Cycling’s not always about crushing your competition on Strava. Sometimes it’s about getting out in the sun for a cruise around the city. These three builders came to the show with beautiful around-towners built up to handle anything from a work commute to a picnic.
Based out of Cincinatti, Lundbeck Cycles brought a spectacular build this year. Using 650b wheels with Pacenti rims and Phil Wood hubs, it’s packed with all the perks, like a one piece bar/stem combo with cable routing, a brushed aluminum Campagnolo Veloce groupset, and wooden fenders by Paul Sykes.
Lundbeck built this bike built for a fashion designer. The lines were kept as symmetrical as possible throughout the frame. Brake cables run through the bar/ stem combo, emerging on the backside and through stainless steel tubing internally.
The cantilevers are integrated mount below rather than above for that sleek look. With a background in road racing and a tad bit of cross, this build was a fun change of pace for Lundbeck.
The walnut fender set and cage are by Paul Sykes.The headbadge is by Jen Green, known for her stunning custom headbadge designs. It’s silver plated. Fresh.After spending a year in Japan, Lundbeck’s signature is a tiny Japanese cell-phone toy. It was a nice throwback to see one, since all those smartphones on the market nowadays are incompatible with fun trinkets.
From Santa Barbara, California, Muse Cycles brought the Rhythm Roadster, a downright sporty commuter bike. Built specifically for a customer in Denver, it’s packed with a load of features and designed to handle local terrain and climate.
The frame’s built from a blend of high quality double butted, single butted and aircraft 4130 steel. Gearing is from an Shimano Alfine 11 speed hub linked to a Gate’s carbon belt drive. Look closely and you’ll see the one piece bullhorn/stem. Curves run throughout with curved top tubes, a curved downtube, and a curved seat tube constructed from two steel tubes lugged together for stability. A rear rack is integrated into the frame and it’s rigged with dynamo lighting and disc brakes.
Legacy‘s Model 2 city bike is a simple commuter designed for the streets of Legacy’s hometown Chicago. It features a reflective paint job, drum brakes and a Gates carbon belt drive.
An eccentric bottom bracket with vertical drops lets you keep the chain line straight running single speed.
One of the great features of the Legacy Model 2 is affordable pricing. A made-in-USA frame built up like this will run you about $1600. Not too shabby. They’re offered in two sizes currently, small and large.