Bicycling to work is becoming more common. Bicycling at work is still rather rare. And doing both, well, that requires a Pit In Bicycle Desk.
Most bicycle baskets look powerfully uncool. One vondrous exception: the Bent Basket.
The simple yet ingenious design uses a strong piece of wood topped by nylon straps. The straps are plentiful enough to keep books, folders or other thin objects from sliding out. They are also flexible enough to hold a variety of items in place, including loose vegetables (photo to right) or 6-pack of beer (photo below). Another bonus: the Bent Basket can fit either on the front or back of a bike.
Rarely can a bicycle storage solution be described as “elegant,” yet that adjective perfectly fits the Knife & Saw Bike Shelf. It’s essentially a high quality book shelf with a notch into which the top bar of a bicycle can be fit. What especially vondrous about the Bike Shelf: It doesn’t look out of place when not holding a bicycle. $300 for walnut or $270 for ash
Check out the Clankworks Pinch Stand for another cool bicycle storage item.
Green. No, red. Wait, how about black?
If you are picky about the color of your new bicycle—or are looking for a pedaled ride that stands out—check out the Urban Outfitters Bike Shop online. There you can select your new bicycle frame’s color as well as the color of the front and rear rims, front and rear tires, the housing, the grips, the crank and even the chain! The website estimates the time it will take for Urban Outfitters to construct your custom bike (it’s usually only 2 or 3 days) and suggest color patterns. $399
A design need not be complicated to be vondrous. Take the Clankworks Pinch Stand. It looks simple, elegant, yet works as a home holder for a bicycle better than any kick stand could. Slide the rear wheel of a bike into the Pinch Stand and the aluminum springs of the bamboo stand hold the whole bicycle in place. When you’re ready to ride off the bike removes easily. The Pinch Stand can accommodate virtually any width of bicycle wheel. $89
Folding cars (as seen in The Jetsons) might still be a long way off but the folding bicycle has arrived. To wit: the Strida LT Folding Bike. Don’t let it’s unusual design throw you—this bike rides as well as a non-folding one once you get use to the weight distribution, which is more oriented to the rear wheel.
The folding Strida LT weighs only 19 pounds so it’s easy to carry up stairs or unto public transportation. It’s easy to fold up in a few seconds too (see the video after the jump). What’s not so easy is going up steep hills—the Strida LT has only one gear. $600 with free 2-day Amazon Prime shipping