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Bike of the Now: Hop Skip & Jump

Schwinn MTB Sidewinder, blue 41 cm mountain bike, 18 speed, 26” wheels, Kenda 1.95 tires, Shimano SIS derailleurs, Sun Race shifters, center pull brakes, quick release seat post, Schwinn saddle, bottle mount, $150. The Sidewinder was Schwinn’s first mountain bike.…

Bike of the Now: Premium Rush Edition

Unknown Manufacturer, 51 cm red/chrome aluminum diamond frame, single speed fixie, 700c X 28 steel wheels, Kenda 90 psi tires, side pull Tektro brakes, quick release seat post & front wheel, Origin 8 crank, kickstand, bottle mount. $175 A fixie…

Bike of the Now: You Must Be This Tall To Ride

Dawes Galaxy, yellow & chrome, 64 cm Reynolds 531 lugged diamond frame, 10 speed, new 27” Kenda tires on quick release wheels with Weinmann rims, center pull brakes, Sun Tour V-GT luxe & Sun Tour 7 derailleurs, Selle Royale saddle,…

Bike of the Now: Long Haul Edition

  Surly Long Haul Trucker, White Smoke, 4130 CroMoly steel diamond frame, 27 speed, SRAM X7 9 speed rear derailleur, Microshift Bar-Con bar ends 3 x 9-speed shifters, Tektro CR720 cantilever brakes, 3 attachment points for racks, 3 water bottle mounts,…

Bike of the Now: Pretty & Powerful

Huffy Savannah Comfort Touring, dark salmon*, 18” step-through frame, 10 speed, Shimano Tourney derailleurs, 26” mountain bike tires, kickstand, pinstriped fenders, exceptionally comfy seat, side pull brakes. $150 At first glance this bike might appear to be one of those faux-retro…

Bike of the Now: Equal Size Wheels!

Bianchi Limited 1983, Eggplant, 58 cm lugged Ishiwata O22 CrMo diamond frame, 12 speed, 700C wheel, SunTour Cyclone Mark-II, Dia Compe 500 side pull brakes, quick release fore & aft, Aero saddle, bottle mount. $400 Here is a great example…

Bike of the Now: Post Apocalyptic Edition

Ross Europa, blue, single speed, 50 cm, new 26″ tires, coaster brake, banana seat, riser bars. $115 Suppose the  government shutdown goes on indefinitely, metastasizing into a deadlock on the debt ceiling, resulting in a default on payments owed by…

Bike of the Far Future As Seen From the Distant Past

J.C. Higgins, copper 48.5cm lugged cantilever frame, 3 speed internal hub, 26″ wheels, sidepull brakes, chrome fenders, chrome chain guard, chrome racks front & back, kickstand. $400 Oh baby, there is just so much to love about this exuberantly retro-futuristic…

Bike of the Now: Butch Lion Edition

Peugeot, Royal Blue, 60 cm lugged Carbolite frame, 7 speed, SunTour derailleur, 700c Schwalbe tires, quick release front & back, bottle & pump mounts, Cloud 9 saddle,  long sleeve grip, Tektro R559 side-pull brakes. ProBuilt. $700 A racy beauty with…