Despite the rain that is drenching Manhattan at this moment, we've still got sunny spring days and bicycles on our mind. And here's one NYC company that has our full attention: Bowery Lane Bicycles. Did you know that 98% of all the bikes in the US are not made here? Bowery Lane is part of the 2%. Their bikes are completely handmade—from the initial welding to the final packaging— in Brooklyn. No big assembly lines, no mass production, no robots. And considering that fact, they're remarkably affordable, too.
Clockwise, from top left: Breukelen, Broncks Black, and the Broncks Raw
Founded in Manhattan in 2008, Bowery Lane Bicycles "is committed to making affordable bikes in America that meet the actual day to day needs of urban cyclists." A family-owned and operated business, they're also active supporters for urban cycling advocacy and its goal to reclaim city streets for safe and sustainable transportation.
Bowery Lane Bicycles currently makes three vintage-inspired cruisers:
- The Broncks Black ($695): "The quintessential city bike is a fusion of style, practicality and sustainability. The Dutch inspired Broncks Black is made in New York City with renewable solar energy. It features a limited edition classic sprung leather saddle, sustainable cork handles, chain guard, fenders, kick stand, rear rack and a locally hand crafted wooden crate that can easily carry a briefcase, grocery tote or 2 six-packs of your favorite local brew..."
- The Broncks Raw ($695): "If you like steel then the Broncks Raw is the bike for you. Fabricated in New York City, each bike is a work of industrial art with the hand brazed brass joints and distinct color characteristics of the bare steel visible through the protective clear coat finish. It features the same limited edition leather saddle, sustainable cork handles, chain guard, fenders, kick stand, rear rack and hand crafted wooden crate and is dressed up with our classic Bowery Lane Bicycles brass head badge..."
- The Breukelen ($695): "The vintage inspired Breukelen is a sexy version of the Broncks with an easy step through frame and comfortable riding position. It exudes the same style and timeless beauty of the Broncks bicycles with its locally handcrafted frame, sustainable cork grips and tan leather saddle. Cruise by with the matching sleek black fenders, chain guard, rear rack and signature wooden crate and the Breukelen will turn even more heads than you are used to..."
See more at Bowery Lane Bicycles.
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