Showing posts with label chainguard. Show all posts
Showing posts with label chainguard. Show all posts

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Electra Townie Commute 8D

Electra Townie Commute 8D in "aubergine." Courtesy: electrabike.com
The Electra Townie Commute 8D is a steel 8-speed that goes for about $770 (available in the Washington, DC area at Spokes Etc., Revolution Cycles, The Bike Lane and other fine stores).

In its Townie Commute series, Electra offers 8-speed or 27-speed bikes that have all the essentials for commuting or utility cycling: 2-inch wide Schwalbe Frank tires, integrated front and rear racks, fenders, chainguard, and dynamo-powered lights. It even comes with a bell!

Specs


Frame: Townie Commute 6061-T6 Aluminum w/Patented Flat Foot Technology
 
Fork: Hi-Ten Steel Uni-Crown, Straight/Tapered Leg 
 
Headset: 1 1/8" Steel Threaded/Semi-Integrated 
 
Rims: Alloy 700c x 32h w/Machined Sidewall 
 
Spokes: 14 Gauge Stainless/Brass Nipples 
 
Front Hub: Shimano Nexus Dynamo 32h 
 
Rear Hub: Alloy Low Flange 32h w/QR 
 
Tires: Schwalbe Fat Frank 700 X 2.0" Balloon w/Puncture-Resistant Kevlar® Guard Casing, 67TPI 
 
Crankset: Forged Alloy 170mm 
 
Pedals: Alloy Platform w/Non-Slip Rubber Tread 
 
Shifter: Shimano Acera Rapid Fire Plus 
 
Rear Derailleur: Shimano Tourney 8-Speed 
 
Cog: SRAM 8-Speed 11-32T 
 
Chain: KMC 1/2" x 3/32" Anti-Rust 
 
Brake Levers: Alloy Reach Adjustable
 
Saddle: Ergonomic w/Shock-Absorbing Elastomers 
 
Seat Post: Alloy 27.2mm X 300mm 
 
Handlebars: Alloy Custom Bend 24.8" Width/3.5" Rise 
 
Stem: Forged Alloy 25.4mm Quill 
 
Grips: Ergo-Shaped Hand-Stitched Leatherette 
 
Extras: F&R Spanninga Dynamo Led Lights, Internal Cable Rounting, Rust Resistant Hardware
 




Sunday, May 22, 2016

Raleigh Superbe

The 2016 Raleigh Superbe.  Courtesy: Raleigh USA

The 2016 Raleigh Superbe is a 7-speed that comes with fenders, a chainguard, and a rear rack and has an MSRP of $450.

Last we checked, the Raleigh brand was owned by a Dutch conglomerate after being sold and resold several times.  So it's not the same company that was founded in Nottingham, England in 1887 and once dominated the bicycle industry in terms of quality and performance.  The old Raleighs, like our friend old Binnie, have held up to the test of time.  If you're feeling nostalgic, you should check out this promotional film made at the Nottingham factory.

Nevertheless, the Raleigh brand rides on, and the names of the most famous old Raleigh models are being recycled: first, with the Clubman model and now Superbe.

According to the late, great Sheldon Brown, the Raleigh Superbe model "was always the super-deluxe version of [Raleigh's] top-of-the-line bike."  Sheldon Brown's Superbe looked like this:

Sheldon Brown's 1954 Raleigh Superbe. Courtesy: sheldonbrown.com

The 2016 Superbe is a poor imitation of the real thing.  That sounds harsh, but compare the 2016 model with Sheldon's 1954 model:

The 1954 model came with a dynohub light system.  The 2016 model does not include lights.

The 1954 model had an internal gear hub, protecting those gears from rainy English weather.  The 2016 model comes with a plastic derailer.

The 1954 model had a full chaincase, shielding the chain from moisture and the rider's pants from the drivetrain.  The 2016 model has a chainguard.

The 1954 model came standard with a leather Brooks B-66 sprung saddle. The 2016 model has a synthetic sprung saddle.

The 1954 model came with a pump and pump holder.  The 2016 model comes with neither.



The 2016 Superbe is a useful, functional bike.  It's just not superb, like the Superbe of yore.

