Bike-Friendly Finds at the Renegade Craft Fair in Chicago

Circa Ceramics Bike Bowl

Circa Ceramics Bike Bowl

If you saw my post yesterday, you know that after we finished up the food part of the December installation of the “Women Who Ride” brunch, we all rode our bikes over to Pulaski Park Fieldhouse for the holiday version of the Renegade Craft fair . The fair started as a summer fair (I believe?) back in 2003 in the Wicker Park neighborhood here in Chicago. Since 2003 the fair has expanded to host events in San Francisco, Austin, L.A. and Brooklyn, multiple events in Chicago, and a year-round store on Division Street called Renegade Handmade. There were a ton of great vendors at the fair, but a couple of bike-themed folks caught my eye.  As I construct my dream bike boutique in my mind, I’m adding wares from the following two vendors to the selection of Po Campo bags,  David Hembrow baskets, Basil and Fastrider bags/panniers that already have shelf space in my imaginary fabulous bike boutique.

CircaCeramics

They make porcelain bowls, cups, magnets, buttons , pendants, plates etc. Lovely, heavy-duty, old-sch00l porcelain. These are mixing bowls that will not get away from you, believe me. Besides the bike-emblazoned items like the bowl pictured up top, I’m a sucker for these bowls with the Chicago flag on them.  They just look cool.

CircaCeramics Chicago bowls

CircaCeramics Chicago bowls

Fabric Horse

Carrie Collins, the founder of Fabric Horse was at the booth so I had a chance to talk directly with her. They’re a Philadelphia-based company these days though Carrie started in Cincinnati. They use “recycled materials harvested from thrift stores and junkyards whenever possible, together with the cast-off scraps from remnant stores and other textile manufacturers.”  Carrie has designed some incredibly utilitarian products for urban cyclists, and the best bike hat I’ve see yet. She sells a holster for U-locks that can even hold the largest locks sold by Kryptonite.

Fabric Horse U-lock Holster

Fabric Horse U-lock Holster

The other designer for Fabric Horse, Alex, designed this small bag made from discarded tarps and seat belts. It’s cute and it will hold a small U-lock on the outside. Not really appropriate for my bike, but a damn cute bag.

Fabric Horse Yellow Bag with U-lock Holster

Fabric Horse Yellow Bag with U-lock Holster

Now get this – they make their own spats!! Yep, made out of waxed canvas, with used bike tubes for the strap that goes under your shoes. Brilliant! I’m thinking about getting some of these for Mr. Ding since his bike does not have fully-enclosed gears and to encourage him to get back on his bike.

Fabric Horse Spats

Fabric Horse Spats

And finally what is possibly my favorite item – the fleece bike hat.  It may not look that special to you, but it hugs your head just right on the sides, and it fits even my big head perfectly. And it fits under my bike helmet.And it’s warm and covers my ears.  And some of them have nice accent colors under the brims.  It’s soft,  it can be scrunched up and stuffed in your pocket for no worse the wear or shape.  Need I say more?

Fabric Horse Winter Bike Cap

Fabric Horse Winter Bike Cap

So if you’re still looking for that perfect gift for your favorite urban cyclist, you might want to check out either one of these two businesses.

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