Pin palling around
These funny-figure brooches are the work of Massachusetts designer Debbie Wolf, who got into the jewelry business a little over 13 years ago, and started her own company, Designs by Deb, seven years ago.
Called People Pins, the brooches are made of anodized aluminum, handblown glass beads, crystal beads and "other assorted findings." They have movable arms and legs and come in a variety of colors. They cost $25 each, with 20 percent of each sale going to the Multiple Sclerosis Society, according to Ms. Wolf, who has three friends with the disease. For ordering information, call (617) 433-7082.
Consider that bike thieves can snap a U-lock in a few seconds with a pipe or jack, resulting in a bicycle being stolen every 15 seconds across the nation. B.A.D. BONES Integrated Cycle Systems of San Francisco has introduced B.A.D. (Bicycle Anti-theft Device) BONES, two steel braces that fit over a common U-lock. Its bright red bars block the space between the bars of the lock so thieves can't insert tools to pop it off.
B.A.D. BONES cost $10 and also come in a B.A.D. PACK, the bars packaged with a U-lock in sizes for standard bikes ($32) and mountain bikes ($38). They're available in bike shops nationally or by calling Integrated Cycle Systems' toll-free number, (800) 597-2663.