Benno Ballooner

Benno Ballooner Men’s and Women’s 8. Courtesy: Clever Cycles The Benno Ballooner is available with an 8-speed derailer or internal hub and comes with fenders and disc brakes. Clever Cycles in Portland, Oregon has it for $1,000. You can also find Benno bikes at Conte’s in Washington, D.C. and Virginia. Benno Baenziger co-founded Electra in […]

Breezer Doppler Cafe

2018 Breezer Doppler Cafe in pearl yellow and black. Courtesy: breezerbikes.com The Breezer Doppler Cafe is a butted chromoly steel  650b 11-speed that comes with full fenders.  The MSRP is $1100.The 650b wheelsize, also called 27.5, has become very popular in the mountain bike world.  At 584 mm, it’s the “just right” size for many […]

Bobbin Hummingbird

2017 Bobbin Hummingbird. All photos courtesy: Bobbin Bicycles Facebook Page Bobbin has introduced two new 8-speed models for 2017: The Hummingbird (pictured above) and the Kingfisher, a diamond frame model.  It’s available for preorder for £645 (about $839).Bobbin, based in London, was founded 10 years ago and is cocky enough to call itself a “utopian […]

Heritage

The Chief from Heritage Bicycles. Courtesy heritagebicycles.com The Heritage Chief “City Edition” goes for $1,000.The idea behind Heritage was to combine handcrafted bicycles, bike repair, apparel, and good coffee all in one shop located on Lincoln Avenue in Chicago.  By all accounts, it’s been a hit.  In fact, according to CNN, fans of Heritage bicycles […]

Soma Pescadero

The Soma Pescadero all built up and ready to roll through the woods. Photo credit: The Soma Blog Soma plans to start selling its Pescadero frameset in March 2017.  The price has not been announced.The Pescadero is Soma’s update to the Soma E.S. (“Extra Smooth”) road sport frame.  As we said back in 2009, the […]

Surly Big Fat Dummy

This is what a Big Dummy looks like.  Courtesy Surly Blog The Surly Big Fat Dummy, a long tail, fat-tired cargo bike, will be available around April 2017.  Price TBD.If you’re familiar with Surly, then you know this bike was inevitable.  Surly’s Big Dummy has been a dependable long-tail cargo bike for years (yet somehow […]

Specialized AWOL Expert

The Specialized AWOL Expert is a do-everything bike. Photo courtesy: specialized.com The Specialized AWOL Expert retails for $2,500.If you follow bicycle retail, you’ve probably noticed some interesting models labeled “adventure,” “bikepacking,” “gravel” or “offroad touring.”  These are bikes like the Soma Wolverine, the Salsa Marrakesh or Vaya, and Surly’s Troll or Ogre. They take wide […]