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BROOKS ENGLAND, PEDaLED, BOOKMAN LIGHT, BIKE GLOW
Bicycles are a time honored way of commuting...around the world, and here in the USA, a growing way of getting to work.
|Eton Leather Satchel-shoulder straps can be used backpack style|
|Barbican Leather Shoulder Bag-w/adjustable shoulder strap|
|Piccadilly Leather Knapsack-middle and Challenge Saddle tool bag (l) D-Shaped Saddle Bag (r)|
|this poncho fits right underneath the saddle...|
|rain proof poncho|
|Pickwick Backpack made of water resistant canvas, leather trim, roll-top w/ Brixton Tote|
Another brand launching here hails from Japan...PEdALED-founded in 2007 by Japanese fashion designer Hideto Suzuki, FYI: The poetic expression “pedal earth diving” is the acronym of “PEdALED”.
|weather resistant, reinforced shoulders for packs, with great front angled, easy access pockets -ergonomic sleeves, longer back|
|cuffs role up|
|Eurobike Gold Award 2012 Urban Jacket-made from special waterproof, breathable cotton. Ergonomic sleeves, smartphone pocket, earphone wire guides, reinforced shoulders, pockets double as air vents|
|back pockets, adjustable hood and hem via elastic|
|reflective cords, storm flap-rip open, quick release|
|RE VEST mixed textiles-wool plaid keeps core warm-made from recycled military stock----angled front pockets for easy access, two access back pocket-the width of the back-like a hunter's vest---though the tag states otherwise|
|Japanese denim...l/s shirt-shaped for riders...nice enough for going out on the town|
|lether covered buttons|
|sure beats using rubber bands---leather straps keep pants out of pedals|
|unscrew the nails---2 AA batteries go in here. A little screw driver is included in the kit. tape under bike saddle. Tape and a velcro strap, included.|
|even Luddites will get these instructions-EASY|
Three light options-slow/fast flashing and steady...and in eight colors available for brightness that cannot be missed by those with their eyes open. MSRP $24.95
We tried it on our triathlon race bike ---and honestly we are loathe to add any weight on it...and found the Bike Glow-unobtrusive.
Better though---for commuter bicycles...especially in areas where it gets dark early. Or to wrap around our backpack when we go hiking during hunting season---when we don't want to be mistaken for Bambi.