Santa's on his way, and so we decided to be one step ahead of him by presenting you, our dear readers, with a few Vélo Vogue gift ideas.
Jonny, the Chief Executive Big Banana of Zero Per Gallon offers great stocking stuffers with his collection of unique and creative stickers that come in many colors. I must say that this is the perfectly priced gift in this harsh economy while giving your pal's bike some sticker bling ! (BTW, Jonny and I were hanging out at the VRC on Saturday, where not only his stickers are sold but bike friendly coffee cups and fun t-shirts.)
While you're at it, you should also check out the belt he has designed out of recycled tire rubber!
Ideal for biking in the winter is the Dry Bike Umbrella from the Netherlands. The country who knows about biking and about the rain brings us this innovative way to keep you dry on wet roads.
Lilia and I coveted the Joshu messenger style bag at 440 Brannan design studio, but it looks like you can also buy one online.
Lilia and I were also quite taken by Ribcap, a soft technology style accessory that's not quite a helmet and not quite a hat, but very fashionable and warm for those cold winter nights riding around town. Ribcap was a recent recipient of the Design Preis Schweiz.
For those of you who can still afford haute couture during these foul economic times, the Bebe or Chanel ankle purses which I've written about before are incredibly chic and--whether you like it or not--your girlfriend will be the talk of the town when you cruise down Valencia on a Friday night. If anyone knows where to buy them online, please let us know!
Fancy panniers are all the rage, and so if you're shopping online, we found this pretty one: Basil Blossom Waterproof Pannier. Otherwise, look for other kinds of pretty panniers at your local bike store!
I have had nothing but compliments from everyone from fellow cyclists to drivers leaning out their car windows shouting at me about my Nutcase Helmet. There are so many fun styles, so check out their site and you can find one that shouts out at you too!
For a style a little less wacky, there's also Bern Helmets. I've seen these helmets sold at some bike shops in SF and I find the colors, styles and textures of these helmets to be very elegant.
And for a little inspiration from across the pond, how about the Copenhagen Cycle Chic 2009 Calendar!
And last but not least, a San Francisco Bicycle Coalition Gift Membership is the gift that not only keeps on giving with all the discounts at Bay Area shops and restaurants, but you also have the satisfaction of supporting an organization that is working to make cycling safe and fun for all of us.
We wish you the most fabulous of holidays, and that you roll fashionably into 2009!