2016 Specs:

Frame MaterialSteel
Bike Wheel Size700c
FrameRaleigh Classic Steel, Twin Tube Low Step-thru
ForkSteel 1" Threaded w/ Brake Bosses
CranksForged Alloy, 170mm w/ 42t Heron Chain Ring
Bottom BracketCartridge Steel w/ Oversize Bearings, Chromoly Spindle
Rear DerailleurShimano Tourney 7spd
ShifterShimano 7spd Revo Shifter
Brake LeversPromax Alloy
BrakesPromax Alloy V Brake, Silver
CogsetShimano Tourney 7spd 14-28
RimsWeinmann 700c Alloy 36h
TiresKenda 700x35 Skin Side Wall
PedalsVP Classic Steel Cage
HandlebarAlloy Silver 640 Width 60mm Sweep
StemSilver Anodized 1" Quill
SeatpostAlloy Micro Adjust 25.4x300mm
SeatRaleigh Comfort Saddle w/ Springs
HeadsetSilver, 1" Threaded
ChainKMC
Front Hub36h Nutted
Rear Hub36h Nutted,
Spokes14g Zinc Plated Steel
GripsVelo Black Cork
ExtrasRack w/ bungee cords, Metal Fenders, Silver Kick Stand

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

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 puts out a road bike with 20" wheels.

A few years ago, however, Biria noticed that American cities were actually putting in bike lanes, so they produced a really nice, functional city bike, which Joseph wrote about here. The CitiClassics are basically the same model, but look at all that sleek nickel chrome.  The CitiClassics come with fenders, chainguards, rear racks, and internal gear hubs.

Here are the specs for the Sport i3:

Frame:
Chromoly and Hi-ten Steel
Fork
Steel Crown
Rims
Double wall aluminum
Tires
700 x 35
Gear
Shimano Nexus 3, free wheel, with grip shifter
Stem
Aluminum
Handlebar
Aluminum
Brake
Aluminum Tektro Caliper
Standard
Fenders, Aluminum rear rack, chain guard, kickstand
Size and Color
46 cm (18"): Nickel Silver
55 cm (21.5"): Nickel Silver



















Tuesday, January 26, 2016

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 facts about Fuji's history, check out classicfuji.com.

The Sagres and Cambridge are cheap steel 7-speeds with fenders, chainguards, and wide 700 x 35C tires.  The styling is fairly elegant as well.  There is a third Nichibei model, the single-speed Sport, that's less interesting but still good basic transportation.

The Cambridge should not be confused with the Fuji Cambridge that we talked about here back in 2009.  That was a beautiful steel bike with an internal 8-speed hub. I hope Fuji will bring that one back even if they have to rename it.

Sagres specs:

SIZES17" (43cm), 19" (49cm), 21" (53cm)
COLOR(S)Forest green
FRAMEHi-ten steel city
FORKHi-ten steel
CRANKSETSingle, 44T
PEDALSAlloy
FRONT DERAILLEURN/A
REAR DERAILLEURShimano Tourney
SHIFTERSRight/ Shimano Tourney Thumb shifter
CASSETTE14-28T freewheel, 7-speed
CHAINKMC 7-speed
WHEELSETAlloy rims 36H / nutted hubs
TIRES700 X 35C city
BRAKE SETAlloy caliper
BRAKE LEVERSAlloy
HEADSETThreaded
HANDLEBARSteel slight rise city
STEMAlloy city
TAPE/GRIPStitched vinyl
SADDLEPadded city
SEAT POSTSteel
EXTRASSteel fenders, kickstand



Cambridge specs:

SIZES17''(43cm)
COLOR(S)Champagne
FRAMEHi-ten steel step-through city
FORKHi-ten steel
CRANKSETSingle, 44T
PEDALSAlloy
FRONT DERAILLEURN/A
REAR DERAILLEURShimano Tourney
SHIFTERSRight/ Shimano Tourney Thumb shifter
CASSETTE14-28T freewheel, 7-speed
CHAINKMC 7-speed
WHEELSETAlloy rims 36H / nutted hubs
TIRES700 X 35C city
BRAKE SETAlloy caliper
BRAKE LEVERSAlloy
HEADSETThreaded
HANDLEBARSteel slight rise city
STEMAlloy city
TAPE/GRIPStitched vinyl
SADDLEPadded comfort
SEAT POSTSteel
EXTRASSteel fenders, kickstand



Monday, November 30, 2015

Breezer Downtown 8

Breezer Downtown 8. Photo courtesy of breezerbikes.com
The Breezer Downtown 8 has a MSRP of $609.

