Velo Orange Campeur

Velo Orange is now offering a complete bike assembled right in Annapolis, Maryland.  The Campeur is a camping bike made to carry heavy loads and be reliable when you are off the beaten path. The frame is a Velo Orange design and has a level top tube, lugged fork crown, canti-brake mounts, pump peg, three […]

Nashbar Steel Commuter Bike

Courtesy Nashbar. The Nashbar Steel Commuter Bike is on liquidation sale at Nashbar and Amazon.com for $350.I love the name of this bike because it matches the beautiful simplicity of the bike itself.   It’s a clean, logo-free, all-chromoly bike with wide tires and an 8-speed Shimano nexus internal hub. It comes with a rear rack and fenders, although I would […]

Pashley Princess Sovereign

A Pashley Princess Sovereign comes with a wicker basket.  Courtesy: Pashley Cycles UK. The Pashley Princess Sovereign retails for about 545 British pounds, which is roughly $867. In the U.S., however, expect the cost of this import to be over $1,000.  There are a growing number U.S. Pashley dealers, including Bicycle Space in Washington, D.C.  A reader named Mary […]

Papillionaire Bicycles

Papillionaire Classic.  All photos are courtesy of Papillionaire Bicycles. Papillionaire Bicycles was founded in Australia, but is now offering its chromoloy Dutch-style bikes in the United States and has opened a retail shop in Red Hook, Brooklyn.  Papillionaire’s Classic and Sommer models feature internal 3-speed Shimano hubs, fenders, chainguards (they describe them as “half chaincases”) and leather saddles. Both bikes sell online starting at […]

Who Lights Up Your Life, er… Bike?

Lezyne’s mini-drive is small, but puts out up to 100 lumens.  Credit: Lezyne. Is it true that Debby Boone was singing about her bicycle?It’s hard to keep up with the latest bicycle light technology these days (see my updated, yet already outdated, Bright Lights post), so I’m not even going to try.  Instead, why don’t you tell us, in the […]

Bianchi Strada Metropoli

Metropoli Alivio Metropoli Acera Metropoli Acera Dama The Strada line from Bianchi USA includes the three Metropoli models pictured above.  The Metropoli Alivio has 24-speeds (triple chainring + 8-speed rear cassette) and hydraulic disc brakes. The MSRP is $900.  The Metropoli Acera and Acera Dama are both 21-speeds (triple chainring + 7-speed cassette) with V-brakes.  […]

Virtue 6

Virtue 6 out and about. Photo courtesy of Virtue bikes. The Virtue 6 sells for MSRP $ 399. Special thanks to Robert W. for letting us know about Virtue bikes. Here is what Robert had to say after a test ride: I took a Virtue Six for a test ride today. It’s a sweet bike, […]

Rivendell Betty Foy

A complete Betty Foy. Credit: Rivendell Bicycle Works. Rivendell sells its Betty Foy mixte frameset for $1,050.  A frameset includes the frame, fork, headset, and bottom bracket.   A complete bike, without saddle or pedals, is estimated to cost $2,200, depending on parts.While we’re on the subject of mixtes, it seemed like a good idea to […]