Archive of ‘safety’ category

Spotlight: Perfect Bike Light Pick

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Sure, we wish every bike ride occurred on a perfect, sunny day—but it doesn’t always work out that way. Which is why BOOKMAN lights are great. They’ll alert others to your presence (and light the way) in bad weather or after the sun goes down.

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Why we love at Eleanor’s? Anything that combines safety with streamlined style is a winner in our book.image

Lock it Down: Our 5 Favorite Bicycle Locks

You love your bike.  If you’re anything like us, you’ve spent some serious time, money, and effort turning your wheels into a custom ride that you depend on to get you where you need to go.  That said, keeping your bike safe can be a hassle.  If you aren’t able to store it in your house or apartment, you probably rely pretty heavily on a good bike lock to ward of unsavory bicycle thieves.  But there’s no reason why your lock can’t be just as cute as the rest of your ride.  Take a look at five of our favorite bicycle locks, and remember, safety is stylish.

1. Dalman Supply Co. Natural Rope LockThis is a pretty handsome option when it comes to bicycle locks.  The natural fibers are wound around a cable lock, and high quality leather finish off the look.image[

2. Ivy Bike Lock by Sono Mocci: Designed as an entry for designboom’s Seoul Cycle Competition, this lock is as whimsical as it is practical.  We love a good cable lock… especially au naturel.

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3. Snake Lock by Pylones: The French design company Pylones is well-known for making brightly colored, quirky, and highly functional objets, and their bike locks are no exception.  After a live snake, it’s probably the best way to deter would-be bike thieves.image

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4. The Party Coil by Knog: If you’re looking for a more understated way to ensure your bike’s safety, we suggest you opt for one of these guys, made by Knog.  They come in a handful of colors so you can mix and match accordingly, and they’re super light so it won’t bog you down when you’re on the move.image

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5. Kotori Chain Lock by Charly: This is clearly the most whimsical offering presented in this post.  Even if you’re a serious cyclist, you can appreciate the folly of the small, brightly colored bird that’ll watch over your trusted set of wheels.  Plus, as Charly’s site boasts, “The keys are shaped like leaves!”  What more could you want?image

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FEED USA: Bicycles + Accessories for Target

FEED USA teamed up with Target and recently launch it’s first shopping line to combat world hunger. Fashionable finds that benefit a good cause? Sign us up! Thanks to the collaboration the line has grown beyond their signature tote bags and now includes everything from clothing, home goods, to a bike and chic bicycle helmet! There is something for everyone, check out more of the line here.

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Spotlight: BOOKMAN Bicycle Lights (new colors now available!)

Sure, we wish every bike ride occurred on a perfect, sunny day—but it doesn’t always work out that way. Which is why BOOKMAN bike lights are great. They’ll alert others to your presence (and light the way) in bad weather or after the sun goes down. In additional to our usual palette, we now have new Clay and Dark Jade hues in stock. Why we love at Eleanor’s? Anything that combines safety with streamlined style is a winner in our book.
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Citi Bike 101: Everything You Need to Know About New York’s Bike Share

Now that Citi Bike is here with roughly 6,000 bikes on the streets of Manhattan and Brooklyn just waiting to be ridden, the team at Eleanor’s Stylish Bicycle Accessories for Ladies decided to give them a try. Join us on our journey as we take you through our experience with Citi Bike!

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If you don’t have a Citi Bike annual membership, you can pay for a 30 minute trip using the kiosk located at the docking station.

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Spotlight: FrillRide Bicycle Skirt Guard in Polka Dot

A bicycle skirt guard allows you to ride your bicycle wearing a skirt, coat, caplet or party dress without it getting caught in the bicycle spokes. Each skirt guard is made in two parts that snap together on the chain side. A bike lock can be inserted through the wheel at that point.Why we love at Eleanor’s? We can’t get enough polka dots!image

We Love the Nightlife: 4 tips for biking in the dark

If you’re a night cyclist, you’re already well aware of the hazards of this time of day can bring.  You have to be extra-vigilant in case you come across darkly dressed pedestrians, cars that can creep up on you, and possibly even the rogue nocturnal animal looking to share the roads with you.  We put together a short list of 4 tips to keep you safe on your bike no matter the time of day.

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5 Tips To Get Your Bike Ready For Spring

Eleanor’s Stylish Bicycle Accessories for Ladies wrote a guest blog post for Simply Bike Blog. We just had to share.