We've talked a lot about Breezer's Uptown models.  They are fully-dressed aluminum commuter bikes that come standard with a full chaincase, fenders, rear rack, internal gear hub, and even dynamo lights.  So it would be hard for Breezer to top that.  Unless...

Unless you really like the feel of steel.  Downtown is Breezer's classic chromoly steel town bike.  It comes with a chainguard, fenders, rear rack, bell, and Shimano Nexus 8 IGH.  The only thing missing is the lights.  It would be even better with lights, but you can add your own battery-powered lights.

Here are the full specs:


Specifications
SizesS (48 cm), M ( 52 cm), L (56 cm), XL (60 cm)
Color(s)Gloss Red w/ Cream
Main frameBreezer Chromoly Steel, Dual Water Bottle Mounts
Rear triangleBreezer Chromoly Steel
ForkBreezer Steel
CranksetBreezer Aluminum, 38T
Bottom BracketVP-BC73C Cartridge-Style
PedalsAlloy Body, Chromoly Axle
Front derailleurna
Rear derailleurna
ShiftersShimano Nexus 8 Revo-Shift, 8-Speed
CassetteShimano, 18T
ChainKMC
WheelsetBreezer Aluminum Front / Nexus 8 Rear 36H Hubs, Vera DPM18 Aluminum Double-Wall GSW Rims
TiresVera CityWide, 700Cx35 w/ Puncture Protection
Brake setBreezer Aluminum Linear Pull, Cold-Forged, Stainless Hardware
Brake leversBreezer Aluminum, 4-Finger Ergonomic w/ Kraton Grip
HeadsetFSA Sealed, 1 1/8", Threaded
HandlebarBreezer North Road Aluminum, 25.4, 26mm Rise, 590mm Wide, 33° Sweep
StemBreezer Aluminum, 25.4, Quill-Style
Tape/gripBreezer Perforated Comfort
SaddleBreezer Comfort
Seat postBreezer Aluminum, 27.2mm
FendersSteel, Stainless Hardware
Headlightna
Taillightna
Rear CarrierBreezer Tubular Aluminum w/ Spring Clip
AccChainguard, Kickstand, Bell
Weight, kg/lbs15.37 kg / 33.81 lbs

*Spec subject to change without notice
Geometry

Sizes

S (48 cm) M (52 cm) L (56 cm) XL (60 cm)
Seat Tube / Center To Top A
480 520 560 600
Top Tube - Effective C
590 600 610 630
Head Tube Length D
140 155 170 190
Seat Tube Angle E
72.5° 72.5° 72.5° 72.5°
Head Tube Angle G
71.5° 71.5° 71.5° 71.5°
Chainstay Length H
457 457 457 457
Wheelbase I
1071.1 1081.8 1092.5 1113.3
Bottom Bracket Height J
271 271 271 271
Fork Offset K
45 45 45 45
Standover Height O
774.8 791.8 824.6 851.2
Stem Length

80 80 100 100
Handlebar Width

590 590 590 590
Crank Arm Length

170 170 170

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Schwinn Brighton and Allston


Schwinn's Brighton 1 (top) and Allston 1 (bottom).  Photos courtesy of www.schwinnbikes.com.
Schwinn's Brighton 1 and Allston 1 are steel bikes with fenders, chainguards, and rear racks that go for about $660.  Both bikes have Shimano Nexus 8-speed internal gear hubs.

This is a very practical bike at a decent price.  In terms of elegance and function, it's comparable to the Linus Roadster 8.  Schwinn says the fenders and rear rack "make a utility and fashion statement."  Yes, we agree - we've been saying that since 2008 and hoping for more bikes like these.

Schwinn also says that these models are available "exclusively" at Schwinn signature independent bike shops.  That's a positive development and a show of support by Schwinn for local business owners.

