Bike Interview with Accessories Designer Silke Jacobs

Silke Jacobs

1. Tell us about bySilkeJacobs?

The idea for my namesake line of bags and accessories came about 3 years ago when I started sewing again to make fun and practical bags for myself and friends. After a few months of experimenting and creating my own designs, I realized how much I enjoyed the process and decided to open up an Etsy shop. As the orders kept coming in, I expanded my brand, collection, and customer base. My current collection includes a wide variety of accessories ranging from coin purses and pencil pouches to shoulder bags and totes.

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11 Must See Creative Bike Parking

Bike parking can be a bore, finding bike parking can be work too, but creative minds like David Brynes are collaborating with cities to make storing your precious steed a little more fun and easy. We’ve gone around the web and our neighborhood to check out the latest creations of fun bike racks to get you excited to find the next destination to park.

Here are 11 creative and unique bike parking that we love:

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Photo Courtesy of Dandy Horse Magazine worldbikeparking

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Bike Interview: Mara & Megan of Henry Liz (cool bike totes designers)

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1. Tell us about Henry Liz?
We came to this from an innovation standpoint, from a fashion-first perspective on the whole biking thing. We saw a real problem, for real people in NYC, in SF, in Portland, in Paris — you know urban cyclists who are using their bicycles to go to brunch, to the work meeting, on dates. This helmet tote is all about letting people weave helmets into their lives — Safe marries Style. And keeping these amazing people safe and free.

2. How did you come up with the idea for Henry Liz?
OK, Megan went to DC and was hanging with friends and they were using the DC version of Citibike, and they didn’t have an elegant solution for carrying their bicycle helmets around. And Megan thought about that. And she saw me at a party on the rooftop of our old building on the Bowery. And there was a lot of nostalgia about that roof. Great place, great memories, always amazing ideas spawning left and right on that roof. Anyway, she’s gazing at the New Museum and she tells me about DC. And then suddenly we’re making prototypes in my place in Williamsburg. “Atelier Holmgren.” And we make a million versions, meet Roy (our manufacturer), and voila. (more…)

Cool Music Video: Brooklyn Chamber Pop artist AK

AK Bike Music Video Chamber-pop artist AK just released her music video for the song “Circles” directed by David Formentin and shot by Ray Levé in the Ditmas Park, Brooklyn, NY. AK sings about aimless post-college summer days spent with a close knit group of friends riding bikes, swimming in lakes, and hiding out on porches during thunderstorms. Anthemic vocal harmonies and upbeat rhythms mimic the sound of bicycle wheels turning as we ride through a long hot summer day. We love the talented’s AK video and just had to share with y’all.

“Circles” by AK from alexandra kalinowski on Vimeo.

5 Cats Who Cruise in Bike Baskets

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It’s ridiculous, right? It’s one thing to bike with your baby in tow, and it’s completely reasonable to bring your pooch along for a ride. But carrying a cat by bicycle? Although it’s not often done, it certainly can be, and it’s a lot more practical than you might think.

Cats are a lot more sensitive than dogs, and our feline friends are often homebound, especially in cities where outdoor exploration could be quite dangerous. But if you’re both a dedicated cyclist and devoted cat-owner, here are 5 cool cats who like to cruise on bikes too.

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5 Stylish Sunnies for Summer Biking

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Ya know, it’s bright out there. There’s nothing worse than hopping on your bike in the summer sun and having to squint the whole time. You should be able to take in the scenery! Protect your peepers with a pair of our favorite shades:

1. Jimmy Choo Havana Polarized Sunglasses at Nordstrom for $130.00

2. Warby Parker Marple Sunglasses for $145.00

3. WOOED Weathered Black Sunglasses at Etsy for $95.00

4. Merona Gradient Wire Rim Sunglasses at Target for $17.00

5. Ray-Ban Oversized Wayfarer at Saks Fifth Avenue for $155

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Henry Liz: Stylish Bike Helmet Totes

Just came across this super cute company called Henry Liz  which is a “Made in the US” brand, that believes in bringing jobs and manufacturing back to the US.  Yay, go Henry Liz!

Right now Henry Liz has two unique bags: The Unisex Waxed Canvas Bedford Bike Helmet Bag and our Higher Quality Leather Bowery Bike Helmet Bag (which is my personal favorite). These bags answer the question “what do you do with your bike helmet when you are off your bike?” a question a lot of urban bikers ask themselves as they go from place to place, whether that be a meeting, dinner, or hanging with friends.

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So Henry Liz came up with this idea because they noticed that a lot of people weren’t wearing their bike helmets while riding their bike, mostly because they didn’t want to carry their bike helmets around with them off their bike – now they have no excuse!!

Check out and fund their Kickstarter campaign here.

Also, follow Henry Liz’s journey on Instagram too.

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