Along Came Polly

The trouble with blogging is, sometimes I will line-up blog posts and upload pictures to my dashboard, then completely forget that I hadn’t actually published said blog post. Which is kind of what happened with this post. I was actually reminded of this by the beautiful Fiona who I follow on Instagram, (seriously, she is such a style icon/inspiration to me, go follow her!) as she has recently become the owner of a beautiful scooter. So, better late than never – let me introduce you to Polly!

You may have heard me mention Polly in past posts (with me thinking that I had in fact written/published this post, so in my mind you lovely readers already knew who Polly was). Polly is my 1965 Mobylette by French manufacturer Motobecane. Motobecane started producing Mobylettes in 1949, right up until as recently as 1997, with the ‘peak’ of production in the 1970’s.

Polly is a pedal-start, 50cc bike, with top speeds probably reaching around 38mph (although she tends to go slower, especially if she is cold/feeling a bit impish that day). Kieren & I found some original 1950’s panniers to fit onto her, essential for stashing fabric in from my shopping trips!

I passed my CBT (compulsory basic training certificate) in July 2014, which basically allows me to be on the road on a 50cc vehicle with ‘L’ plates displayed. I have to confess I have been a bit of a bad Mobylette Mother recently, and have had her sitting in the shed for a couple of months now. This is due to it being freezing outside, and the unpredictability of my health makes it tricky to know when I can use her.

Why did I call her Polly you ask? I’m not sure really, I just thought she looked like a Polly!

She is so cute to zip about town on, people often stare at her in bafflement as to what she is, as I guess a pedal-start moped is a pretty rare thing to behold.

I was really nervous about being on the road, but Polly has made that first initial step so much fun!

Over on the Vintage News, we have just released a feature on ‘Vintage on Two Wheels’. We look at motorbikes from 1912 onwards, scooters, and more. I do a little interview myself at around 4 minutes in; talking about & riding Polly. You can watch it here; or if you are viewing on a tablet/mobile, the direct Youtube link is here.

Until next time dears!

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Bicycle Style

I was recently asked by the lovely Zoë from Cycle Vintage; to write a post on her wonderful blog about maintaining a vintage lifestyle (and look!) whilst cycling. You can read my ramblings over on Zoë’s blog here.

So at the weekend, I decided to don a typical ‘cycling’ outfit, and take my bicycle (named Emmy!) on a little ride around my local town. Usually I am on my own when I decide to go on bike rides, so I never get the opportunity to have any pictures taken of me with my bicycle, but for this jaunt Kieren came with me armed with his trusty camera!

The main inspirations behind my outfit were late 1950’s/early 1960’s style (which is a little later than my usual 1940’s look). Most of my outfit is original vintage, excepting the capri pants which I made myself.

As you can see from the pictures, I tied a vintage scarf around my hair to try to preserve my hairstyle as much as possible (a tip I recommend!)

Many thanks to Zoë for asking me to contribute to her blog, I feel so honoured!

Until next time dear readers!