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Urban Bike Lust

Posted by leighann | March 22nd, 2012 | Filed under Bikes, Design

tumblr_l7fe66pF1E1qd6hzlo1_500There’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.


Courtesy of Ziba.com

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.


Lagomorph Design

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.


Courtesy of Adventure Journal

Courtesy of Adventure Journal

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.


Rob's Woodgrain Bikes

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.

2 Responses to “Urban Bike Lust”

  • April 2, 2012 at 9:45 am | Todd Haywood says

    Hey Nau,

    Where is the building with the bikes all over it??


    Portland, OR

    BTW I have been riding year round for many many years. Your rebound jacked (I think that is the model, I’ve had it for three years) is the best rain shell I’ve ever owned!

  • April 5, 2012 at 9:27 am | Leighann says

    Hey Todd: The image is from a bike shop in Altlandsberg, Germany. According to Treehugger, they hang their entire inventory of trade-in bicycles on the wall of their store. The image has been floating around the internet for a year or two, but you can find out more about it here. Cheers!

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