Vintage style bike of my dreams

Tuesday, January 22


I've been wanting a bike for awhile now, well mostly since moving to Queensland and seeing everyone ride them to the beach. Seems like such a fun way to exercise. Although when I looked around at them they were all $600+ and more than I wanted to spend on a bike, also because I didn't know if this bike riding thing was just a phase or something I'd really enjoy.

I've still found myself thinking about getting a bike and even more so after this beautiful inspiring post a few weeks back "girl on bikes" my most popular posts for the month!!

Anyways I need your help, it's been so long since I've owned a bike. I think I'm ready to finally buy one and I've got my eye on this Ladies Vintage Bike.  Choices are somewhat limited up here, this is one of best I've seen for a good price.

So...
//Do you own a bike? Any advice when buying one?

//Also do you think 6-speed is better than single speed? I've only ever ridden multi-speed bikes so I'm not sure if id like the single speed.


//Oh and most important :P What colour should I get (I'm leaning towards watermelon or white)?



44 comments:

  1. I have a couple of bikes. A mountain bike and my vintage bicycle. I've looked at those bikes before and they seem really good value for money. You definitely want a six-speed over a fixie, especially for going up and down hills.

    I have a white bicycle so I'm a little biased about colour ;) but the watermelon is cute!

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  2. watermelon :) always wanted one! but i'll never ride it haha

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  3. I love the 2nd and the 3rd!!! I really enjoy biking but here in my city (Athens) it's not that recommended. When I've been to Copenhagen for a while where everyone moves with a bike, I absolutely enjoyed it!!! Not only it's a way of exercise but it gives you the opportunity to enjoy the city and have fun.

    Eirini from http://fashionreactor.blogspot.gr/

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  4. I'm Dutch, so yes, I have a bike ;) I'd go for the first, it's the sweetest color I've veer seen on a bike.
    I would go for the six-speed.. it's so much more fun and easier to buy a bike and being able to switch between speeds.
    Ahh I want one like that too!

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  5. The white bike is the one of my dreams! Definitely go for the white :) Also I've never had a single speed one so it would be interesting to find out the difference too!

    http://lilylovelock.blogspot.co.uk/

    x

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  6. I agree, a six speed is ideal. It offers more flexibility if you ever do move, or you want to take it away (believe me you will, cruising, as opposing to cycling, is addictive). I've recently moved from a super flat city, to a city that has hills, which means my darling bike does not get out anywhere near as much as I would like. As for the colour, way too hard to pick, they are all devine!

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    1. Where I live is super flat, but I'm being convinced 6-speed is the way to go!!

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  7. 6 speed is better - fixed will become an issue on anything but flat. And sometimes they come without brakes too... And the watermelon one is gorgeous!
    I'm thinking of buying with Reid too, they're such nice bikes :)

    Enjoy your riding
    x

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    1. oh my gosh no brakes, yes that is an issue!!! I'm loving the style of the reid bikes. it was instant love for me :)

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  8. So lovely bikes! :)

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  9. I'm actually about to do a bike buying post! To answer your questions, find out how common bike theft is before you spend that much money on a bike. I would say you need at least 3 gears unless where you live is TOTALLY flat. You'll soon find out that a piece of road that looks flat when you're in a car/on foot can actually be quite steep when you have to cycle it. Lastly, don't get white, I mad that mistake and it gets filthy :(
    This is my bike, The Swan...
    http://ellomennopee.blogspot.co.uk/2012/10/meet-my-bicycle.html

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    1. oh but I love your white bike!! so pretty. thank you for sharing your post with me :) very helpful!!!

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    2. Here's a post about beautifying a cheap bike, hopefully you will find it helpful :) http://ellomennopee.blogspot.co.uk/2013/02/pimp-my-ride-good-looking-bike-on-budget.html

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  10. Oh. I'm in love in all of them! But if I could choose only one... I would choose the white one. It's soooo clasy ♥

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  11. I love these bikes. They're so girly and vintage like. I wish I was somewhere hot to ride one every weekend! Very jealous. And I like the white one, though to be honest If I was given any of the 3 above I would be over the moon! They are gorgeous! ♥

    www.tailoreddays.blogspot.co.uk

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  12. I adore the first one, it's sooo pretty, if I were buying a bike (and I'm also thinking about it), I would definitely choose that colour :))

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  13. These bikes are so cute :) I love the watermelon colour !

    Beautiful Dreams

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  14. Watermelon! It just looks more fun :)

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  15. Mint. Most definitely, mint.

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  16. I am in love with bikes that look like this! My favourite is the mint one! xx

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  17. woeeh, my perfect bike. Cycling will be much fun with this bike!

