The founder of Public Bikes says the idea for the company occurred during a trip to Amsterdam in 2002. If you can't visit Amsterdam, but nevertheless want to know what he would find so inspiring, take a virtual trip to Amsterdamize.
Public Bikes has a vision statement that corresponds nicely with our philosophy here at BRFOU:
Our bikes are designed to help make city life a little simpler and a little more fun. Our real mission is to help make our communities more enjoyable. So we see ourselves as a "more livable cities” company. And bikes are a perfect place to start. Bikes make our communities more personal, more vibrant, more civilized, more human and more PUBLIC. That's how we got our name.
Public Bikes offers two basic models: a mixte and a diamond frame.
The mixte, pictured above, is offered as an 8-speed for $1200 or a 3-speed for $900. A bit pricey, but it includes a Shimano Nexus IGH, fenders, chainguard, and rack braze-ons. Here are the specs for the 8-speed mixte:
Weight: 31.7 lbs
Frame: PUBLIC 4130 chromoly steel frame, with fender and rack braze-ons, integrated kickstand bracket
Fork: PUBLIC 4130 chromoly steel fork, with PUBLIC investment cast fork crown, with fender and rack braze-ons
Handlebar: Alloy commuting bar, 25 deg back sweep, 590mm wide, 25mm rise, 25.4mm clamp
Stem: Forged alloy quill stem, 25 degree rise, 25.4mm clamp
Headset: 1" threaded alloy
Grips: PUBLIC triangle grip, 125/90mm, closed end
Freewheel: Shimano 20 tooth cog
Crankset: Alloy crankset, 42 tooth chainring, square taper
Bottom bracket: Square taper BSA English threaded cartridge bottom bracket
Chain: KMC Z410, 1/2" x 1/8"
Pedals: PUBLIC Butterfly alloy platform pedal, with rubber pads, 9/16" axle, ball bearings
Front & rear brake: Alloy dual pivot caliper brake, super long reach (55-73mm), 1-pc pads
Shifter: Shimano Nexus Inter-8 Revoshift twist shifter
Brake levers: Alloy 4 finger caliper brake lever
Saddle: PUBLIC seat, 165mm wide, steel polished rails
Seat post: Alloy 1 bolt, 27.2mm
Seat post clamp: Alloy 1 bolt
Tires: Kenda Kwest, 700x35c, 60TPI, with reflective stripe
Inner tubes: Presta valve
Rims: Alloy deep section, 36 hole, 700c, machined brake surface
Front hub: Alloy, nutted bolt-on axle
Rear hub: Shimano Nexus Inter-8, 8 speed internal geared hub
Spokes: Stainless steel 14G
Chainguard: Alloy chainguard
Kickstand: Alloy center mount
Fenders: Alloy full fender
The diamond frame, pictured above, is available as an 8-speed for $1150, a 3-speed for $850, or a single speed for $600. I like the looks of this orange 3-speed.