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Great Gifts Ideas for All Your Favorite Urban Cyclists

Our round up of beautiful and cool city cycling gifts for the holidays this year.

The Sporty Chic Cyclist

 The Sporty Chic Cyclist Gift Guide //1.Brooks Cambium Bike Seat 2. PUBLIC Bicycle tool Set 3. PUMA ballet flats 4.Luvelo Pistachio X Dutch Bike Bell 5.PUBLIC M7 Mixte

1.Brooks Cambium Bike Seat  2. PUBLIC Bicycle tool Set  3. PUMA ballet flats  4.Luvelo Pistachio X Dutch Bike Bell  5.PUBLIC M7 Mixte

Fast, confident and bright spirited cyclists will love these thoughtful and gorgeous gifts.


The Busy Urban Cyclist

The Urban Cyclist Gift Guide // 1. Luvelo Black Star Bell 2. Tattly Lightning Fast Gold Tattoo 3. Blackburn Grid Front Bolt-On Light 4. ICNY Reflective Dotted Sleeve T-Shirt 5. Kryptonite New York Lock 6.Orontas Bicycle Lubricant

1. Luvelo Black Star Bell  2. Tattly Lightning Fast Gold Tattoo 3. Blackburn Grid Front Bolt-On Light 4. ICNY Reflective Dotted Sleeve T-Shirt 5. Kryptonite New York Lock  6.Orontas Bicycle Lubricant

For him or her these practical biking gifts will be a hit with the cyclist on the go. They are simply the best.


The Laid Back Cruiser

 The Laid Back Bike Cruiser Gift Guide // 1. Trieste Cup Holder by PUBLIC 2. Sunset Stripe Bell by Luvelo 3. Swell water bottle in Blaze 4. Emoji Pizza Pin By Yo Sick 5. Solange for Puma Match Lo Stutter Stripe Sneakers

1. Trieste Cup Holder by PUBLIC  2. Sunset Stripe Bell by Luvelo  3. Swell water bottle in Blaze  4. Emoji Pizza Pin By Yo Sick  5. Solange for Puma Match Lo Stutter Stripe Sneakers

Not in the fast lane. This laid back cyclist is a casual commuter who loves living in their community and spreading good vibes.


The Daydreamer

The Bird-Loving Daydreaming Cyclist Gift Guide // 1.Ten Speed Hero Resort Cloud Socks 2. Luvelo Swallow Tattoo Dutch Bird Bell 3. Cleverhood Reflective Electric Houndstooth Raincape 4. Polaroid Cube Camera 5. Klean Kanteen Water Bottle 6. Luvelo Red X-Crate Basket

1. Ten Speed Hero Resort Cloud Socks 2. Luvelo Swallow Tattoo Dutch Bird Bell 3. Cleverhood Reflective Electric Houndstooth Raincape 4. Polaroid Cube Camera 5. Klean Kanteen Water Bottle 6. Luvelo Red X-Crate Basket

Rain or shine this cyclist likes to pack it all up and go exploring by bike. Give them the tools and accessories to make it a great ride.


 

The Classy Commuter

The Classy Bike Commuter Gift Guide // 1. Sahn Bike Helmet 2. Velo Orange SS Chrome Fenders 3. Luvelo Pink Racing Stripe Bell 4. Kate Spade Emerson Place Purse 5. Linus Retro head lamp 5. Luvelo Gray X-Crate Basket

1. Sahn Bike Helmet 2. Velo Orange SS Chrome Fenders 3. Luvelo Pink Racing Stripe Bell 4. Kate Spade Emerson Place Purse 5. Linus Retro head lamp 5. Luvelo Gray X-Crate Basket

She arrives by bike and in style. Gifts for you favorite bike to work woman who is polished and bright.


The Thoughtful Dutch Bike Rider

The Handsome Dutch Cyclist Gift Guide // 1.Luvelo Black X Dutch Bike Bell 2. Bern Black Helmet 3. Shinola Lock 4. Bicycle Diaries by David Burn 5. Luvelo Black X-Crate

1.Luvelo Black X Dutch Bike Bell 2. Bern Black Helmet 3. Shinola Lock 4. Bicycle Diaries by David Burn 5. Luvelo Black X-Crate bike basket

Gifts for the bicyclist who likes to be smart and safe on the road.


The Chic Bohemian

The Chic Bohemian Cyclist Gift Guide // 1. Luvelo Rose Tattoo Bicycle Bell 2. Tattly Be Happy Gold Temporary Tattoo 3. Nantucket Lightship Front Bike Basket at PUBLIC 4. Linus Dutchi 3 4. Swedish Hasbeens Covered High 5. Mme Velo Flower Bike Bag at Bike Pretty

1. Luvelo Rose Tattoo Bicycle Bell  2. Tattly Be Happy Gold Temporary Tattoo  3. Nantucket Lightship Front Bike Basket at PUBLIC  4. Linus Dutchi  4. Swedish Hasbeens Covered High  5. Mme Velo Flower Bike Bag at Bike Pretty

The best bike gifts for a beautiful breezy bike date.


The Savvy Mom

The Road Savvy Mom - Cyclist Gift Guide // 1. Luvelo Bella Racing Stripe Bell 2. Whoa! Baby on Bike Sticker by Luvelo 3. Blackburn Co-pilot Limo 4. Picnic CitySeat Cover 5. Yuba Boda Boda Bike

1. Luvelo Bella Racing Stripe Bell 2. Whoa! Baby on Bike Sticker by Luvelo 3. Blackburn Co-pilot Limo 4. Picnic CitySeat Cover 5. Yuba Boda Boda Bike

This yummy mommy arrives happily by bike with baby in tow. Make her ride a breeze.


