Tour De France Comes To Cambridge

The famous Tour de France cycling race came to the UK this year with Stage 3 beginning in Cambridge, travelling through Essex and ending on The Mall in London.

I headed into the city centre to soak up the amazing atmosphere in Cambridge. I took some Claireabellemakes flyers and found crowds of bike loving people to pass them out to. I even met a lovely blog reader by chance too. Hello if you are reading this!!

This is a photo heavy post, but I hope you enjoy what I managed to capture.

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Crowds gathered at the starting point from early in the morning.

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Cycling groups were out in their masses.

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We spotted a Penny Farthing Bicycle close to the starting point. It was really difficult to see the cyclists as they started due to the crowds.

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I had a good chat with the Tour Makers who were also enjoying the fabulous weather.

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The crowds were a sea of yellow and polka dot in celebration of the day.

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The queue for the official Tour de France merchandise was apparently 2 hours long!

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When Team Sky signed in before the race there was a big cheer from the crowds.

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This man had the best bicycle t-shirt I had seen all day and seemed chuffed I asked for a photo (much to the amusement of his wife).

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T-shirt available from NOTHS

I was so pleased to see my friends were wearing their bicycle bracelets.

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The shops in the city were getting into the spirit too. A local bike shop had a fun decoration!

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A friend and I did a little shopping after the race and spotted this beautiful gold Bobbin Bramble bike in the window of our favourite fabric shop.

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The atmosphere was great and the weather perfect for a day out. In a city where one in 5 journeys is on a bicycle, it felt like a great moment to be a Cambridge resident.

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Did you follow the race this weekend? I’m still gutted Cav is out!

Toodles!

Claire

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Customised Polka Dot Bike Helmet

It’s Bike Week here in the UK and I’ve decided it’s officially OK for me to indulge in my bicycle obsession! I want to share my customised polka dot bike helmet with you today as well as a selection of pretty hand painted bike helmets.

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I recently purchased a helmet in the sale in an independent bike shop here in Cambridge. £25 down from £50! But it was plain old white…..boring.

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I decided to go for a gold polka dot bike helmet and promptly ordered some decals from this Etsy store. This DIY was as easy as sticking the decals on. I also added a visor to my helmet to shelter my eyes from the typical British rain.

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It’s definitely cuter now! If you don’t fancy customising your bike helmet, you could get one of these fabulous ones instead. I wonder if it is OK for one to have a selection of helmets to choose from?! I am certainly getting that way with my satchels, oops!

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1) Hand Painted Apple Bike Helmet / 2) Hand Painted Honeycomb Helmet

3) Sawako Furuno Ribbon Cycling Helmet / 4) Sawako Furuno Floral Helmet

5) Silver Sparkle Bike Helmet

Are you sick of me talking about bike things yet? No? One more thing – a year since the Bicycle Bracelets were launched, 250 have been made. I think they are officially the signature product now! They were even featured in this recent You Tube video by Karen Kavett which I was so chuffed about. Thank you to everyone who has purchased one!

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Toodles!

Claire

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Summer Is Coming

Summer is well and truly on the way in Cambridge. I feel the summer anticipation at this time of year as my day job completes another academic yearly cycle. G and I have booked to watch the May Week fireworks from punting boats and we will try to enjoy the sunshine at weekends in our magical, postcard worthy city.

Here are a few snaps I’ve taken on my cycle home from work recently.

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I’ve never been so in love with a place before.

Toodles!

Claire

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Claireabellemakes Bicycle Necklaces

There are some new arrivals in the Etsy store! Are you sick of me talking about bicycles yet…..? Just a quick update today I promise.

These bicycle necklaces are available in bronze or silver colours and are 9 inches in length.

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The limited edition Tour De France Bicycle Bracelets have also been selling well!

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And finally, the bicycle bracelets are also available in lilac as well as the usual rainbow of colours!

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Which one is your favourite? Mine changes all the time. Why not visit the Claireabellemakes Etsy store to decide?!

Toodles!

Claire

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All The Bicycles

This week it’s been all about the bicycles. What week isn’t for Claireabellemakes?!

I’ve been making a whole ton of Bicycle Bracelets for my new stockist and enjoying the pre Tour De France bicycle activity around Cambridge city centre. There is a great knitted bunting project happening in Cambridge (#CamBuntingTdF), more info here if you’d like to get involved!

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There has also been a new colour added to the selection of Bicycle Bracelets on offer in the Etsy store! This lilac hue is becoming a firm favourite of mine and it’s been creeping into my Instagram feed lately.

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Tour De France banners are being displayed around the city.

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The sunshine has been out most of the week!

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Wine shops, pubs and cafes use bicycles to advertise in the street.

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A close up of those banners.

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Pretty blue pashley bicycle near the day job.

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I hope you enjoyed a little bicycle excitement from me today. Soon I’ll be helping G pick out a new set of wheels for our summer bike rides (can’t wait) and I heard this week that my day job is likely to close on TDF day due to the road closures in the city. I can’t contain my bike excitement!

I also have some SUPER exciting bicycle craft news for you soon. A  secret project will be revealed…..

Oh and have you entered my craft giveaway yet? It’s a good ‘un.

Toodles!

Claire

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