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 […]

GT Traffic 1.0

Traffic 1.0 is GT’s top city bike.  Photo courtesy of  GT Bicycles. The GT Traffic 1.0 is an aluminum 8-speed with disc brakes that retails for $660.In a recent review, Adam Newman of the Bicycle Times sums up Traffic 1.0: The Traffic is a solid platform for getting where you need to go and fun […]

Republic Bikes

Republic’s Plato Dutch Step-through available through Urban Outfitters. Photo courtesy of Urban Outfitters Republic Bikes’ Plato Dutch diamond and step-through 3-speeds are advertised for $499 at Urban Outfitters.  The singlespeeds are $399. They can also be ordered directly from Republic.Republic Bikes jumped on the fixie/singlespeed bandwagon in the late 2000’s.  Republic fixies were quickly derided […]

Biria CitiClassic Series

Biria Classic i3 (top) and Sport i3 (bottom). All photos courtesy: www.biria.com These 3-speeds from Biria’s CitiClassic series go for about $615.Biria is… different.  Biria produced the only shaft-driven bike that you will find on these pages. The flagship Biria model is the Easy Boarding, which looks like it’s half bike, half scooter.  And Biria […]

Priority Eight

The Priority Eight is a belt-driven 8-speed. Photo courtesy of http://www.prioritybicycles.com The Priority Eight has a “pre-sale” price of $800.  Priority anticipates that the bikes will be available by April 1.According to Priority, the purpose of their bikes is “to make cycling more simple.” Their first models were belt-driven “Classic” 3-speeds offered in a  diamond […]

Fuji Nichibei Series

New for 2016, Fuji offers Sagres (top), and Cambridge (bottom) For 2016, Fuji is offering this line of “retro-inspired steel bikes that pay tribute to Fuji’s Japanese-American heritage.”  Both the Sagres and Cambridge have an MSRP of $249.Apparently, “Nichibei” translates to “Japanese-American.”  Fuji actually started as the Nichibei Trading Company in 1899.  For more fun […]

Soma Wolverine

The Soma Wolverine frameset includes fork and Tange IRD stainless steel sliding dropouts. Photo courtesy of Soma Blog. The Soma Wolverine frameset is available from Soma Fabrications for $620.We once had a commenter — our resident curmudgeon, really — who called himself “Al in Philadelphia.” Whenever we posted about a bike like this one, Al […]