20 December 2015

A Very Velo Christmas - Gift Guide...

It’s really not that long until Christmas, and some of you might still be on the look out for pressies for that special cyclist in your life (or just yourself, which is totally cool and you deserve it). If you’re having a last minute moment, here are some gifts you can still get in time for the 25th… OR enjoy over the holiday season and beyond…

Tatty Devine x Design Museum Bicycle Necklace - £40:

Team Tatty have created these necklaces to celebrate Cycle Revolution at the Design Museum. The wheels move, it’s got “Tatty Devine” hand-inked on the down tube, and if you like TD & Cycling then you’re basically going to love this.

Timing: Both their Brick Lane & Covent Garden stores are open until Christmas Eve. Order online using express delivery by 23rd December to get it for Christmas day. 

Vulpine Cycling Prints - £30 for a single / £50 for a set:
Round up some of the best names in cycling & graphic design, ask them to create some wonderful artwork and what do you get? A selection of beautiful prints to pop on your wall that will inspire you to ride. Get some Rebecca J Kay, Ben Scruton or US to brighten those four walls.

Timing: Free UK Express Shipping is being offered from 21st - 23rd December... bargain! 

Brooks B15 Swallow Chrome Saddle - Approx £170
Getting more miles in over the festive period and New Year will be on the agenda for quite a few of us, so why not on a spanking brand new butt carrier? I’ve had the pleasure of riding on one of these and was pleasantly surprised at how comfortable the B15 actually is. A timeless design and certainly a treat, this will last the distance.

Timing: Their Covent Garden store is open until Christmas Eve... that's also a nice excuse to get down there and get lost in the beauty of B1866.

Cycle Revolution at The Design Museum - £13.65 Adult (see site for further prices) 
Who says that gifts have to fit under the tree? One of the best exhibitions on the beauty of cycling is on at Shad Thames, and I urge all the bike lovers out there to go see it. Almost every kind of bike is covered in the show, along a bike builders workshop, interactive films from some of the greatest cyclists out there and an awesome gift shop if you really need to take something away from the day.

Timing: Post Christmas Day as closed then and on Boxing Day (or one for the New Year to look forward too) - Open daily 10:00 – 17:45. Last admission is 17:15. 

Wool and The Gang Brady Basket: - £43
I’m looking at these as alternative handbag to pop into your bike basket when on the move. Seriously - how much fun would it be to make you own Brady Basket and stow it away in your wicker carrier when out on a ride? You can buy them ready made, but if you or the person you’re thinking of has a crafty streak, get the kit to make your own. Choose from 15 yarn colours, sit in front of the festive TV, and get your crochet on!

Timing: Order online by 21st December to get it for Xmas - express delivery is being applied at the Checkout at the moment too.

London Bike Kitchen’s Level A Introduction to Maintenance: - £70
Learning the basics of bike maintenance is a good place to start if you’re about to get into cycling, or want to brush up on your existing knowledge. LBK are one of the friendliest places in London to do this - they even provide a bike to work on in the classes if you don’t have one. The cost of the course also includes a year’s membership to LBK… BONUS.

Timing: One for the new year, as the next Intro Level A courses are 19th & 20th January 2016.

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