I’d like to introduce a new builder out of Austin, Texas, and our latest sponsor, Violet Crown Cycles. Violet Crown builds beautiful, custom city bikes modeled after classic Roadsters and Dutch city bikes, with fenders, chain guards, internally geared hubs, heavy-duty racks, and dynamo lighting systems as standard features. Each lugged-steel frame is hand-built in Austin by Elliott McFadden and is sized to the owner’s physique. A wide variety of colors and options are available. Prices start at $2750.
From the press release:
AUSTIN, TX- Austin based bicycle builder Violet Crown Cycles launched this week accepting orders online for the Ferguson, their line of custom city bikes hand built and tailored to customer’s bodies and tastes.
“With volatility in the fuel prices, global warming, and an economic downturn, people are looking for a lower cost, greener alternative to the automobile,” said Elliott McFadden, the owner and framebuilder at Violet Crown Cycles. “The Ferguson line provides you with an extremely practical choice in a very stylish package.”
Modeled after the classic Dutch city bike and English roadster, the Ferguson is designed from the drawing board with transportation as it primary purpose. Features such as fenders, chain guard, internally geared shifting and brakes, dynamo powered lights, and a heavy duty rack are all standard features on the Ferguson with frame locks and a variety of pannier bags as options.
“In America more often than not racing inspired bikes are equipped with a mishmash of components like fenders and racks and called utility, urban, or commuter,” McFadden continued. “It does not have to be that way. You can have a bike that puts you in a comfortable, visible and dignified seating position and also includes all the features that make riding a bike for transportation practical.”
Currently, Dutch style city bikes are difficult to obtain, only available from a few importers with limited sizes and colors. The Violet Crown Cycles Ferguson line takes all the great features of Dutch style city bikes to the next level with fully customized, hand built frames made in the U.S.A. Higher quality chromoly steel is used in the frames for a lighter, more sprightly ride, and buyers can customize their bike with higher quality components, a wide selection of colors, and color matched parts.
“You can now have a great functioning city bike that matches your body and your style,” McFadden concluded. “The Ferguson is an elegant combination of fashion and function. Consider it the last city bike you’ll ever own!”
Fully custom Ferguson city bikes start at $2750 and can be ordered online. Sample bikes can be seen weekly on Saturday mornings at the Sunset Valley Farmers Market in Austin. Violet Crown Cycles will be holding a launch party open to the public on Sunday, May 31, 4- 6 PM at Mother Egan’s Irish Pub, 715 West 6th Street in Austin with a social ride afterwards starting at 6 PM. There will be sample bikes to view, door prizes, and a free raffle for cycling stuff.