Baking + Biking: Recipe For Maple Glazed Apple Cinnamon Pop Tarts

November 21st, 2016

It wouldn’t be the holiday season without a delicious, homemade recipe. And in our world those recipes are made with goods we picked up fresh from the market on our bikes. Cue baker, biker extraordinaire Becky Sue Wilberding, creator of BakingTheGoods.com, who brings us a Fall-fabulous, homemade recipe crafted from produce she hauled home from the farmers… Read more »

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biking baking apple pop tart
It wouldn’t be the holiday season without a delicious, homemade recipe. And in our world those recipes are made with goods we picked up fresh from the market on our bikes. Cue baker, biker extraordinaire Becky Sue Wilberding, creator of BakingTheGoods.com, who brings us a Fall-fabulous, homemade recipe crafted from produce she hauled home from the farmers market in our new PUBLIC Wooden Bicycle Crate. Becky shares her love of biking, her beautiful photography and a mouthwatering recipe for Maple Glazed Apple Cinnamon Pop Tarts (yum!) with us below.

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From Becky:
Around age 10, I became the proud owner of a 10 speed white Murray with a lavender and teal graphics package. I’d been pining for a multi-speed for months, and that moment when I first switched gears, I believed I could fly.

I loved and cared for that bike like nothing I’d owned before. I stored it in the garage, hand washed it and added personal flair by precisely placing a Simpsons sticker on the headset and tricked out the wheels with color coordinated spoke beads.

My bike opened up a whole new world of adventures and excitement that I never knew existed. For the first time in my life, I was able to ride anywhere I wanted, on my own terms. Down the hill to my BFF’s. Through the woods and over the dips. To the supermarket to buy candy. Past my crush’s house (feeling mortified when he was outside playing basketball as I rolled by in excruciatingly slow motion). I cruised, I careened, I crashed. It was my first taste of independence, and boy was it sweet.

Sometime during Junior High, riding a bike became the international symbol of Nerd status, and my bike was buried in the garage behind the Pogoball and the Radio Flyer. I survived high school, went on to college and had more jobs than I care to remember. By then, I simply didn’t have the space in my life, or my apartment, for a bike.

Years later, well into my 20s, my husband surprised me with a sparkling electric blue vintage cruiser for my birthday. It had been so long since I’d ridden a bike, but that old adage rang true as muscle memory took over and I pedaled my way through the neighborhood.  I rode like the wind and felt myself lift off the ground, pedaling past the moon straight back to my childhood in one of those magical ET moments.  That vintage feeling of newfound freedom took over and I fell in love with biking again.

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I still get a twinge of nostalgia when I cruise around on my PUBLIC V7. This time of year, between the crisp weather and the saffron-colored harvest moon, those ET flashbacks are palpable.

To capture the spirit of the season, I rode my bike to my local farmer’s market and loaded up on seasonal goods.

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There is no better Fall fruit than apples, and seeing them stacked high at the market inspired me to recreate another childhood treat, the Pop Tart.

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These Maple Glazed Apple Cinnamon Pop Tarts are made with locally grown farmer’s market apples, transported home with love and care in my handy dandy, vintage-inspired PUBLIC Wooden Bicycle Crate. Quality ingredients, good old fashioned techniques and the combined love of biking and baked goods are what make these Maple Glazed Apple Cinnamon Pop Tarts so special.

We all deserve to feel like a kid again. So, let your inner-child out to play with a long, adventurous bike ride and a batch of Maple Glazed Apple Cinnamon Pop Tarts.

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MAPLE GLAZED APPLE CINNAMON POP TARTS RECIPE

Download the PDF of the recipe here.

PIE DOUGH:
Chop the cold butter into 1/4″- 1/2″ cubes and place them in the fridge to firm up for a few minutes.

Cut in the butter by blending the flour mixture with either a pastry blender, two butter knives or by squishing it between your fingers. Be careful to not melt the butter.

Slowly pour the vodka or apple cider vinegar into the dough using a pastry blender or fork to combine until pea sized chunks form and the dough is just starting to come together.

Check the hydration level of the dough by gathering a small fistful. If it holds together, it’s ready. If it is dry or crumbly, slowly add ice cold water, 1 tablespoon at a time. Combine using a pastry blender or a fork. Test the dough again by pinching it occasionally.
*Be careful to add only as much water as it takes to combine the dough into a ball or disk.

Form the dough into two disks and wrap them in plastic. Chill the disks for at least 1-2 hours.

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Once your pie dough has chilled, on a lightly-floured counter, roll one disk into a rectangular shape, 1/8″-1/4″ thick.

