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:

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

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

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

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.

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.

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!


  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.


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