Here are the specs for the Allston 1 (the Brighton 1 has nearly identical specs):

Size

SM, MD

Frameset

Frame

Schwinn steel classic step-thru Dutchi

Fork

Schwinn rigid steel

Drivetrain

Crank

Alloy 3-piece 38T

Bottom Bracket

Cartridge

Derailleurs

N/A (F), N/A (R)

Shifters

Shimano Revoshift

Cog Set

19T

Chain

KMC Z410A

Wheels

Rims

Weinmann ZAC19 alloy 36H

Size

700 x 38

Spokes

14G stainless

Tires

Kenda K-192 700 x 38

Components

Pedals

Schwinn Bow Tie

Brakes

Alloy caliper

Brake Levers

Alloy

Handlebar

Alloy classic riser, 25.4

Stem

Alloy quill, 25.4

Headset

1" threaded

Saddle

Classic lightweight springer saddle

Seatpost

Alloy 25.4 x 300 mm

Extras

Extras

Classic stitched grips, fenders, rear rack


Monday, August 17, 2015

Momentum Bicycles (by Giant)


Giant's Momentum Street bikes: double-diamond model at top, mid-step at bottom. Photos courtesy momentum-biking.com

Momentum Street models are available in 5 colors, as a double-diamond or mid-step, and sell for just $425.

Giant, the world's largest bike manufacturer, is making low-cost bikes for the rest of us. They're 7-speed aluminum bikes that come standard with fenders, rear racks (with bag mounts), nominal chainguards, integrated cup holders, and even a frame-mounted u-lock carrier.  At $425, this is a highly utilitarian bike and a really good deal.


Outside Magazine has a positive review (as well as some discussion about Specialized's now-defunct Globe series).

Specifications

SizesSmall, Regular, Large
Colors Double Diamond:
 Black/White
 Blue/Bronze
 Matte Green/Orange
Mid-Step:
 Blue/White
 Red/Pearl White
FrameALUXX-grade aluminum with integrated rear carrier and cup holder, double diamond and mid-step options
ForkHigh Tensile Chromoly Steel
HandlebarAlloy, Mid rise
StemAlloy Quill
SeatpostAlloy, 30.9
SaddleRiveted Retro-Classic Comfort, coil spring
PedalsAlloy/Anti-Slip Platform
ShiftersShimano Revo, Twist
Front DerailleurN/A
Rear DerailleurShimano Tourney
BrakesAlloy, Direct Pull
Brake LeversAlloy Comfort
CassetteShimano TZ31 14x34, 7-speed
ChainZ51KMC Z51, Nickel Plated
CranksetAlloy, 42T
Bottom BracketSealed Cartridge
RimsGiant Alloy, Double wall
HubsAlloy, 32h
SpokesStainless Steel, 14g
TiresKenda Kwick Roller, puncture protection, 700x32
ExtrasChainguard, Kickstand, Bell, Integrated Rack with Straps and removable bag mounts, Integrated Cup Holder, Frame Mounted U-Lock Carrier

Monday, August 10, 2015

Detroit Bikes


Detroit Bikes offers an A-Type (top) and B-Type (bottom). Photos courtesy detroitbikes.com
Detroit Bikes A or B models go for about $700 + whatever accessories you choose.

Two years ago, after we did a post about Shinola, I received an email recommending that we check out Detroit Bikes.  And so, a mere 2 years later, I checked out Detroit Bikes.  I found two simple, attractive cruisers that come with fenders, chainguards, and internal gear hubs.

Detroit Bikes says its "mission is to encourage cycling by making an accessible, enjoyable bicycle while continuing Detroit’s legacy of quality manufacturing and design."  In a recently-released video, they state an additional goal: to double the number of bikes made in the USA.  It's hard not to root for these guys, especially when they create jobs with a livable wage and health care benefits.

A few specs:

Frame: 4130 chromoly, tig-welded
Brakes: coaster
Gears: Shimano Nexus 3-speed internal gear hub
Tires: Kenda Kwest 700 x 32
Rear rack: 35 lb capacity





Monday, August 3, 2015

Giant Simple Three W

For 2016, a "lifestyle" cruiser from Giant. Courtesy: http://www.giant-bicycles.com
Giant offers the Simple Three W, an aluminum 3-speed cruiser, for around $490.

Here's a large bicycling company, truly a giant in the industry, marketing to women. This is something we've seen again and again (for example, the Trek Cocoa ad campaign), because women are the bicycle industry's major untapped consumer market.  Some women-specific models have been successful, like Giant's Suede, others a bit ridiculous, like the Trek Lime (discussed here).

