KiBiSi’s Magnetic Light Set

The iFlash works with both carbon fiber and aluminum frames, thanks to a permanent bracket system that holds each light to the bike. Bjarke Ingels’s product design company, KiBiSi, designed the lights in accordance with a new Danish law that regulates stuff like brightness and charge time, which should give you some assurance that these lights are up to snuff. Buy ‘em online here.

Delta Cycle’s Michelangelo Two-Bike Gravity Storage Rack

The Michelangelo isn’t the most glamorous gift on this list, but it may be the most effective, according to its many fans. The two-bike stand requires zero wall mounting, instead relying on two curved legs that let the stand itself lean against any surface.

Delta Cycle’s Michelangelo Two-Bike Gravity Storage Rack

This is a genuinely well-designed object, and at , it probably won’t be a stretch budget-wise.

The Faraday Porteur

The controversial product of a collaboration between Ideo and Rock Lobster, this rechargeable electric bike is the pretty, smart cousin of the more utilitarian versions you see all over the city. For the sweat-phobic commuter or heavy cargo hauler, it’s hard to find a more handsome bike.

The Faraday Porteur

You can pre-order the Faraday here, as long as your loved one doesn’t mind an IOU--the first bikes will ship in April 2013.

The Copenhagen Parts Magnetic Light

Danish cycling accessory designers Copenhagen Parts Kickstarted these little gems earlier this year. The design eschews rubber straps and velcro for super-strong magnets, which snap directly to your frame’s seat post or bars. Take note--that means these lights only work with steel frames. They’re still accepting pre-orders on their website, with plans for a spring launch.

The Copenhagen Parts Magnetic Light

Danish cycling accessory designers Copenhagen Parts Kickstarted these little gems earlier this year. The design eschews rubber straps and velcro for super-strong magnets, which snap directly to your frame’s seat post or bars. Take note--that means these lights only work with steel frames. They’re still accepting pre-orders on their website, with plans for a spring launch.

Hövding bike helmet

The Hövding inflatable helmet--which is worn around the collarbone like a cowl--sounds fantastical, but it’s been fully safety certified by the Technical Research Institute of Sweden. It’s the perfect gift for those commuters who are too proud (or too vain) to wear a normal helmet.

Hövding bike helmet

$600 may seem like a lot of cash, but considering the hospital bills associated with the alternative, it’s a small price to pay. Order one at their online shop.

UBC’s Carbon Fiber Coren

In the animal kingdom, there are humble animals and there are peacocks. This experimental carbon fiber frame from the German engineers at UBC falls squarely into the latter category. At $32,500, it’s a massive investment. Compared to similar frames, you’re paying about $10,000 for every pound lost. But if you only cared about saving money, you’d be riding a Walmart fixie, right?

UBC’s Carbon Fiber Coren

More on pricing and information on how to buy a Coren is here.

Bike Valet

If you’ve got plenty of wall studs to work with, this pretty little Bike Valet is another storage option. This powder-coated steel rack looks like a Neil Denari model, or the wing of an origami crane (or both).

Bike Valet

Kickstarted in January, more information on how to buy the $95 Valet is here.

Our Holiday Gift Guide For The Sartorial Cyclist

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In 1917, Freud wrote about "the narcissism of small differences," unwittingly describing bike culture today. Co.Design writers covered dozens of bikes and accessories this year, from the first inflatable helmet to Ideo’s award-winning electric bike. Here are seven objects for the cyclist in your life, whether they’re into crocheted top tube pads, spandex everything, or penny farthings.

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  • Robertjan Kuijten

    I thought a Swedish insurance company had found that the Hövding doesn't protect against the natural rolling movement a body makes when crashing? I.e. it doesn't protect against the most common cause of fatal bicycle injuries... That's why the university of Leuven (Belgium) is working on some new tests that actually standardize the testing of bicycle helmets in Europe at a more realistic level.
    Apart from that there's a development going on in airbags at the front of cars. Those would not only protect cyclists from fatal accidents, but also pedestrians, wheelchair users, etc. Combined with the right infrastructure it's a far better solution than any helmet.

    Also I see about 3 different bicycles here. I would like to add a 4th one, that doesn't yet exists as far as I know: an easy foldable and compact city bicycle, with dyno hub (Shimano Alfine or SON, including LED-lighting on the front -and- the back), a Rohloff hub at the back, carbon belt drive system, modern steel tubing, either V-brakes or disc brakes, and 50mm wide tires (Schwalbe Big Apple). I wouldn't be surprised if that would be the ultimate bicycle for anyone commuting in cities or with public transport. For less-urban areas commuting and recreational cycling could be done with a (light touring capable) road bike or a (heavy touring capable) mountain bike anyway. Those are really the only 3 types of bicycles anyone would need.

  • Ldepaulo

    if riding a walmart bike fixie will help me pay my bills seems more practical even though i will have to come to terms with the fact that i bough it at that evil empire. this article is nice yet, attractive to those who are affluent. not all bicycle enthusiasts share the same enthusiasm for snobbery or shoving your head up your with privilege. just saying. 

  • Henry Beer

    The tail light should be attached to the person, not the bike. the coat tails, particularly during foul weather can occlude the light. Why not make a belt with a quick release that has the light attached to it, so it's on the final "layer" one uses?