'Tis The Season: Bicycle Gift Ideas (Part II) December 15 2016
Little bicycle accessories go a long way and are a big hit with cycling family members and friends. Lighting up the bike is particularly important when the days are short and the nights are long. Portland Design Works makes the Fenderbot that mounts to a rear fender and stays put, Knog Frog lights attach and detach easily to the handlebar and seat post and come in fun colors to mix or match, and CatEye's Omni 3 (front, rear, or both) is a big bright light with various flash modes at an affordable price. It's also nice to be heard once in a while and a bell does the trick. Dutch company Yepp's big ding-dong bell is super loud and the black and white tadpole (?) graphic is an eye catcher. Less obtrusive but still fun are Nutcase bells that come in an assortment of bright designs. For the more classic rider, a brass bell whether shiny or matte looks and sounds elegant. Riding in a dress or suit can be a worry for for some folks but the Tandem NY Skirt Weight will keep dresses and skirts from flying up or an ankle strap made locally by Kaori Ikeuchi of colorful Japanese cotton will keep trousers out of a greasy chain. Pick up a bottle cage or two, not just in boring black or silver but in a seasonally appropriate hue. For the home or roadside mechanic a pair or tire levers come in handy for flat fixes. Quik Stik Elite tire levers are shop favorites. How about a place to stash those levers and a patch kit. Green Guru's Clincher Mini Frame Bag is made of recycled materials and will do the job. Kids like fun stuff on their bikes and nothing screams fun like a couple of Trik Topz Smiley Face valve caps. Lastly, maybe your cyclist giftee has it all. A set of three magnets adorned with Brooklyn based artist Taliah Lempert's work are delightful and practical. Come to the shop and check out the goods pictured plus lots more.
'Tis The Season: Bicycle Gift Ideas (Part I) December 03 2016
We have lots of bikes that would make great gifts: for your wheelie well behaved teenager how about a greatly sought after SE Big Ripper, or for your city hopping commuter a Brompton folding bike would be perfect, or perhaps the whole family deserves one big Babboe Curve cargo tricycle. But if a new bike isn't in your budget, we have on a smaller scale (and easier on the wallet) these lovely bicycle prints by Brooklyn artist Taliah Lempert. Tahliah is renowned for her bicycle portrait paintings. We have a numerous assortment of her colorful prints that would look good on any wall in your house. They come numbered and matted with prices starting at $25. We also have some magnet sets, temporary tattoos, and note cards that she's adorned. Prices start at $5.00. Come to the shop to see what we have.
Taliah Lempert: Bicycle Paintings and Prints September 27 2016
Our good friend Taliah Lempert will be bringing some of her recent paintings and prints to show in our shop on Friday October 7th, coinciding with First Friday Kensington. You can stop in and say hello to Taliah and maybe even pick up one of her colorful works on that night. We are happy that the very busy Taliah can swing down from Brooklyn because next month ArtBike! kicks off in the city where various venues in Old City, Northern Liberties, and Fishtown will display all sorts of artwork inspired by the all great and powerful bicycle. Make sure to get out, hop on your bike, and check it out. ArtBike! ends on Friday, November 6th, the eve of the 2016 Philadelphia Bike Expo, where, once again, we'll be hosting a party to kick-off the weekend.