Cyclist Beastie, with Helmet - CrawCrafts Beasties

A Freewheelin’ New Beastie!

It’s been a while since we last met a new Beastie, hasn’t it?

Let’s fix that right now!

I wonder who this laid-back woolly dude is?Who's That Beastie? CrawCrafts BeastiesAha! It’s Cyclist Beastie! Here, I’ll see if I can get him to take off those wraparound shades so he can say hello properly.
Cyclist Beastie, by CrawCrafts Beasties
Much better! As you can see, this handsome fellow is all ready for a day in the saddle – he’s wearing a zip-up racing top (that coincidentally matches the one his new human cycling buddy wears) and he has a tasty snack on hand for whenever his energy levels start to dip.
Cyclist Beastie's Energy Bar - CrawCrafts BeastiesBut wait a sec… Aren’t you forgetting something, Cyclist Beastie?
Cyclist Beastie's Helmet, by CrawCrafts Beasties
That’s more like it!
Cyclist Beastie, in proper cycling kit! CrawCrafts BeastiesCyclist Beastie’s helmet is built to be sturdy and comfortable – the padding protecting his head is needle felted into place, to ensure an excellent snug fit! That said, I did have to leave a little gap to ensure that he could still wear his sunglasses too when he’s biking on sunny summer days!
Cyclist Beastie's Shades and Helmet, by CrawCrafts BeastiesI reckon he’s just about ready to mount up and hit the road!
Cyclist Beastie, all dressed up and ready to go! CrawCrafts Beasties(Although hopefully not literally – let’s hope he learns from his new family, rather than taking too strongly after his maker!)

Are there any other keen cyclists out there? Or are you more of a disaster on two wheels (like me)? Let us know in the comments!

We’ll be back next week with more monster shenanigans… It will be Hallowe’en, after all! Have a spook-tacular week, everybody!

On Yer Bike!


Cyclist Beastie by CrawCrafts BeastiesI have to admit that I’m more of a walker than a cyclist… I rarely fall off my feet, but I have a patchwork of scars on my knees that testify to my apparent inability to get from A to B on two wheels. That said, I do know a good few bike enthusiasts – everyone else in my immediate family, for starters – so when I was called upon to kit out a Cyclist Beastie recently, I had plenty of source material to work with!

The first thing I had to tackle (and probably the most daunting) was making a Beastie-sized cycling helmet. Anyone who looked in through my window while I was trying to figure out the template must have wondered what on earth I was up to – squeezing invisible fruit? Seated tai chi? Complete mental breakdown? Still, it must have worked…
Cyclist Beastie's Helmet by CrawCrafts Beasties

The helmet has four air vents in the top to keep Beastie’s head cool, and is constructed from two layers of felt with stuffing in between to protect his head from knocks… just in case he takes after me! Here he is modelling it…
Cyclist Beastie modelling his cycling helmet - CrawCrafts BeastiesCyclist Beastie's Cycling Helmet by CrawCrafts BeastiesHe also looks equally good without it, of course.
Cyclist Beastie without his helmet - CrawCrafts Beasties
And, as a final touch, I thought I’d give him a Beastie-sized energy bar – just to keep him going on those tiring uphill slogs!
Cyclist Beastie's high-fibre energy bar - CrawCrafts Beasties
Now all he has to do is try to remember where he left his bike!Cyclist Beastie with bikes - CrawCrafts Beasties

Cyclist Beastie was commissioned as a surprise Valentine’s Day gift, but I was the one who ended up being surprised by him! After he left home, the next time I saw him was when he popped up here.
Cyclist Beastie on the Alimay Sports Blog!
Thanks to Cian at Alimay Sports for introducing Cyclist Beastie to the wider biking community… I honestly wasn’t expecting him to make his mark on the cycling world so early in his career. Hopefully he’s settling in well in his new home… and not eating all the PowerBars!