Spring Time Is New Purse Time!

I just created this fringed inner tube purse last Sunday. I love how it turned out!

I call it the Fringe Benefits Purse.

Fringe Purse lounging on the deck.

(The purse is not this blue. I didn’t white balance.)

I love the fringe. I’d been wanting to play around with it for some time and it works great for this bag.  Made of recycled  tubes, this purse is super comfortable and made to be worn across your body, leaving you hands free to do whatever it is you do when you need to have all your stuff on you.

Fringe inner tube purse

It lays flat against your hip, making it easy to walk with and it doesn’t make you look fat.

It’s unlined and here are the deets, as the young kids like to say. I think. I have no idea since I don’t have kids. Word.

Details:

9 inch top opening with a 9 inch black metal zipper
14″ width at widest point, 12″ width at bottom
2 D-rings
51 inch strap

I reinforced the strap internally with recycled (oh yes, I hoard) plastic strapping for strength and now it won’t stretch which will keep your wallet, phone, lip gloss, keys, iPod, cosmetics, comb, brush, patch kit, bounce free!

Strap detail shows markings on inner tube

Strap Detail with D-Ring and markings

This was sold on my Etsy store. Check it out! Heart me if you like it!

Update: This purse now lives in Florence, Italy!!!! I envy this purse. I sold it 2/2011 to a wonderful Italian photographer. I’m hoping she’ll send me photos of it.

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Street Cred Stage 4 This Saturday!

Street Cred Stage 4 this saturday at grinders

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Whoo Hoo! I did my first Xcross Race Today!

And I didn’t fall down!

I’m not sure how I did but I don’t think I was last AND I think I was the oldest participant so I am pretty happy about it.

Granted, it was the Urban Cyclocross Challenge in the West Bottoms of KC, MO, so it was far from a traditional cyclocross race – BUT, my bamboo bicycle performed great and I even did a cyclocross running dismount. My re-mounts need work to say the least but great fun was had by me and all who attended. It was a gorgeous, sunny day. Perfect for being outside. It was in the high 20’s but no wind to speak of. I couldn’t feel my toes by the end of the race but other than that, it was very comfy for riding a bicycle.

I have movies on my camera that someone took for me so I will edit those and put them on my Flickr page next week.

I scrubbed, lubed, and waxed (yes, I wax my bike) the bamboo bike when I got home so it’s ready to go. I also re-set my computer so I’m starting at zero miles today. Now to start working on my 2,010 miles this year.

Tomorrow it’s back to sewing some bags!!! I’m way far behind on getting them done and re-creating my store on this site.  Argh.

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Urban Cyclocross Challenge Tomorrow – New Location

Street Cred 4 - Stage 3 - Urban Cyclocross Challenge, KC,  MO

Stage 4 is TOMORROW. NOW IN THE WEST BOTTOMS. Meet at the corner of Hickory and St. Louis.

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Mark your blackberries, iphones, daybooks, territory…just remember to be there! I hear they’re serving peeps and beer.

Need even more info?

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Riverfront Trail Ribbon Cutting Tomorrow!

KC, MO Riverfront Trail

Hey, if you can get some time off work tomorrow, this should be a great event.

This is from the KC Port Authority website:

ASB Underpass Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

Please join the Port Authority for the ribbon cutting of the ASB Bridge Underpass on the downtown riverfront January 15 at 10:00 a.m. The much anticipated underpass is the critical link along the Riverfront Heritage Trail, connecting Richard L Berkley Riverfront Park and the Riverfront West/River Market Area. The ribbon cutting and grand opening ceremony will feature a catered gourmet brunch prepared by Executive Chef, Albert Tash, within a heated tent provided by Ameristar Casino. The event will be held at the Underpass, with parking available beneath the Grand Avenue Viaduct. Bicyclists and pedestrians are encouraged to join us as we celebrate this milestone for the Port Authority and Downtown Riverfront.

For more info and to RSVP…

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Family Bicycles Winter Film Festival

Went to see The Bicycle Thief last night at Family Bicycles in Waldo.

Depressing movie =  fun evening.

Kansas City Bicyclist merino wool jersey

Plus, got to see the merino wool bike jerseys in person. I SO want one. They are perfect for Spring, Fall and Winter biking. And they aren’t itchy like wool back in the “good old days.”

You should stop in and see them, and go to the next movie. It’s free AND they have free snacks and drinks. You can’t beat that!

Here’s the schedule for the next flicks.

Plus, you can shop for Re-Velo bags there too, of course. I certainly won’t discourage that.

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Street Cred 4 / Roadie Douche Crit

Roadie Douche Crit bike race

The 2nd in the Street Cred Series

Come on out and test your legs in this January 16th crit race in Kansas City, MO.

Sign up at 12:30pm, race at 1pm.

James B. Nutter parking lot, 4153 Broadway.

You look sexier in a helmet, so wear one. And bring $5 .

Prizes include my Re-Velo bags (Which ones? You need to show up to find out.) so what better reason to ride your bike on a cold day through the mean streets of KC? Hopefully the snow will be gone by then or it could get interesting. Oh, I’m sure it will be interesting no matter what.

Hope to see you there!     Need more info?

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Inner Tube Ride

Rode to Family Bikes today to get more inner tubes.

Trip to Family Bikes in Waldo

Inner tubes fit nicely in Basil Panniers.

Theresa, the proprietress was there so had a nice conversation with her and she showed me some lovely Endura wool tops, some gloves and I also really want the knickers. They are on sale, I think, so I may be going back for more than tubes!

The sun made it seem warmer for sure. Lovely day for a bike ride. Hardly seems like Christmas week.

Stopped by the Coffee Girls for a decaf on the way home.  There were no girls there, by the way, except for me.

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Purse with Metal Swivel Clip and D-Ring

Finally I get the photos up!

Here’s the new purse. I thought it looked quite comfortable out in the snow…although I wasn’t!

Re-Velo inner tube purse hipster with swivel clip hardware

Inner tube purse in snowy environment!

It’s 8.5 inches tall by 7 inches wide. The strap is 55 inches long.

The strap can be un-clipped from the D-ring so you can put your keys on there or thread it through your epaulet….if you have one.

Purse zipper pull and hardware.

The strap is longer than I usually make , which is too long for me, (I’m 5 foot 2.5 inches) but just right for a taller or bigger gal – especially over a coat.

The other end of the strap is sewn into the seam. This strap is NOT adjustable.

The purse has gray contrast stitching and I put a rubber ribbon on the zipper pull for charm and ease of opening and closing the zipper. It also has an outside pocket that is 5 inches tall. Very handy for grocery lists, your phone, a pen…

Update: I’ve re-listed a very similar style on Etsy. It’s made to order.

Email me if you want a shorter strap. I can do that for you.

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Credit / Business Card Wallets

I’ve got new wallets in the store!

Inner tube wallets

Inner tube wallet with gray contrasting stitching

These have gray contrasting stitching. The few I’ve done have been very popular so I made a fresh batch.

They’ll hold several business or credit cards in each side and it flips shut so nothing ever falls out. It works great in a jeans pocket, jersey pocket, jacket or purse.

They are all different since the tubes are all unique. I like to put a notch on one side and scatter-shot holes on the other. Or both. That way your cards can breathe…

Wallets measure 4 inches wide by approx. 3 inches tall closed. When open, it is approx. 5 3/4 inches tall.

These are great gifts for the guy or gal who doesn’t like to carry a lot of stuff. I use this and a coin purse for my bills and cash and I’m all set.

You can take one home for just $7.

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