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Weekend Spring Cycling Part 1: Banjo Bicycles and Kara Ginther Saddles

This blog is quickly giving itself over to bicycle-related themes, and I would be concerned, were it not for the fact that the kind of looks and fashion I want to highlight seems to be inextricably linked to biking transport and lifestyle. The weekend provided a number of opportunities to explore both, as I came across much worthy of documenting – enough to break them up into two post.

The first encounter took place outside a local market, where I came upon a trio of bikers about to embark on a bonfire and picnic at a local city woods. Upon further examination, it became clear that I was looking at a singular bicycle, a bespoke frame created by its rider with assists from his two companions for wood and metal work, and has just hung out his own shingle as Banjo Bicycles:

This Banjo Bicycle v1.0 is decked out for travel and hauling, but much of the fine detail is apparent in this quick shot.

Designer Ahren is creating bikes to fit the rider, from a variety of materials that he fashions together himself. His friend fashioned the wooden fenders, and the bike is outfitted with leather and metal accents.

A bit of detail, including the Banjo badge.

Perhaps most exciting was the discovery of a Kara Ginther saddle, recently described in a post below. I’ve never seen one in the flesh, but it was instantly recognizable on Ahren’s bike:

A Kara Ginther modified Brooks saddle, on a Banjo bicycle.

Check out the Banjo site for more information about what Ahren is doing with his handmade bicycles, and see Kara Ginther’s for more information about her designs on Brooks saddles.

Ahren of Banjo Bicycles on his handmade custom steed.

Favorites: Felt

Felt has to be one of my perennial favorites, and I’ve been noticing it popping up in all kinds of interesting applications lately. Awhile back, I spotted this nice-looking laptop sleeve on Coolhunting. Made by Byrd and Belle, this is another fine example of small-run, handmade products that really give an individual feel to the necessary trappings of day-to-day life.

Byrd and Belle currently offer the sleeves in sizes appropriate for the unibody MacBook line, but offer that they are willing to customize them for other sizes and needs. I’m thinking of contacting them for a custom job for my soon-to-arrive Hackintoshed netbook, a bit of a travesty in its own right, really…

Fjällraven: Classic Swedish Outdoor Gear

Anyone who has ever spent considerable time in Europe, or at least passing through European airports and train stations, invariably has come across a passel of tow-headed teens sporting Fjällraven rucksacks – distinctive for their classic and enduring logo of the arctic fox in a highly visible round patch.

After a few years of carrying around a messenger bag to the detriment of my shoulder, I dropped into Context recently and was excited to see that this classic Swedish brand was now being carried by the boutique shop.  In stock was a wonderful and stylishly utilitarian laptop backpack, complete with padded sleeve able to fit a MacBook Pro perfectly, along with tons of other books, cables and papers.  I made the decision to swap my pain-inducing messenger bag for the Fjällraven rucksack then and there, and I’m thrilled by the results.

The Fjällraven laptop rucksack, from Context.

Context is also carrying the full size range of Fjällraven bags, from the mini to the retro military-inspired green or khaki packs, as well as clothing and outerwear items.  You can see what Context has in stock from Fjällraven at this link.