The Affordable Cycle

13 Jul

For many, the $1200 bicycle is simply not an option.  A lot of casual riders and commuters, even those who ride every day would be just as well served with something that costs $300, as one that costs $700. Unfortunately, most of the affordable cycles available are not as aesthetically pleasing as one might hope.  Craigslist and other forums for used bikes appeal to the environmentalist side of my brain, and can often offer vintage identity and personality that new bikes can’t match, but they have a tendency to fall apart under the stress of daily use.

In the end the investment in a quality bike is worth it, especially when it allows you to trade other commuting costs like public transit or driving. Certainly there is a gap in the market, that is slowly closing, for the simple, affordable and visually stimulating bike. Below are some folks that are on the right path.  As innovators are able to bring the price down on even cooler varieties, this list will only grow.  I’m eager for other suggestions:

Moof Solar Bicycle

Moof Solar Bicycle $500

Kronan Classic Mens Single Speed

Kronan Classic Men's Single Speed $500

Linus Classic Roadster

Linus Classic Roadster $359


6 Responses to “The Affordable Cycle”

  1. nate July 13, 2009 at 10:08 pm #

    Good choices, but you’ve neglected China’s “Flying Pigeon:” brick-like, basic, shaky, but beautiful, it is the Model T of bicycles. And in China apparently, cheap.

  2. Ben July 13, 2009 at 10:37 pm #

    Indeed. A good addition.

  3. Paul July 14, 2009 at 7:30 pm #

    The new Globe prototypes are interesting too. They run from $500 up to over $1000, but it is nice to see a large company devoting design resources to urban/commuter bikes instead of focusing on mountain and road racing models. I think that you will see more of the big companies trying for this aesthetic in the coming years, which should put some downward pressure on the prices.

    Also, Gary Fisher Simple City is a nice option for people who want the simplicity and ease of use of a single speed with the comfort of variable gears. I have seen these on sale for $500. I would prefer a steel frame, but you can’t argue with the basic design.

  4. Eric July 28, 2009 at 1:33 am #

    Will you feature my bike on your blog?? $75 on CL got my a vitage Schwinn. I didn’t sacrifice quality at all. It rides just fine everyday.

    • Ben July 28, 2009 at 1:43 am #

      Send a picture.


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