Shinola Bicycles ($2,000-$3,000) are hand built, custom-level bikes. The frames are produced in Wisconsin and the bikes are assembled in their Detroit workshop within the College for Creative Studies. They offer two bikes for guys. The Runwell, an 11-speed, low maintenance bike made for "city riding, commuting and errand running". And the Bixby, a cruiser that uses a 3-speed Shimano hub and is made for urban riding in any weather condition. Check out this short about their operation.
Some times simple looks really cool. The Velonia Viks ($TBA) bicycle frame is the basis for an urban commuter. The frame is handmade to order in Estonia and is built from two stainless steel frames that are joined at the head tube, seat tube, and bottom bracket. This allows for the removal of the seat post giving the frame a beautifully unique design that weighs under 10lbs. The frame is avialable in either a fixed gear or coaster brake versions. Contact Velonia via their website for price and production schedule.
This is the best kind of street food you will find. Big, bold, surprising, delicious OTT goodness that you can eat on the run. And the best part about all this is that you can create it in your own kitchen! The Truck Food Cookbook ($13) is the result of obsessive research by John T. Edge, a leading authority on all things food related. There are 150 recipes here from the best restaurants on wheels in America. From LA to New York and everywhere in between, this is a must have for those who like nothing better than venturing into the world of truck food.
If one of the main challenges of your holiday is setting up a fiddly tent then the Heimplanet Fistral Tent ($450) holds the answer. This simple design sleeps 2, is compact, lightweight and more importantly super easy to set up! Unpack, inflate and you're ready to go within moments. Offering various storage pockets, a gear loft, ventilation and an emergency air chamber system just in case. Stop wasting precious seconds of your holiday fighting with a tent and start enjoying your experience a lot earlier!
Everything seems to be flat pack nowadays, but how about a comera? The Pop-up Pinhole Project ($47) looks to raise funds for a medium format flat pack camera kit. Medium format film is larger than standard 35mm and smaller than large format film (102mm x 127mm). It provides a higher level of resolution over common 35mm. The expected delivery date isn't until November, so if you can't wait there are downloadable plans for a 35mm version that can made today using common household items.
modular holiday home located in Portugal was heavily inspired by the surrounding structures and features a network of spectacular living areas. Named the House of Four Houses BY Prod Architecture & Design ($NFS) this magnificent home was developed especially for a family of four. Each terrace has been purposefully placed with the main dining and living areas able to look out over the sprawling panoramic views. The minimalist design still retains a comforting warmth yet flows with light and air throughout.