Best City Bikes 2011: Our Largest List Ever!

Shopping Guide

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Happy spring! We've gathered up all the best new bikes and sifted through our old favorites to pull together our biggest bike shopping guide to date. Here are the lovliest, highest recommended cycles we could find — complete with pricing and links.

For Trend-Setters

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They just released this bike, a collaborative project with New York bike store Adeline Adeline. Available in the signature Kate Spade kelly green, it was inspired by a 1960s Woman's Day ad.
• Shown: Kate Spade NY Adeline Adeline Bike, $1,100

For Classicists

5093f406dbd0cb03420004d6. w.94 h.71 s.centercrop The Classic Bicycle Shop
This Australian store specializes in reproductions of single and three-speed European bikes from the early 1900s, and they ship internationally.
• Shown: 3 Speed Curved Bar 20" Ladies Bike, $850

For Designophiles

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Rob Forbes, formerly the founder of Design Within Reach, launched PUBLIC a couple of years ago in San Francisco. It's a collection of modern bikes and gear inspired by a "passion for bicycling in style."
• Shown: Public J7 Bike, $550

For Euro-Cyclers

5093f407d9127e2f060004a7. w.94 h.71 s.centercrop Copenhagen Cyclery
This Chicago store sells Danish bikes by Velorbis, Italian Abici bikes, Dutch Batavus cycles, and Danish Larry vs Harry models. These are heavy, durable bikes.
• Shown: Velorbis Men's Scrap Deluxe, $1,895

For the Long Haul

5093f408dbd0cb03420004d7. w.94 h.71 s.centercrop Madsen Cycles
Based out of Salt Lake City, Madsen makes cargo bikes that are designed to carry anything from kids to groceries. The "giant bucket on the back" is a smart but simple concept.
• Shown: KG271 Bucket Cycle, $1,485

For An All-Around Good, Basic Bike

5093f409d9127e2f060004a8. w.94 h.71 s.centercrop Electra
They're a manufacturer of cruiser, town and children's bicycles, along with clothing and parts, and they sell through retailers like REI, Amazon, and local bike shops.
• Shown: Electra Ticino 8D Bike at REI, $850

For New Wave Film Lovers

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This company makes utilitarian city bikes inspired by mid-century European design. They describe their classic roadster as "a simple, clean profile inspired by French and Italian cinema of the 50s and 60s."
• Shown: Linus Roadster Classic, $400

For Comfortable City Crusing

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They market their city bikes as "comfort models" and they work with European designers and manufacturers to make stylish utilitarian aluminum-frame basics.
• Shown: CitiBIKE 700C Men's Series, starting at $500

For Tough Guys and Wannabees

5093f40bdbd0cb03350004dd. w.94 h.71 s.centercrop Surly
Their shtick is "No B.S. Unless you deserve it" and they make steel-frame city bikes that are heavy and durable. Shop here for fixed-gear models and race-inspired roadsters.
• Shown: Surly Fixed-Gear Steamroller, starting at $690

For Portlandians

5093f40cd9127e2f1c0004c3. w.94 h.71 s.centercrop Vanilla Bikes
Custom-built in Portland, Oregon, there's a five-year wait for one of these bikes so, yeah, although we think they do beautiful handcrafted work, this shop might merit a parody sketch at some point.
• Shown: Surly Fixed-Gear Steamroller, starting at $690

For Smooth City Riders

5093f40cdbd0cb03350004de. w.94 h.71 s.centercrop Gary Fisher Simple City Bikes
Apartment Therapy founder Maxwell Gillingham-Ryan owns one and says, "These are really easy, smooth rides." The built-in front rack is a nice feature in the more expensive models.
• Shown: Simple City 8, $970

For Handmade Fetishists

5093f40dd9127e2f160004be. w.94 h.71 s.centercrop ANT Bikes
Maxwell wrote about these hand-built limited edition bikes: "Try $500 up front, at least another $2,400 later on and 12-14 months of wait time, and you'll have one damn fine bike."
• Shown: Simple City 8, $970

For Dutch Cruisers

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Located in Seattle and Chicago, this company sells Linus, WorkCycles, Gazelle, and Civia. A jackpot for European bikes of the roadster, folding and work persuasion.
• Shown: Gazelle Toer Populair Lady, $1,260

For People Who Want to Replace Their Car

5093f40fd9127e2f160004bf. w.94 h.71 s.centercrop J.C. Lind Bikes
Formerly De Fietsfabriek, this Dutch bike store has a location in Chicago. They're "passionate about promoting a healthy, fun and unique urban transportation alternative to the automobile."
• Shown: Yuba Mundo Cargo Bike, $1,100

For Old-School Cyclists

5093f40fdbd0cb03350004e0. w.94 h.71 s.centercrop Bowery Lane Bicycles
Founded in Manhattan in 2008, Bowery Lane is a family-owned business "committed to making affordable bikes in America that meet the actual day to day needs of urban cyclists."
• Shown: Broncks Black Bicycle, $595

For Chinese Cruisers

5093f410d9127e2f160004c0. w.94 h.71 s.centercrop Flying Pigeon
Run by brothers Adam and Josef Bray-Ali, Flying Pigeon imports Chinese bikes and hosts regular “Get Sum Dim Sum” rides and art gallery tours in their LA neighborhood.
• Shown: Flying Pigeon PA-02 Classic, $200

For Hipsters Who Like Neon

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They make custom fixie, singlespeed, and fixed gear bicycles, and they sell online and through modern stores like CB2 and Urban Outfitters. They also have a line of neon brights.
• Shown: Aristotle Bike, $400

For Greenies

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They're a 1973 family owned bicycle shop that's rethinking the way bikes are manufactured, used and recycled. Frames are "hand-crafted in Vietnam using the strongest bamboo on the planet."
• Shown: Caleb Bamboo Road Bike, $900

For Sporty Designophiles

5093f412dbd0cb03350004e2. w.94 h.71 s.centercrop PUMA
If you're looking for a sporty city bike with lots of color, PUMA sells customizable models made by Danish bike design and manufacturing firm, Biomega.
• Shown: Nevis Lady Bike, $725

For Japanese Crusiers

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Available in the UK, Australia, and — of course — Japan, these bikes are simple and lightweight. They come in multiple colors, including some beautiful brights.
• Shown: Tokyo Bike 26, 48,000 yen

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