Holiday Gift Guide for the Chic Cyclist & Giveaway
There are those who choose a bike for its comfort, not for its speed and for whom a basket is one of the most essential features. For these women, a bike isn’t merely for getting from point A to point B, but to savor every moment of the ride without sweating it. She prefers a bike which allows her to wear her favorite clothes, including skirts and dresses and looks for those items which help make her bike uniquely beautiful and functional. If you have such a person on your gift list, check out these items.
One of the newest bikes unveiled by Trek at the 2011 Interbike was this beautiful bike that you can ride while wearing your beautiful clothes! The Dutch-inspired Trek Cocoa has a retro look with all the modern updates. The sweet, smooth ride will make you love the Cocoa all the more with a comfortable women’s specific saddle, swept-back handlebars and smoothly shifting 3-speed internal hub shifting. The bicycle’s skirt, fenders and chain guards will protect your clothes from the spattering of road grime. The Cocoa comes in two women’s sizes: 15 and 19-inch frames. (MSRP is $609.99)
Apres Velo Tees
Show your cycling obsessions on your sleeves with casual clothing made for after-cycle wear! Apres Velo’s bicycle-inspired tees cover a wide range of styles and themes. The artwork and sense of humor inherent with the Apres Velo tee shirts make them a favorite around the world. Apres Velo is French for “After Cycle.” We look forward to telling you even more about Apres Velo in a special featured Cyclist’s Closet article in early 2012. In the meantime, Apres Velo has given us 2012 Apres Velo desk calendars which we are sending to many of our giveaway winners in December! (Thanks, Apres Velo!)
Brooks Victoria Saddle Handbags
Brooks England LTD, while usually known for their beautiful leather bicycle saddles, has made these elegant and fun handbags for cyclists with a sense of style! The new Victoria Saddle Handbags come in five bold colors and are made of genuine leather. (MSRP: $200)
Nantucket Bike Basket
A classic-looking bicycle needs a classic rattan basket such as this one from Nantucket Bike Basket. This one is from their Lightship Collection. It’s a high quality woven replica of the baskets made during the 1800′s in Nantucket. It easily attaches to the front handlebar with two leather straps and can carry weight of up to ten pounds. Dimensions: 12″ (L) x 7.5″ (W) x 9″ (H) (MSRP: $45.00)
Shouldn’t cycling helmets be made not merely for the safety-conscious, but for those who are fashion-conscious as well? YAKKAY has created helmets that would even meet the fashionable approval of those featured in the Copenhagen Cycle Chic blog. Underneath these chic-looking hats there is a helmet which can be removed and interchanged so you can buy a couple hats to go with your helmet and change your “look” in keeping with the seasons. YAKKAY helmets are made in Europe and just over a year ago were certified in keeping with US safety standards. They are available at a few bike shops here in the US such as Amsterdam Bikes which easily does online sales. Just in the nick of time, Amsterdam Bikes is offering a holiday sale for the YAKKAY helmets and hats!
Liberty Bottleworks (Another GIVEAWAY!)
There are a lot of reasons we like the metal bottles from Liberty Bottleworks: they are the only American made metal bottle on the marketplace, the wide mouth design is makes it easy to put ice cubes in and to clean and the interior has been coated with a flexible food grade coating which won’t chip or flake into your water. Those are all great reasons to like these great bottles, but I was won over by ease in opening and closing the bottle with a quarter-turn. I have been known to not get water bottle lids on securely and have had some wet messes to sop up. These bottles don’t have that problem and so they are the one I can trust myself with while I work on my laptop. No, they don’t fit in a water bottle cage, but we know you drink liquids when you’re off the bike too, so this is one we recommend for using at work, at home and for other times. (However, it will fit neatly into your bike basket!)
Liberty Bottleworks has chosen artists to design several lines of their bottles. Textile designer Katrina Pandya from Oakland, California designed a few with a cycling theme including the one shown here which was cleverly dubbed “SprocketScience.” This particular bottle is going to be offered in our giveaway.
Chic Cyclist New Year’s GIVEAWAY!
Liberty Bottleworks water bottle (Sprocketscience) PLUS an Apres Velo desk calendar! and we can mail within the US or Canada. Comment below to be entered into our giveaway! The winner will be chosen just after Christmas on Tuesday, December 27th!