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  • Dec 19 2012

    Holiday Gift Guide — For the Commuter

    There's still time to shop before the Holiday Season is through! Here are a few last-minute ideas for the Bike Commuter in your life. Below you'll find a mix of new products, old favorites, top-selling items this fall, and a few gift ideas from nearby local shops.

    1 - Super Shield Gloves

    2 - Commuter Combo Light Set, including the Urban 200 front light and the Vis 180 Micro tail light from Light and Motion

    3 - A small saddle bag like this one from Gilles Berthoud is the perfect place to stash a few essential tools for flat changes on the fly

    4 - For any Minneapolitan commuter, a Winter Maintenance Membership from Perennial Cycle is a gift of piece of mind that will keep the bike commuter in your life rolling with whatever our Minnesota winter throws our way, now through March 31, 2013!

    5 - A 2012 must-read for any bike commuter, The Enlightened Cyclist by Bike Snob NYC is available through Magers and Quinn and at ROAM Interiors on Hennepin.

    6 - Ortlieb's waterproof Pelican is the perfect commuting bag for any weather.

    7 - Minoura iH-400-OS Phone Grip with Clamp

    8 - 3Wrencho from PDW

    9 - Give the gift of added safety with a high-visibility reflective vest with a long tail designed especially for cyclists.

    10 - A sturdy pair of MN-made Red Wing shoes for him or for her.

    11 - Who knows bike commuting better than the Dutch? The Mirte Shopper, designed in the Netherlands by Basil Bags, makes a great commuting bag and is especially handy for running errands by bike.

    12 - The Giro Reverb Helmet was named one of Oprah's Favorite things this year and is a great fit for any commuter.

    13 - Rema Patch Kit

    14 - No bell has a more classic sound than the Riten Rotary Bell from Crane.

    15 - MN Loves Bikes 12.5x12.5 print, available locally at Forage Modern Workshop or online from the Aesthetic Apparatus design team. An added bonus: this print fits in an inexpensive record album frame.

  • Dec 12 2012

    Holiday Gift Guide — For Mom

    Calhoun Cycle Holiday Gift Guide

    Last week we were all about gifts for Dad. Naturally, Mom comes next! Maybe she's into road races. Maybe she's a commuter. Maybe she loves the ease of skipping traffic and running errands by bike. Either way, tell her how special she is with a dash of red, silver, green, and gold. For more ideas for Mom (or Grandma, Aunt Sue, or your lovely wife), stop in for a chat! We'd love to help you find something that will bring a smile to her face.

    Calhoun Cycle Holiday Gift Guide for Mom

    1 - Linus Headlamp

    2 - Chain Bracelet made in Oregon from up-cycled bike chains by Resource Revival

    3 - Basil's Bottle Basket, available in three additional colors

    4 - Simi Mini Dots helmet from Nutcase

    5 - Fly T by local designers Twin Six

    6 - The Loop Pannier from Chicago's Po Campo, available in a choice of colors and waterproof fabrics.

    7 - Key Chain Loop from Russell & Hazel, available at their flagship store on 44th and France in Minneapolis.

    8 - Black Chocolate Honey Bon Bons from local maker Mademoiselle Miel, available at the Walker Shop and at Surdyk's.

    9 - Make it a memorable holiday! Bring home the Boda Boda and up your car-light cred with this groovy cargo cruiser.

    10 - Soma Pocket Square Multi-tool... never leave home without it!

    11 - For a special gal with discerning tastes and a lot of miles behind (and ahead of!) her, the B17 S Select is handmade from extra tough, organic leather by the one and only Brooks of England.

    12 - Tandem Bicycle Red Christmas Tree Bike Ornament made by Utah-based Kate Daisy and team.

    13 - New from Crane, a hand-painted Suzu Bell makes a unique gift.

    14 - Help her stay cozy with a hand-dyed scarf by Minneapolis' own Martha McQuade of Scarf-Shop. Catch Martha in person (and say hello to Kristy from The Beez Kneez) at this weekend's Last Minute Handmade gift market.

  • Dec 07 2012

    Holiday Gift Guide — for Dad

    Calhoun Cycle's Holiday Gift Guide for Dad
    Calhoun Cycle's Holiday Gift Guide for Dad

    For Dad, for your partner, for Grandpa... we all have at least one especially distinguished fellow on our lists. Here are a few ideas we hope will be helpful in letting him know you're thinking of him this holiday season. Whether he's a commuter, a gravel rider, or another sort of bicycle enthusiast, we've got you covered!

    1 - Brooks Trouser Strap

    2 - Ortlieb's Office Bag in Hazel

    3 - New this year, Grant Petersen's Just Ride will help him cultivate the Un-Racer within. Grab your copy, and a copy for Dad at Magers and Quinn, just down the road from Perennial Cycle.

    4 - Nothing sounds better than classic brass. Crane's Suzu Bell is one of our (and your) favorites.

    5 - Abus Steel O Chain

    6 - Carradice Zip Roll, available in green with honey or black with creamy-white leather detailing.

    7 - PDW's Bar-Ista, the bottle holder of choice for toting your coffee along on the ride.

    8 - Twin Six Deluxe Socks

    9 - Always be prepared with a Crank Brothers 10 multi-tool

    10 - The latest issue of Bicycle Quarterly magazine

    11 - Surly's Junk Straps are a must-have in any tool bag

    12 - Go West Jersey with pearl-button snaps from Club Ride

    13 - Bottle Opener Keychain, made in Oregon from up-cycled bicycle parts.

    14 - Local artist Redcruiser has outdone herself this year with a brand new 2013 Seasonal Beer and Food Pairings Calendar. These are selling fast, so check back if you don't see one available in the shop right this second... more are on the way!

  • Nov 29 2012

    Holiday Gift Guide — for the Student

    Holiday Gift Guide by Calhoun Cycle

    This week we're excited to share a selection of gifts for the student. When you're commuting to and from campus, biking can help save money (free parking!) and time (convenient parking!). But, when you're a student... the reality is you can't always afford the niceties (and even necessities) that make the commute a little easier. This holiday season, why not treat the scholar in your life to something special?

    a selection of gift ideas for the bike commuting college student

    1 - Delta's Cargonet will hold a lock and a jacket or stretch to fit a large stack of books in a pinch

    2 - Klean Kanteen 27 oz. sport bottle

    3 - Abus' Bordo lock is the perfect combo. It's both light and compact while being incredibly secure.

    4 - Basil Memories Malaga XS makes a great lunch box

    5 - The Touchscreen Gloves Kit from Brit & Co. includes conductive thread and needles that will help you give your favorite gloves (and the included pair) touchscreen-friendly fingertips so you can check your schedule on the go while still keeping your hands cozy in the Minnesota winter

    6 - Pair the Arkel Bug backpack/pannier with a laptop sleeve from Ortlieb to get your student (and his or her laptop) to and from campus safely

    7 - Hamburger Bell

    8 - Chocolate Milk Nutcase Helmet

    9 - Brighten up a drab dorm room with a BIKE poster by Minneapolis artist Laura Brown. (psst... if you're in Minneapolis, contact Laura for info about local pickup, and mention that you're a Shopcast reader)

    10 - Bike commuting 101: Never leave home without reliable rain gear. We love O2's Calhoun jacket for men and the Club Pro jacket from Shower's Pass for women.

    11 - Logo Evo rack from Tubus. Set your student up for life: invest in a rack that's built to last.

    12 - Bookman Light Set

    13 - Woodie 8 Multitool from Soma

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