Tuesday, January 19, 2010

A Touch of Summer Nostalgia

In the middle of what looks to be a very rainy winter week, it's nice to remember the summer sunshine. Back in July, Liz and Shay of C.I.C.L.E. hosted an event at Whole Foods-Arroyo about shopping by bicycle. Their talk featured lots of enthusiasm, cute posterboards, and some stylish & sturdy bags & panniers. Sorry for being so slow to blog; it was a great event!

Shay shows off a lovely pair of bags.

There are many snazzy ways to carry your stuff without sacrificing style or dignity. I'm thinking about putting a large basket on my rear rack, so I can carry delicate things (fresh berries!) without risk of squashing them under the elastic straps.


7 comments:

  1. Whole Foods + CICLE = good idea. Impressed.

    My wicker basket always seems too small and I don't want to install panniers or rear baskets due to aesthetic reasons.

    It's also a conscious decision to force my self to move and buy less stuff.

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  2. Christa, I am not a fan of the look of rear baskets but, panniers would be adorable on your electra. Basil has a couple of really great ones. You should check out the hubby's functionalcycling.com

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  3. I agree about panniers looking nice vs rear baskets iffy. Basil's seem very roomy and are affordable.

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  4. I've seen some woven rear baskets which look alright, but it's definitely not my favorite look. Maybe it's about time for a classic front basket...

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  5. Christa, do not listen to them. You don't have to sacrifice personal taste for capacity. I really dislike panniers, although I do think the dutch Clarijs (not available in the US) are kinda cute. For me, collapsible chrome wire side baskets were the right answer. But it could just be a reason to get a cargo bike. Or some sort of platform. Or a vintage-looking trailer. Or...

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  6. Well panniers are definately useful and yes they can look good, just not for me right now.

    I miss LA cycle chic photos!

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  7. I know! I need to get back to posting.

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