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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.


Meanwhile in the Netherlands... March 05 2016

Parent and child riding on bike past flowers

Spring flowers have started popping up in Holland and Dutch people are out riding their bikes enjoying this sensual feast. Here, the Philadelphia Flower Show marks the unofficial beginning of spring. Thousands of people flock to the show because there's nothing like looking at and smelling flowers to put one in a seasonal mood. The actual first day of spring isn't far away though, just another 15 days. Now's a good time to get your bike tuned up or buy a new one so you're ready to go when the warm weather decides to stick around. We carry a large assortment of products to make your bike practical like the one pictured. We have oodles of baskets and panniers (a great way to transport your garden flowers) from Basil, Ortlieb, Wald, and more.  Since you'll want to bring your kid along to help you choose between red tulips or pink hyacinth, we have seats for one year olds on up (like the one pictured above) from Yepp and Bobike. And we get new stuff in all the time.


The Wald 1372 Basket: Sublime Utility January 17 2016

We've read somewhere that the paper clip is one of the most important inventions ever. And how could it not be? Wire bent into a useful shape that makes our lives easier. Simple and elegant. Sublime utility. The Wald 1372 basket is like that paper clip. Wald Sports has been in business since 1904. While they started making bicycle tire tube repair kits, it wasn't long before they realized the usefulness of a bike basket. We agree, of course. Carrying stuff on your bike is far better than on your back. And far safer than slinging a bag over your handlebar. They make wire baskets for the front and rear of bikes, in different shapes and sizes but our favorite is the 1372. It's not huge, it measures 15" by 10" and 5" deep. Don't underestimate the power of the small basket. They handle better than big ones that can be unwieldy, especially fully loaded. Combine it with a bungee cord (another great invention) or cargo net and you can carry a lot of gear without worrying about things bouncing out. There are oodles of bags and liners on the market made especially to fit the 1372. Wald make their own but you can buy handmade versions from local Philly craftswomen like Fabric Horse. The struts that mount to the axles give it extra support compared to a lift-off basket that hangs on the handlebar alone. Smaller bike frames won't accommodate a larger or deeper basket but the 1372 fits on just about any size bike with straight or upright bars. Made of steel it comes in a zinc finish (like the paper clip) or gloss black. As for the price? It's $25, probably the least expensive bike basket on the market considering it's craftmanship. And it's made in America. In Maysville, Kentucky to be exact. So when you're considering adding a basket to your bike (and you should) don't overlook the Wald 1372. Always in stock.


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.