There’s something about 37 degrees and raining that makes us want to ride a bike—indoors. Seriously, this is about the time of year when we start dreaming of riding in shorts and a t-shirt, or maybe even a light wool sweater, not waterproof down. But while winter hangs on in the Pacific Northwest, it’s spring break everywhere else. (It’s currently 73 degrees in NYC and 83 in Chicago.) Despite the weather, here are a few urban rides that might spark your lust for sunnier days. At least, it did for us.
All we need are some aviator goggles and maybe a small dog (like Dick Dastardly and his dog Muttley) for this urban bad boy. Our neighbors, Ziba Design, partnered with Signal Cycles to create this utility bike that pays homage to the classic side car. To learn more, go here.
Wood is sexy. Wood on a bike is even sexier. Lagomorph Design, out of Chicago, custom built this single speed out of American Black Walnut.
We stumbled upon this classic beauty over on Adventure Journal. It’s a 1930′s racer called the Pashley Guvnor, retrofitted with the stately thread we’ve come to know as tweed. Its creator, Ian ‘Corky’ Chisholm, is prepping it for London’s annual Tweed Run.
Looks like wood; rides like steel. Why? Because that’s exactly what it is—steel. Rob Pollack, a retired panel beater, paints these faux woodgrain cycles with such detail it’s hard to tell the difference. To learn more, check out Etsy’s handcrafted portrait on Mr. Pollack, here.