Wristlets

I’ve always liked carrying wristlets when I want to run errands or for an evening out. I like being able to hang a bag from my wrist while opening a door or carrying a glass or two of beer back to the table.

inner tube wristlet

Also, I have some great customers with ideas I like to incorporate into my designs. Here’s the latest:

I made this wristlet by just using the Tools & Accessory bag and adding a strap. The strap is a narrow road bike tube so all I did was stitch it flat a 1/4 inch or so from each edge and then run a narrow piece of strapping plastic I recycled from some large boxes that were shipped to my work. I also have friends give me pieces of the plastic also. The plastic keeps the strap from stretching, strengthens the handle and keeps the stitches from breaking since the thread is a poly-cotton. It is for sale in my Etsy store.

The wristlet below I made by just grabbing my favorite D-Ring bag. I am using one of my keychains for the strap. I really like it. I’ve been carrying it for a couple of weeks now. I like that I can also put a key on it and also take the strap off to use the bag in a purse or backpack. I don’t have one listed yet. It will sell for $25.

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My New Bamboo Cargo Bike is Lovely and Amazing

OK, I am now officially the luckiest girl in the world. I own a handmade bamboo cargo bike.  It rides beatifully and if I was fast, it would be too.

Bamboo Cargo Bike At the Post Office

I’ve been riding it for almost a month now. Just short trips so far. I’ve carried very heavy loads and nothing at all. It rides well with both. Marko added a bigger chain ring since it was geared so low I couldn’t really pedal going over 13 mph or so.  So, I’m testing a much larger gear set up. So far so good.

Here are some photos.

The wheelbase is 5 inches longer than a standard bike and the rack is part of the frame. My Basil panniers fit perfectly on it. I will get a wicker basket for the front also.

Mark is now building another bamboo and steel frame. Totally different geometry. Can’t wait to try it.

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Tour De Brew – Filling and Delicious!

The first annual Tour De Brew was  a blast! Over 800 people signed up! Amazing for a 1st time bicycling event in KC.

I did the 15 miler on my trusty Bambina with my huge Basil panniers, allowing me to carry 2 small children if need be. Luckily, I didn’t need to.

rode bamboo bike on the Tour De Brew - slogan of the day

I met up with my pal Elise, who was riding solo also so we decided to team up for our brewery-seeing tour. She had a real camera so she got some lovely photos. She makes some wild and wacky stuff. Check out her stuff  at Pilot Valve.

We missed a few places since not all were marked for the slightly unawares (myself). Only got stopped by one train (in the west bottoms) and we saw a deer! It was scrambling up and over the railroad tracks heading towards DST on SW Blvd.  [Read more…]

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Key Fob Wristlet Key Ring – InnerTube Style!


I now have keychain key fob wristlet key rings in the Re-Velo line. I never know quite what to call them. You may have noticed that.

6 Re-Velo recycle inner tub key fob wristlet thingys

 

They are made from a strip of bike inner tube that I sewed with contrasting stitching. I used a 1 1/4″ split key ring (room for plenty o’ room for keys and grocery store, pet store cards) and I put it all together (OK, I hammered it with conviction) with a metal rivet and washer. The strap is plenty big for your wrist. It’s approximately 10 inches in  circumference.

Anyhoozles, they are on my etsy store now so check ’em out if you need a hand-free way to keep your keys close.  Here’s another photo to tantalize you…

recycled inner tube wristlet key chain

 

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New Sporty Wallets

I am playing around with a slightly different wallet design. This one is overall an inch shorter than the standard card holder wallet I make now. I can get 8 per tube now instead of 7 and a piece of scrap.

inner tube card holder and wallet

I think they are easy to get the cards in and out of.  What do you think of them?

smaller inner tube wallet

 

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Bike Week 2011

Bike Week is almost here in Kansas City!

2011 Bike Week in Kansas City May 16 - 20

From May 16th through 20th there will be lots of 2-wheeled fun going on. It’s a great way to introduce (or re-introduce!) people to cycling. Whether it’s a spin through the neighborhood, on a bike path, a commute to work or a long-distance adventure, I’m always glad I got on my bike. And I think most people, once they hop back on, feel the same way.Here’s a link to the 2011 Bike Week calendar. More things are being added so keep checking back.

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Fashionable Purses made from Bike Inner Tubes – No Bike Needed!

More purses for you to gawk at…

inner tube purses

One has an adjustable strap, the other has the swivel clip so you can hook and unhook at will…if you’re into that sort of thing.

Both have an outside pocket for stashing lottery tickets, secret notes, shopping lists and business cards. They are smooth, sleek and rubbery. And both feel darned lucky to be a part of the fashionable recycled, upcycled, vegan, do-gooder accessory world and not laying around in the landfill. They are smiling and they will make you happy if they end up resting upon your shoulder as you traipse around your world.

I have them up on Etsy now!  If you have questions, email me! They are priced at $39.

For size reference…Caesar is 14 lbs of solid muscle, bone and fur. I just hope he doesn’t pounce on those poor, defenseless purses.

2 inner tube purses

I just put this Grommety Wristlet bag up on Etsy….it was obviously very cold and turning blue that day…or the color balance went terribly terribly wrong…sigh.

I put a CRAZY low price on it so it’ll probably go fast. Have I gone mad?

inner tube wristlet with grommet strap

Stay warm and upright!

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Wristlet & Grommet Bag for August

I made a new purse this week.

inner tube wristlet with grommet strap

I’ll be honest….it was a mistake. I was sewing along  just swimmingly and had it almost done then I realized…uh oh, no strap. What to do? [Read more…]

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I Have New Burritos for all your bike tools…I hope you’re hungry.

I just made a fresh batch of burritos. Click on the pics to enlarge….

Inner Tube Tool Roll for bicycle

 

These sell for $15 apiece or two for $25.

Let me know what you think of these!

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Count Down to Bike Week May 17 -21 2010

Bike Week 2010 in KC, MO

I got an email today from Eric Rogers who is coordinating all the activities for Bike Week and the Car Free Challenge. It looks like they have LOTS of activities planned in May. Yay! Good work guys and gals!

Here’s a link to the Car Free Challenge and Bike Week website. http://www.bikekc.org

The best link on the page (it should be at the top if you ask me) is called How Not To Get Hit By Cars. Rules to live by. Literally. Riding a bike should be intuitive but unless you ride a lot, there is a lot to be learned about bikes and cars coexisting in traveling harmony and on a bike, lessons you don’t learn can kill you. Just sayin’. Sometimes I see people riding bikes and I’m sure they have a death wish. Riding the wrong way (bike salmon), no lights AND dark clothes at night, riding in groups 3 abreast going up a hill with 5 or more cars behind them. Yes, I know, you CAN take up the whole lane, it’s not against the law and after all you DO have an expensive carbon bike and a cool team jersey on but WHY? Just get in single file for less than a minute and let them pass! I drive too and it makes me nuts.

Anyhoozles, I’m making 250 wallets for Bike Week so if you want one,  just show up at any of the events and I bet you can get one.

I am the captain of  Team Re-Velo for the Car Free Challenge. OK, so it’s only me but I’m STILL the captain. But if you want to be on my team, I’d love to have you join! There are rules however…

1- Must be able to ride a bicycle

2- I haven’t thought of the second one yet.

Here’s a link to the Car Free Challenge site. Just do it!

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