Yay, I finally have a retro bicycle and there is a good little story to go with it! I wore this outfit on a Sunday about a month ago and I am finally posting it on the blog.
Top - Thrifted
Pants - Pinup Girl Clothing
Shoes - Sportsgirl
'Snap Happy' Earrings - c/o Jubly Umph
Brooch - Vintage
Sunglasses - Asos
I have been wanting a retro bicycle for agesssssssssss but I always like to hold off on big purchases for a while. Lucky I did because on my way to walk the dogs at the waterfront a while ago I spotted a pastel bicycle sitting on a council pick up pile (or junk pile which is what I really call it). I quickly ran over with Fifi to have a closer look and I could not believe my eyes, it was the exact brand and colour bicycle that I was planning on buying. It needed a bit of maintenance but I am pretty practical and like a bit of a DIY task.
It didn't come with the basket so I ordered one as soon as they were back in stock, the front mud guard was missing so I bought a new one to attach to it, I bought new handle grips and then I found this watermelon bike bell at Kmart! This is a Reid Cycle and they were so helpful when I needed to add extras to my order which weren't on the website and double checked that the mudguard would fit my model. Special thanks to my brother who helped me put the basket on and checked and pumped the tires.
The handlebars had quite a lot of rust and after reading a few things on the internet I tried rinsing the rust with soapy water and then I rubbed aluminium foil on the rusty areas, I was amazed at how much better it looked and that it worked. Anyway, I could have just purchased a new bike but I like to fix things up and this was a good opportunity to do just that - I could not leave it to be chucked away and the paint on it is still perfect!
Oh and onto my outfit, I thrifted this top for $2 at a bootsale, I bought the Pinup Girl Clothing pants second hand - they are a size too big but I really wanted the cool cabanana print, I was going to resell them but they have turned out great for bike riding and walking the dogs. I bought my shoes probably six years ago and recently rediscovered them and of course I had to buy this pink helmet for safe bike riding and it looks cute too. I live in an area with lots of hills so this outfit + the shoes proved to be a great success. Also, I posted a little video of the bicycle in action on Instagram (if you didn't see it).
Have a great week!
Kayla - Gracefully Vintage xo