2. Breezer Uptown LS series (upper right)
3. Jamis Commuter
4. Betty Foy (lower right)
I used to think that all were bikes with great utility, resembling a mountain bike in some form. In other words, they'd make great commuters, which after looking at the grid above you easily could see that's true. Each example could be outfitted to ride to work or haul groceries. In fact, there are endless bikes that would fit the mold. So it must be more than that, I think.
|Raleigh One Way, Photo credit: Raleigh Bicycles|
Case in point:
|Raleigh Port Townsend, Photo credit: Raleigh Bicycles|
|Raleigh Clubman Mixte, Photo credit: Raleigh Bicycles|
|Uptown 8 LS in Gloss Port Wine, Photo credit: Breezer Bikes|
|Uptown Fleet LS in Gloss Silver Slate, Photo credit: Breezer Bikes|
|Jamis Commuter 1, Photo credit: Jamis Bikes|
|LGRAB's Betty Foy. Photo credit: Let's Go Ride a Bike|
What do all these have in common?
In retrospect, all these bikes are equipped with racks, fenders, wider tires—my preference for sure. It's not a major revelation, but it's the style of each that time and time again I come back to. Each of these models—and in many cases more than one from the same brand—has panache that speaks to me. I presume my impressions would change, if I ever jump on for a ride, but it's an interesting concept to ponder. With so many designs to choose from, initial responses are very important and hold the power to sway multitudes.
Are there certain bicycles that captivate your psyche?