As many of you surely know, this year’s Groundhog Day festivities indicated an early spring.  Well, although Winter Storm Nemo did its best to thwart our optimism, spring is, assuredly, just around the corner. Although this might not be the best time to ride your bike, you can spend some time getting it into shape for all the May flowers coming our way.  Here are 5 tips to help you switch into high gear this spring.

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1. Get a tune-up: It’s important to make sure that everything’s in working order before hitting the streets for some fresh spring air.  A tune-up will ensure that your bike is fully functioning and will give you a chance to correct or prevent any issues before they arise.  This will not only guarantee the longevity of your ride, it’ll keep you safer, too.  Bring your bike to your favorite local shop, or, if you’re a seasoned pro, check out this Popular Mechanics guide to a DIY tine-up.

2. Check your Tires: In the same vein as the above tip, it is absolutely essential to check your tires after a season of storing your bike.  Low tire pressure is not only awful for your rims, it’s a dangerous riding condition.  Additionally, you’ll want to be sure your treads aren’t completely worn so your traction is as good as possible (especially for those freak April showers).  Investing in new tires is well worth it.

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3. Be Prepared for Spring Showers: The only thing worse than getting caught in a sudden downpour while riding is returning to your bike after a storm.  The good news is that you no longer have to rely on old plastic bags to keep your seat dry!  Instead, why not go for one of these SüLi Bike Seat Caps?  They come in a variety of colors and prints to give your ride some additional style, and they prevent your seat from getting soggy no matter the weather.  Plus, they’re small enough to fit in your bag when the sun is shining again.

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4. Sign up for some cool rides: A good way to get back into the swing of things is to explore your surroundings.  May in particular is a big month for biking.  After all, it’s when the League of American Bicyclists sponsors its National Bike Month campaign.  Also, mark your calendar: National Bike To Work Day is Friday, May 17, 2013.

5. Brush up on your hand signals: We know it isn’t the absolute coolest thing to do, but knowing (and actually using) hand signals is key for safe cycling.  Being able to communicate with motorists, pedestrians, and other cyclists will keep you safe this spring, and all year round.

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Your bike is now ready for spring riding. All we need now is some beautiful spring weather!

Don’t Panic: Safe Bike Storage Tips When You’re Up The Creek without a Bike Lock

Ah yes.  The moment when you arrive at your destination, hop off your bike, and go to chain it to the closest bike rack or railing.  But wait: you’ve left your lock at home, and you don’t have time before your meeting, your luncheon, or maybe your hot date.  

So what do you do when you need to secure your bike but find yourself without a lock?  Here are some ideas for cyclists in a pinch.

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Sometimes you’re lucky if you remember ONE lock, let alone seven.

If you’re going to work (and happen to work in New York City) then you’re in luck,  Implemented in 2009, the Bicycle Access to Office Buildings Law, or Bikes in Buildings, allows employees the liberty of storing their bikes in the security of the workplace during the day.  There are a few prerequisites (it must be a commercial building, it should have at least one freight elevator, etc) but in general the law is making it easier and safer for folks to bike to work, and it eliminates the stress of bike parking.

However, if you’re just out on the town and need to find a safe spot for your bike, you might try appealing to local business owners.  If you shop at a certain market all the time, or have gotten to know a shopkeeper in the neighborhood, he or she might be willing to do you a solid and watch over your wheels for a while as long as they have the space.  Alternatively, if you’re in foreign territory, it never hurts to ask a trustworthy-seeming storeowner to stow your bike for a while.  After all, who couldn’t use some good karma?

For quick errands, like a trip to the bank or pharmacy, you can usually just leave your bike in the air lock.  Thanks to glass storefronts and surveillance cameras, it’d be quite awkward for a thief to try to steal your ride in front of a bunch of people and on record.  As long as you’re just running in and out, this is a good option for lock-less cyclists.

Of course, the easiest way to avoid getting caught without a lock is never to leave home without it.  And if you have a great looking bike lock that’s both practical and attractive, you’ll probably be less likely to forget it.  We think the Dalman Supply Co. Natural Rope Lock is an irresistible way to keep your bike safe.  This handmade lock is as strong as any cable lock, and galvanized metal and weatherproofed leather ensure it’ll look as good as it is secure.

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If you’ve already got a good bike lock but want to freshen it up a little bit, try adding one of these handmade U Lock Covers by Deer Badger to the mix.  The cotton sleeve softens up the harsh, industrial look of most U locks and allows you to let your style shine in an unexpected way.image

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