It's beginning to look at lot like christmas, as the song goes. We got asked the question not long ago... "What would Cycle Chic like to see under the tree?" Which made us think. After a lot of thinking, we've whipped together this Cycle Chic™ Wish List for Christmas 2010. Or CCCWL10 for short. Here's a selection of stuff we like.
1. A Bicycle Basket from David Hembrow
It's cool when you buy a new basket and someone says, "Hey! Cool new basket!" It's just a bit cooler to say, "Yeah, thanks! It's a custom-made basket from a fourth generation basket weaver living in the Netherlands." That's Cycle Chic™/Cheek.
LINK: Custom bicycle baskets from Hembrow.eu
LINK: Read a review of the baskets and Hembrow at Copenhagenize.com
2. Bicycle Bells from Dring Dring
There are loads of bells out there. Any old webshop can grab bells from Taiwan [nice bells, pretty bells, sure] but really... Cycle Chic approves of hand-painted, old school bells from the hand of a talented artist in Montreal. Can't beat it.
LINK: Bicycle Bells from DringDring.ca
3. A Bicycle Vase for Your Handlebars
Let's be honest. This idea is one of the purest Cycle Chic ideas in history. Pure loveliness. A vase attached to your handlebars. Nuff said.
LINK: Bicycle Vase [website is in German, but that's what Google Translate is for]
LINK: Original post about the Bicycle Vase.
4. The Last Bag
What a cool name. The Last Bag [you'll ever own/need]. Danish designer Piet Breinholm took the classic satchel that every Danish kid ran around with well into the 1950's and made a modern version. Classic Danish Design. Style, form, simplicity and function. Makes us weak at the knees just looking at it.
LINK: The Last Bag
5. Bicycle Wine from Cycle Gladiator
There are many wines that feature bicycles on their logo but our favourite is Cycles Gladiator, produced by Hahn Family Wines in the US. It features an iconic bicycle poster from the history of bicycles as the label. The added bonus is that this wine was banned in Alabama, USA, because the label featured... um... breasts.
LINK: Bicycle Wine from Cycles Gladiator. Find out where you can get it on their website.
6. The Bike Porter from Copenhagen Parts
It's tough designing new and interesting angles on bicycles. After 125 years, most of it has been tried and tested. But the integrated basket/handlebars from Copenhagen Parts are a fresh, new solution and we love the innovation.
LINK: Bike Porter from Copenhagen Parts
7. Bicycle Bag from Ortigiano
We blogged about these hand-made bags from Ortigiano in Italy earlier this year. And we still love them something rotten. Hand-dyed, with a bicycle tube for a strap and with buttons carved from the lava of Mt. Etna. As well as hooks for hanging the bag on your back rack. Wicked.
LINK: Bicycle Bag from Ortigiano
LINK: Earlier post about the bags from Cycle Chic
8. Animal Seat Covers
These animal seat covers from Swiss designer Tilo Ahmels are lovely Cycle Chic accessories and a great gift idea. There are a number of animals to choose from and they all come in a cool round tin.
LINK: Bicycle Seat Covers [website in German but you'll figure it out]
LINK: Earlier post about the seat covers, with loads of photos.
9. Dutch Delft Blue Bags and Skirtguards
Delft Blue is a famous trademark in the Netherlands and the unique patterns usually found on porcelain are now found on pannier bags and skirtguards. Beautiful stuff!
LINK: Dutch Delft Blue Bag/Skirtguard
10. Knog Bike Lights
There is an ocean of bike lights on the market but Knog seem to capture design and functionality all at once. They're available all over the planet. If you're in the UK, you can buy them online at either The Bike Chain or Tredz.co.uk. And we noticed they're on sale both places, too. In the US, LL Bean sells them, too. There are different models to choose from. At Cycle Chic we use the Skink model. And we like it.
LINK: Knog Bike Lights (and stuff)
11. Bicycle Skirtguards from Simeli.nl
Once again, this product is one we blogged about previously, simply because we love it. It's retro - crocheted skirtguards are as old as the bicycle itself - but Simeli brings the idea into the new millenium. Cycle Chic in a nutshell, baby.
LINK: Crocheted bicycle skirtguards from Simeli.nl
LINK: Earlier post about Simeli skirtguards from here on Cycle Chic.
12. Spoke Beads from Ebay
This just may be the perfect stocking stuffer. Colourful spoke beads for a bit of retro bling on your bicycle. There are loads of them on eBay, so shop around for the best price.
LINK: Bicycle Spoke Beads [the link is from British eBay - maybe you could search your local version]
13. Cheeky Cycle Chic T-shirts from Cycle Chic™
Allow us to chuck our t-shirts into the fray. These "Hold My Bicycle While I Kiss Your Boyfriend/Girlfriend" have proved to be popular on our little online shop at Cafe Press. Make your Cycle Chic statement with one of these, or wrap it up nice for someone you like.
LINK: Cycle Chic™ t-shirts for ladies
LINK: Cycle Chic™ t-shirts for men
14. The Cycle Chic™ Calendar for 2011
And last but not least, the Cycle Chic Calendar for 2011. Nuff said. We blogged about it here, with more photos. We're not shy in saying that we'd love it if you had one hanging on your wall.
LINK: The Cycle Chic™ Calendar for 2011.