Still need holiday gifts? Check out the BikePortland Bookstore

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Perhaps BikeCraft yielded the perfect holiday gifts for every bike lover in your life. But if you need that one last perfect item, check out the book suggestions below — or browse through our Bookstore for even more inspiration.

December 21st is your deadline for shipping via priority mail; or if you’re in the Portland area, you can buy books online here and pick them up at the Powell’s location of your choice.

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BikeCrafter Profile: Unique wood and steel bike parts by Paul Conte

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The double-spiral
bamboo bottle holder.
(Photos © Adams Carroll)

After Paul Conte graduated from Syracuse University’s industrial design program, he took an office job — but realized before long that he wasn’t living the life he wanted to lead. So he quit, trained to be a carpenter, and moved to Portland in search of a workshop and a good place to live.

Now he’s living his dream, making stunning products and creations that you can see for yourself at BikeCraft V this Saturday.

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From soup to duct tape: What’s new at BikeCraft V

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A little something to fight the chill.
(Photo © J. Maus)

BikeCraft V is right around the corner. The daylong affair on Saturday, December 5 from 10am to 5pm, will be an unprecedented gathering of bike-themed, Portland-made arts and crafts.

Since we announced the event, we’ve had over 35 crafters sign up to participate, including old friends and new faces. Here are two of the many craftspeople who will be joining us this winter for the first time:

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Bike Cozy handmade goodies keep you warm and snug as you ride

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[This is the first of several vendor profiles we’ll share in the next month as we prepare to entice you to attend our super-excellent BikeCraft V event coming up on December 5th.]

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Bike Cozy’s “Toe Cozies to Keep Feet Dry”
were a hit at BikeCraft IV.
(Photo © J. Maus)

Do you ever wonder how to solve that problem of cold, wet feet on your bicycle? Or do you have trouble finding a cycling cap that will actually fit your head and your sense of style? Ever wish you could carry and organize your cycling tools in a practical (yet oh-so-aesthetically-pleasing) way?

No problem! Check out Bike Cozy, a local, NE Portland based business that sells handmade cycling caps, tool rolls, shoelace wranglers toe cage covers, and more for “the fashionably practical rider.” Bike Cozy’s tag line doesn’t lie: its products come in a variety of colors and patterns and are made from practical, durable materials such as wool, canvas, and cordura.

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Local tailor makes custom clothes with bikes in mind

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M-Horton’s Cycling Skirt is
designed with high, deep pockets,
rugged fabric, and biking and
gardening friendly length and flare.

Here in Portland, we’re used to our top-notch selection of local framebuilding talent, but how about some locally-made, custom clothes to wear on your locally-made, custom bike? And no, we’re not talking about tight hipster-jeans, or roadie lycra and spandex.

Enter Emily Horton, who is putting the finishing touches on the patterns and designs for her bike-specific, custom clothing. Horton is proprietor of M-Horton Clothing Designs, a one-woman custom-clothing and sewing house.

Horton says that when she got started commuting by bike at the age of 26, she immediately felt her wardrobe was lacking.

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Another homegrown bike craft: Duct tape handlebar bags

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Yes that’s duct tape,
with a reflective star.
(Photos © J. Maus)

Tomas Quinones can be seen frequently on Shift bike fun rides, Cycle Wild camping trips, and other bike cultural events.

He recently began making, and selling, simple handlebar bags made out of duct tape. In Quinones’ words:

I started making them for my own use back in January after I grew tired of my large Ortlieb handlebar bag preventing me from using a light on my handlebars. I just wanted something small and simple for snacks, batteries, and camera so that a light can be used effectively without any type of special mounting. Most other bags I had seen were too large or more complex than needed.

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