Category: Products

Chic Cyclist Gift Guide

It’s time to deck the halls, be jolly, and fa-la-la. Holiday shopping season is upon us. If you’re lucky enough to have a stylish lady cyclist in your life and on your list, check out our 2014 Chic Cyclist Gift Guide. With these goodies under the tree, you’ll be sure to make her spirits bright. Away we go:

Sawako Furuno helmet

Image via Sawako Furuno
Image via Sawako Furuno

If she’s going to have helmet hair, she should have a chic culprit. Keep her safe and stylish in one of Sawako Furuno’s many helmets. With designs ranging from animal patterns to graphics of NYC, this Japanese designer knows what’s up. Available for an average of $150 here. Simply can’t decide on a pattern? Pick up a gift card from one of the brand’s many stockists.

Ingebretsen’s Biking Viking Chocolates

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Contrary to popular belief, chocolate is actually a girl’s best friend. Hey, a lady needs her nourishment! Ingebretson’s, a nearly 100-year-old Scandinavian marketplace in Minneapolis, MN, has partnered with master chocolatiers B.T. McElrath to produce two fine chocolates: milk chocolate with cardamom and dark chocolate infused with coffee. Stuff her stocking with Biking Viking. She won’t be disappointed. $6.95. Pick some up here.

The Cambridge Satchel Company

Image left via bikepretty.com. Image right via The Cambridge Satchel Company.
Image left via bikepretty.com. Image right via The Cambridge Satchel Company.

Got an Anglophile on your hands? You can’t go wrong with a classic satchel from The Cambridge Satchel Company. They’re timeless, chic, and available in a variety of styles, sizes, and colors—from traditional browns to neon pinks. And each bag is handcrafted with love in Great Britain. Feeling fancy? Get the bag embossed with her initials and the company’s famous bike logo. Her inner Kate Middleton and her inner Beryl Burton will rejoice. $155. Available here.

Reclaimed Bike Gear & Wood Bottle Opener Coaster

Image via uncommongoods.com
Image via uncommongoods.com

A two-in-one coaster and bottle opener? Genius! Handmade in Texas by Rachel Spire, an artist, furniture designer, and avid cyclist, this nifty gadget will have your gal cracking open her beverage of choice and keeping her table protected in one fell swoop. Made with reclaimed wood and recycled bike gears. $15. Available here.

Bird Industries CycleChic Gift Set

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In the nick of time for the holiday season: presenting our CycleChic Gift Set! Perfect for the cycling lady who seemingly has everything. Our sturdy, lined, handmade, 5″ x 9″ pouch includes:

  • A Bird Industries Skirt Garter in your choice of size and color. Keeps her dresses and skirts in check while she’s cycling down the road.
  • Biketastic Pocket Mirror for quick check-ups of hair and make-up.
  • Blotting papers to instantly whisk away oil and shine from her face after a long ride.
  • A pinwheeled Upcycled Bike Tube Ornament made from discarded bike tubes. ‘Tis the season!

With our pouch popped inside her bike bag, she’ll be ready for any adventure that comes her way. $25. Available here or here.

Psst: Have your eye on a gift courtesy of Bird Industries? Want it to arrive safe and sound by Christmas Eve? Remember: our cut-off for domestic orders with standard shipping is 12/19.

Merry, merry!

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Wool Ewe’ll Love

As far as I’m concerned, the sheep have it all figured out when it comes to their attire. Merino wool is an active fiber which means it reacts to your body temperature, cooling you when you’re hot, and warming you when you’re cold. As with many quality items, that smart performance comes with a price tag. With winter wrapping up (fingers-crossed!), now is a great time to find season-end sales.

Below are 4 pieces that have made it into my closet and drawers in multiples (often thanks to nice sales or great gifts). You’ll see this list is heavy on the Ibex and Smartwool. This is a personal list of what I love — my tried and true go-tos, with bias included.

Ibex Balance Brief
Regularly $30
Current count in my drawer: 6 + 1 pair of boyshorts that I’m not a superfan of

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Does the thought of wool underwear conjure up pictures of great-granny stirring stew over the wood fire? Well, these ain’t your great-granny’s unders! Soft and thin, they’re also breathable and machine-washable. And if you’re prefer, they come in a boyshort-cut too. They were previously offered in a thong-cut, but it appears those have been discontinued for now.

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Ibex Woolies 150 Crew
Regularly $80
Current count in my closet: 7 Hmm, that sounds excessive. Don’t worry, I’m pretty sure it’s not.

