Engineering a better bicycle, the DBC way

While we don’t usually post articles about bike design (that topic is much better handled by our friend James over at Bicycle Design), I spotted the following article at Engadget this morning and wanted to share it:

While it might be hard to see that persistent quest for beauty at work in [Dan] Sorger’s basement bike shop, there is a certain elegance to its austerity. Like the Swift, the cycle he designed with the aid of about a dozen engineers from MIT and Wentworth Institute of Technology, his relatively unadorned basement headquarters is simple, functional and strangely timeless. Its walls are white and mostly free of extraneous decoration. Just beyond his tattered wood desk, a vintage Miami cruiser hangs from one of his patent-pending pedal hooks – the perfectly rusted patina on the low-riding frame is the closest thing to art on the walls.

Read the rest of the article by visiting the Engadget page. Basically, the folks at DBC City Bike Design have re-engineered the familiar “Dutch” bike to be more suitable for U.S. streets…the article goes into detail about what exactly this entails, and it’s pretty fascinating to read about. Here’s a shot of the DBC “Swift” from the company’s page:


The bikes are tailored to the individual rider, and handmade in Boston.


  1. gabriel dumont

    well i read the article and almost died laughing. absolute codswallop. and the comments were hilarious, as was the moderators feeble attempts to defend such nonsense!!

  2. Ghost Rider


    I hadn’t read the comments until just now, but yeah, I see your point. The author gets a bit prickly about the deconstruction of his article!

    There’s nothing truly revolutionary here, but it’s still an interesting read and I’m happy to see folks trying to find solutions into making bikes more utilitarian. And, I’m especially happy to see more U.S.-based bike production at a fairly reasonable pricepoint (the price of these Swifts is really not as shocking as I expected).

  3. gabriel dumont

    I particularly loved the stuff about 6 MIT engineers designing a simple triangulated frame with a CAD program, his pilot training helping him calculate weight distribution and the radical decision to use 4130 cr-mo!! lol

  4. harry krishna

    tanks for the post – now i know where to attach the headlight on my breezer uptown infinity. i added a front rack earlier this year, necessitating movement of headlight. attachment to brake bolt on fork works, but is not optimal.

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