It’s been a long and relaxing winter break for us at Iva Jean. I ate and drank too much, shared laughs and tears with family and friends, read great books, and took chilly bike rides. Most importantly for you, I discovered the perfect winter travel spot for bike lovers – Indian Springs in Calistoga. You can visit for the day or stay for longer, cruise around town on their complementary bikes, float in their mineral pool, and pamper yourself with a volcanic ash mud bath.
Highly recommended for couples, family and friends. This will not be my only visit.
We hope that your holiday season is filled with family, friends, long chilly bike rides and lots of champagne.
Photo by Hindrik S.
Well ladies, it seems like the world is listening. Iladora recently launched their “Perfect Bike Pant” this fall, I can only imagine what else they have in store. Another Bay Area company with great taste, we asked co-founder Ilana for her holiday gift guide for bike lovers. These are perfect additions to your last minute holiday shopping.
Gold Nutcase Helmet // In the bike fashion world rarely do we see fashion photography that includes a helmet. Finally someone is making a helmet that doesn’t just protect the money-maker – it is worthy of some photography. My mom is getting me the gold Nutcase helmet for my birthday later this month. They were incredibly helpful and friendly; mom was impressed and chatted them up on the phone for quite a while.
Motley Goods Pannier Backpack // Here in SF we have some friends who are creating fun products for us ladies who prefer to keep the bags off of our backs while we ride. Our friend Cleveland of Motley Goods has managed to create a simplistically beautiful Pannier Backpack – perfect for attaching to your bike during your commute, and carrying it when you’re walking. Every one of his bags is hand made with the utmost care, making it easy to guarantee long time use.
Everlane Cashmere Sweaters // Due to it’s incredible wicking and insulating capabilities I am obsessed with wearing and biking in anything wool – thus a firm believer that every woman needs a fantastic cashmere sweater. A problem with cashmere – affordability. However, Everlane is now creating Grade A Cashmere sweaters for the ladies (and gents) at a price that makes me smile. Everlane preaches Radical Transparency when it comes to the retail prices of their garments. I love their colors and their basic style which enables women to put the staples back into their wardrobe.
Bike Net // Something else small, inexpensive and incredibly useful if you’re a rider with a basket is this bike net. I use it every single time I ride my bike. I just keep it attached to my basket at all times and nothing ever bounces out of my basket as a result.
Velojoy is one of my favorite resources for urban biking and as I said before, Susi is truly an inspiration for all of us in the community. Based out of New York City, Susi’s content is relevant for anyone living and biking in their home city. It’s pretty clear after yesterday’s Her Bike Style post, that Susi is a woman with great taste, a fact only solidified by her holiday gift guide for bike lovers.
Mophie Juice Pack Helium, $55.95 // An extension of smartphone battery charge is a gift that keeps on giving. For pedaling around town, rocking the long weekend ride or traveling the world, this slim protective case for iPhone 5/5S provides up to 80 percent longer battery life.
Martone Cycling Co. Three-Layered Chain Necklace, $175 // The delicate handlebar and U-lock closure of this multistrand necklace from Martone Cycling’s new jewelry line make this a sophisticated accessory for stylish bicyclists.
Bern Watts Winter Knit Bicycle Helmet, $39.99 // The classic styling of this black Bern city helmet with a built-in visor coordinates with any look. The cozy knit liner is a bonus for cold-weather riding. What could be more thoughtful than giving the gifts of warmth and comfort?
Marc Jacobs Bamboo City Bicycle, $5,000 // The perfect indulgence for somebody who’s been very nice.
Brooks England Euston Bicycle Shoulder Bag, $310 // Cherry red is a cheery antidote to dreary winter weather. This one’s from the new Transit cotton canvas and leather collection made in Italy for Brooks.
I first met Susi Wunsch of Velojoy over a cup of coffee in Manhattan. I happened to be in town for a few parties in late 2012 and knew that I had to pick her brain. Over the last few years she has been an advocate and sounding board for so many young designers, activists and enthusiasts in the bike community, and is currently serving on the advisory board of the new Women Bike program of the League of American Bicyclists. There is a special place in my heart for Susi, which is why I’m so honored to feature her bike style today.
Title / Occupation: Founder, velojoy.com
Location: New York City
Bikes: Kona Dew Drop, Pashley Britannia, Serotta Ottrott and Citi Bike
Why did you start velojoy.com and what do you hope people take away from the site?
Velojoy started as a personal blog about road cycling, but it evolved into a website focused on city cycling lifestyle in New York as I started using a bicycle for transportation myself. Out of my own experience, I’ve become passionate about attracting more women to bicycling because it’s freeing and efficient and healthful and good for cities, but above all, because it’s fun. I hope the blog ultimately inspires people to join in.