Rushin' Revolution Holiday 08 Gift Guide

December 5: Cool locals that love to ride bikes but have other passions as well. So get something cool for your friends and family and support local business at the same time. Did I mention this list contains chocolate, beer and bbq? Have I got your attention now? Good..


Taza Chocolate: Remember that dude that spanked you in the 'B' race last weekend? Well, he makes his own chocolate. Local racer, 'Fast' Alex Whitmore, and godfather of Boston cycling advocacy, Larry Slotnick, have teamed up to preach the gospel of chocolate. And not the sickly sweet stuff from Pennsylvania either. These guys grind their own single origin chocolates using traditional methods learned in Mexico.

Based out of Somerville, Taza is taking chocolate to a whole new level. Shop at Taza's online store for the gift that, if you're lucky, will be shared. I recommend the Shakey Chocolate with a side of chocolate covered Nibs..

Skunkadelia: Skunk was born on a heavy gravity planet. He pilots a mighty ship, the USB Cloudbuster, a 200 pound bicycle equipped with a stereo system, lights, and telescoping disco ball known as the Disco-Death-Star. He is the leader and founder of SCUL, a Boston Area nerd gang. He also works at Seven Cycles making high-end custom bicycles. Skunk also has a magazine called Ghostride.
Urban Velo Magazine: Urban Velo is a reflection of the cycling culture in current day cities. Our readers are encouraged to contribute their words and art. Urban Velo is published bi-monthly. Thats six times per year, on the odd months. Issues are available for free download as they become available. Print copies are available online and at select bicycle retailers and coffee shops.
Paramount Bicycle Repair: Paramount has just moved to Ball Square!When I first met this guy, I mistakenly told my buddy "That's the dude who used to play a horn in The Specials", which was completely false. Turns out he did play horn but it was for local ska boys The Allstonians. Close enough, yeah? Perennial supporter of the Midnight Crit race series, stop by his shop to pick up some last minute gifts for your favorite bike nut and hang around for a while to hear the T-man preach... www.paramountbicycle.com

Miss Ruby West: This is the craft revolution. It is the age of do it yourself and buy hand crafted - because it fits better, wears longer, and separates you from the rest. Why tire your feet pacing cross culture chain stores, searching for goods that are likely machine made in factories that employ children in underdeveloped nations, when you can find original designs that are hand crafted in the USA right here. Miss Ruby West is dedicated to providing custom designs for those interested in living well and looking good.

Check out Miss Ruby West at Boston's Bazaar Bizarre this Sunday, December 7th!

SpecialJ Creations: "My artwork is an extension of my passions. Surfing, Nature and anything that moves me. Living over an hour from the surf, I started taking my camera and sketchbooks with me. I simply enjoy drawing and photographing while exploring coastal New England. Favorite techniques of mine range from pure photography (digital and traditional) to drawing, painting and mixed-media. My mixed media techniques often incorporate Acrylic transfer methods combined with paint — the results are often unpredictable which makes the process more exciting."
OS20 Gear: The brainchild behind this local clothing company is Gary Contic. Some may remember him as an insane 24-Hour solo racer. Others for his downtempo 'Chillaxin' dj nights of old. Now he's got a clothing company launched and ready to rock. Visit www.os20gear.com to see all the man from Arlington has to offer.
Complete Guide to Bicycle Maintenance and Repair: Simply put, this is the Bible. Written by local Boston urban assaulter - and leader of the Syndrome - Todd Downs, it will help you through any upgrade or repair you may want to make to your trusty steed. Disc brakes, English-threaded bottom brackets, even minor adjustments..this book covers it all. Pick up a copy at your local bike shop today.
CARToons, by Andy Singer: A classic collection in the progressive transportation scene, Singer's images shoot holes in contemporary attitudes on driving, consumer culture and puts a refreshing spin on the potential fates of mankind. You'll laugh, you'll think, you might reconsider that car of yours..
Maggie Connors: Paintings and drawings made of water-based media on canvas, wood or prepared paper. Part of her process involves creating three dimensional clay sculpture. The act of creating sculpture helps her visualize and then paint a two dimensional image. Maggie is currently working on a series with a bicycle theme. Check our her art this weekend at the Tenth Annual Fort Point Arts Community Holiday Sale!

Vintage Etc.: For those who haven't yet been converted, clogs are the way to go and Vintage Etc has 'em. All colors and sizes and even some with steel toes. As owner and bike goddess Elizabeth says, "Wear clogs and get closer to god which is dog spelled backwards which is clog spelled crowded."

She's the local gift that gives and gives and gives to the scene. Stop by and say hello. www.crazyclogs.com

Redbones: While I don't think they'll be serving Figgy Pudding downstairs at Underbones, a gift from Redbones will have your special someone getting the tandem ready to swing you both down to the bike valet. Redbones is a shining example of a local business that reinvests in the community. I'm sporting my Rib Rider t-shirt out here in Chicago, are you? www.redbones.com
Harpoon Brewery: Okay, this one is for me. Will someone please send me a 12-pack of Winter Warmer? Please? www.harpoonbrewery.com