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Bike of the Now: Premium Rush Edition

April 6, 2014
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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 is a fixed-gear bike, which means that if the back wheel is turning, the crank (& thus the pedals) are turning. Other bikes freewheel, so you can coast without pedaling. Track bikes are usually fixed-gear, but in recent years they have appeared on the street. We don’t sell many fixes at the Hub – they’re not for everyone. They...

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

February 11, 2014
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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,  kickstand. Made in England. $300. This is one big beautiful bike. You’ll have to be over 6 feet tall to comfortably ride it. Also, you should appreciate  chrome – it’s rare to find so much on the frame.  It’s on the seat stays, the chain stays & the forks, & looks great with yellow. The Dawes Galaxy is a...

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Bike of the Now: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love This Bike

January 3, 2014
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Bike of the Now: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love This Bike

RAND Advanced Technology Trail Blazer, blue 18” frame, single speed, 26” wheels, new tires, coaster brake in back, side pull brake in front, raised handlebars, bottle mount, kickstand, Bell saddle. $100  RAND Corporation is a globe-spanning think tank, headquartered in Santa Monica, with ties to the Pentagon, universities, numerous governments, economic foundations & technology companies big & small. It has deep roots in Silicon Valley. Over 30 Nobel Prize recipients have been associated with RAND. Way back in 1946, they published the forward-looking & highly influential report Preliminary Design of an Experimental World-Circling Spaceship, which described the feasibility & implications...

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Bike of the Now: Long Haul Edition

January 3, 2014
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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, brand new, $1050. Suppose you need to get yourself to Buenos Aires, stat, but you just can’t bear the humiliation of the TSA airport experience, & cars aren’t really your thing, & anyway you’d like to see where you’re going as you go, & arrive invigorated by a brisk 6 to 7 thousand mile bike ride through 2 continents....

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Bike of the Now: Pretty & Powerful

November 22, 2013
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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 nostalgia deals that look better than they ride. But look closer: it’s a 10 speed with a very respectable pair of derailleurs, really nice riser handlebars, & fenders to protect you from rain & slush. You do ride in the snow, don’t you? Because this is an all-weather bike, suitable for the upcoming months when Amaterasu the Sun Goddess...

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Bike of the Now: Equal Size Wheels!

October 23, 2013
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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 of Bianchi’s innovative architecture,  which has been catching on with more & more bike manufacturers in the last 125 years: the wheels are of equal radius, & both are supported by pneumatic tires. They’re actually inflated with compressed air!  Edoardo Bianchi introduced equal sized wheels with pneumatic tires in the 1880s, & now: boom, 125 years later it’s really catching...

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Bike of the Now: Post Apocalyptic Edition

October 11, 2013
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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 the United States, triggering a wave of defaults & an new global recession. Markets collapse, trade comes to a standstill, unemployment soars. Our government, unable to summon the political will to manage basic infrastructure maintenance, watches the national highway system decay into hundreds of fragments managed by local militia. When civil order breaks down & the fuel supply is spotty...

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Bike of the Far Future As Seen From the Distant Past

September 25, 2013
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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 beauty. Consider all the bright & unspoiled chrome; if you come in the shop, ask Pleas, who’s working the counter, to point out the curlicue at the back of the back rack & the Buck Rogers angles of the chain guard & other details. Notice the checker pattern on the seat tube, & the graceful swoop of the cantilever...

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Bike of the Now: Butch Lion Edition

August 29, 2013
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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 all new components. The frame is contracted from Carbolite, an alloy of frozen yogurt that Lance Armstrong endorses. The black fork & black sleeves are kind of butch, which is so you, & check out the badge: a Peugeot lion fixed directly on the head tube. A work of art.  

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Bike of the Now: Resurget Cineribus

August 26, 2013
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Bike of the Now: Resurget Cineribus

Raleigh Record, red & yellow with chrome fork,  60 cm 20-30 High Carbon lugged frame, 8 speed, 700c ThickSlick Freedom Durastrip Puncture Resistant tires, Shimano Acera derailleur, Tektro R559 side-pull brakes. Pro-Built. $700. The famed Raleigh phoenix rises from flames of red & yellow on the head badge of this dramatic frame – an apt emblem for a completely rebuilt bike. Reborn, it’s better than ever, with 8 speeds controlled with a single shifter, leaving your left hand free to hold your latte. Those ThickSlick tires will handle the mean streets of the D without slowing you down. Strong,...

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