For those of us living without much storage space, there's something magical about finding a bike that highlights your home decor. Especially since reader Whitney asked us how to convert her bike into a grocery-getter, we've been checking out all sorts of basket-ed bikes that would look right at home inside the home, without detracting from the decor. Which leads us to a roundup of our favorites (so far). These are the bikes we'd design our home around. Jump below for more photos and links.
First, the Commuter 2 from Vanilla Bicycles. Ahhh...what a beautiful bike. This puppy was custom-built in Portland, OR, so don't quite get your hopes up to score one by Christmas: the wait list for Vanilla bikes is half a decade. Yep. They're not even accepting orders this year. And we couldn't nail down a price, but we're guessing they're not cheap. But look at the craftsmanship.
Then, we come to the more available, less custom Gary Fisher Simple City 8 and Simple City 3. We've had the pleasure of seeing these (and sitting on one) in person, and they are a dream of a bike. The Simple City 3 can come with a basket, too. Just imagine the neighborhood biking possibilities.
We'd happily wait and pay out for any of these bikes--and how cool would the look securely fastened to one of those David Byrne bike racks?
Send us more links for custom bikes so we can daydream, or share your own.