Using a ruler and a pizza cutter or knife, measure and cut the dough into 4” x 3” rectangles. Gather the dough scraps together, form a disk and re-roll. Then cut more rectangles.

Transfer the rectangles to a lined baking sheet, and chill in the refrigerator for about 30 minutes. You should have 24 rectangles

APPLE CINNAMON FILLING:
Combine the brown sugar and cinnamon together in a small bowl.

Peel the apples and grate them using a cheese grater.

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Top 12 dough rectangles with about 1 ½ – 2 tablespoons of grated apple. Then top each with 1 heaping tablespoon of the brown sugar mixture, leaving about 1/2 “ of exposed dough all the way around.

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Lightly brush a small amount of cold water around the edges of the of the dough. Place another rectangle over the filling and gently seal the edges by pressing down the edges. Create a decorative crimp by pressing the edges of the tart together with the back of a fork.
Place the pop tarts back on a lined baking sheet, chill in the refrigerator or freezer for 30 minutes.

Preheat the oven to 375°.

Whisk the egg in a small bowl.
Remove the chilled pop tarts from the refrigerator or freezer. Using a pastry brush, lightly brush the pop tarts with the egg wash.

Bake until the pop tarts are golden brown, about 20 – 25 minutes, rotating the pans halfway through.

Remove the pop tarts from the oven, and let stand to cool.

MAPLE GLAZE:
Sift the powdered sugar and cinnamon into a medium bowl. Whisk in the maple extract and 1 – 2 tablespoons of cream until the mixture runs off the whisk like slow molasses.

Spoon about 1 tablespoon of glaze onto each pop tart, smoothing the glaze to the crimped edges with the back of the spoon or a small spatula.

Allow the glaze to set before serving (if you can wait that long!).

 


600-becky-circleBecky Sue Wilberding is the creator/brainchild of BakingTheGoods.com, an online pantry full of recipes and the saucy, often embarrassing real-life stories from which they were inspired. She’s a baker, recipe developer, stylist and photographer who documents every step of baking with mouth-watering visuals. Becky aims to first punch her readers in the tastebuds with stunning photos, then inspire them to make her recipes a part of their own little life adventures.

PUBLIC Partnering With Sony’s Future Lab Program

September 7th, 2016

We’re excited to announce that we’re partnering with Sony’s Future Lab Program to help introduce the prototype Concept N to the Bay Area and beyond. Our flagship PUBLIC store in San Francisco’s Hayes Valley will serve as a hands-on demo location between September 15-October 6 where visitors to our 549 Hayes St store can test… Read more »

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We’re excited to announce that we’re partnering with Sony’s Future Lab Program to help introduce the prototype Concept N to the Bay Area and beyond.

Our flagship PUBLIC store in San Francisco’s Hayes Valley will serve as a hands-on demo location between September 15-October 6 where visitors to our 549 Hayes St store can test out Sony’s new wearable technology Concept N.

You might also recognize our Slate Blue PUBLIC R16 flat-bar city road bike in the video above.

What is Concept N? It’s a neckband-style wearable device, designed by Sony’s Future Lab Program, that allows you to listen to high-quality sound, hands free, through an open-air speaker.

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Several of us at PUBLIC have had a chance to try Concept N. We’re particularly excited that you can hear clear voice-navigation to help you find your way around your city, easily use voice-recognition to find resources and places, and even take photos and video of your surroundings without taking your smartphone out of your pocket or bag.

The open-ear headphones, if you choose to use them, allow you to listen to music or news while still hearing what’s happening around you. The device feels very lightweight around your neck. If you wear collared shirts, it can also fit nicely under your collar too.

Right now, the prototype is only available in the Bay Area for a very select, limited number of participants who can provide feedback on how they use the device in their daily lives. Between September 15-October 6, you can demo Concept N at our Hayes Valley PUBLIC store at 549 Hayes.

If you’re in the San Francisco Bay Area, you can apply to participate in the early adopter program for Concept N.

After you apply to be considered for the program, The Future Lab Program will invite potential participants to several special events in San Francisco in late September and October.

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What’s Your Bike Basket Type?

August 8th, 2016

A bike basket might sound like a frivolous addition to your bike. Think again. A bike basket can spell the difference between daily frustration and fun, and transform your wheels from merely good-looking to utilitarian to boot. With a basket on your bike you can bring Fido along on your rides, take the weight and… Read more »

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A bike basket might sound like a frivolous addition to your bike. Think again. A bike basket can spell the difference between daily frustration and fun, and transform your wheels from merely good-looking to utilitarian to boot.