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

6 City Bikes for Women

Ladies if you’re in the market for a new city bike this summer I suggest
you test ride these step through, vintage-inspired bikes. All of them
are available in Toronto right now.

The things I like to consider are:

1- Back position. I like to have a straight back and be able to see clearly in front of me – This is so important for riding in the city and keeping your eyes on the road..

2- Frame. I like the quick and easy access of a step through frame. It allows you to hop on the side walk and dismount in one quick movement. The angle of the frame and the distance of the handlebars are also key in making you feel in control and comfortable.

3- Speeds. Most of the bikes I’ve listed here are 3 or 7 speed. I personally like the options of having 7speeds but if you’re a single speed woman go for it!

3- Cushy seat. This can always be changed but it is a plus if your new seat has springs or a bit of padding. Remember to adjust the seat height correctly before test riding any bike. It makes the world of difference in the comfort of your ride.

4- Weight. Aluminum frames are lighter.  You may also want to consider the weight of the accessories you add and where and how you may need to carry your bike. If you live in a 3 story walk up and like to keep your bike in your apartment then weight will be of utmost importance.

5 -How you will carry your things. I prefer a rear rack that you can attach a bike basket to. Front baskets really throw off the balance of the bike unless they are  attached to the headtube. A rear rack also gives you the option of using a basket, pannier, crate or simply a bungee cord.

6- Color of course. You’re going to have this bike for a while so choose a color that makes you happy!

7- After you decide to get your dream bike don’t forget to invest in the best lock possible. Abus and Kryptonite are my suggestions. Some locks offer limited insurance so remember to register for it.

Whatever your preference it is always best to test ride a few bikes before buying your baby. As your ride you’ll learn what works for you and what doesn’t.

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Sleek and Lightweight – Luvelo’s X-Crate

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The X-Crate is a welcome new design to the bicycle basket and crate category for city and commuter cyclists.  The design takes it cues from the heavy wooden bicycle crates and jerry-rigged milk crates you see attached to the back of so many bicycles. Designed by Luvelo the X-Crate is made of light-weight aluminum and has a strong riveted construction.

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The X-Crate took a year and a half of design, prototyping and testing before coming to market. It was designed specifically with the stylish cyclist in mind. The pierced base allows for easy attachment to any rear bike rack and doubles as drainage. The X-Crate comes in coated black, light gray and red to compliment almost every bicycle.  It’s tapered design allows for stacking on bike store shelves and reduces wasted space during shipping.

You can find more information about the x-crate here.
We hope you love it as much as we do!

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Luvelo Launches

After a year of planning, designing and developing product we are happy to announce Luvelo Bike Accessories has officially launched. Our distributor Fourth Floor has been busy getting our products into stores across Canada and the USA and we are looking forward to seeing them on your bike this coming spring.

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We were excited to see two of Luvelo’s products featured in Now Magazine’s Bike Gear Guide – the Rose Tattoo striker bell and black X-Crate. It is so nice to see our work sit next to Simcoe’s beautiful red step-through bicycle as well as products from respected Canadian brands like Beacon and Louis Garneau.

This is just the beginning! We are in the process of developing more products that will help you enjoy your ride.

70s Vintage Chic

CatherineLike her outfit, Catherine’s Raleigh bike is 70s vintage chic. We caught up with her as she was heading to the K-OS concert at Metro Hall, part of the Luminato Festival’s opening night. Catherine’s cycling mantra is “Never chase lights,” which in Toronto is good advice since speeding through amber traffic lights is a real crap shoot.

Toronto’s Finest

Toronto Police Queen WestTwo of Toronto’s finest on the job. They were busy investigating something that went down in an alley off Queen West, so weren’t very chatty. Two interesting facts they did confirm: they spend about 8 hours of a 10-hour shift on their bikes; and, they ride a mountain bike called an Urbanite.

Beautiful Beaters

Trinity bikesWe found Susanna and Leah chilling in Trinity-Bellwoods Park with their beautiful beaters.

Susanna (on the left) got her Raleigh Glider from her best friend three years ago as a hand-me-down. She never thought she’d be riding in the city, but got over her fears and now couldn’t think of getting around any other way. Besides, she says there’s nothing quite like slipping on a pair of cork wedges and feeling the wind through her skirt as she rides through city.

Leah (on the right) got her bike three years ago from a woman in Montreal who had to give up her bike when she got pregnant. You couldn’t tell, but Leah says she’s put a lot of love and bucks into her ride. Just as well given the bike thieves and idiot drivers who’ve doored her a twice already.  Leah’s style when it comes to cycling: anything goes with a helmet.

Kicking it Old School

mantaManta describes her kick-ass style as ‘Old School Chic’. It was easy to catch up with her since she was walking her bike through Trinity-Bellwoods Park. She says she uses her Raleigh for everything, including getting to her job downtown in finance. Her biggest beef with cycling in Toronto: potholes. We hear you, sister!

Bad Boy

We caught Chris catching his breath and contemplating life at Trinity-Bellwoods Park in the west end of Toronto. He had just crossed town from the Beach to Queen West on his blacked out, single fork, 2012 Cannondale Bad Boy. For a guy who’s already had three close calls riding in the city – in the last incident a taxi backed into him – he seemed pretty mellow.

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Brooks Dashing Bike Show

The Brooks England Dashing Bicycle Show came through Toronto this weekend and set up shop at Bikes on Wheels in Kensington Market. The traveling show started in San Francisco and made stops in Denver and Washington D.C. Next stop, New York City.

Brooks provided the goods and DJ Henry provided the beats.

Dashing Brooks Bicycle Show Toronto