new bike

calivintage: new bike

guess what, you guys?! i got a new bike! i went to pick up this lovely 8 speed mixte from public bikes on friday afternoon and was so excited i could hardly contain myself. i was all amped up and ready to go for a spin, but unfortunately, the weather disagreed with a forecast of about 2 inches of rain for the weekend. i stayed indoors for most of the weekend, but low and behold, on sunday afternoon, the grey skies held the water in just long enough for me to go on a little test ride.

yep, she’s my new baby. rides like a breeze with a snazzy 8 speed internal hub so i can tackle my hilly neighborhood. and of course, it’s got upright geometry meaning i don’t have to change into high rise pants (or spandex) before i hop on because i can sit up straight while i ride. and, being the design-minded person that i am, the beautiful baby blue paint job and classy mixte frame appeal to my eye. it’s gonna be a fun summer!

shirt: j.crew silk sophie blouse
sweater: vintage cashmere sweater
dress: vintage polka dot dress
shoes: vintage salvatore ferragamo flats
bag: j.w. hulme mini legacy bag
sunglasses: karen walker number six
lipstick: ysl rouge pur in le rouge
bike: m8 courtesy of public bikes

calivintage: new bike
calivintage: new bike
calivintage: new bike
calivintage: new bike
calivintage: new bike
calivintage: new bike

78 Responses to new bike

  1. Ashley June 6, 2011 at 9:24 am #

    The bike looks great! I sort of want one but every city I live in (London, Los Angeles, D.C.) throughout the year…I’m just terrified of biking in the street. And when I drive, I’m terrified of HITTING someone on a bike. I can’t win.

    Really loving the skirt and the shoes with this outfit. It all pieces together so nicely.

  2. Helen June 6, 2011 at 9:27 am #

    What a beautiful bike! I am extremely jealous. I got mine for £5 from a carboot sale and she squeaks whenever I peddle, still love her though. x

  3. Purple Deer June 6, 2011 at 9:27 am #


  4. Jenny Morris June 6, 2011 at 9:28 am #

    this bike looks incredible. i love the color! my bike makes retched sounds every time i pull the brakes but it doesnt matter – summer biking is my number one essential!

    • Lara June 17, 2011 at 4:56 am #

      Have you tried replacing your brake pads? $5 and a couple of screws, pretty easy fix and will make you so much more confident when you can brake securely and quietly.

  5. Bella Q June 6, 2011 at 9:30 am #

    Erin- that is one SWEET ride. Beautiful bike. I’m a huuuge fan of 7, and 8 speeds, and this one is gorgeous!

  6. Robin June 6, 2011 at 9:34 am #

    Hooray for your new bike! I am glad that the weather stopped being a pain in the butt for long enough for you to enjoy it. I love this skirt on you!

  7. franca maisha June 6, 2011 at 9:36 am #

    aw the bike is great! totally fits to you :) and the b/w pic is amazing, love your skirt!!


  8. Jessie June 6, 2011 at 9:38 am #

    wow, that is one beautiful bike erin.

  9. Fi June 6, 2011 at 9:46 am #

    Wow I love your bike. I have found myself lingering over second hand bikes all afternoon. I plan to make it my mission to purchase before the month is over x

  10. Abataba June 6, 2011 at 9:55 am #

    Oh! I LOVE your new bike!

  11. Emma June 6, 2011 at 10:02 am #

    That bike is wonderful! Your outfit is simply lovely as well.

  12. Domonique June 6, 2011 at 10:07 am #

    I’ve wanted one of those bikes for the longest time!You look so cute!x

  13. tiffany. June 6, 2011 at 10:13 am #

    i LOVE the color… looks like an easter egg :)


  14. Laura June 6, 2011 at 10:22 am #

    Oh wow how incredible. I am very,very jealous.

  15. My CoCoon Vintage June 6, 2011 at 10:26 am #

    That bike is brilliant! What a colour.
    Love it. x

  16. cakesandshakes June 6, 2011 at 10:39 am #

    Oh my God, it is the BIKE of my DREAMS! I have been longing for that exact bike in that exact colour (except with a basket on the front) for so long but can’t seem to find anything other than racers or mountain bikes in the shops here. Can I ask you if you know the size of the wheels on it? I have seen these online but you have to know what is the proper size (for example, a few years ago I needed a cheap bike to get to college and accidentally bought one for teens that is too small, doh! Ended up never riding it as a result)

    • erin (calivintage) June 6, 2011 at 1:37 pm #

      the wheels are 700cc which is standard for most adult bikes. the frames come in three sizes. small is for 4’11” to 5’3″, medium is for 5’3″ – 5’8″, and large is for 5’8″ – 6’0″! i’m 5’5″ and got the size medium and it is perfect! good luck! you can check out all of the specs here:

  17. Rachel Jones June 6, 2011 at 11:02 am #

    love polka dot skirts!

  18. Megan June 6, 2011 at 11:19 am #

    I have a beach cruiser that I use all the time! My dog loves when I take him with me too! :)

  19. April June 6, 2011 at 11:23 am #

    I’m seriously considering getting one of these as I need something more lightweight than my cruiser. I love the color you chose.

