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Company Profile: Nirve Bicycles

Nirve Bicycles became one of our friends a few months ago. They supplied us with a super cool Ultraliner to review and ever since then we’ve been best buds.

Under the leadership of Dan Bon, who I may add is probably the tallest guy I know in the bicycle industry, Nirve is known to be the premiere bicycle company that specializes in designer,quality beach cruisers, choppers and bicycle components. You may have seen some of their bikes that have some great designs such as Hello Kitty, Paul Frank, John Deere, Pink Panther and many more.

This past Friday our very own Khoa N.(our own Sports Photographer), headed down to Fountain Valley, Ca.to meet up with Dan Bon to pick up the newest bike to hit our testing grounds, the Night Owl.
nirve night owl

nirve night owl
Photos by Khoa N.

While Khoa was at the Nirve headquarters, Dan gave him a tour of their showroom floor and Khoa was able to take some great photos of some of the most unique bikes that I’ve seen. Check out the photo below — they actually have a bike rack in the front…which means they encourage bike commuting!

As you walk through the Nirve doors, you’re greeted with display cases that show off their goods as well as a hall of fame that has photos, posters, magazine articles and other memorabilia that makes Nirve so popular. During one of my visits there, I saw a collage where Nirve presented some of the stars of the hit TV show The OC with some tricked out chopper cruisers.
nirve bicycles lobby
Nirve Hall of Fame

One of the best things that I think makes Nirve better than some of the other cruiser brands out there is the detail that they put into their bikes. Check out the “mural” they have on this Lahaina cruiser.

Nirve carries a whole slew of beach cruisers in so many different styles that they pretty much boast that anyone can find the cruiser that will fit their personality to the tee.

There were two cruisers/choppers that caught my attention form Khoa’s collection of photos. The first one is called the Cannibal.

I love this bare metal look. Look at that welding…now that’s nice! I hate bikes that have weld jobs that look like someone just squeezed out a tube of toothpaste onto the metal…but not Nirve…it basically looks clean.

Another attention to detail was found on this bike. I mean c’mon — Firmstrong, Giant, Trek or other cruiser makers has nothing on Nirve when it comes to the details…

So you’re probably wondering why we did a company profile on a beach cruiser company. Well it actually came about because I have yet to see anyone commute on a beach cruiser. So I wanted to break into something new with commuting and possibly crack the stereotype that beach cruisers are not long haul commuters. But in reality, ANY bike can be a commuter! I’m just grateful for Dan Bon and Nirve to allow us to use their bike to help introduce cruisers as commuters.

What’s great about the Nirve Night Owl that we’re reviewing is that it has mounts for a rear rack if I wanted to install one. Plus, it has a chain guard to protect my slacks from grease. But if you’re not a rack kinda person, you can also use those mounting tabs for a set of fenders. But since we’re testing this in Southern California…there’s no need. We’re basically in a drought and only really see a few weeks of rain a year.

So for the folks who are bike commuting with multi-geared bikes, fixies, mountain bikes, utilitarian bikes and road bikes, my goal is to give you insight that you can easily commute to work or anywhere with the use of a beach cruiser.

I do want to thank Khoa for taking the day to spend with Nirve Bicycles and thanks again to Dan Bon for providing us the Night Owl for the review.

To see more of Khoa’s Nirve visit photos, click HERE.

The Laughing Hyena Boy of Self-Conciousness

I was laughed at on my ride home yesterday evening. Part of my commuting route takes me past a local inner-city high school. On most days I avoid the school during peak traffic hours, and yesterday was no exception. I was riding beyond the “school zone” when I approached a group of upstanding young lads (sarcasm). The shortest and pudgiest of this group (anyone who has ever gone through high school knows one of these kids) stops in the middle of the street as I maneuver around the group, giving them plenty of room since half of them were not paying attention to what was going on in their immediate environment. This kid who stopped points at me and gives this heinous, hyena-esque laugh. As soon as I pass them, he turns and continues on his way.

Now, having the benefit of being an intuitive fellow, I was able to recognize this laugh for what it was: nothingness. But my other cycling brethren may not be so lucky. While I was able to discern that this is simply the standard, malicious sort of behavior exhibited by most males in the 12-15 age range (not to say it doesn’t get better after), and that this sub-sect of the human species is very well capable of getting inside someone’s head with such actions, it did not get to me.

Young boys have the distinct ability to act in such a way that one’s greatest doubts of self-consciousness will come out. I am confident that this kid had no reason for laughing AT me (I wasn’t even wearing my neon yellow windbreaker), but he was simply all “hopped up on pixie sticks” and goofing around like young lads do. Still, this sort of behavior has the tendency to slip inside someone’s head and cause them to seriously doubt every facet of their existence.

OR, maybe he did, in fact, have a reason for laughing so violently at me and now I need to go buy all new cycling gear to make myself look cool. Uh oh…here we go.