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about her bicycle?It’s hard to keep up with the latest bicycle light technology these days (see my updated, yet already outdated, Bright Lights post), so I’m not even going to try.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.  […]