Practical pin up


While riding home last night, I had a wee chat to this lady – and though I think it’s probably narcissistic to mention that I like her helmet (aw, ya caught me, it’s the same as mine), I do.

What I also liked is the incredible pair of high heels she had stashed in the sides of her backpack – LEOPARD PRINT HEELS. In that the heels were leopard print, folks. Perhaps that’s how you have to do it in Brisbane, just recognise that riding in your animal heels and office wear is impractical in 80% humidity, jump into your lyrca, then emerge superhero style from the office change rooms after a long cool, shower.

Summer is coming.



What is also coming is Christmas, and if you want to give better presents than my mother, perhaps you should consider this bicycle chick pinup calendar.

Which I am certainly considering, based on the recommendation of the laughing squid folks. As they say:

The Bicycle Chick Pinup calendar is the fourth pinup calendar project from Alexis Finch of Thought You Knew. She recently began a fundraising campaign to cover the printing of the calendar and to benefit The Monthly Cycle, “a women’s outreach program welcoming ladies to their local cycle shops to meet the mechanics, learn all the parts on their bike that might squeak or grind, and master the art of the flat fix”. The lovely ladies featured in the 2012 calendar are Chicago-based bicycle riders photographed by Kimberly Capriotti. This year’s calendar is illustrated by artist Jana Kinsman.

Thought You Knew’s goal is to empower women by helping them regain ownership of their sexuality, in whatever form they choose to have it manifest. These are real cyclists, like you’ve never seen them before.

If you like your pictures moving, then check out their showreel and maybe support these great ladies!


By Eleanor Jackson

Eleanor Jackson is a Filipino Australian poet, performer, arts producer, cyclist, writer, gal about town, feminist, freewheeler, and friend.

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