Bike Week Giveaway

Today I’m celebrating Bike Week by bringing you a bicycle themed giveaway! I have been collecting these goodies for a little while now and it seems like the perfect time to share them. Bike-Week-Giveaway-Claireabellemakes

The giveaway includes the following prizes:


Last year I contributed 3 projects to Craft Bomb Your Bike. It was such a fun book to be involved with!


I have a copy of this book and I love it. It shares tips for selecting the right bike and advice for cycling in style.


Of course it wouldn’t be a bicycle giveaway if it didn’t include some goodies from the Claireabellemakes shop!


The giveaway is open worldwide and closes on 29 June. Genuine followers only please! Just enter on the widget below. Good luck and happy cycling!

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Bike Week 2015: My Favourite Bicycle Posts

Bike Week starts today and is a week long series of events and campaigns to encourage cycling across the UK. So I thought I’d take the opportunity to round up some of my favourite bicycled themed posts that have appeared here on the blog in the last couple of years.

Stay in touch for a bicycle themed giveaway next week too!

DIY-Tassel-Bike-BasketDIY Tassel Bike Basket


Bicycle Decoration Ideas


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Summer Bike Style

Yarn Bombed Bike Wheel

Yarn Bombing a Bike Wheel

DIY Pom Pom Bike Basket

DIY Pom Pom Bike Basket


Tour De France comes to Cambridge

DIY Bike Basket Bunting by claireabellemakes

DIY Bicycle Basket Bunting


Bicycle Bracelets by Claireabellemakes

I’ll be cycling every day as usual during Bike Week, but I hope you all have a chance to go for a bike ride too! If you need inspiration, you can also take a look at my favourite bicycle finds on my Pinterest board below.

Follow Claireabellemakes’s board I want to ride my bicycle on Pinterest.



Photo Walk: Spring Time Flowers and Bicycles

There’s something about every season in Cambridge that makes me love it even more than the year before. In Spring, it is definitely the flowers!! There are so many green spaces and gorgeous parks that are filled with colourful blooms.

I’ve called this post a ‘photo walk’, but in fact it was a photo cycle! Here are some images of Florence enjoying the flowers. I had to include her yearly photo shoot with the wisteria. It smells AMAZING.

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You can see my previous floral photo walk/cycle posts here and here. I love how the tulip colours in this park change every year!

Oh, and here is Florence’s wisteria picture from last year, her basket was naked as she was quite new! I think the flowers are much fuller too.


I do look forward to some summer photo walks, I think I’ll be punting and picnic-ing lots! What’s the best thing about where you live in the Spring time?



DIY Tassel Bike Basket

Every Spring I like to give my bicycle a little update. When the sun comes out it feels like the perfect time to think of a new bike basket decoration. At the weekend, Florence’s basket pom poms were removed and some tassels took their place.


I decided to use cotton dk yarn in baby blue and white.


Rather than detailing how I made the tassels, I will just direct you to this great tutorial I used by Anna of Crafting Fingers.


They are almost as addictive as making pom poms!


Then I just tied the tassels onto my bike basket with a knot. Simple!

DIY-Tassel-Bicycle-BasketLuckily the sun was out when I popped out to take these photos by the river, but it sure was windy!

Cat-Bicycle-Bell Do you think I should add any more to the sides of the basket? I think it might need more….


What do you think? I am really looking forward to sunny bike rides at the weekends when the weather picks up. I’ve also been inspired by Lisa and have decided to take up roller skating as a new hobby. Wish me luck!




Tourist In Cambridge #5

Cambridge looks the most pretty in summer, but it is magical in the winter sun too. The ice rink arrives in the city in November and this year we had an outdoor Food Park with independent vendors and festive treats.

I took a photo tour on my bicycle one chilly afternoon to add to the Tourist In Cambridge series with a festive post.


There were lots of traditional wreaths on the cottage doors.


We added our new fabric wreath to the door for Christmas.


Florence has been out and about with me in the cold and her pom poms are holding up well.


Even in the winter chill, people make the most of the many green spaces around the city.


I love spotting bicycle decorations and especially love this Pink Pashley with floral bunting on the basket.Pink-Pashley-Bicycle

The Fitzwilliam Museum always manages to look grand whatever the weather, but it is especially majestic in the low winter sunshine.Fitzwilliam-Museum-Cambridge

We don’t buy a real tree because of our cat, but I love the smell!

This cycle counter is a great addition to the city. The lit up display really wouldn’t photograph well – there had actually been 514 cyclists. Not many, but most of the students had left the city for the holidays at this point in mid December.


I love the quirky bikes you can spot around the city. I was at the traffic lights on my bike when I quickly snapped this strange mode of transport!


I hope the winter sun lasts. We had a super sunny Christmas day, it was perfect for a walk along the river and around the city.


I plan to continue this series into 2015, perhaps with some features on local favourites such as cafes and shops. Do comment if there is something or somewhere in the city you would like to see!

What do you love about where you live?