'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.