A Bicycle Built for Me!
I’ve been riding my new bike for about two weeks right now and I thought I’d give a shout out to 1) Public Bikes, whose founder Rob Forbes also started Design Within Reach, and to 2) Mike at Quad Bikes in the Radcliffe Quad.
For those of you who just moved to the area, Craigslist is a great resource, but for bikes and service, Quad Bikes is the best kept secret in Cambridge!
While Quad Bikes isn’t really a new bike dealer (they only sell new Public bikes and used bikes for between $150-$250) they only charge 36 bucks an hour for labor! If you’ve owned a bike before or shopped around Cambridge, you’ll realize that it’s one of the lowest rates around. Because Quad Bikes was started by a Harvard grad in 2003 as a non-profit bicycle shop, you can imagine that although normally I’d be suspicious of such low rates, the workmanship is stellar and their repair calendar is booked 1-2 months out as a result.
Mike, who manages the shop, and his team will let you test drive any Public Bike models that they have on hand and then order your perfect bike, without the extra assembly costs or shipping and handling (a savings of $100!) That policy also applies to any parts or extras for your bike: fenders, saddle/seat, handlebars, bells, panniers, baskets, etc. If you are in the market for a bike and haven’t seen a Public, chances are that your not-so-inner-very-picky-architect-designer-snob-self will *love* their look, the ride, and their better-than-Linus (bike) prices.
What’s your ride of choice? Did design trump comfort? What do you think about what Rob Forbes has to say about Public’s design and intentions?
Public Mixte with bamboo fenders, Brooks saddle, and Peterborough basket!
Public Road Bike – 16 Speed
This bike is most like the Dutch style, step-through.
Public V7 – This is the model I picked for myself.