'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.
If You Can't Stand the Heat... July 28 2016
Dreaming of escaping the sweltering heat of the city to a cool verdant oasis? Hop on your bike and with your friends and family head to the country for a picnic. For us in Philadelphia heading to the nearest expanse of green and quiet isn't far at all. Fairmount Park has over 9000 acres of parkland right within the city limits. You'll easily find a shady grove to settle down and enjoy the sights and gentle sounds of mother nature. In some spots, like Cresheim Valley Creek pictured, you'd never know you were still in a major metropolis.
We have the bikes and gear just right for transporting your picnic fare. Green Guru make bags and panniers out of recycled materials. Try their Carbon Cooler to keep food from spoiling.
A crate on a rear rack is a great solution for hauling beverages. Pure City's wooden crate fits beautifully on the rear rack of a Pure City Bourbon and is perfect for carrying a six pack of your favorite sip.
Green Guru has been up-cycling old inner tubes and banners to make colorful and super practical bags to haul your groceries, beer, or whatever for a few years now. We like that they do this and that they're made right here in the USA. Win and win. We just got a new shipment of assorted bags in various sizes, shapes, and hot colors including the Dutchy Pannier and Touring Townie Handlebar Bag pictured. New items include the Upshift and Mini Clincher Frame Bags, the small Clutch and Transition Saddlebags for essentials only, and their new Andromeda Tote Bag that doubles as a pannier, very roomy and very stylish. Plus we have backpacks and top tube protectors. Because every bag is different, you'll have to stop into the shop to see what they look like.
It's Raining Again October 11 2014
Yup, it's raining, but don't let that stop you from getting on your bike to go to work or do the shopping. We've got plenty of options to keep you dry so no excuses. Carradice has been making rain gear in England since the 1930s. If there's one thing the English know about (besides tea and pork pie) it's rain and how to stay dry in it. Carradice's classic Duxback Rain Poncho is made of waxed cotton and longer in the front so it not only covers your hands but your legs too. Say goodbye to those sweaty nylon rain pants! If you like something a bit more moderne, their Pro-Route Cycle Cape in high-viz yellow polyester provides the same maximum coverage. So that covers you, but what about your gear or groceries? We have numerous water resistant (for short trips) and waterproof panniers. Basil makes stylish and colorful water-repellent single or double panniers like the Basonyl double bag in hot pink and silver vinyl or the Blossom Botanica single shopper in a black and white pop-art print. Green Guru make their upcycled waterproof bags form old vinyl signs and inner tubes in Boulder, Colorado. And Blackburn does their minimalist waterproof Barrier Rear Pannier with a roll top and their Central Rear Pannier and Saddle bags come in a grey water-resistant fabric with lots of inner pockets and a stowable rain cover. Now that I've told you all about some of our great gear, looks like the rain is stopping. Check our website or call the shop for prices and availability.