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Looking forward to that Panda review. The object of my “next bike” desires are between it, the Alley Way and the Hyland (the latter two which you’ve already done write ups for).
Looking forward to the Civia Bryant review, on paper at least it really appears to hit a “sweet spot” for me.
Agreed, Mark. It could be a seriously stellar bicycle.
I like the looks of the Handsome Devil, and the Bates Crate is intriguing.
Looking forward to learning more!
Alan, enjoy the Bryant! I’ve been riding a prototype in Minneapolis and just got word today to bring it in so Civia could use some of the parts to build up your test bike. I’ll be interested to read your review!
That’s a lot of bikes – have fun! I’m really interested in the Belleville, especially that there is a mixte frame version. Very rare for mainstream bikes. The Handsome is similar to the vintage Raleigh my husband recently built up. A classy design.
I want a lot of attention paid to that top tube on the Belleville review – I just don’t get it. I want to get it. The bike looks amazing…aside from that top tube. Is it a design nod to the fact that it comes as a mixte as well? Is there something better about having that drop on the tube? To me it just looks wrong. Maybe I’ll love it after looking at it in pictures for six months.
Some attractive looking bikes there. I really like the look of the Handsome Devil, but it would appear to be a little lacking in the spoke department. Is 24/28 spokes sufficient for a utility / commuter bike? I’m really interested in hearing how it goes. Make sure it does a few grocery runs on bumpy roads!
I don’t get the Belleville top tube either.. Acquired taste maybe.
What a hard life you lead!
Have fun. I am unlikely to be able to afford one of these bikes but its nice to dream.
Some very interesting items, but my eyes are drawn to the Trek Belleville. Maybe because I’m more than a little surprised that mega-giant Trek is building a bike that reminds me so much of a 50′s-60′s practical English bike. It will be interesting to see how many they sell because the price makes it a nice entry level utility bike.
And the Bates Crate is another eye-catcher. It looks like it was made for my Pass & Stowe porteur rack, but I wish someone would come up with a good way to mount it on the back.
I think the Belleville’s top tube is just an alternative to sloped straight top tubes. I used to hate the sloped tubes, but now I’ve gotten used to them.
All of those bikes look very utilitarian! The Trek Belleville makes me want to get back to riding BIcycles.
Still, trikes are pretty cool. However, I’d like to see one equipped with fenders like the Trek. I’ll be waiting!
Looking forward to the review of the Panda! It’s been near the top of my list but other than a spec sheet, there isn’t a lot of information about it.
I’m still waiting for the Sam and Betty reviews ;)
Those bikes are “family” now, so the “reviews” will be ongoing… :-)
hey,bates crates is me. are you saying you want to see a crate for the rear rack? ive been thinking of building one for awhile,i have a few ideas and will get started on it once i get a little extra time. i would be interested in hear any ideas you might have.
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Looking forward to reviews on the Bryant and the Devil. Two sexy bikes. Any Idea what configuration your Devil is coming in? it is an extremely versitile frameset. I must say, though, it sure wears a mustache well, (even better, IMHO, than your Sam.)
Trek Belleville? Related to the excellent bicycle film Belleville Rendezvous? (The Triplettes of Belleville outside of Europe, I think). It seems to have the same sort of cartoonish style.