With a basket on your bike you can bring Fido along on your rides, take the weight and stress off your back and transport heavier items more easily.

There are lots of different types of bike baskets out there and a few factors you need to consider when choosing one. We break down the factors and offer a quick quiz at the end to help you identify your basket type.

To Wicker or to metal?

Bike baskets come in a variety of materials like wicker, metal or synthetic. Wicker and synthetic bike baskets are usually tightly woven so you can toss in small items and they won’t fall out. This is something to consider if you’re looking for a quick way to stash your wallet and keys on your ride. Metal bike baskets are typically able to accommodate more weight. Many times, they affix more permanently to your bike so you don’t have to worry about removing them when you go into a store and if you make an unexpected stop you’ll never be without a means of carrying any items you pick up. Metal baskets usually have a wider spacing between their bars so you can’t just throw in your keys or wallet as they might slip right through. Consider adding a liner to avoid this problem.

And I’m also going to bring…

Do you fancy having Fido along? Will you be lugging your laptop and lunch to and from the office? Or transporting bags of groceries? Asking yourself what you want to carry in your bike basket will quickly narrow down your options. A lightweight basket that attaches to your handlebar will be great for carrying lightweight items like your lunch, purse, wallet or a jacket. If you want to make your baskets really work for you because you’ll be carrying heavier items like a loaded backpack or even your puppy, consider a metal basket that directly attaches to your bike or a metal or wicker bike basket that attaches to your front or rear bike rack. Both options are solid in construction and able to accommodate heavier weights.

Business in Front. Party in Back.

Along the lines of how much you’re looking to carry in your bike basket is the question of where you want your weight to be distributed—in the front of your bike or the rear of your bike. Generally, your rear rack is a better place for heavier items, as most rear racks can accommodate between 20-50lbs. So if you’re looking for a bike basket you can really load up, consider one that mounts or attaches to your rear rack. A front basket will add weight to the front of your bike, but when carrying lighter items that weight will be negligible. Front bike baskets put items within arm’s reach, so if you’re stopping constantly to Instagram your awesome rides, having your phone always at the ready could be great. If you like the look of a front basket and still want to carry heavier items consider getting a bike basket that mounts to a front rack or metal basket that mounts to your front axle or fork.

What’s your bike basket type? Take this quiz to find out!

You’ll primarily be carrying this in your basket:

  1. Small dog
  2. Keys, wallet or purse
  3. Backpack/knapsack and laptop
  4. A quart of milk, bag of apples, veggies and bulk granola.

Your basket will mainly be used for:

  1. Cheery cruises around town, with no particular destination.
  2. Causal jaunts to meet up with friends.
  3. Daily commuting to and from work.
  4. Running errands and hitting your favorite weekend farmers market to stock up.

You mainly ride your bike to the:

  1. Park
  2. Café
  3. Office
  4. Grocery store

If you mainly answered A, we recommend a front basket, so your puppy is always in your sight. If your dog is tiny, consider the Nantucket Cisco Rectangular Bike Basket. If your dog is small, consider a rack mounted front basket like the PUBLIC Wooden Rack Basket or the Wald 151 Front Metal Basket.

If you mainly answered B, we recommend a lightweight front basket that attaches to your handlebars, with a tight weave so valuable items don’t slip through. Consider the PUBLIC Front Bike Basket,  Nantucket Lightship Front Basket or Nantucket Cisco Lidded Front Basket. All are built for holding lighter items and things like keys and won’t slip through the tight weaving.

If you mainly answered C, you’ll need a heartier basket so consider something that attaches to either your rear or front rack like the PUBLIC Woven Basket, PUBLIC Wooden Rack Basket or Basil Basket.

If you mainly answered D, you need a more substantial basket option for carrying all those weighty market goods. The Basil Basket and Wald 582 Folding Basket are good options as a bag of groceries will slip into either nicely. The PUBLIC Metal Basket is a popular option for grocery grabbing.

 

Going Mutts! Biking With Your Dog

July 19th, 2016

Bike lovers are often dog lovers. And why not? Both are a human’s best friend, lovers of the outdoors and game for adventuring. And when you pair bikes and dogs, well, magic happens. Magic in the form of extreme adorableness (see above for proof), but also in the form of the supremely enjoyable experience that… Read more »

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Photos by Akshay Sawhney.

Bike lovers are often dog lovers. And why not? Both are a human’s best friend, lovers of the outdoors and game for adventuring. And when you pair bikes and dogs, well, magic happens. Magic in the form of extreme adorableness (see above for proof), but also in the form of the supremely enjoyable experience that can be had biking with your dog, exploring the world and exercising together. Added bonus? No more whimpering beside the doggie door at home while you go on solo rides.

