One of these days, I’m going to get to put together an Etsy treasury of beautiful handmade and vintage bicycle things. Whenever I check, there are no openings – but still. Someday. In the meantime, may I share some links to the Etsy shops and listings I’d feature?
Let’s start with baskets and bags:
1. The wonderful liners for wire baskets that Angel and I have both mentioned previously by LuckyFindDesigns in California – who also, to my delight, does custom ones for wierd trapezoidal vintage baskets like mine – look what’s in the mail for Mary Poppins! There are other shops making basket liners too: BettyBasketLiners and CoutureCruiser.
UPDATE: here’s the liner installed on Mary Poppins! Yay!
2. Ottawa’s ShootFromCanada makes custom versions of the ubiquitous Brooks leather handlebar bag like the one in the photo below. Matching saddlebags please!
3. San Fran’s HamboneDesigns‘ VeloPockets would be perfect on a sweet mixte.
In the other bike accessories category:
1. Fun bicycle reflectors with peace symbols and other great designs in aluminum riveted onto them, from New Orleans’ Yabettasupadont (who also makes cute cocktail rings from reflectors)
3. Yes, boys, you could get a leather U-lock holster and other custom leather bike accessories from Portland’s WalnutStudiolo instead, but this girly wish list wasn’t designed with you in mind. Or was it?
5. A tool roll from BikeCozy for in my saddlebag. Yes, please.
6. Montreal’s DringDring make fabulous handpainted bells. I’d love to see their Tropical bell with LuckyFindDesign’s Fiesta Skull basket liner on a black loop-frame.
In the vintage-and-antique category:
1. Are you jonesing for an American-made tank bicycle? Right now there’s an extremely gorgeous antique Murray bicycle for sale by emilyoutrageous, who’s trying to pay for art school. Buying it would make her day *and* yours.
4. Swiss Army panniers made of cotton twill canvas and saddle leather, yum yum.
5. How fun is a fuzzy seat cover?
In the clothes-I-covet category:
1-7. For an indie-artsy-I-ride-in-San-Fran look, ruched leggings from AlohaTRON or cotton-hemp blend dancers’ pants (I have these – so comfy) under a cute short skirt or dress (I love the Variations tunic from Montreal’s elysiumdesign, or Clementiny’s fern dress) and maybe a belt-bag like all the fusion bellydancers wear to their afterparties (like the leather ones from ElvenForestCreations or Squamish’s JungleTribe or the ruffled bustle from Malaysia’s Kinies).
9. For tweedy fun, cycling knickers made from vintage mens’ slacks with a matching vest
15. For a finishing touch, ShizenDesigns’s bicycle pendant necklace made from recycled fine silver.
Let’s finish with some original art. (The ‘Keep Calm & Ride On’ poster is cute, but ripping off the UK’s Keep Calm Gallery is hardly original. Booo.)
1. Fine art bike-pron photography by Brooklyn’s DripStick. I’m wiping drool off my keyboard – follow the link to see why.
2. This gorgeous reclaimed-wood wall rack from Vancouver’s cantileverandpress would be perfect for displaying an antique men’s three-speed in your loft apartment (exposed brick, mix of industrial and midcentury modern finds, giant factory windows letting in tons of light… excuse me while I fantasize).