Bike of the week

The Observer Magazine - - Wheels -

Cy­cling in cities brings with it a wealth of in­con­ve­niences. From glass-frosted roads and awk­ward stair­cases, to traf­fic prob­lems and se­cu­rity is­sues, there al­ways seem to be ob­sta­cles in our way. Which is where Hristo Ta­shev comes in. Rather than be­ing de­feated by th­ese stum­bling blocks, he de­cided to cre­ate a bike which rel­ished the chal­lenge of ur­ban bik­ing – and rather ap­pro­pri­ately chose to call his new brand Ur­ban­ized. Based in Sofia, Bul­garia, but avail­able with free EU ship­ping and a full 30-day money-back guar­an­tee, the bikes aim to put the joy back into the city scram­ble.

The frames are light­weight, colour­ful, cool and prac­ti­cal. The unique hole-punched wheel rims are real eye-catch­ers. You can say good­bye to punc­tures, too, as the tyres are solid, air­less rub­ber. You could stick a knife in one and be fine. The chain has been re­placed with the award­win­ning oil-free Gates belt drive. And the gears are in­ter­nal, weather­proof, mud and dust-re­sis­tant hubs from Shi­mano. But for me the win­ning de­tail is the bril­liant grab han­dle to help you lug it up steps. Now you have no ex­cuses not to take the bike.

Ur­ban­ized city bike Price ₤1,699, ur­ban­ized bikes.com Frame alu­minium Gears Shi­mano Nexus 7-speed Weight 12.7kg

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