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.
Forum attendees wander the women’s shops showcasing their unique bike accessories.
Cleverhood displayed their rain cape – with reflective accents woven into the fabric for evening visibility:
the reflective grid pattern in the light
And in normal light:
Cleverhood under normal lighting condition
Bird Industries offered stickers saying “Friends don’t let friends wear spandex”:
For keeping a skirt in place, Bird Industries sells a skirt garter, along with other bike accessories
More bike accessories from Bird Industries
Bling from GiveLoveCycle:
Jewelry bling from GLC
Elly Blue and Ellee Thalheimer each had their publications and stickers available:
Elly Blue alongside author Ellee Thalheimer
Ellee Thalheimer’s books
Elly Blue’s publications
Vespertine‘s eco-chic reflective gear:
Vespertine from NYC – chic reflective vest, jackets, belts and pins
Bicyclette‘s bike-inspired accessories for bike, self and home:
Bicyclette’s bike-inspired items
I was especially happy and proud to see Maria from PoCampo (from Chicago!) at this event:
Chicago-based PoCampo’s bike bags and purses
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:
Bikie Girl Bloomers
Nuu-Muu dresses make biking in sportswear fashionable and easy
Bandbox Bicycle Helmets with their own helmet covers:
This line of bike helmets offers its own bike covers, so you can cycle in your own “hat” style.
Vaya Bags use recycled canvas and recycled bicycle tubes to make bags, purses, belts, wallets, etc.:
Vaya Bags offer items from recycled canvas and bike tubes… I bought myself a cool belt.
In fact, I may be reviewing the Vaya Bags pannier hybrid bag
Pannier Hybrid Bag complete with backpack shoulder straps, plus clips to attach to a rear bike rack – so you can carry it multiple ways.
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.