Bike Bag Giveaway from Detours

I’m hosting a bike bag giveaway! Enter to win this adorable (and seasonally appropriate) handlebar bag from Detours.

Rainier Handlebar Duffel

Moves adeptly from handlebars to human.

Now that I mention it, how do you carry your stuff while on your bike?

Do you carry your cellphone in your boot? Do you pack spare coconuts in the hood of your hoodie? (Only to forget when you try to cover your noggin.) Maybe you keep it old school and stash keys-wallet-snacks in your bra. No judgment here.

Contents of the bag not included in the giveaway. Buy your own damn gloves.

Contents of the bag not included in the giveaway. Buy your own damn gloves.

But wouldn’t it be nice to win a free bike bag? Especially one as cute as the Rainier Handlebar Duffel in Golden Gardens. I am such a sucker for prints. And it’s super rare to find functional bike bags that also come in cute textiles, amirite? Check out the deets:

The Rainier Handlebar Duffel is so beautifully basic, it will quickly become your go-to bag for rides around town. Its classic silhouette is packed with subtle yet important organizational features, including a shoulder strap that detaches on one side to stow away while riding. When you’re all locked up at your destination, take the Rainier with you as a shoulder bag or crossbody.

Details:
• Two-buckle handlebar attachment
• Adjustable, one-side-removable shoulder strap that
tucks into exterior side pocket while riding
• Magnetic flap closure
• Light loop
• Reflective details on front and sides
• Exterior front zip pocket with key clip
• Interior pockets: two slip, one zip

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You can enter the giveaway up to 4 times. The last day to enter is April 14, 2014. The winner will be randomly selected. Have fun and best of luck!

Must Read Links

Happy Friday! Get your weekend relax on with these must read links.
San Franciscans enjoying the Bay Area Bike Share on the first day of launch

⚀ Does it feel like Fall yet? Keep your fingers warm and DIY yourself a pair of ultra-chic fingerless gloves using this handy how-to. Via fashionable bike shop Eleanor’s NYC.

⚁ Those inspiring Danes. Despite being taller than everyone else, they’ll still rock a pair of six inch heels. In the rain. While riding a bike. Gotta love them. Via Copenhagen Cycle Chic.

Have you ever wondered about the difference between Cycle Chic and Cycle Style? (Maybe that’s just me.) This double book review attempts to break it down. Via the archives of Cool Hunting.

⚃ Biking in the US, from a Dutch perspective: in brief, we’re doing it wrong :(  Via Bicycle Dutch.

⚄ What do you think about grey nail polish? It sounds cadaverous, but it’s actually lovely! (Bonus points for showing off her mani with a gorgeous bike.) Via A Cup of Jo.

⚅ Are you a self-identifying female person that rides a bike? A USA Cycling would like your feedback. Take their survey here.

Biking In Heels: Melissa Shoes + Martone Cycling Co.

Have you tried biking in heels? I’m continuously inspired by the bonkers style of Melissa, the shoe company that forges high fashion and pop culture references while striving for zero-waste production.

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(By the way, My Habit is having a flash sale of Melissa heels and flats right now! It’s the perfect excuse to snap up a pair or two. In my experience, they fit true to size. I’ve got my eye on these gold beauties.)

The eco-conscious Brazilian brand teamed up with fashionable compatriot – and Marc Jacobs ex – Lorenzo Martone on a window display in the New York outpost of Galeria Melissa.

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In 2013 Lorenzo, a Marketing director with strong ties in the fashion industry, launched Martone Cycling Co. The line of stylish city bikes are designed for urbanites that find themselves storing bikes in their living rooms, amongst other objets d’art.

The guiding inspiration is that the bikes are an extension of personal style. They come in five fashion friendly colors.

w_white w_silver w_black w_gold w_red

With a decidely un-sporty aesthetic, the bikes are nearly monochromatic – except for the bright red chain, surely a nod to the distinctive red soles of a pair of Christian Louboutin heels.

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Of course a fabulous party was held to celebrate the “Be Melissa” themed window display on September 14. Shockingly, I was not in attendance. I didn’t even get an invitation!

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I mean, was there ever a Bike Prettier event? Is there any other way to Be Melissa than to wear something fabulous (preferably red) and bike around town? I practically wrote the book blog on how to Be Melissa!

But even without my presence, it looked like a swell shindig. And I’m happy to see anything that gets more people dressing up and riding bikes.

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In addition to a goody bag of cycle chic essentials [Jealous! – ed.] partygoers received a customized bike map of NYC.

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Menswear 2014 Fashion Week – Italian Street Style

While searching NYFW street style photos for yesterday’s post, I came across these shots from the Menswear 2014 shows back in June. I always look forward to the images that come from Milan’s Fashion Week and Pitti Uomo in Florence.

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Everyone seems to be having so much fun. And the way the men wear their fabulous suits so casually. Brings back memories of how boy-crazy we were as students at FIT in Florence. Wandering the exhibition halls of the Fortezza Da Basso once a year was an out of body experience.

Naturally Kelly and I would ride our granny bikes to Pitti Uomo. Not sure if we mastered  the effortless chic you see here, but we did our best to represent.

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