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A woolies crew is the first thing I reach for when getting ready in the morning. In the winter, they go under anything else I wear, as they’re breathable, odor-resistant, and light-weight but warm. Because they’re thin, they’re a little see-through but can still be worn on their own.

Sign up for Ibex’s email list for specials or check out the sale section on their website for some good deals.

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Smartwool 250 Neck Gaiter
Regularly $28
Current count in my closet: 2, if you count the one my main squeeze borrowed and never returned

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Once the temp starts to drop, I pretty much take this off only to wash it and immediately put it back on. It’s like a toasty hug from one of those Australian sheep.

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Smartwool Women’s PhD Outdoor Medium Crew Socks
Regularly $23.95
Current count in my drawer: 4 pairs of varying thicknesses and heights

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The patches of thicker or thinner material in these socks are strategically placed — thicker areas in the heel and toe add cushion and don’t wear out as quickly, while the thinner areas on the top and sides increase breathability and keep the socks in place.

I find most Smartwool deals at my local outdoor store, or Santa brings them for me at X-mas. I must have been very good!

Image credits: Ibex and Smartwool

Guide: Find your style, then find your bike bell

Your bike bell can say a lot about you—making it even harder to choose one.  Here’s a little guidance from the Bird Industries science (fiction) lab.

1)  Your loft is impeccable, and your fridge full of farmer’s market fare.
Your bell should be the PDW Alexander Graham Bell – $25
Clean lines.  Classic.  Elegant.

image credit:  Portland Design Works

2)  You love brightly colored pants, dangly earrings, and belting out Journey at karaoke.
Your bell should be the Incredibell Jellibell $10
Candy-colored bright pops for your bike.

image credit:  Mirrycle

3)  You have all the latest gadgets—this one included.
The Belll €16,95
Funded by Kickstarter. Concepted and produced in Holland.


image credit:  Belll

4)  You are nothing if not practical. Your scout uniform/sash is full of badges.
Your bell should be the Electra Compass Bell $9

image credit: Electra

5)  You are one of a kind, and a little crafty. Did you knit that hat yourself?
You’re bell should be the DringDring Rotary Dial Bike Bell $20
Hand-painted. Often adorable. Occasionally irreverent.

image credit: Kikkerland

6)  Sophisticated but understated.  Every detail of your wardrobe has been thought through, but looks effortless.
Your bell should be the Spurcycle Bell $35
Modern yet minimalist (so modern, in fact, that it’s still in the pre-order phase).

image credit: Spurcycle

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The Little Black Dress of Bike Helmets: 7 helmets that won’t cramp your style

With all of the colorful and thematic helmets available now, it’s not hard to stand out from the crowd. But if you’re more interested in a subtle, go-to helmet that won’t detract from your cycle chic, here are 7 great options.

Sahn Classic
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image credit: Sahn Helmets
The name Classic says it all.  This initial design from the newer Canadian company offers clean lines with a slightly equestrian look.

Giro Atmos
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The Atmos is one of the less flashy of the race style helmets.  It’s harder to find this type of helmet without all of the logos and graphics that manufacturers think make you look faster. We’re fast enough.  Save the flash for your kit.

Yakkay Milano
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image credit: Yakkay
Sometimes a “basic black” turns out to be denim.  With their interchangeable helmet covers, Yakkay offers options for any taste.  This dark blue denim is a great everyday choice.

Specialized Covert
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It doesn’t get much more basic than the Covert.  True to its name, this helmet certainly wouldn’t draw attention away from what you’re wearing.  Covert is the most basic of the basics.

Belle Helmets Solar System
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image credit: Belle Helmets
If you want something a little more out there, Belle’s gorgeous hand-painted helmets will blow you away.  Each helmet is truly a work of art.

Bern Lenox
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image credit: Bern Unlimited
Bern makes an array of helmets for skaters, snowboarders, skiers, bikers and wakeboarders.  Because of the snow sports, they also have many options for cold-weather biking.  The Lenox has clean lines with a touch of understated style.

Hövding Airbag
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The subtlest helmet is one that isn’t even worn on your head.  Originally developed in Sweden as a thesis project by the founders, the Hövding has won numerous design and innovation awards since its 2005 launch.  Unlike other options, this revolutionary “helmet” is worn as a collar around your neck. The collar contains an airbag that will inflate and protect the head in the event of an accident.

Special note:  just in time to go with your new black helmet, black skirt garters are once again available.

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