Bicycles

Braided Bike Lock

These braided bike locks were my absolute favorite product at Portland’s Bike Craft event last month. Beautiful hand-crafted design meets utiliarian function in this bike lock that will keep your bike secure and sartorial points up for you style-conscious urban riders. Sorry, the website is in Japanese and I really couldn’t fill you in on many more details. They are available in large selection of colorways as well as customizable.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $59.00
Available from: nnfstore.com

The Bike Valet

Another bike storage option? Yep, and this one is (dare I say it) a more refined option than the Cycloc. Angles, steel, leather… it’s nice, isn’t it? Designed by Stephen Tiller of Reclamation Art + Furniture, the Bike Valet currently has a Kickstarter campaign going to increase the level of production and manufacturing. For a pledge of $87 or more, you’ll receive a signed and numbered valet of your very own.
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Price: $87.00
Available from: Kickstarter

RydeSafe Reflective Bike Decals

Do you ride a bike at night? Slap on some of these reflective stickers and increase your chances of staying alive (i.e. not being plowed down by drivers). Made from engineering-grade “conspicuity film” (the stuff on emergency vehicles) the stickers reflect light back to its source and allow easy customization of your frame, helmet, rims, etc. Pledge $15 or more on Kickstarter for a Full DIY Kit (51 pieces) of RydeSafe Reflective Bike Decals.
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Price: $15.00 and up.
Available from: Kickstarter

Full Windsor Quickfix Bicycle Mudguards

These origami-inspired rain fenders keeps your backside dry and are easily removable as the weather drifts between sunny and clear, to dreary and wet, perfect for you fixies and single speeders who want the minimal stream-lined look. For a clearer illustration of how they work, check out their accompanying video.
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Price: £14.99
Available from: cyclesurgery.com

Evo Bicycle Handlebar Basket

Smart! These handlebars have an integrated basket, meaning less rattling as you’re out and about. Made from sturdy aluminum tubing, this mounts just like a normal handlebar (removable faceplate stem required) and can hold up to 60 lbs. For those of you in Europe, the Bike Porter (available through flow berlin, € 135) is in a similar vein.

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Purchase Information:

Price: $60.00
Available from: EVO on Amazon

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Perch Stand

Remember the Pinch Stand? After Clankworks received a bunch of requests for a wall based bike rack, they designed the Perch. Made of bent plywood, it suspends your bike from any wall as well as storing a few extra accessories like your helmet, lock, etc. There’s a small ledge for keys or lights too.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $149.00
Available from: Clankworks

Bike Shelf from Elevatestorage

Yes, this is remarkably similar to Chris Brigham’s Bike Shelf. However, this version by Brian LaBarbera is significantly less expensive, which might be easier on your wallet.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $60.00
Available from: Elevatestorage's Etsy shop

Reflective Biker Socks and Gloves by SUCK UK

Brilliant reflective biker socks and gloves by the ever delightful SUCK UK… if you’re a cyclist, you should be wearing safety gear (helmet, vest, lights), of course, and these socks and gloves are meant as a complement to that safety gear, not a replacement.

I only found one retailer stateside (igadgetshop on eBay, $29.00) but if anyone knows of others, let me know and I’ll add them in.
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Price: £15.00
Available from: SUCK UK

Bike Portage Strap

Now, this is a very specific item that perhaps only avid bikers will appreciate, but I think it’s smart and simple, and improves the biking experience enough to be mentioned. This strap provides a slight suspension between the top bar and seat tube of a bike, so that when you carry your bike there’s a nice padded place for your shoulder. If you’ve ever carried a bike up a steep incline or a few flights of stairs, you’re familiar with the discomfort and know that this would make those small journeys a little bit easier. See the (happy) biker below for an example of the strap in action.

Hand-made and hand-finished leather.

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Purchase Information:

Price: $34.00
Available from: WalnutStudiolo's shop

Pinch Stand

Raise your hand if you’re liking all the recent smattering of nice bicycle storage (‘nice’ being something a bit more refined than what you pick up at your local hardware store). This Pinch Stand is made of two halves of wood laminate which uses the weight of your bicycle to lock the rear wheel in place. You just lift your bicycle out of Pinch and the halves separate. The stand is adjustable, and can accommodate a variety of wheel sizes. See a quick video over at ClankWorks to see it in action.

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Purchase Information:

Price: $89.00
Available from: ClankWorks

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Bike Shelf

Chris Brigham is right. There aren’t too many options for elegant bike storage. So, what did he do? He went to his workshop and made something that fit his needs, and now he’s selling it to friends and strangers. Lucky us.

Made from solid wood and suspended by a solid steel square rod mount.
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Price: $270.00
Available from: knife&saw

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Taga Bike Stroller

Okay, this is coming from a bicyclist and a non-runner, but I never really understood the jogging-while-pushing-your-kid-in-a-stroller thing. It just doesn’t look very fun. The Taga however, I can certainly get behind. In 20 seconds it converts between a baby stroller and carrier bike. Cargo bikes that can double for kid transport is nothing new, but the Taga is the only one that converts to a compact stroller. If that’s a bit hard to picture I would highly suggest watching the demonstration video, or the embed below. Yeah it’s very expensive, but think of how jealous Bugaboo-toting parents will be when you and your child fly by in one of these.

Specifications:
High-finish aluminum alloy 6061 frame
Shimano Nexus Inter-3 internal gear hub
16″ wheels
Tricycle dimensions: 73W x 165L x 102H (cm)/ 28.7W x 64.9L x 40.1H (inches)
Stroller dimensions (cm): 73W x 120L x 102H (cm)/ 28.7W x 47.2L x 40.1H (inches)
Weight: 20-29kg/ 44-64lbs, depends on configuration
Colors: Red, Green,Orange, Light-Blue

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Purchase Information:

Price: $1495.00
Availability: Buy Taga Bike Stroller here

Republic Bike

Republic Bike offers customized bicycles starting around the $399 mark. Not too bad of a price for us city dwellers that need an alternative transportation option. Plus, if you need something to sweeten the deal, there’s quite a few color options and components that you select to make your bike even more special. Take a look at the gallery for color inspiration.

Built to order.
Available in single speed or fixed gear.

Note: When I was in Stockholm, there were tons of people using old-ish city bikes for their daily transportation, which was very nice to see, but there was not one new, fancy/expensive bike that I see practically everyday in London. Our friends said that it’s because all the new bikes get stolen, so everyone opts for the nondescript. Interesting how cities differ, huh?

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Purchase Information:

Price: $399.00
Availability: Buy Republic Bike here

U-Lock Holster

Even if you’re not a gunslinger, you get the gist of a holster. Keeps your weapon close, secured, and ready to use at a moment’s notice. Now, apply that idea for
a bicycle U-Lock, and you’ve got a smart accessory for a cyclist. This holster loops easily onto your belt and is available in natural or black.

Fits a 4.5� bicycle U-Lock.

4.75� W x 2.75� H x 1� D
Made in Brooklyn.

Purchase Information:

Price: $22.00
Available from: Brook Farm General Store

Lazer Urbanize Bicycle Helmet

Urban bicycle riders want to look good riding and be practical. Translation: no spandex, butt pads, and $4000 carbon fiber bikes. The rise of bicycle ridership has translated into a whole slew of new products catering to these needs including practical and low cost bicycles, fashionable riding clothes, and countless accessories. Traditionally known for their high performance helmets, Lazer has released a new urban-centric helmet which has a great look and features built-in lights, an absolutely necessary safety item for city riding.

Purchase Information:

Price: $100
Availability: Buy Lazer Urbanize Bicycle Helmet here

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