Giant's "Liv" campaign (on twitter it's @Livgiant) features images of competitive female athletes, as well as regular women riding "lifestyle" bikes like the Simple Three W.  The "W" is apparently there in case you had any doubt that the model was being marketed toward women.  By the way, if you'd like to read a fun rant about women-specific bikes, here's a good one by Amanda Batty.

Marketing is one thing; bicycle design is another.  As Velouria, the Lovely Bicycle blogger, put it: "We are women, we are wonderful, and we need bicycles designed for us." I think the industry needs more women designing bicycles.  Sure, there is Sky Yaeger (of Bianchi, Swobo, and Shinola fame), but "bike designer" remains a male-dominated profession. 

The Simple Three is inexpensive and basic.  In short, it's cheap transportation, and there's absolutely nothing wrong with that!   Comes with chainguard, fenders, kickstand, and a front basket.  Here are the specs:

FRAME

SIZES One Size Fits Most
COLORS White/Blue, Red/Purple
FRAME ALUXXgrade aluminum
FORK Chromoly
SHOCK N/A

COMPONENTS

HANDLEBAR Women's Steel Cruiser
STEM Alloy quill
SEATPOST Alloy, 27.2mm
SADDLE Liv Comfort Cruiser, w/ SuperSoft foam
PEDALS Nylon, Antislip platform

DRIVETRAIN


SHIFTERS Shimano Revo, Twist
FRONT DERAILLEUR N/A
REAR DERAILLEUR N/A
BRAKES Shimano, Coaster brake
BRAKE LEVERS N/A
CASSETTE Shimano 22T, 3speed internal
CHAIN KMC Z410, Rustproof
CRANKSET Giant alloy 3piece, 44T
BOTTOM BRACKET Threaded, Sealed

WHEELS

RIMS Giant Alloy
HUBS [F] Alloy, [R] Shimano Nexus, 3speed
internal, 36h
SPOKES Stainless steel, 14g
TIRES CST Cruiser, 26x2.125

OTHER

EXTRAS Front Basket, Fenders, Kickstand


Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Public Bikes at Kimpton Hotels

An elegant hotel loaner bike. Courtesy: Kimpton Hotels
Two years ago, Kimpton Hotels teamed up with Public Bikes to offer loaner bikes at their hotels.  From a marketing standpoint, this was a win-win for both Kimpton and Public.  But it also has turned out to be another victory for bikesharing.  The best way to see any city is by bicycle, and now Kimpton invites you to do that when you stay at their hotels.

As we've discussed before, Public produces colorful and classy mixtes and diamond frames that come with fenders, chainguards, and rear racks. They look nice lined up at any hotel, and they all but guarantee a memorable experience for any guest who takes them out for a spin.

Here's a youtube video promoting the bikes at the Hotel Monaco, a Kimpton hotel in Washington, D.C. And more marketing:


Borrow a bike while staying at a Kimpton Hotel. Courtesy: http://blog.publicbikes.com

Are any other hotel chains considering this? And if not, why not?

Friday, June 26, 2015

Sun Fritz and Skylar






The Fritz 5 and Skylar 5 have internal gear hubs and go for about $540.  The Fritz 8 and Skylar 8 have rear derailers and are around $480.  Photos courtesy of www.sun.bike


Miami-based Sun Bicycles offers the Fritz and Skylar as its "Dutch-inspired" models. They have upright handlebars, fenders, a rear carrier, and a bell "for a true Dutch experience."

Sun makes a wide variety of fun bikes, including cruisers, tandems, recumbents, and even unicycles.  They also offer a cargo bike that we've previously discussed.  They've apparently discontinued two solid models that we've featured here: the Cayne Uno and the Cayne Cykel.

The Fritz and Skylar are tig-welded steel bikes.  The Fritz 5 and Skylar 5 have Sturmey-Archer internal gear hubs and twist grip shifting.  The Fritz 8 and Skylar 8 have Shimano Acera 8-speed rear derailers.

