Kickstarter: Priority Cycles Launches Sub $400 Maintenance Free Commuters
In recent years, many cities in the US have made great strides towards making roads more cycling friendly. In many of our neighboring cities, we’ve seen new green ways, bicycle bridges, public bike share programs, and other features, which have helped vastly increase the number of commuters pedaling to work.
Now a new company called Priority Cycles is attempting to encourage more people to commute by introducing a bike built specifically for their needs. Paired down to the very essentials, the bikes seeks to entice first time buyers with its low cost and ease of maintenance.
The step through model is available in an XS/S & S/M sizes, which accommodates riders 4’8″-5’10.” The Diamond frame is available in a S/M & M/L, which fits anyone from 4’10″ to 6’3.”
Rather than offer a myriad of colors and options, Priority settled on two models – a step through and traditional diamond frame.
The frame is constructed from aluminum in order to keep weight down and prevent rusting. Combined with an upright seating position, well padded dual foam saddle, and cushy grips, it offers a comfortable ride that’s light enough to carry up stairs, and will stand up to the elements.
The tires are listed as “puncture resistant” and have tough sidewalls to help reduce the chance of flats. And to help deter thieves, Priority used bolts throughout rather than quick releases.
Many commuter oriented models have seven or more gears, but the company found that the spread was either not enough, or way too narrow for most riders. They chose instead to utilize an internally geared 3 speed Shimano hub. The hub uses a belt system for propulsion – which will never require lubrication, won’t rust, and is ultra quiet.
In addition to derailleurs, brakes are another item that need occasional adjustment, so Priority eliminated them. To slow down, you’ll have to channel your inner kid and pedal backwards.
Right now the bikes are available to backers on Kickstarter starting at $349. This price includes everything you need to assemble the bike, plus a quality floor pump, kickstand, and water bottle cage.
On the first day the project received 6x the original $30,000 funding goal, but you can continue to back the project until Aug 14. The expected delivery date is December (just in time for Christmas), but due to the immense popularity of the project, we wouldn’t be surprised if some orders took longer to fulfill.
Back the project here.