Republic Bike

22 Jun 2010

One of the favorite things I like to do when I have some free time is biking. Belgium is a biking country, we have been doing it for ages but we aren't as known for it as our very vocal Dutch neighbors. Cycling is in our blood from birth :) The greatest cyclist ever calls Belgium his home. I'm talking about Eddy Merckx and his 525 wins. Eddy celebrated his 65th birthday a few days ago. This article is about expressing yourself on your bike through design and colors.

Cruising in style

Not so long ago I discovered Republic Bike. This company outfitted Google with a fleet of bikes that Googlers use to cruise from building to building at the Googleplex in Mountain View, California. Republic Bike allows everyday consumers to take part in building a custom bike based on a shared design. You decide what happens with the design, by selecting its colors and components. After that Republic builds, boxes and ships your custom bike to your home address. They hook in on the fixie trend that is becoming more and more popular.

A bit of history

The company has been designing and distributing bicycles from their Florida location since 2001. From what I understand they mostly created bicycles for other companies at that time. Republic Bike’s shared design concept was launched in 2009. Focusing on unique design, quality and value, this model has made a name for them and gained popularity through a collaboration with Urban Outfitters.

Some inspiration

Only US and Canada

Right now they only ship to the US and Canada. Don't worry if you are in the market for a new fixie and you want something local. I have some awesome bike stuff coming that's being build right here in Flanders.

Comments

  1. 1 Marc 22 Jun 2010

    Neat bikes!

    It reminded me of this bike.

  2. 2 meks 22 Jun 2010

    Those are colorful, but otherwise I’m not sure what the big deal is. Aero rims seem kind of wasted with that upright posture.

    Also, Eddy Merx is great but Lance Armstrong is the greatest cyclist ever. :)

  3. 3 Veerle Pieters 22 Jun 2010

    @meks

    Those are colorful, but otherwise I’m not sure what the big deal is. Aero rims seem kind of wasted with that upright posture.Also, Eddy Merx is great but Lance Armstrong is the greatest cyclist ever. :)

    You either love beautiful things or not. Lance is great and I am a fan but by stating that you show that you don’t know much about cycling :) There is more than just the Tour of France you know. Eddy raced the whole year and won every big race year after year. Ask Lance who he thinks is the best cyclist ever ;)

  4. 4 fiddle 23 Jun 2010

    They are very nice looking bikes, but they are rather cheap. cheap frames (high tensile steel frames), this is one step up from plumbing pipe, not very rugged, rusts easy, etc..

  5. 5 Veerle Pieters 23 Jun 2010

    @fiddle

    They are very nice looking bikes, but they are rather cheap. cheap frames (high tensile steel frames), this is one step up from plumbing pipe, not very rugged, rusts easy, etc..

    All bikes have different purposes and not everybody is looking to spend a big sum of money. These are affordable bikes that still look nice, something you don’t find easily. All depends on what you want out of it personally.

  6. 6 Stijn 23 Jun 2010

    Looking forward too see your awesome build in Flanders bike news…  Because this is a bit disappointing, looking at the menu and no chance to eat…

  7. 7 AJ 23 Jun 2010

    @meks

    Aero rims seem kind of wasted with that upright posture.

    Those deep section rims are actually quite practical for riding in a city with dodgy road surfaces, like Dublin, as they’re bombproof!

    @veerle, is the belgian manufacturer you’re hinting at Museeuw? Those flax bike are really nice.

  8. 8 Veerle Pieters 23 Jun 2010

    @AJ

    @veerle, is the belgian manufacturer you’re hinting at Museeuw? Those flax bike are really nice.

    Nope :)

  9. 9 Gryzo 23 Jun 2010

    @Veerle Pieters
    Maybe the person you mention in your article :) ?

  10. 10 Veerle Pieters 23 Jun 2010

    @Gryzo

    Maybe the person you mention in your article :) ?

    Good guess but no :)

  11. 11 AJ 23 Jun 2010

    Now I’m very curious…. will it be leisure bikes, or race bikes… something like Achielle or Kronan for the nostalgic cyclist, or a Ritte Van Vlaanderen, or even Ridley for a racier model, or even something smaller and handmade :)

  12. 12 meks 23 Jun 2010

    @Veerle, sorry my comment was a little negative. I’m a really big fan of yours and your blog.

    Yes, I agree these are pretty bikes, but if I was shopping for that type of thing, I’d get something from Biomega that is also mechanically beautiful... Then maybe send it to ColorWare for this color scheme.

    Merckx was maybe the greatest bike racer ever but Lance is the greater physical specimen/cyclist and would have beat Merckx in his prime on the same equipment. Both have amazing heart and are actually difficult to compare because what they have achieved is so different.

    You could fault Armstrong for only focusing on the TdF, but it is so exponentially bigger than any other race that it’s not like faulting a Tennis champ for focusing only on Wimbledon.

  13. 13 Muddy 25 Jun 2010

    This is so cool, would love to be able to get them over here! :)

  14. 14 Lauras 26 Jun 2010

    Would love to do some biking here in the US, but we are not the country known for the careful and considerate car drivers. Used to be just aggressive, and now, since smart phones went mainstream, everyone wants to text and drive at the same time. Maybe its different in Belgium.