Here are the specs for the Fritz 5:

FrameHigh Tensile Steel w/Chromoly Main Triangle, TIG Welded
Fork1' Hi Tensile Steel, Curved Legs, Double Eyelets
HeadsetSteel, Caged Bearings, 22.2 x 30 x 27mm, Sealed, CP
HandlebarAlloy, 610mm Wide x 66mm Rise x 25.4mm Clamp City Bar
StemAlloy, 22.2 x 180mm Quill x 80mm Ext. x 25.4mm Clamp, 30� Rise
GripsClassic Style, 128mm L, 92mm R, Custom Stitching
Brake LeverAlloy, 4-Finger Lever
Front BrakeAlloy, 61-78mm Reach, Dual Pivot, Nutted
Rear BrakeAlloy, 61-78mm Reach, Dual Pivot, Nutted
Rear ShifterSturmey-Archer TSC50 R5, 5-Spd Twist Shifter
SprocketSturmey-Archer 18T 1/2" x 1/8" for RX Hub
Seat ClampAlloy, 28.6mm I.D., with Bolt, Silver
Seat PostAlloy W/Integrated Clamp, 25.4 x 300mm, Silver
SaddleClassic Style, Coil Spring with Chrome Rails
Crank Set3-Piece Alloy, 170mm x 46T
ChainwheelSteel, 46T x 1/2: x 1/8", (5-Bolt x 130mm BCD)
Bottom BracketSealed Cartridge, 68 x 118mm
ChainK.M.C. Z410, 1/2" x 1/8", 102 Links
Chain GuardSteel, Painted
PedalsAlloy, 9/16", Slip-Resistant Top, Blk
Front HubAlloy, 36H x 14G x 3/8" Bolt-On Axle
Rear HubSturmey-Archer RX-RF5, 5-Spd Internal W/Freewheel, 36H x 14G
Rims700c x 36H x 14G, Alloy, Double Wall, CNC
Front Wheel700C x 36H x 14G, Alloy-Commuter, Bolt-On
Rear Wheel700C x 36H x 14G, Alloy-Commuter, W/Sturmey-Archer RX-RF5spd
Spokes14G Stainless Steel with CP Brass Nipples
Tires700 x 35C, Black Wall
KickstandAlloy, Center Mount, Silver
Fender SetSteel, F&R, W/Single Struts, Painted
Rear RackCustom Alloy
AccessoryBell, Alloy, Chrome Plated
Weight33 Lbs.
Weight Limit250 Lbs.



Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Electra Loft

Loft 7D, top, and Loft 7i, bottom, are nice-looking, affordable modes of transportation. Courtesy: electrabike.com
Electra, which calls Encinitas, California its homebase, describes the Loft series as "modern day classic."  The 7D, so named because it has a 7-speed derailer, goes for about $550.  The 7i, which has a 7-speed internal gear hub, is around $710.

We've already talked about Electra's Ticino series, its Amsterdam 8i and Fashion 3i which you can get with dynamo hub-powered lights, the Townie Balloon 8i, and of course the Amsterdam Classic. Needless to say, you can count on Electra to produce attractive and useful bikes for the rest of us.

The Loft series offers comfortable, upright rides with aluminum frames.  In fact, the 7i is brushed aluminum, a pretty cool look.  The 7D has a Shimano Acera rear derailer; the 7i has a Shimano Nexus IGH.  Both have caliper rim brakes. The rear racks, chainguards, and fenders (also on the 3i) complete the bikes.

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Civia Twin City


Civia Twin City 7-speed. Credit: Civia
Civia Cycles' Twin City models range from $450 for a single speed to $800-1,000 for a 7-speed with an internal gear hub.

QBP (the Minnesota-based company that owns Civia, Surly, Salsa, and All-City, among other brands) has revamped Civia so that it now offers affordable steel bikes with racks, chainguards, fenders, wide tires, and internal gear hubs.  The biggest change at Civia is the new affordability.  

Civia previously stood out with its thoughtfully designed, lightweight all-purpose bikes such as the Loring and Hyland. While I'm sad to see the retirement of those high-end models (as well as Civia's really cool cycletruck, the Halsted) it's nice to see QBP's commitment to offering useful, affordable steel bikes.  QBP describes Civia as "devoted to creating bicycle designs for everyday living."  That's what we call "bikes for the rest of us."


Photo credit: Civia Cycles.

