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.