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Turn Your Existing Bike Into a Transport Bike with a Porteur Rack March 11 2016

old photograph of man transporting newspapers on bicycle

Paris newspapers were traditionally delivered by bicycle using a porteur or transport rack. It's a flat rack that mounts to the front of the bike usually at the fork, sometimes the handle bars, with support struts mounted at the axle or lower down on the fork. Because it's flat it can work with drop bars where a basket won't fit and it allows you to carry over size loads like a stack of newspapers or, more likely, a case of beer. We carry four of these style racks. Wald Multi-fit aka pizza rack $52 attaches to your handlebar so better suited to a bike with upright bars. It's extra wide with a low rail on three sides and has axle mounted support struts. The Origin8 Platform rack $62 is made of aluminum and sits lower than the Wald rack because it attaches to the top of the fork. It has adjustable struts and no rails to get in the way. Basil's Portland Rack comes without side rails $80 or with rails for $95 and has it's own wide canvas cargo strap. Velo Orange's Porteur Rack $162 is the most authentic of the three. Made of polished stainless steel tubing so it won't rust and comes with an optional rail. It can can be used in conjunction with front panniers to carry even more. Remember you'll need something to keep all that stuff on the rack. We have an assortment of bungees and cargo straps to choose from.


While The Reindeer Are Off Duty... December 18 2014

While the reindeer only work eight hour days, five days a week, Santa goes 24/7 delivering your gifts on his bicycle. Bet you didn't know that. We have lots of great gift items to throw in your basket, like locks from Abus, cool and colorful helmets by Nutcase, locally made cycling caps by Alloneword, kids balaclavas (also made in Philly) from Rebourne, Flip Flop balance bikes from Yuba, classic cycling bags from Carradice, and much, much more. Don't have a basket (or rack or pannier bags?) We've tons of options from Ortlieb, Racktime, Wald, and Basil (to name a few.) Better yet, we have cargo bikes from Pashley, Soma, Xtracycle, Yuba, and Gazelle, to get even more stuff home. Don't know what to get? We have gift cards too!


Let Your Bike Carry The Load January 17 2014

While a cargo bike is a great way to lug things around town we do have smaller options that work with just about any bicycle to tote your stuff. Tons of panniers, baskets and bags (and the racks to mount them on) to get the weight off your back and let your bike do the work. Germany's Racktime makes stylish bags that clip into their own front or rear racks for a completely integrated, strong, and secure carrying system. For those who want to make a bold statement, Basil from the Netherlands offers water resistant panniers in bright and colorful florals or simpler color blocks for graphic pop. Here in the USA, Green Guru is recycling old bicycle inner tubes and advertising banners for their panniers. As for front baskets, you'll find the trust worthy Wald basket (still made in America) does the job, Basil makes colorful lift off baskets (we have one in yellow) or for larger gear we've got a market rack from Civia. And that's not all. Come by the shop to see the rest of our collection or call for pricing.