A.N.T. Eye Candy (Again)

Mike Flanigan at A.N.T. is one of my favorite custom builders. He just continues to churn out exceptionally functional, yet stunningly attractive bikes designed to be used for daily transportation. This one was his entry in the Shimano Alfine Design Challenge. Go ahead, it’s OK, drool away.


18 Responses to “A.N.T. Eye Candy (Again)”

  • Cullen says:

    Those handlebars look slightly annoying…

  • Perry says:

    OMG! Mike has done it again! A work of art. Now that’s what I call fenders. Glad to see not everyone is falling victim to belt mania.

  • Dottie says:

    Beautiful, as always.

  • robert says:


    Fortunately handlebars are one of the most easily changed components. I would have preferred Nitto moustache bars or the Sycip townie bars, but the really cool thing about Mike F. is that he continues to create beautiful bikes with a strong throwback to yesteryear. Who can argue with his his genius if only for a few odd parts in the mix.
    I have met Mike and I can tell you he walks or more accurately bikes the talk. If you have ever seen his moustache he looks like he could have been building bikes 100 years ago.



  • bongobike says:

    Gorgeous! The rear fender mounted up front looks very cool.

  • Aaron Collins says:

    Oh man…. that’s nice

  • jeff says:

    I bet he’s a cool guy to talk to.

  • Molnar says:

    Jeff, he’s a cool guy to talk to.

  • Perry says:

    I went to Mike’s open house last year and met him and his wife for the first time. Both are super people and it was a fun gathering, too. The shop is very cool with some awesome machinery and gadgets. I took some pics:


  • 2whls3spds says:

    I am saving money for a couple of ANT bikes…the problem is which ones. Another gorgeous piece from Mike!


  • Casey says:

    I LOVE the handlebar! I’ve never seen one like it–what is it and where could I get one?

  • antbikemike says:

    Thanks everyone :)
    The handlebars are “Moonshaped’ crusier bars, turned upsaide down, used with a sticky up stem and I cut the ends off the bars [about 3 “]. To use these bars it has to be very upright [tall headtube and stem] and the top tube has to be very long.
    Perry..actually I was one of the early belt drive people. I have been using the belt drive system from Delta for 3 years [only works on 3 speeds]…they ended up being hard to deal with and I had problems with belt slip [jumps]. I have these belts on some 3 speed folding bikes I had made for Betsy and I.
    I have built my Light Roadster for belt drive, for the last year [special dropouts and chainstay length], but Gates as well have been difficult. The cost to me is really high from Gates. The told me it was an XTR level part…so would be a $350 upcharge on my bikes…but I see Treks with the Gates system that cost $800 and nicer bikes like the Raliegh that cost $1,400…the only customers of mine that want the belt drive are Rohloff hub customers…but Gates keeps putting it off…however every year at the trades shows they have a protohype bike with Rohloff belt drive..this gets everyone excited.

    I have been waiting for belt drive for 20 years. I sold Bridgestones back in the 80’s and we had a Japanese commuter with belt drive back then. I think belt drive is pretty nice, clean quiet… however it limits you crank choice, chianstay lenth and more importantly it is hard to get the right gear ratios I want for my bikes…that fit with the chainstays I want. there are only two belt lengths and one cog for 8 speed shimano and three chainring sizes.

    I had belt drive on my motorcycle [1983 GPZ 305] and of course cars have belt drive on the engines, which get changed every 60,000 miles:)

  • keithc says:

    there are SO many automotive belts alreay on the mkt, I can’t imagine why gates would be so pricey. it would seem that cogs could be made up fairly easily by a builder, and then source the belt from an automotive catalog.

  • Perry says:

    Mike, thanks for your views on the belt drive. Always like to hear from the guys/gals that make the bikes as to pros and cons.

  • Alan says:


    That’s too bad about the pricing from Gates. Hopefully prices will come down to a more reasonable level as belts become more ubiquitous.

  • jeff says:

    You’re already killing me with the herd of bikes you own, but when you use words like ubiquitous now just you’re showin’ off! LOL : )

  • Rick says:

    Alan, I spoke to Mike a couple of years ago about buying a Roadster from him (and even sent him a case of beer for the time he took with me! Lol!), and I have to say if anyone in this industry should awarded a MacArthur “genius grant”, it would be him; I know I’m preaching to the chorus, but if anyone spends any time with Mike (even through e-mail), it’s so easy to be struck by his commitment to making this a better world, and I’m always inspired by reading his blog.

    Earlier this year, when it became apparent that I’d be able to afford two of the things I wanted, (1) tuition towards my advanced nursing degree (2) an ANT for me (3) a bike for both my wife and I, I chose tuition and bikes for both of us–and I’ve looked at Mike’s blog wistfully ever since. Indeed, when out-fitting my Quickbeam (http://www.flickr.com/photos/58462364@N00/3944870109/) I tried to keep in mind what kind of bike I’d ask Mike to build for me…but it’s still not an ANT.

  • Lovely Bicycle! says:

    A very distinctive bicycle! That front rack is amazing.

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