It's been an incredible few weeks here at HSC. After 2 months of being online, we held our official launch party at Look Mum No Hands last week with an evening celebrating fashion, women and cycling. It was an amazing evening starting with leading women in the London cycling industry talking about their areas of expertise in cycling, and what inspires them to get on their bikes every day.
Sarah Morpurgo of The Bike Project, winner of Community Project of the Year at the LCC Awards earlier in the summer had lots of the women in the audience volunteering on the spot when she spoke about their work refurbishing old bikes and donating them to refugees in London to encourage them to cycle.
Framebuilder Caren Hartley of Hartley Cycles talked her way through one of her beautiful bicycle builds - many of the ladies in the audience seemed keen to get going building their own afterwards. After the talk we managed to nab her gorgeous lightweight road frame built and assembled for classic cycling festival Eroica Britannia this summer for our upcoming Brixton popup (more on this later!)
Finally, an inspirational talk by top cycling blogger Jools Walker of Velo-City-Girl about our favourite two subjects - cycling and fashion. We loved hearing about the way London has evolved its own breed of stylish women who are changing the urban cycling culture, and how these same women are also affecting change and safety for cyclists.
Afterwards, we relaxed with a wine (or two), tried to guess all 10 bike parts in London Bike Kitchen’s Bike Quiz to win a free lesson at their Haggerstown workshop (in hindsight we should have done the quiz first before drinks!) and caught up with the rest of the London cycling community.
A huge thank you to everyone who made it down, hope you had as much fun as we did!
We’re already planning the next one! Head over to our Facebook page here for more shots of the evening.
Love and happy cycling,