Whether your child just started riding a tricycle or two-wheeler or simply loves to cycle, these bike-themed clothes and accessories are the perfect way to say you're proud. With a mix of shirts, prints, bike gear, and decor, we're highlighting a variety of pieces to celebrate your little one's favorite hobby. As your family preps for springtime rides, take a look at these bicycle-inspired picks!
When they're not busy shooting a movie or traveling the globe, celebs love to ride their bikes in their neighborhoods, and these six ladies always do it in style. Kristen Bell was just spotted riding in LA in fabulous hot-pink jeans; Vanessa Hudgens maintained her boho edge while riding in Toluca Lake; Isla Fisher looked comfy and cute during her ride in NYC; and Kirsten Dunst was the epitome of chic on her NYC ride. Step inside to see these ladies and a couple more stars riding stylishly. Then shop their looks for your next bike ride.
Now that we're heading into Summer, many of us are pulling our bikes out of storage or investing in a new set of wheels. There are so many chic bike designs on the market right now (I'm in love with my Public bike), and bicycling is a great way to enjoy the weather and get some exercise. However, many of us live in smaller apartments that don't have extra storage for bikes. Luckily, if you don't want to lock your bike up outdoors, there are some great options for hanging your bike up inside your home.
My favorite design by far is Chris Brigham's Bike Shelf. Chris notes, "While visiting many friends' small apartments here in SF and more so in NY, I noticed that there is a void when it comes to elegant bike management. Bikes always get in the way — either in the hall or leaning up against a bookshelf or something. So, I decided to design something to fix that problem." The Bike Shelf is available in solid walnut and ash at Knife & Saw ($300 for walnut, and $270 for ash).
I adore the shelf's simple, sleek lines, and beautiful wood. Here's a closer look.
Bicycling on busy city streets can be an intimidating prospect. Dealing with fast-moving cars is stressful enough without counting the physical energy needed to stop and start at stoplights. In efforts to make sharing the road safer for cars and cyclists, Pleasanton, CA, a city of about 70,000, recently installed microwave motion sensor technology at several intersections throughout town.
The device, called an Intersector, monitors traffic in the intersection and can differentiate between vehicles and bicyclists in the street. The Intersector will extend or activate the green light if a cyclist is detected whereas, in many towns, the cyclist may have to activate the crosswalk signal manually.
While Pleasanton is the only city in the country currently using the motion sensor technology, the cycling community is inventing new ideas and technologies to stay safe on the roads. For more cycling safeguard prototypes, follow the break.
Older men peddle themselves to younger women for much less these days. Bike sales suggest that men who typically splurge on ridiculously priced sports cars are buying up bikes, and perhaps they hope that green conscious and physically active younger women will pay attention.
"With a bike, it’s all about fitness, strength, and stamina," psychologist Cliff Arnall tells the Daily Mail after market research found a spike in bike sales among older men. "But in some ways a top of the range bicycle says many of the same things about you as a sports car — they both have a rugged, dangerous element to them."
So bikes are the new sports cars. I just hope these men pay attention to the types of bikes they choose: certain saddles can lead to impotence.
Source: Flickr User aurélien
Anytime your bike helmet hits a hard surface it becomes less effective at protecting your noggin. Hit it hard or often enough and you'll render it completely useless — sometimes without even knowing until it's too late. Well, researchers at Germany's Fraunhofer Institute have come up with a solution in the form of a helmet stink bomb. If the protective material in your helmet is compromised, an odorous gas will be released alerting you to get a new one. Plus I imagine that once your helmet smells gross, you're not going to want to keep it around anyway. The helmets are currently in the testing stages so no final word on when they go live. Will you wear one when it's ready?
Did you know May is National Bike Month? You don't have to bike 38 miles to work like one guy did, but it would be cool to participate in style. Cute girls on bikes are all the rage these days — street style photogs get snap crazy over them — so here are loads of inspiration from all over the world, including this one from Amsterdam. There's even a shot of me on my cruiser in Costa Rica. Bike on.
I could not have asked for a better Bike to Work Day: San Francisco has brand new bike lanes, I scored a new bag, and it was perfect bicycle weather. Best of all it reminded me that I should be biking to work every day, not just a few times a week like I do now. I was also reminded of this when I toured the Timbuk2 offices last week. Not only does CEO Mike Wallenfels ride 38 miles to work, three times a week, he's celebrating National Bike Month by doing the commute every day this month. My three-mile, 20-minute commute seems more than manageable compared to the two and a half hours it takes Mike to leave his home in Novato, cross the Golden Gate Bridge, and arrive at the Timbuk2 offices in San Francisco. Check out this (abridged!) video of Mike in action!
Get excited because May is National Bike Month! Now is the perfect time to start biking to work, planning weekend bike dates with friends and family, or try out cycling for the first time. The Spring weather makes it even better too. I've already had plenty of days of biking in my shorts, and I haven't needed to bundle up to keep my fingers and toes protected from the cold wind.
In celebration of National Bike Month, why not head over to the FitSugar Community page and join the Sweet on Biking group? It doesn't matter if you ride a fixie or a hybrid, commute, or are a weekend warrior — if you have a love of being on two wheels, join the group! And if you're new to cycling, Sweet on Biking will be an invaluable place to learn more about the sport. See you there!
I'm a sucker for sports movies. They are usually inspiring, have an underdog, or feature really cool action shots. Now that it's sunny out, I've been riding my bike almost every day, which has reminded me that there are some really cool bicycle movies out there. Here are my favorite bike-centric movies, any of which would be perfect to watch after a long day of cycling.
Photos courtesy of IMDb