BLB EX­TEND LADIES’ LINE-UP

Urban Cyclist - - Agenda -

The Cleo (below) is Brick Lane Bikes’ new sin­gle-speed ladies’ bike, com­bin­ing the clas­sic con­struc­tion of a Mixte stepthrough frame with the sim­plic­ity of a sin­gle-speed. That stylist twin top-tube- de­sign can be traced back as early as 1901, though it main­tains a time­less ap­peal that’s height­ened by that gen­tly slop­ing ge­om­e­try. Dou­ble-butted steel of­fers stiff­ness and dura­bil­ity, while full-length mud­guards and a slim­line chain­guard should de­flect au­tumn de­tri­tus. BLB’s also launched the women’s-spe­cific Lola (left), an el­e­gant eight-speed city bike that also em­ploys that Mixte top tube and dou­ble-butted steel frame. It comes with pol­ished mud­guards as stan­dard and, again, in­cludes a sleek chain­guard. In our ex­pe­ri­ence, Shi­mano’s Al­tus gear­ing should also run re­li­ably. www.brick­lanebikes.co.uk

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