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Three Well-Priced Urban Bike Sources

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People often ask me where they can find a good, cheap bike. The answer to that question is always subjective, because there are so many types of bicycles as well as so many different types of riding. When I ask what kind of bike they are looking for, the typical answer is, “Well, I’d like something that I can ride around my neighborhood or town, but I’d like to be able to take it off-road as well.”

I believe the reason for this reply is because they haven’t been on a bike for a while and aren’t sure what type of riding they will feel most comfortable doing. Until they can figure that out, these folks typically want a bike that can do everything. Finding that bike is quite a challenge. I am more than happy to help out because I’m glad to hear that folks still have that spark to ride a bike.

I try to steer new people in the direction of something more universal and recommend getting a simple bike that can get them from point A to point B.

I also try to steer them away from discount store bikes. I love Target and Walmart type stores for many things, but not for their bicycles – which are, typically, badly made from poor materials. That being said, if that’s your only option, then go for it. Any bike is better than no bike.

My next recommendation is to check out their local bike shops. There is no better place to find quality bikes, built and maintained by skilled bike professionals, than at your local bike shop. Occasionally, you’ll find a bike at a great price. Plus, it’s always good to support your local shops.

But, even that isn’t the right fit for some folks. This brings me to the point of this post – to showcase some different sources for some well-priced bikes found online. I decided to focus on “Urban” utility bikes to articulate that there are nice, alternative solutions that look good and won’t break the bank. Here are three companies that have done a great job at getting some attention in the blog and social networking circles:

© Republic Bike - Please Visit Their Site

Republic Bike:
Republic is a Florida based company who was one of the first to start offering customizable urban bikes at a really low price. From their site: “At Republic Bike, we decided to shake up familiar aesthetic conceits and expectations of what a bike should look like.  In fact, we decided to leave it up to you. The only tools we offer here are those to let your creativity go for a ride. You pick, choose, swap and decide, and we’ll build it, box it, and ship it out. It’s a bike we design and build together.  It’s built by us & you. (more) ” Early criticism pointed out the low quality steel used in their frames. Since then, they started offering some nice Chromoly solutions at a slightly higher price. They offer fixed gear/single speed models as well as Dutch inspired bikes with up to 3-speeds. Prices range from $399 to $499.

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State Bicycle Company:
State is based in Arizona and also offers inexpensive urban bikes. Unlike Republic, State’s bikes aren’t as customizable. Their niche is offering bike models for a limited time before ‘retiring’ them. This gives you a chance to own a limited edition bike at a low price. From their site: “Our goal is to bring the most attractive, high quality, and smooth riding fixed gear/single speed bicycles to the market at the lowest price possible. We currently offer 13 different color combinations, 3 handlebar styles (bullhorns, riser bars, and drop bars), and 4 sizes (49cm, 52cm, 55cm, and 59cm). Each bicycle model that we offer is available for 3 months to a year before it is “retired” and we release newly designed models to replace it — when they’re gone, they’re gone. (more)”  Keeping it simple, they offer basic components with one type of Chromoly frame model that is single speed. Price is $429 with free shipping.

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Public Bikes:
Public is a San Francisco based company. Although higher in price, they offer up a wide variety of well-designed, European-inspired bikes. From their site: “We design and sell urban bikes, along with accessories to make riding more enjoyable, practical, and chic. Our European-inspired bikes ride like butter. They come in single and multi-speeds in all sizes. You can dress in casualor business attire, and wear pumps, tennis shoes, or flip flops – just about anything – while riding our bikes. And we have baskets, bags and other gear to go along with them. These bikes will make you feel like a kid again, and this is every bit as important as anything else. (more)” Unlike the more messenger/fixed gear type bikes featured by the other companies, Public offers more bikes that keep their riders upright and comfortable. They’re not as customizable, but provide great design that’s accessible with most budgets. Frames range in steel quality, with the Chromoly bikes at a higher price. You’ll find gearing options from 1 to 8-speed. Prices range from $550 to $995.

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June 24, 2011 at 5:00 pm

Old Stuff From My Tumblr Blog

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Before I started any of my blogs, I was keeping a Tumblr log of all the cool things that I’ve found on the internet.

I recently searched for something over here at Suburban Assault and couldn’t find it, only to discover that I had posted it over there. So, I decided to do a little merging and pull some of those posts over to this blog. Most of this is random and out-of-date, but I wanted to keep them in one place:

JUNE 21, 2009 _______________________________________________________________________________________

Best Father’s Day EVER! (via dickdavid) Today, my daughter decided to take a ride with me. It was a bit slow and we didn’t go very far, but I don’t care. I got to share one of my favorite things with my little girl.   I’ll never forget this father’s day.

Best Father’s Day EVER! (via dickdavid)

Today (JUNE 21, 2009), my daughter decided to take a ride with me. It was a bit slow and we didn’t go very far, but I don’t care. I got to share one of my favorite things with my little girl. I’ll never forget this father’s day.

JUNE 13, 2009 _______________________________________________________________________________________

I read about “Panda” shots on the Change Your Life, Ride A Bike Blog. I’ve seen these types of shots all the time, but never knew there was a term that was used for them. I guess these are what you would call the cycling equivalent to a “Facebook” or “MySpace” shot, where you take one of yourself from arm’s distance away. Here is the official description from the flickr group:

“Why are these called “pandas?” Well, ya see, there’s this rad chick who goes by the name faster panda kill kill. She takes rad self-portraits while riding her bike. They are so rad, in fact, that a group was formed to record similar self-portraits cuz, really, just about anyone who has a camera and rides bikes also takes these self-portraits.”

May 15, 2009 _______________________________________________________________________________________

G-STAR RAW & Cannondale Present RAW CANNONDALE

THIS BIKE IS PERFECT! I’m such a 2-Wheel Whore.



April 14, 2009 _______________________________________________________________________________________

February 19, 2009 / April 12, 2009 ______________________________________________________________________

I’m not sure if there will be a vote or if they just choose. Either way, here are my entries.

April 10, 2009 _______________________________________________________________________________________

This is something I can totally get into. Bikes and Art!! I’m only sad that they’re not coming to Dallas.




Pictures from Artcrank.

March 25, 2009  _______________________________________________________________________________________

Klunkerz: A Film About Mountain Bike History (via klunkerbill)

March 4, 2009  _______________________________________________________________________________________

Saw this on Bicycle Times’ site. I’m joining to see what it’s all about.

© World Commute

February 25, 2009  _______________________________________________________________________________________

I filled out a questionnaire about what I love about riding and it looks like it’ll be published. That’s me in the top center. I wish I had a more exciting shot or at least something fun to submit, but for now, I’ll just have to settle for this goofy pic.

© UrbanVelo

February 23, 2009  _______________________________________________________________________________________

Carnival (via dickdavid) I really dislike carnivals. They attract lower income folks and trick them into spending more money than they can afford. They are interesting to photograph.

Carnival (via dickdavid)

I really dislike carnivals. They attract lower income folks and trick them into spending more money than they can afford. They are interesting to photograph.

February 16, 2009  _______________________________________________________________________________________

I saw this on Urban Velo this morning. These are great city bikes that are highly customizable – and at a great price. If I didn’t already get my current single speed at such a great price, I would definitely be looking into this brand.

© Republic Bike

May 12, 2009  _______________________________________________________________________________________