GiveLoveCycle – Lifestyle Bicycle Bags

Mari Chambers and Debra Zusin of GiveLoveCycle have developed bicycle bags that seamlessly fit into your daily life, from your bike to work.

Mari Chambers and Debra Zusin of GiveLoveCycle have developed bicycle bags that seamlessly fit into your daily life, from your bike to work.

Zusin, the most recent bicycle convert of the two, fell in love with cycling when a bike share system was introduced in her hometown of Washington, DC. A lawyer at the time, Zusin noticed that there was a lack of bags designed for the professional woman that were stylish and would fit all their daily gear on their bike. Together with Chambers, who has a background in fashion design, the two women collaborated with the goal of filling the void in biking gear for women. “There were two major functionalities that we wanted. One was aesthetics and two was fitting your helmet and all the junk that we find necessary to bring with us all day,” explained Zusin.

GiveLoveCycle’s first bag, the Guilden CarryAll, was initially released in two sizes. Though fashion forward, the bags also come loaded with performance functionality. The Guilden Large features a separate shoe compartment, reflective piping, and an adjustable shoulder strap that allows you to carry the bag as a backpack or attach it to bicycle handlebars. Using a vegan material for the exterior and a waterproof interior lining, the Guilden bag is weather-prepared. “People are surprised that it’s a bicycle bag! When you start to look at it closely it’s a high performance bike bag that aesthetically has a great modern look to it,” said Chambers.

After the initial launch, Chambers received requests from retailers to add an all black bag to their collection. Both sizes of Guilden bag are now available in Black and Bone, Bone and Black, Saddle, and Black. GiveLoveCycle now hopes to continue adding to their line of women’s bicycle bags.

“It used to be just me on my bike with all men and now there are so many women riding the DC bike share or their own bike,” said Zusin. “We want to continue to see more women become comfortable on their bikes.”

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