It truly is hard to describe how cool we find SWOBO. Uber-cool wool cycling apparel with simple style is one of our favorite things in the bicycle world.
We also are lucky enough to be thought of fondly by their product guru and industry institution Sky Yaeger. As a result, Wald bicycle baskets will soon be availalbe for purchase through SWOBO. In fact, the Wald baskets you buy from SWOBO are one of a kind.
Sky has a special place in her heart for the classic 137 basket. As a result, we've updated SWOBO's baskets to include longer and larger diameter handlebar clamps to make the baskets easier to install. This is the same handlebar clamp you find on our 198GB bicycle baskets - which coincidentally will soon be available through SWOBO too.
For more info and your own dose of urban cycling chic, head on over to SWOBO's website
and see what amazing things you can do with merino wool and organic cotton. And lest we forget, they also make some pretty darn cool bikes in their own right.
Alternative Needs Transportation
Wald loves craftsmen. Fortunately, our industry is crawling with them and we're going to meet a great many of them at this year's North American Handmade Bicycle Show. We can't wait.
One of our favorites is Mike Flanigan at Alternative Needs Transportation
(A.N.T. Bikes). Mike's creations are incredibly unique and beautiful. Equally impressive is the fact he ships each bike to his customers FULLY ASSEMBLED. You get your ANT Bike off the UPS truck, rip open the gigantic box and bingo! You're riding in less than two minutes.
We can't wait to meet Mike in person and hope you'll take a minute to check out his website
where you can view some immaculate works in progress.
We made a recent discovery that made us smile. Lemolo Bags.
Elias Grey in Portland, Oregon has been making basket bags designed specifically for use with Wald baskets. From the looks of it (and his photos), this bag works perfectly with our 137 and 139 baskets. He's also recently put together a nice prototype of a bag for the 135 basket. If you're in the market for a custom bag to fit in a Wald basket, you should keep this one in mind as it will also fit in the 133, 3133, 198GB, and 585 baskets as well.
So, if you already have one of these baskets and need a handy and unique way to carry your gear, drop Elias an email and order a bag.
Keep up the great work Elias and congrats on the new studio!
Rivendell Bicycle Works
Grant Petersen defines what it means to be cool in cycling. Creating and promoting traditional products with exceptional quality, Grant likes our low-dollar baskets and features them on his website and in his very own magazine. Instant credibility may be hard to come by these days, but you sure can make a serious statement by riding around on one of Grant's bikes or with some of his gear on board. We are incredibly flattered to be thought of so well by such a respected company and person.
Rivendell Bicycle Works
We are super excited to be partnering with Pedro's and their new Ethik grocery bags. This 100% recyclable bag has the Pedro's flair and is the pinnacle of their amazing dedication to becoming a totally green enterprise. Chris and the gang were kind enough to base the construction of the bag on our very own baskets and are even featuring us in their 2008 catalog. Watch for the bag to make its American debut at Interbike and check out the baskets they're sitting in as they are some nice one-offs from the Wald production line.
Arguably one of the coolest national cycling publications on the market, Momentum magazine gave our 157 giant delivery basket rave reviews. A free magazine dedicated to the self propelled lifestyle, commuters, messengers, recreational, and urban cyclists can always find articles on subjects that truly concern our hobby of choice. They just recently went national in distribution, so make sure you pick up a copy at your local bike shop or bookseller, or feel free to download each issue online.
Safe Routes to School
Community leaders, parents and schools across the U.S. are using Safe Routes to School programs to encourage and enable more children to safely walk and bike to school. The National Center for Safe Routes to School aims to assist these communities in developing successful Safe Routes programs and strategies. The Center offers a centralized resource of information on how to start and sustain a Safe Routes to School program, case studies of successful programs, as well as many other resources for training and technical assistance.
Jeff and Brad at Urban Velo kindly feature our products in their blog and new publication. We are big fans of the initiative they demonstrate to get more urban residents on bikes and give grassroots and underground cycling a voice in Pittsburgh. As cycling and publishing industry veterans, we hold their opinions in high regard and consider ourselves fortunate to be the print delivery vehicle of choice for UrbanVelo. Check them out daily and download their free publication!