  20. vio June 6, 2011 at 11:42 am #

    wonderful photos!

  21. lacee June 6, 2011 at 11:49 am #

    so very cute!! love the bike + the polka dots!

  22. Phara June 6, 2011 at 11:55 am #

    Oh, it looks amazing, I so want a minty green one.
    Have loads of fun with it!

  23. Julie June 6, 2011 at 11:58 am #

    Awesome bike! Envy!!

  24. Kristi McMurry June 6, 2011 at 12:02 pm #

    I love it! I want a bike so badly, but there’s really not a good place to ride around here :( I hope that I’ll be moving to a better biking community someday. Until then, I will just live vicariously through other bloggers! And seriously, you could not possibly look any cuter on that thing.

  25. Joy June 6, 2011 at 12:19 pm #

    This is kind of perfect. SO ADORABLE. The bike’s the cutest thing on wheels!

  26. Mallory | Storm in a Teacup June 6, 2011 at 12:22 pm #

    Oh my gosh! That bike is so perfect! I am extremely, extremely jealous. The color is so brilliant. And I love the white tires.
    I’m in the market for a new bike – I got a vintage cruiser, in a slightly different blue color from this one, but it’s single speed, and thus is not very practical.

  27. alexandragrecco June 6, 2011 at 12:31 pm #

    adorable skirt, miss! loving your blog ; )


  28. Shelby June 6, 2011 at 12:58 pm #

    that is such a nice bike. it looks a little heavy though. having a bike that can go up hills easily is a real treat that i can truly appreciate!

    • erin (calivintage) June 6, 2011 at 1:42 pm #

      it is heavier than a road bike, but i found this bike to be surprisingly lightweight! combined with the 8 speeds, this little lady is perfect for the hills where i live in oakland! this particular bike weighs 31 lbs, which is waaay better than my previous vintage raleigh cruiser that felt like it was at least 50lbs! but i definitely understand why some people prefer a road bike for all of their riding needs! i actually have a road bike (surly long haul trucker) that i use for more intense rides!

  29. marissa June 6, 2011 at 1:36 pm #

    Awwww Yeah! That’s what I’ve been waiting for! I had a feeling that that would be the one you went for, it’s adorable! I’ve been wanting the same one, except in the orange. It looks great!

  30. herecomesthesunblog June 6, 2011 at 1:46 pm #

    LOVE the paint job, looks beautiful :) Also your outfit is amazing yet again, love all your button-up shirts you’ve been wearing :) x

  31. Linzy June 6, 2011 at 2:02 pm #

    Love the outfit! It’s so cute and perfect for a Sunday bike ride! And how awesome is that bike? I’ve been trying to find a cool retro style for when I move to the bay, but for now I’ll stick to my mountain bike.

    Little Acorns

  32. Maukku June 6, 2011 at 2:05 pm #

    Wow really cool bike you’ve got there! I’m pretty jealous. Btw is that a new tattoo? What is it?

    • erin (calivintage) June 6, 2011 at 7:52 pm #

      thank you! no new tattoos, these are all the same ones i’ve had for a couple of years!

  33. Daisy June 6, 2011 at 2:14 pm #

    The second to last photo in black and white is stunning !!

  34. Ismay June 6, 2011 at 2:44 pm #

    oh gosh it’s SO beautiful

  35. northwest is best June 6, 2011 at 3:11 pm #

    She’s a beaut! Here’s my little tip for cycling in flat pumps – elastic bands around your feet to keep them in place.

  36. Jeannine Komush June 6, 2011 at 3:50 pm #

    Yes! I adore your new bike. Now, let’s hope this “June gloom” stops so we can all enjoy riding our bikes around town.

  37. Kellie June 6, 2011 at 3:54 pm #

    That is an amazing bike! You’re going to have such a fun summer with it!

  38. Roxanne June 6, 2011 at 3:56 pm #

    Oh my goodness! That bike is as lovely and original as your outfit. I love everything about this. Especially your little pin!

  39. Teal @ Expecting Chic June 6, 2011 at 4:36 pm #

    *squee* The print of that dress makes me think of Julia Roberts in the polo scene in Pretty Woman, a dress that I still covet to this day. I love it!

  40. Victoria/Justice Pirate June 6, 2011 at 4:43 pm #

    you always pick the nicest bikes! Very lovely!!

  41. cb June 6, 2011 at 4:49 pm #

    yay you got a public bike! nice! and i love the baby blue with the orange too! i need to go test one of their bikes out, i have been meaning to but just haven’t gotten around to it! you look adorable in that outfit riding your pretty new wheels!


  42. Kelly June 6, 2011 at 5:19 pm #

    Looks amazing … as do you xo

  43. Rebecca June 6, 2011 at 5:50 pm #

    What a gorgeous steed!! Let us know how you go ont hose hills – their site says it is great for that, but it looks heavy! I am looking for a good road bike for Sydney hills… so I’d love to hear how yours goes! :)

    • erin (calivintage) June 6, 2011 at 7:54 pm #

      so far so good! with 8 speeds, i find that this is fine for the hills here in oakland, though i do have a road bike for more intense rides! but i like this one for more casual riding and it’s not heavy for a cruiser!

