With spring on the horizon, and a new city to explore (I moved to Seattle less than two weeks ago), I’m fiending for a new commuter bike. Here are the three I’m drooling over. Which would you get? —Ali Carr Troxell
Sweet Pea Boy Bike V.2
Sweet Pea, out of Portland, Oregon, builds custom bicycles for women. That’s right. Just women. These bikes are gorgeously hand-crafted by Natalie Ramsland, who studied architecture in graduate school and spent six years as a bike messenger in Portland. She’s spent years studying bike fit and her creations are all stunningly gorgeous. I’m particularly fond of the wood fenders on this bad, um, girl. But head over to her site and scroll through her bikes and you won’t be disappointed. Prices vary based on custom design.
Felt Café 8 Deluxe
We’ll call this our farmer’s market ride, with a storage rack on the back. The Felt Café 8 Deluxe is a lightweight, aluminum bike with spot-on vintage style and utilitarian features like fenders and eight speeds for getting all over town—hills or not. The relaxed geometry makes it a comfy ride. It might not be perfect for my 10-plus-mile commute, but that doesn’t mean a girl can’t dream about a quiver of bikes.
Electra Townie Balloon 7D
This hybrid cruiser commuter from Electra isn’t the lightest bike here but it does come equipped with many gears to get you up the largest hills. I know because I rode a similar version uphill roughly 500 vertical feet at altitude. Slowly, but surely, it got me up the hill. It’s a smooth ride with a big, comfy banana seat. Best for the type of commute that involves a beach boardwalk.
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