ANT Bikes: The Fanciest Roadster in the USA

ANT Bikes: The Fanciest Roadster in the USA

Maxwell Ryan
Aug 13, 2008

Sara Kate has been looking for a bike for weeks. She likes the vintage bikes and I do too. Together we've looked at Flying Pigeons and Indian Roadsters and various Schwinn's on Craigslist, but they all come with a question about what they will actually ride like. A picture is only worth a thousand words. Then, on Monday, I passed a guy on Grand Street riding a beautiful, vintage looking bike, with exquisite detailing. I asked him where he got it from, and he said ANT in Boston, and he said he loved his bike. Here's the scoop....

ANT is a small bike company that stands for Alternative Needs Transportation. Run by Mike Flanigan and Betsy Eckel Scola up in Holliston, MA, they set out to "re-invent the "Roadster" style bike that is a conglomeration of Dutch, French and English style commuter bicycles, but built with American craftsmanship and with modern techniques and components." These are beautiful bikes, particularly if you kit them out with all their baskets and racks, but they will cost you. 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. We like, but Sara Kate may be waiting awhile...

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