  44. emelia z. June 6, 2011 at 6:28 pm #

    Oohwee, that is one sweet ride. You are a lucky girl.

  45. amanda June 6, 2011 at 7:13 pm #

    you and that bike were made for each other. these are some of your best photos :)

  46. Jessica June 6, 2011 at 7:28 pm #

    Perfect baby blue color! You will definitely have a great summer with that sweet bike. Love how you layered here and the polka dots. xoxo

  47. Dwan C June 6, 2011 at 9:43 pm #

    FANTASTIC! That blue is stunning. Bravo

  48. Meghan June 6, 2011 at 11:33 pm #

    that bike is as adorable as you are!

  49. Chaucee June 6, 2011 at 11:55 pm #

    Wow it looks great Erin! The color is beautiful.

  50. Ilana June 7, 2011 at 3:28 am #

    that is a gorgeous bike I love the colour so different! I am thinking of taking up cycling just as something to do to wind down. Looks like you are having so much fun!
    I love your dress too so cute :)

    XX Ilana

  51. Lauren June 7, 2011 at 7:53 am #

    Your outfit is perfect! I love how cute it is, but comfortable looking for bike riding. I am inspired by this look! I might have to copy-cat it!! :D

    Yay on the new bike! I am super jealous– it is BEAUTIFUL.

    <3 L

  52. hannah June 7, 2011 at 9:58 am #

    seriously the cutest. you picked the best color! someday i’ll save up for a public bike..

  53. Jamie Rose June 7, 2011 at 11:41 am #

    That sweater pairs so nicely with the polka dot skirt! Great bike pictures too!

  54. Lady Moriarty June 7, 2011 at 12:18 pm #

    So pretty !

    You should come to Berlin, everybody’s got a bike here, and they are almost all this pretty
    See U !

  55. Marissa June 7, 2011 at 6:33 pm #

    the color of that bike is a dream color, its perfect.

    xx M

  56. amy June 7, 2011 at 9:46 pm #

    gorgeous, gorgeous bike

  57. Aubrey June 8, 2011 at 12:13 am #

    cute bike! I need to do a post with mine when the weather warms up! love it

  58. melissa June 8, 2011 at 12:37 am #

    those photos are wonderful as well as your look, wow!

  59. Kallie June 8, 2011 at 3:13 am #

    THat bike is completely droolworthy! I’m dying for a bike that I can sit up on and not flash everyone ;) Also, whenever you wear that polka dot dress I smile, its just so pretty.

  60. orchid Grey June 8, 2011 at 11:49 am #

    ahh, that bike is dreamy, I love the color so much! Also your bike style is always impeccable, I never look that fantastic.

    We’re hosting a swap in your area at the end of june and I would love to see you again!

  61. Samantha June 8, 2011 at 1:33 pm #

    Sweet! I received this same bike in the cream color as a graduation/moving to Portland, OR gift. I find the 8-speed perfect for the hills and I LOVE the internal hub – shifting at a stop light to start faster?? Yes please!

    I’m wondering if your chains make noise against the chainguard – it’s not a structural issue just a little noisy.

  62. Kate June 8, 2011 at 5:40 pm #

    Congrats on the new bike!! It’s adorable! Also adorable? Your sweet little polka dot skirt! Love it!!

  63. Emily June 8, 2011 at 8:10 pm #

    I’m guessing that brooch is vintage…it’s too awesome to not be.

    • erin (calivintage) June 8, 2011 at 9:39 pm #

      it’s actually not! i got it at a gift shop in the redwood forest here in california for like $5!

  64. tara-lynn June 9, 2011 at 11:33 am #

    love pic #6, ps.enid just learnt to ride w/out her training wheels!

  65. Mike June 9, 2011 at 11:55 am #

    Very cool, we match… but I have a blue D1.


  66. Senta June 9, 2011 at 12:16 pm #

    Looooove the colour of your bike! So stylish.

  67. Jenny Leggings June 10, 2011 at 4:57 pm #

    the bike is awesome and you look DEVINE!!!

  68. zoe, lion heart vintage June 14, 2011 at 9:48 am #

    SO BEAUTIFUL! that bike is pretty much flawless. it’s totally inspiring me to fix mine up!

  69. Lara June 17, 2011 at 4:53 am #

    What a gorgeous bike! How do you manage to keep your skirt down while you ride?–I’m really struggling with that issue lately so I could use some tips!

  70. emily June 26, 2011 at 11:56 am #

    great bike! and i totally want to steal your E pin!!!

  71. Danielle July 12, 2011 at 5:32 am #

    i’ve been thinking about getting a public bike for a while now. i love the color of yours! i’m thinking of getting mine in either that or the orange. see yours makes me want to get mine even more!

  72. Emma H July 18, 2011 at 9:53 am #

    I see you made it onto the fuckyeahgirlsandbikes tumblr
    I recognised your style, tattoo and bike instantly! Am trying to be more cycle chic myself but we’ve been having crazy rain showers in London. Dry-day cycle chic only at the moment and the dreaded leggings and a vest (tank top?) on other days…

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