We recently had our first 50 degree day in Chicago so I was happy to dust off my old bike and go out for my inaugural spin of the season. Now that it's warming up and I'm more likely to rely on pedal power get get around, it's time to look around for some new biking gear.
- Eleanor's Alison Lucien is a stylish NYC biker who wants to bring style to your daily commute. Her online shop stocks helmets, bags, lights and even apparel.
- The Classic Bicycle Shop This Australian shops stocks an impressive selection of classic bike styles, as well as accessories, like seat covers, baskets and rear carriers.
- Heritage Bicycles General Store This Chicago outfit offers locally handcrafted bicycles in their combination bike and coffee shop. You can also order online if you're not in the Midwest.
- Bower Lane Bicycles Heritage Bicycles' owner, Michael Salvatore, also helped establish this NYC bike store. Like Heritage, Bowery Lane is also known for their locally handcrafted bikes.
- Yuba Bikes Based in Petaluma, California, Yuba offers cargo bike options for the urban cycling family.
- Vanilla Bicycles This Portland, Oregon, shop features Sacha White's handcrafted frames. This store is also focused on creating and sustaining a biking community.
- Linus Bikes In addition to their handsomely designed bikes, Linus also offers a host of accessories, including basket, bells and fenders.
- Public The man who founded Design Within Reach went on to start this bicycle company. Besides bikes, Public offers a great selection of gear.
- Brooklyn Cruiser Based in, you guessed it, Brooklyn, you'll find vintage inspired bikes that are built for today.
- Bikeworks NYC This Lower East Side cycling center offers bikes and frames, as well as racing and training gear.
- Madsen Cycles Based in Salt Lake City, this is another great option for cargo bikes. You can search for a local dealer or order online and get white glove delivery.
- Surly Based in Bloomington, Minnesota, Surly stock bikes for pavement, omniterra, trails and hauling.
- Stalk Bamboo Bicycles A bike made from bamboo? Yes! A bike made from bamboo grown locally in the Bay area? Double yes!
- Adeline Adeline This NYC based shop, which strives to bring style and romance to cycling, also offers their bicycles, gear and accessories in their online shop.
- JC Lind Bike Co. This Chicago shop, formerly known as De Fietsfabriek, wants to bring the "joy and freedom of the European biking culture to Chicago and North America." A great source for cargo bikes.
(Image: Jason Loper)