He's back with a cool new project — Rob Forbes, the founder of Design Within Reach (who left DWR in 2007) is launching PUBLIC on April 15th. PUBLIC is a collection of modern bikes and gear inspired by a "passion for bicycling in style."From the PUBLIC site:
We’re joining the movement this spring with a small collection of modern bikes and gear. We will be launching this collection in April. Our bikes have been designed around the style and principles of the classic city bikes of Europe, updated with new technology and modern materials, and adapted to the U.S. market. We have two classic European frame styles, both unisex, both made from strong lightweight steel. We designed them for all sizes and ages and made them especially female-friendly. We will have four colors and three gear configurations all using internal hubs. We think our bikes are pretty, but you can be the judge.
PUBLIC bikes have been designed around the style and principles of the classic European bike. They encourage an upright posture and better visibility. We have two frame styles, both unisex, both made from strong, lightweight steel. Our bikes will come in four colors and three gear configurations (1, 3, 8-speed) all using internal hubs.
All PUBLIC bikes come with a comfortable seat, chain guard, fenders, kickstand and reflective stripes on tires for safer night riding. Prices will range from $650 to $1,200.
- Founded: 2010
- Founded by: Rob Forbes
- Headquarters: San Francisco, CA
PUBLIC is a San Francisco-based bike and gear company located in 123 South Park. We design and sell urban bikes, along with accessories to make riding more enjoyable, practical, and chic. Our European-inspired bikes ride like butter. They come in single and multi-speeds in all sizes. You can dress in casual or business attire, and wear pumps, tennis shoes, or flip flops - just about anything - while riding our bikes. And we have baskets, bags and other gear to go along with them. These bikes will make you feel like a kid again, and this is every bit as important as anything else.
Around the Web
- PUBLIC Bikes Euro-Style Commuters [UrbanVelo.org]
- i want a public bike [Sippey.com]
- Public, from Rob Forbes [Dwell.com]