Here are specs for the Twin City 7-speed Step-Through:

Frame: 4130 CroMoly steel with hi-tensile top tubes and welded rack
Fork: CroMoly 1" steerer
Brakes: Tektro linear pull, BR-530
Chainguard: Civia Twin City for 38 tooth
Cog: Shimano 21T
Fenders: Civia alloy, 35mm max tire width
Handlebar: 24.5 diameter, 560 mm width
Hub (rear): 7-speed Nexus SG-7R50, 32H
Kickstand: 2-legged stand
Rack (front): Civia Market
Saddle: Civia sprung with steel rails
Shifter: Nexus Revo shifter
Tires: Kenda Kwest 700 x 35mm

Friday, May 2, 2014

Kinn Cascade Flyer

Kinn is new company with 1 model of family oriented bike in Oregon. The frame, wheels and many other parts are made locally.

The Cascade Flyer is part of a new class of bikes called "mid-tails", shorter and lighter than a "long-tail" cargo bike, such as Yuba Mundo or an Xtracycle, but long enough to carry a kid plus a couple of panniers. And it comes with everyone you need, except for lights: integrated rack, fenders, chainguard, dual kickstand, 8-speed internal gear hub, disc brakes and a leather saddle.


The designer wanted a bike that was sturdy and long enough to carry his grandkids along with a couple of bags of groceries, but short and light enough to ride to work and around town. It also is just short enough to fit on a bus rack for bikes, with the front wheel turned backwards: this explains the curve in the down-tube. The geometry is designed to handle similarly to a modern hybrid or city bike, with 72 degree frame angles, and full-size 700c wheels (built by hand in Portland).

Front wheel twists so the bike can fit a standard bus rack
The 8-speed Alfine IGH version costs $2350 for a complete bike as shown. A 27-speed derailleur option is the same price. Unfortunately, there is no small size; riders shorter than 5'2" are out of luck, but medium to tall people should fit.

This can be a good option for a person who wants a made-in-the-USA, fully equipped bike that can haul groceries and a kid, and also serve as a commuter bike and city bike. I wish the complete build included dynamo lights. Considering that the wheels are hand-built locally, it may be possible to add this on to the order for an additional cost. If not, the front wheel should sell easily on Ebay.

You also get some fancy extras, like the bamboo rack top with hidden lockbox:


This bike has been reviewed by Lovely Bicycle and covered by Bikeportland

Specs:
FRAME FORK
Hand made in Portland Oregon from heat-treated Cro-moly steel tubing. Fits tires up to 1.75″ wide (700x42mm) with fenders.
Fork has eyelets for front rack at dropout and mid-blade.
Sizes
Regular  (5’2”-5’10”)  or  Large (5’8”-6’4”)
Three Colors
Sardinian Sea, Red Earth, Clean Slate
Built-in Rear Rack
Rated for 130lbs (60kg) to easily carry a child and groceries.
21″ rack with bamboo deck.
Child Transport
Built-in Yepp EasyFit window for direct child seat mounting.
Integrated footpeg mounts.
Cargo Capacity
Pannier rails fit standard panniers even with a Yepp child seat attached
 GEARING
27 SPEED DERAILLEUR
ALFINE 8 SPEED INTERNAL
Cranks
Shimano triple 44-32-22
Kinn 36t Aluminum Crankset with Ring-guard
Cassette
Shimano 9 spd 11-34 Cassette.
Shimano Alfine 8-speed Internal hub
with 20T cog
Shifter
Shimano Alivio 430 trigger shifter
Shimano Alfine Trigger

WHEELS
Hand-built in Portland by Sugar Wheelworks
Rims & spokes
Alex DM-18 700C silver rims, with 36 14G stainless steel spokes
Hubs
Shimano SLX  or Shimano Alfine hubs
Tires
700c x 35mm, with reflective sidewall and puncture guard
Brakes & Levers
Avid BB5 mechanical disk brakes for all weather stopping power
Levers
Tektro 3 finger levers
Pedals
VP-560 silver alloy platform pedals
Handlebar, Grips & Bell
Alloy touring/city bar and lacquered cork grips and classic brass bell
Saddle
Velo comfort saddle
Seatpost
Silver alloy 27.2mm x 350mm
Stem
Polished aluminum stem. 90mm (small) 110mm (large)
Fenders
Alloy full coverage fenders with mud flaps and rear reflector.
Other:
Chainguard, double kickstand, footpegs