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    BELLS BY THE SEA — Bronx

    Small Is Beautiful - The Bronx Epic and the Tokyo Bike Bisou

    Did you know that 1 in 3 women in the UK are under 5'2"? And yet the choice when choosing a bicycle is shocking. Everyone who falls into this group can understand the frustration when looking for a bike. Do you teeter on tip toes on a full size ladies frame or settle for a childs bike complete with flames and streamers?

    So we at Bells have taken it on as our mission to find beautiful, fun and practical bikes to be enjoyed by cyclists tall or small.

    Studies suggest that taller people are more likely to partake in and be better at sports so more money is pumped into bicycle manufacturing for this group. Well, not only do we think this is unfair but we will proudly declare that Bells Bicycles isn't about sports. So let's consider all sizes equally. 

    For those wanting a traditional ride the Bronx Epic is perfect. The upright positioning allows for upright posture while the 6 speed derallieur gears mean it is surprising good on hills. 

     

    Plus it's gorgeous! It comes complete with wicker basket pannier rack and large ding dong bell all for £295 which we think is excellent!

    It has a 16" frame which is slightly smaller than the smallest current ladies frame (17") The beauty of the Epic is how adjustable it is it due to the extra long seat post and a decent gap between the saddle and handlbars. It can fit anyone from 4'10" right up to 5'6"!

    If your looking for something more light weight and speedy, the super cool TokyoBike Bisou is fabulous. Designed with Japanese people and narrow Tokyo streets in mind the frames come in slightly smaller sizes. So this 16" frame is perfect for anyone from 4,10" up to 5,4".

    TokyoBike is a small independent company who own a beautiful shop in Shoreditch London. They have been kind enough to let us introduce Tokyo style to Sussex. See our ladies bike section for the amazing range of colours. These are two of our favourites.

    So there we have it, any one with other suggestions for small cyclists would be much appreciated.

    Bells By The Sea: over and out.

    Music to get the wheels spinning!

     

    What do you get if you cross two guitars and a drumkit and some stylish young musicians with bicycles? No, there is no punchline, but on
    Saturday the 6th October, Bells Bicycles hosted some very special guests at their Hastings shop, a St Leonards based trio who go by the name of The Mariners, who play folk, blues and punk and sing about love, loss, society and seafaring. Heavily influenced by folk and indie-punk with a skiffle-ish feel, the band centres around the song writing partnership of Andy and Carl, with Tom providing tight and expressive rhythm. Playing to a lively crowd, the trio entertained their audience with a variety of their own songs and their take on some of our old favourites. 

     

    Set against a backdrop of our beautiful vintage inspired bicycles, it was a great setting and not only were the band able to showcase their songs, the bicycles stood proud too. A fabulous clash and collaboration of music and bicycles, something not to be missed next time! This hopefully will be the start of Bells branching out into holding more events like this, so if this interests you or you have any ideas, why not drop us a line at hello@bicycleinfo.co.uk?        

    The People Portraits

     For years Bells have admired the beauty of the bicycle. We've snapped more bicycle potraits than we can count and quite frankly we think there is something missing: the owners!

    It's the riders that bring the bikes to life and each bike tells us so much about the person who has chosen it. Their lifestyle, style and priorities. We thought it high time we shone the light on the riders themselves, thus Bells People Portraits is born!

    Here are some of our favourites:

     

    Andy and his Tokyo Bike.

     

    Martha and her Cheeky Chic.

     

    Martin and his Tokyo Bike.

     

    Meri and Arthur on their Bobbin Brownie.