Interbike 2010: Smart City Bikes

On display at the Interbike 2010 trade show were many fully-appointed city bikes — bikes that would be quite suitable for utility cycling trips such as lengthy commutes, light cargo-hauling and all-around transportation. A lot of the bikes we noticed in this category come with fenders, rack mounting points and other features that make them quite desirable for someone looking for a versatile rig. Take a look at some of the bikes:

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This one from Salsa Cycles comes with a nice front rack and mounts for fenders and a rear carrier. Nice!

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Here’s an Electra Ticino in a “mixte” style…beautiful hammered-finish fenders and all the mounting points one could ask for.

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Another Electra Ticino…this one in a more traditional diamond-frame format. Same great features as the mixte bike above.

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This is a Velo Orange “Polyvalent” frameset…but one that could be built up into quite a versatile machine…rack points front and rear, upright and stable rider position and great looks without being too flashy.

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Pashley had a huge display…while their bikes are rather expensive, they come with a lot of desirable features such as generator hubs and lights, racks and full-coverage fenders.

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Our friends at Urbana had a great display…all the colors of the rainbow in their sturdy, versatile bikes. We did a review of one of their models a few months ago, and with a little luck we will be testing their electric-assist version in the coming months. A quick look at the e-version suggests it’s going to be a hit — they didn’t cheap out on the e-assist kit they chose.

There were many many more…and I’ll get photos up in the coming days. Things are hopping for the urban utility bike segment!


4 Comments

  1. RANTWICK September 24, 2010 8:44 am 

    What’s old is new again… interesting. I wonder if this is a response to demand (I’m seeing more utility cyclists all the time) or is it just the marketing life cycle at work? Either way, I’m a rack and fenders fan, so it’s cool with me. Bike #1, the Salsa, appeals to me most.

  2. Mike Myers September 24, 2010 9:36 am 

    I like the Salsa bike. But they’ve always been one of the companies that “gets it”. The Electra bikes look cool. Hammered fenders are a nice touch. Very stylish.

  3. Ghost Rider September 25, 2010 3:59 am 

    I went back by the Salsa booth on Friday and discovered that the photo above is the new color scheme for the Casseroll…a fan favorite for a versatile frameset.

    @Ranty — I think it is both of the things you mentioned…folks are “getting it”, finally, and companies ARE listening. Still a long way to go, though, based on a lot of the other stuff I saw at the show. Let’s hope more companies realize that a versatile bike is a hit if they can get it well-equipped AND at a decent price point — they’ll sell like hotcakes if they get it right!

  4. Mike Myers September 26, 2010 12:40 am 

    I’m still waiting to meet another rider in my area with fenders and Carradice bags. Heck, even a Brooks. It cracks me up to watch the oral surgeon triathlete commuter riding home like he’s Eddy Merckx when it’s raining. He’s grimacing and eating vaporized roadkill, while I am wearing rain gear on my fendered bike and fairly comfortable.

    LOL

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