This Beautiful Bag Line Is Designed Just For Bicycling Babes

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Everyone knows D.C. is a bike-obsessed town, and it's great to see so many sustainably chic ladies looking cute on their commutes. But, although we know that safety is more important than style, dealing with a bike helmet when you're not riding around can be a bulky burden. After you dismount, should you lock it to your bike frame (risking easy theft), or carry it around everywhere (risking extreme awkwardness)?
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Local lady Debra Zusin and her business partner, Mariana Chambers, founded GiveLoveCycle to create an elegant solution to this very problem. Zusin, a lawyer who commutes using Capital Bikeshare, needed a bag that could carry a helmet, extra shoes, and other necessities — without making her look like a bike courier. Along with Chambers, a longtime friend and avid New York City cyclist, Zusin designed a sophisticated bowling bag-style satchel that holds everything, and also looks appropriate in the office or out at night.
The waterproof, discreetly reflective bags are available for pre-order in a compact size for $135, or a larger carryall version for $185. If you dig the concept, there's a Kickstarter campaign in effect to fund the final stages of production on the first collection of bags. Rewards for backers include actual bags as well as limited-edition accessories. Get your piece of the pedal-friendly pie now — and expect to see these beauties zipping around town very soon.
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