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  18. YEEEESSS watermelon!

    I rather like single speed, but I think it's just because it's what I'm used to. And I'm not really a pro bike rider. So up to you!

    But watermelon!

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  19. Hi Liss! I have a six speed one of these:

    http://www.specialized.com/us/en/bikes/globe/daily/daily2stepthrough

    In Navy and ride it every single day (probably because I don't drive...!), so I'm sure you would get plenty of use out of your bike with all of the beautiful places to ride around Brisbane. The Reid ones are super cute (go the watermelon!), the reason why they would be so much cheaper is because they have a steel frame which can make them quite a bit heavier than more expensive aluminum versions. Goodluck deciding on a colour and happy riding! x

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    1. Your bike looks lovely!!! Oh that's a good point about Reid being steel. This is why I need all these more experienced bike owners to help me out :)

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  20. i don't know much about bikes but if I could have one, I would love the white or watermelon!

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  21. I still have a bike like this.
    My grandma bought me when I was 12.
    It's a purple one.

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  22. I would totally own a bicycle except for the fact that I live an a apartment and don't really have space to store one. I really love the mint colored!

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  23. Multi-speed is your best bet for finding the right speed for you.

    Make sure you get the right size bike for your height (the one I bought last year is too tall for me and now I have to sell it over a second market) and if available try the bike out before you buy it!

    Also, sometimes there are hidden fees/accessories: make sure it comes with what you need. I had to buy a bell, kick stand, and water bottle holder.

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  24. Definitely the watermelon! It's so pretty!
    And a multispeed would be better than single speed :) single speed are a nightmare as soon as you encounter a slight hill....

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  25. I've also been wanting to get a bike for a while. I think a vintage inspired one is a good choice, but I wouldn't know because I honestly don't know the first thing about bikes. Well, I know how to ride one, but that's about it. The mint colored ones are so beautiful I think.

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  26. I love those bikes! such an affordable price! I have a 1960's Healing lowline (A bit like a raliegh 20) which is a bit smaller than these bikes. It's so special to me because my boyfriend helped me do it up, paint it and everything! It's only single speed and I love it for just cruising! You can't go as fast as bikes with gears, But I think it's all part of the charm of it :)
    xoxo Amie @ Spoonful of Vintage

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  27. i own several bikes, but in Holland it is very common to bike around. I personally would advice you to buy one, it`s fast and it`s great for you health and besides that it is just fun!

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  28. The last bike is so beautiful, I love color and I want to have the same!

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  29. This is beautiful! I've wanted one for such a long time! Better start saving my pennies... :')


    Maisy xxx
    @ http://collationproject.blogspot.uk

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  30. These are so, so pretty!

    Have a great weekend,
    -Kati

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  31. i don't have a bike so can't really give you an advice there.. but in terms of which one, i'm leaning towards either watermelon or mint!

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  32. I say choose the red or green ones. Well single speed is not great at all but you can change the single spped with six spped gear later. But somehow 600$ sound also a bit expensive to me. nowadays everyting is made up in China, so you may find better deals on ebay. Greetings from Istanbul, beautiful blog! :)

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  33. I had a vintage style Reid bike built for me and I absolutely love it! Its easy to ride and quite fast too! Its the best bike ive ever owned but the best part is thats its unique (although not for much longer I reckon ;) ) Id be happy to answer any questions if you have them . I have a pic on my new blog if you would like to visit it.

    www.sechysdiary.com

    xoxox

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  34. Colour wise, I love the mint.
    When it comes to the technical stuff I am absolutely clueless, so I can't help you there, but I will say this; you will get hooked. I cycle quite a lot for exercise, and I really love it. There's nothing better then gliding downhill on a crisp morning!

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  35. These look like my bike!
    I love the watermelon one!
    I have a single speed and it's a nightmare getting up hills. If you can get a cute bike with gears I would totally do it! I ride a lot!
    My Japanese bike was about $200 maybe postage for something similar to Australia would be $150 or something? So maybe that could be cheaper? If you search mamachari on google you might be able to find something? xoxo

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  36. these bikes are awesome, but there are prettier! I've seen bikes with really cool graffiti on, but unfortunately I can't tell where they were from :/
    I'm actually in the same situation... kind of. as a daughter to an overprotective father I never had a bike growing up, and I desperately want one now, but I'm moving to another country in six months (OMG that's so close! haha) so it's kinda pointless to get one now. Maybe I'll buy one when I move :)
    Wish you luck getting the bike of your dreams! :)

    Love,
    Jenny from http://www.yeahitsprettyawesome.com/

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