by Julie Shaver -
If you haven't heard of Lochside Cycles before, let me introduce you! The Canadian bike company is based out of Victoria, BC and they have created a phenomenal business, taking their passion for cycling and combining it with their appreciation for great style. Their line of bikes include single speeds, roadsters, step-throughs like mine, the beautiful Lovelo as well as practical accessories! Their classic colours and attention to detail make their line of bikes eye-catching and dreamy!
The beautiful stitching, comfortable leather seat and the ability to change gears with ease are just a few of the reasons why I'm completely head over heels for this gorgeous ride. My husband has been a long time bike enthusiast and it's only as of recently that I began to understand and appreciate the construction of a great bike. I never really got it before, but when you hop on a bike that has been crafted out of quality products and designed with comfort and style in mind, you really do see and feel the difference.
TREASURES & TRAVELS | SPRING BIKE RIDE WITH LOCHSIDE CYCLES
- by Lindsay Sjoberg -
Lochside Cycles are a company from Victoria BC, owned by two brothers. Richard stopped by our studio in Vancouver the day before we took our bikes for a spin and tuned them up for us. What a nice guy! We love being able to meet the people we work alongside with, and it was so great to meet Richard, and learned firsthand about Lochside, how it came to be, and the heart behind their business. We highly recommend buying from these guys, they are rad and they provide high-quality bikes - plus they can ship them right to you!
THE UNSEEN PRICE | WELCOME TO VANCOUVER
- by Kristen Marie -
I was so hesitant about buying a new bike. I debated waiting till the bike share program started up (it launched this week). I didn't want to have another purchased bike stolen. Once I discovered Lochside though… C'mon how could I resist! It's my dream bike.
Riding around Vancouver is amazing! I have come to really dislike having a car. Finding and paying for parking can be the biggest headache. Having a bike usually takes the same amount of time to get somewhere and a bike rack is way easier to find and FREE! My Lochside bike is a one speed. And I wouldn't have it any other way. There isn't too many hills in Vancouver, and if there are hills they are usually small. It is a perfect city commuter or cruising bike.
CASHMERE & PLAID | OUT AND ABOUT WITH LOCHSIDE CYCLES
- by Emily Johnson -
Last weekend I had the opportunity to take a ride around Victoria while cruising on a Lochside bike. It had been a long time in the making and I was so excited when I finally got to get on one of their beautiful bikes!
Lochside Cycles is a bike company based out Victoria, BC. The goal behind the company is to get more people on bikes. Period. To accomplish this they have created a beautiful line of bikes designed to take into account the all the various lifestyles that people live. The bike I got to ride was the “Madeline” - a sleek 5-speed step through that I now need. The first thing I noticed about this stunner was how amazing the handle bars felt. They were squishy and warm and just felt so nice under my hands. The next thing I noticed was how smooth the ride was. The springs in the seat absorbed all the shock and made for an incredibly comfortable ride. The other bikes in the line include the Roadster, a 5-speed perfect for zipping around downtown, the Café Racer, a beautiful 3-speed complete with a coffee holder (WHAT!?!), and the Single Speed, your basic (not to be confused with boring) bike with, you guessed it, a single speed.
- by Susan Stokhof -
The Ariel is ideal for the urban rider with classic sensibilities who is looking for an upright bicycle without the weight and girth of the classic Dutch bicycle. It is ideal for those living in apartments with stairs, I found it to be quite manageable to carry her up stairs. The Ariel is meant for daily rides in the city, to work, running errands and out to dinner parties with friends. Wearing a long dress, skirts and pants are not a problem as the Ariel comes with a chain guard, front and back fenders to protect your clothes and to stop the splash. She also comes with Sturmey-Archer 5-speed internally geared hub allows for easy-to-adjust speeds and upright geometry so you can cruise in comfort and style.