Base Urban: Utilitarian Fixed And Internal-Geared Belt Drive Bicycles
Base Urban Bicycles are brought to us by Flying Machine Bicycle Design Studio, the same people who design Sexy Bicycles. With Sexy Bicycles, Flying Machine went for, I guess…sexiness more than utility — shocking colors and crazy designs. But Base Urban seems to be all about pragmatism and purpose. They only offer four models: all of them made of chromoly aircraft tubing; all of them belt-driven; two of them fixed gear; two of them internally-geared; two of them drop-barred; and two of them flat-barred. Both the Shimano Alfine internally-geared models have dual cable actuated disc brakes as well.
Shown above is the RD2.0, one of the internally geared, disc brake-havin’ bikes. Photos of its drop-barred brother and the fixed gears (and brief specs) after the break.
The RD1.0 uses a Sussex 8 speed shifter to operate its Shimano Alfine hub.
The Fx1.0: belt drive fixed gear.
The FX2.0: belt drive, fixed gear, with riser bars.
Our old friend the Rd2.0. The thing looks like a commuting juggernaut. I strenuously approve.
More info at Base Urban’s web site.