All posts by Juliette

Juliette is a co-founder of Hub and Bespoke. Juliette has worked in product development for twenty years; initially in sportswear apparel design and then home textile products. Born of a French mother Juliette was taught early the importance of a beautiful presentation for all that was mundane. It must be pleasing to the eye as well as suitable. It is this sensibility that informs her approach to design: elegant solutions for everyday needs. She believes that design must reach beyond form and gather in purpose to guide the product development process; always asking “for what good?” With Hub and Bespoke Juliette hopes to: (a) curate a collection of elegant solutions and products that entices others to overcome perceived or real barriers to getting on their bikes, and (b) simplify the decision to take to two wheels.

Changing Gears at Hub and Bespoke

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We are closing our doors at the Fremont shop on December 31st.

We did not make this decision easily. In so many ways, the Seattle storefront in Fremont has fulfilled our dream of contributing to the Seattle urban bicycle community. Sadly, after four and a half years, we have not been able to make the storefront viable enough to support us.

Our plan is to keep the Hub and Bespoke brand going via our website portal.

While the storefront focused on both men and women, Hub and Bespoke’s original mission was Continue reading Changing Gears at Hub and Bespoke

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New at the shop: Women’s Cycling Jeans

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Until now there hasn’t been much in the way of jeans cut specifically for the female cyclist.  Chandel Bodner, long-time rider and bike polo player, decided it was time.  She founded the Toronto-based RYB Jeans company with a jean designed to meet our needs.

The RYB jeans are made of US milled fabric — a durable cotton with Continue reading New at the shop: Women’s Cycling Jeans

A Better Way to Offer Bike Parking?

I think, finally, a good answer to the cyclist conundrum – a lock sturdy enough to deter most bike thieves that doesn’t weigh you down. publock

The PubLock is a heavy-duty, public-use bicycle locking station. It is designed to retrofit to existing bicycle racks and can be accessed by riders with RFID cards.

If the city installed these and charged for the personal RFID cards, maybe it could even self-fund installation?  Having had a bike stolen from the downtown public library, I am in!

 

 

Funny alert: 2 takes on NYC Bike Share

Today two different commentaries on the negative reception of the NYC Bike.  Made me smile.  Maybe you too.

oooo, those rabble rouser cyclists
oooo, those rabble rouser cyclists

If you have time check out the first few minutes of the Daily Show with Jon Stewart.

And the venn diagram in New York magazine of the intersecting forces showing why “conservatives hate citi bike”.

Learn How to Organize a Bike Train to School

Don’t you love seeing the neighbors kids on their bikes heading to school?  I’ve always wondered what it took to get things organized and safe for kids to do this.

Here’s a chance to learn.

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FREE from the folks at Cascade Bike Club and Bike Works.  Get “Bike Training”  for people who want to start a Bike Train at their kid’s school.

There are two planned for April.  One in the for the north-end of town and another for the south-end.

NORTH-END

  • WHEN:  April 7, from 1:30 to 4:30
  • WHERE :  the Cascade Bicycle Club office at Magnuson Park.
  • WHAT:  Learn the basics of recruiting others, planning the route, rules, and group riding skills with children.
  • WHO:  We’ll hear from Maya Jacobs, organizer of the Thornton Creek and Wedgwood bike trains.

Then you’ll roll onto the grounds with Morgan Scherer of Familybike for skills practice.  The session finishes with a ride around the neighborhood with parents role-playing as children, conductors and the caboose. Bring your bike and a helmet, dress for the weather and get onboard.

SOUTH-END

  • WHEN:  April 27, from 1:30 to 4:30.
  • WHERE:  Bike Works classroom and offices. 3715 S. Hudson Ave Suite #111 (Lower level) Seattle 98118
  • WHAT:  Morgan Scherer will be the lead engine with a session encompassing Maya’s work as well as the on-bike activities.

RSVP to robin.randels [at] cascadebicycleclub [dot] org

30 Day Bike Pledge

The 30 Day Bike Pledge is a free, on-line, way to commit a community of your peers to get on your bike 30 consecutive days in April.30 days of biking

Yes, I am coming to this a little late.  It started yesterday.  I just learned about it from one of my Heels on Wheels cohort.  She said it motivated her last year to get started again after the winter season took her off her bike.  Last year she did 23 days.  This year she’s shooting for 25.

You take the pledge here.

There’s only one rule:  bike somewhere every day for 30 days – around the block, to work, whatever!

Just get your butt used to the saddle again.