As a welcome addition to this year’s expanded Women’s Bicycling Forum, the League of American Bicyclists “put out a call for applications [to women leaders in the bike industry] and were absolutely inspired by the diverse array of vendors who responded and delighted to announce the lineup for our Women Bike Pop-up Shop.”
The idea to include vendors stemmed from the theme of this year’s Forum — Women Mean Business, and the vendors who participated in this pop-up shop served to showcase several of these female leaders in the bike industry.
Nearly 20 women-owned bike shops (and causes) decorated the lobby spaces of the National Women’s Bicycling Forum and provided a welcome opportunity for attendees to meet these talented vendors, learn more about their businesses and products, and snag some great deals on awesome bike accessories.
Cleverhood displayed their rain cape – with reflective accents woven into the fabric for evening visibility:
And in normal light:
Bird Industries offered stickers saying “Friends don’t let friends wear spandex”:
Bling from GiveLoveCycle:
Vespertine‘s eco-chic reflective gear:
Bicyclette‘s bike-inspired accessories for bike, self and home:
I was especially happy and proud to see Maria from PoCampo (from Chicago!) at this event:
Bikie Girl Bloomers offered a clever way to bike in a skirt (with a skirt hitch- the “skitch”) and fun spandex for wearing under the skirt:
Bandbox Bicycle Helmets with their own helmet covers:
Vaya Bags use recycled canvas and recycled bicycle tubes to make bags, purses, belts, wallets, etc.:
In fact, I may be reviewing the Vaya Bags pannier hybrid bag :
Jacquie Phelan of the Women’s Mountain Bike and Tea Society (WOMBATS) also graced the pop-up show with her tunes:
As listed on the League of American Bicyclists’ site, the complete list of Women Bike Pop-up Shop vendors included:
Taliah Lempert, Bicycle Paintings
Bikie Girl Bloomers
Elly Blue, Taking the Lane Media
Georgena Terry, Heart of Steel bicycles
Georgia in Dublin
Eleanor Thalheimer, Cycling Sojourner
It took all my restraint to not buy something from every vendor. I did buy myself a few items – that were easily packable in my suitcase – but I admired everything I saw and every woman I met. These women have the creativity to meet the needs of fellow female cyclists.
With all this talent in the bike industry, there truly is something for everyone and women need not feel that the bike world is male-dominated. Just demand that your local bike shop stocks these items.