Yes, it's that time again. Time for my annual City Bike Roundup. Last year's is right here - Best City Bikes & Easy Rides 2014 - and it's got tons of comments still on it with lots of additional recommendations (there's also our list from 2011 as well). There's a lot of agreement about the bikes, so always check out the comments to see what really fits you.
One of the perennial favorite brands is Public and the sweetheart choice seems to be the new Mixte French Style in orange (see above). Currently on sale in May (so only a few more days), it features "a premium French-style step-through design and a wide range of seven speeds to satisfy the most discerning city riders." Tons more choices below!
From internet strong Wayfair, I just found a really well priced Dutch bike for the Europhiles out there - "This classic bike has a simple one speed gearing with a coaster rear brake that allows you to spend less time working on your bike and more time enjoying the ride. The large front and rear fenders along with dress and fully enclosed chainguard keep you clean while headlight and racks make commuting a breeze."
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- Beater Bike Classic - $299
From Flying Pigeon LA - "Beater is the city bicycle in its purest form. No frills, nothing silly. Just a strong steel frame, the perfect number of gears (either one or three), an upright riding position, and a rack to carry stuff with."
- Republic Plato Step Through - $399
From Republic in Florida, their bikes are totally customizable (switch the colors!) and come in 7 days: "Our Plato Dutch bicycle is designed as a mix of retro styling and modern twists – because a dose of whimsy arouses just the right attitude for this bike. Plato bikes are built around our 26 inch, super cushy, super relaxed, balloon tire wheelset. We offer our Plato bicycle as a 1-speed or with a 3-speed or 7-speed Shimano Nexus internal hub."
- Twin City Step Through - $450
From Civia in Minnesota the Twin City Step Through is their basic model: "The simplicity of the Civia Twin City bike encourages you to get out of your car and onto your bike."
- Frame-integrated steel rear rack
- 7-speed IGH and single speed available
- Steel frame and fork
- Bones Bike - $550
From Bowery Lane in Bklyn, this is their stripped down and ready to ride the city version: "Just like the rest of our Bowery Lane Bicycles, the new Bones is hand cut, welded and assembled here in New York City in small production runs."
- 700c Step Through - $550
From Biria of Germany, this baby is sold through Amazon and has many fans as a basic ride:
- Frame: Steel, Fork: Steel Unicrown, 7 speed Shimano
- Rims: Aluminum black with CNC wall
- Sizes: 48 cm (19")
- Colors: Celeste Green
- Roadster Classic - $429
A few dollars cheaper than last year, this classic frame from Linus is a New York City staple where it can't be beaten up or stolen. It's chic but incognito: "This stripped down, elegant ride is the bicycle in its purest form. A simple, clean profile inspired by French and Italian cinema from the 50’s and 60’s."
- Ace Hotel LTD - $875
From Tokyo Bike, now available easily in the States, comes a new Ace Hotel inspired version: "A Limited Edition Single Speed model with comfortable 26" wheels, designed for the Ace Hotel. Four matte finishes accessorized with Brooks saddles and Gropes Grips."
- The Birdie in Mushroom - Call for $
From Bobbin in England, this is a lovely take on the European city bike and available through a few shops in US and Canada: "The Birdie is our signature bike and we have thousands of women swishing around town and along country lanes on its trademark lugged frame. With no-fuss hub gears, mudguards and rear rack, the Birdie is practical, beautiful and magically smooth to ride."
- The Paper Bicycle - £670
From Paper Bicycle in Scotland, this unique design is also available in a few spots in the US. "The Paper Bicycle was designed by Nick Lobnitz in 2006, and production started in 2009. Their hand-built in rural Scotland, one at a time, normally by Michael. Their made to last, to be used and above all to be a joy to own."
“…so I looped the rear frame so it followed and protected the chain, while at the same time supporting the rear wheel, and thus the Paper Bicycle was born.”
- Paula in Pigeon Blue - $2,299
From Retrovelo in Germany and available in San Francisco at My Dutch Bike, the Paula is the higher of their two classic women's versions: "With her 7 or 8-speed internal gear hubs PAULA overcomes each distance in no time. Along the way she provides a relaxed and upright position and thus a very comfortable ride in every situation."
- Gazelle Toer Populair T3 Black - $1,549
From the largest bicycle company in the most bike crazy country in the world, the Gazelle is the ultimate city bike and Dutch bike: "The Gazelle Toer Populair T3 has a 3 Speed Sturmey-Archer hub and rod linkage drum brakes which means there will be low maintenance and high reliability for years to come. Try this stylish and extremely comfortable bike endorsed by the Royal Dutch Family and use it to escape the city or… explore the city."
- The Women's Runwell - $2,950
At the top of the US line and from Shinola in Detroit, here's a retro design exquisitely executed in minty blue: "The Women’s Runwell retains much of the DNA of the original, including custom Shinola front rack and fenders, with a classic blend of urban style and practicality. The high-end Shimano Alfine 11-speed internal hub protects against rain and snow, making the new Runwell virtually maintenance free for daily riders, and Shimano mechanical disc brakes and internal cable routing provide stopping power in nearly any weather conditions."