Sorry, we know you don't want to hear the word 'Christmas'. But there's no getting away from it, it comes every year, and this little event might even bring some cheer.
Vulpine, the new boy on the block where cycle clothing is concerned, is following up on a successful Summer Fete at Balham Bowls Club with, as founder Nick Hussey puts it, "the biggerer betterer funnerer second fete."
"The concept is, and will always be the same. A fun, dynamic, inclusive way to enjoy all aspects of cycling. There’s no snobbery, just great creativity, atmosphere, booze and British entrepreneurial cycling companies."
What that means in practice, is that on Saturday December 1st, from 3pm to 9pm, the venue will be stuffed full of exhibitors, a variety of artists, a DJ, Rollapaluza until late and lots and lots of stalls for you to pick up presents for the cyclists in your life (and a bit of 'self-gifting' too, we suspect.)
Artcrank, the bicycle poster art specialists will be there, as well as bike fitters Cadence, Tokyo Fixed, Il Soigneur, Morvelo, Milk Bikes, Singular and loads and loads more - too many to mention.
There'll be Jack Thurston from The Bike Show podcast taking it all in, cake provided by Look Mum No Hands, and booze (mulled wine and mulled cider) too. Just right to get you into the festive spirit.
Nick says: "We’re doing 3pm-9pm this time because lights twinkle better at night, and I love European Christmas night markets. It also means the Rollapaluza roller racing can go on until late, with many a glass of mulled wine raised in celebration of cycling endeavour."
And for those of you mithering that you'd love to come if only it wasn't in London, Nick's looking for suggestions of places to take the Fete on the road next year, so contact him via his blog, where you can also find out all the details of the Fete.
For the full Vulpine range, click here.
<p>After an unpromising start, having to be bribed by her parents to learn to ride without stabilisers, Sarah became rather keener on cycling in her university years, and was eventually persuaded to upgrade to proper road cycling by the prospect of a shiny red Italian bike, which she promptly destroyed by trapping a pair of knickers in the rear derailleur. Sarah writes about about cycling every weekend on road.cc.</p>