spring forward.

spring forward / sfgirlbybay

spring has sprung — so it’s time to get outside and embrace it! the lovely folks at papillionaire bicycles invited me to share their vintage-inspired dutch style city bikes with you, so i thought it was the perfect opportunity to create my very own easter-like parade. i’ve had this idea floating around my brain for a while now, and i knew the ideal person to bring my vision to life was kiana of tulipina floral design, so i turned over the wicker bike basket and let her work her magic. then i asked cindy loughridge to cruise around the neighborhood with me, so to speak, and capture the beauty of my papillionaire bike in all it’s spring glory. everywhere we went people stopped us to ask what we were up to, and admire my beautiful bike — so much fun!

spring forward / sfgirlbybay
i chose the sleek black sommer style bike with a leather seat and grips — i liked its ‘beach cruiser’ style and upright sitting positioning — making it a really smooth, easy ride through the city streets. but you can build your bike anyway you like — you can customize the color, accessories to important stuff like the number of gears best for getting around your terrain. Papillionaire Bicycles was founded in Australia in 2009 by Alan Caras, he was soon joined by his sister, Nicola Baker. together, their aim is to integrate bike-riding seamlessly into your everyday life, Whether you’re in jeans, a dress, a suit or flip-flops, they want to make riding a Papillionaire easy, clean and fun — bringing classic European design to the streets of the United states and across the globe. Drop into their Brooklyn location, check out their dealers, or visit them online — they offer free shipping across the U.S.

spring forward / sfgirlbybay

spring forward / sfgirlbybay

spring forward / sfgirlbybay

spring forward / sfgirlbybay

spring forward / sfgirlbybay

spring forward / sfgirlbybay

spring forward / sfgirlbybay

spring forward / sfgirlbybay

• photography by cindy loughridge for sfgirlbybay.

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27 Responses to “spring forward.”
  1. that bike! those flowers! perfection.

  2. Anna @ D16 says:

    Well, if this isn’t the cutest post ever…!! <3

  3. Sar-sar Lou says:

    You remind me of myself! Hubby bought me a Pendleton Somerby bike, I would
    purposely buy French baguettes and flowers so I cold look all twee!
    I still love how it’s bluebell colour turns heads when I cycle down the seafront!
    This look suits you!!! :-)
    Vintage style rocks!

  4. Greenderella says:

    Who would not wanna ditch their car to ride this awesome bike! Looks like so much fun! :-)

  5. Motte says:

    ooh I love it! The whole ensemble is simply perfect! I can’t believe the bike didn’t topple over from the weight of all those gorgeous flowers though :)
    x Motte

  6. Eva says:

    Wow!! Looks like you had a lot of fun with this! You look so cute and so does the bike and the flowers!! I love this post!

  7. kbw says:

    All the other replies said it for me, but I want to say it, too — LOVE this post, the happiness floating through the ether courtesy of these beautiful pics. I’m in the market right now for a Dutch cargo bike (to transport a disabled child — though he’d eat all the flowers … silly boy), so it felt providential on this gorgeous spring day to see you in your pink sneakers wearing that lovely smile behind that insanely gorgeous floral display on your new bike! Really — one of the world’s happiest posts. Thank you.

  8. Kari says:

    I love vintage bikes! The fact that it is so overloaded with flowers makes it that much more appealing!

  9. Happy Hazel says:

    Aww….What a Beautiful Bike! You look so lovely! <3

  10. whitney says:

    Oh my gosh those FLOWERS! What gorgeous photos, and a very pretty bike as well!

  11. Kristi Craig says:

    Those flowers! Oh my goodness! Perfectly lovely. Perfectly spring.


  12. Anna says:

    omg LOVE, love this!!! this bike is perfection <3<3


  13. Ellen says:

    For a color-starved East-coaster like me – I have to say this was the most beautiful post ever! It was joy on wheels. It made me think that Spring just might come. I read your blog each morning while I have my coffee and this is the first time that I’ve commented bc I just had to! Thanks for such a gorgeous and happy way to start the day.

  14. nicole says:

    love this post! and love the fab kimono you are rock’en, where is it from?

  15. Emma Howard says:

    Love the floral arrangement! This series of fantastic photos is beautiful and inspiring to me as a rider of a vintage steel bicycle. Are you riding the single , 3 or 8 speed Sommer?

  16. thefolia says:

    You would have put a grand ole smile on my face if I saw you cycling on my block. Happy cycling!

  17. Terry says:

    This is the freshest,most delightful bit of product styling I’ve seen in ages. You look fantastic.
    Love the pink shoes with the spring posies. Thanks!

  18. Ileana says:

    What a beautiful bike and photos. While you looked so glamorous with your hair flying, I hope you wear in helmet in real life. Nice post.

  19. Kait says:

    I have to admit I’m the laziest person in the world, but if I had a bike like that even I would go outside and ride it everywhere!

  20. Love it! This is exactly the type of thing we love at http://www.glowinggarage.com. This post and the images do a great job in illustrating the essence of design as it intersects with cycling. The clean, fresh and real aesthetic draws us into wanting to ride our bikes to the farmer’s market this weekend while doing a superb job at announcing the arrival of the new season. Having lived in San Francisco for years, we can totally connect with the sweet weather joy that cycling, fresh flowers and San Francisco can bring. You get a Glowing Garage two thumbs up. Thanks for the post!

  21. Preet says:

    This just makes me want to buy a bike and stroll around streets of italy

  22. A B MEHTA says:


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