Showing posts with label Bowery Lane. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Bowery Lane. Show all posts

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Bowery Lane Bicycles Breukelen White 3-Speed

Bowery Lane Bicycles make what the Rivendell folks would call "MUSA" products. Made in the USA. These bikes are made in NYC (with American Steel, they note) in the same factory that cranks out Bikes for The Rest of Us made by Worksman Bicycles. So you'll pay a little more than a Chinese-made bike but you'll sleep better because these bikes were made by well-paid US workers in an environmentally-friendly factory. Although you can have the bikes shipped to your local LBS they were not transported by bunker-fuel-drinking cargo ships across vast oceans.

Bowery Lane Bicycles is adding a fourth model this spring. They took their step-through frame (Breukelen), painted it white and added a three speed IGH (with coaster brake) and front roller brake. The saddle is a more conventional two-spring model as well. I would note that the IGH and front roller brake were likely made in China and shipped across vast oceans, but hey, you can't win them all.

The Good:
  • MUSA
  • Matching painted fenders (better get a mudflap on the front)
  • Cool wooden box
  • Roller/coaster brakes
  • Leather saddle and cork grips
The Bad:
  • Sad mismatched rear rack
  • Black cable housing on a white bike
  • One size fits all
You can find Bowery Lane Bicycles in select locations. Breukelen White 3-speed is $795 shipped.

Thursday, September 17, 2009

Bowery Lane Broncks Black

The Broncks Black from Bowery Lane Bicycles is available through their website for $595.

Bowery Lane Bicycles, founded in 2008, is a family-owned operation in New York City that produces handmade "vintage-inspired" cruisers. According to their website, Bowery "is committed to making affordable bikes that meet the actual day-to-day needs of the urban cyclist. We actively support urban cycle advocacy and the goal of reclaiming city streets for safe sustainable transportation." In the D.C. area, Bowery Lane bicycles "can be seen" at Farinelli's (a clothing store) at 2839 Clarendon Blvd., Arlington, Virginia. H/T to the anonymous commenter who brought Bowery Lane Bicycles to our attention.

The Broncks Black, which Bowery calls the "quintessential city bike," features a chain guard, fenders, kick stand, rear rack, and "a locally hand crafted wooden crate that can easily carry a briefcase, grocery tote (or 2 six-packs of your favorite local brew... ours is Brooklyn Lager)." The crate is definitely a nice touch.

A few specs:

Frame: Steel (grade not specified), 21" size

Wheels: 26" aluminum bolt-on (Bowery touts the bolt-on wheels as "theft-resistant." True, but you'll need to carry a socket wrench with you for changing flat tires).

Brakes: Rear coaster only. (I recommend adding a front hand brake for city riding).

Saddle: Dual springs, leather.

Handlebars: Swept back with long stem. Cork grips.

Weight: 29 lbs.