Wood was everywhere at the 2013 North American Handmade Bicycle Show that took place last weekend in Denver. This Woody 29er Scorcher! is in ash with Kevlar reinforcements and walnut insets, from Connor Cycles. Too pretty for the mean streets?
BIke Friday's New World Tourist is
made for touring but suitable for city riding with its folding frame and
back rack. Totally customizable in colors like this Sky Blue Sparkle
Frame master Joe Sycip
made this bike as one of what he calls the Java Boys bike series (there
are, thankfully, Java Girls bikes, too). Sycip says this is a
'cruiser'; if so, seems like a perfect city cruiser.
Jon Littleford's bikes are hand-drawn on paper before they are handmade in his shop. Littleford's Daily Ride bike has signature Littleford features - like the integrated rear rack and the gorgeous rear wooden trunk.
Tandems may not be your first thought when you think city cycling - but
think again. Breaking in newbie riders is great on a tandem, as well as
carting older kids to school. The rigid titanium frame in this Jack's
Tandem built by Black Sheep Fabrication
is designed to be lightweight but rigid; larger tires are for stability
for gravel riding but could work great on crumbling city streets.
It doesn't look like your everyday commuter bike, but Japanese designer Shin-ichi Kono of Cherubim
(founded in 1965) made these lovely curving frame parts with beauty and
what the company calls "minimum but enough functions." This Rambler
took first prize for best City bike at the show.
The longer you city bike, the more you crave a longtail - a bike that
can take anything, including extra passengers, you might want to throw
on it. Here Rick Hunter's lovely longtail has extra fat tires (sensing that fat tire theme?) to go anywhere, including through city snow or slush.
OK, no, there is no reason to have a chainsaw on the back of your city bike. But Moots, which makes all kinds of mountain bikes, made this IMBA
Trail Maintenance Bike not only to win "Best Theme Bike" at the show,
but also to demonstrate the versatility and practicality of this
titanium-framed bike. Sans chainsaw, all the IMBA features would work
well for rugged city style riding.
is the new company that is a collaboration of frame makers Ira Ryan and
Tony Pereira. WIth a motto like this one: "Breadwinner Cycles makes
beautiful high-quality bicycles for people who love to ride every day"
you know they have city cyclists in mind. The Arbor Lodge is classic and
capable-looking for a perfect blend of form and function.
This pleasing steel-gray magnesium-frame Paketa
tandem touring bike is not the most obvious choice for city riding.
It's for touring. But think about the fact that much of the fun in city
cycling these days is doing it with someone you love (or at least like).
Themed city rides – the beloved Tweed rides, Kidical Mass rides, or yes, even World Naked Bike Rides - are all perfect examples where a gorgeous tandem comes in handy.