We explore three different ways of biking with your dog: toting them in a bike basket, pulling them along in a dog trailer and having them jog alongside you. We encourage you to consider your canine’s personality, size and fitness level when picking one of the many ride-along or jogging options to find the one that suits your needs and your pet’s best. And please let us know in the comments your personal tips and tricks for riding with your pet.

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Photos by Akshay Sawhney.

BASKET PUP

For smaller dogs, front or rear baskets are a smart choice. Their tiny legs are no match for the big strides of your bicycle. But with a basket, they can enjoy the breeze and the sights alongside you.

Attach the basket to your rear rack, front rack or your handlebars. The smaller the dog, the better off you’ll be with a front basket, where you can keep an eye on your friend. Whatever you do, make sure that your dog’s leash hooks to your handlebars or bike. Many baskets are made with clip-on leashes, which is the best option. That way, your dog will be less likely to try to jump out and chase a cat.

Your options include:

  • Wicker (like this or this): An environmentally friendly and classic look, the wicker basket will give your dog ample breeze on toasty days.
  • Wire (like this or this): These workhorse baskets will hold a heavier dog, and they’re easier to clean if your dog brings a mess on the ride.
  • Fabric: Comfortable and often handy with extra pouches and pockets, the fabric basket is commonly waterproof. But they might sway more on the ride or buckle underneath a dog’s weight, making this a better option for tiny pets.
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TRAILER BUDDY

For big dogs who want to sit back and enjoy the ride, trailers are a simple solution. They’re generally built for dogs that weigh more than 20-25 lbs. A few pointers:

  • Be careful to choose a trailer that will actually fit your dog’s shape: The weight ratings of dog trailers don’t always take into account all the shapes and sizes of a dog that weighs that amount. So, try it on for size first. Your dog should have enough room to move around and sit down.
  • Check that you can easily hitch and unhitch your trailer. Make sure the connection is secure so that your trailer doesn’t fly off mid-ride.
  • Practice biking around with your trailer while it’s empty, so you get accustomed to the longer load. On your first ride, you’ll want to reassure your dog by looking like you know what you’re doing.
  • Acclimate your dog to the trailer by having him sit in it at home well before you actually ride. Make sure your dog enjoys sitting in a trailer before you commit to biking with a scared pup.
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JOGGING DOG

  • This option can spell the most fun and exercise for your companion. If your dog is physically fit and big enough for his legs to keep up with your wheels, consider working your way up to this mutually beneficial hobby.
  • It might seem liberating to simply use a normal leash and hook it to a handlebar, but this could spell disaster. If your dog sees a squirrel, it might dart in an unpredictable direction, pulling you and your bike down with it.
  • Instead, shop for the proper supplies before you head out. Buy a non-tangling lead—there are even leashes made for this specific purpose, like WalkyDog and Springer, that keep your dog at a safe distance from your wheels. Also pick up a body harness and an extra leash for when you park your bike and explore by foot. For nighttime rides, invest in a reflective vest and blinking lights. Nice-to-haves include a backpack for your dog to carry its own water supply and treats, rain gear, and booties for rides on hot days.
  • Practice commands such as “slow,” “left,” “right” and “stop” before you even hop on your bike. Then, start out with short rides, making sure to keep your pet on the non-traffic side of your bike. Soon, you’ll be biking around town with your dog like a pro. For those dogs that are especially well trained, you could choose to bike alongside them without a leash at all.

If you love bikes and dogs, there’s no reason to separate the two. Experiment until you find the solution that’s right for your pet. Then, you’ll have a shared hobby that wears you both out for a good night’s rest.

Should You Wear A Bicycle Helmet?

May 8th, 2016

For adults we think riding a bicycle with or without a helmet is a personal choice. This personal decision should be based on the surrounding riding conditions, the rider’s age and experience, the type of riding the person is doing, and someone’s general overall risk assessment. If you’re choosing to wear a bicycle helmet, read… Read more »

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For adults we think riding a bicycle with or without a helmet is a personal choice. This personal decision should be based on the surrounding riding conditions, the rider’s age and experience, the type of riding the person is doing, and someone’s general overall risk assessment.

If you’re choosing to wear a bicycle helmet, read our helpful bicycle helmet safety tips on fit and comfort – and why you should replace your helmet every five years.

There’s a lot already written on the heated topic of whether riders should wear a bicycle helmet, and even if laws should mandate wearing a helmet. Although there’s no federal law mandating that bicycle riders strap a shell on their noggins, 22 states have laws regarding bike helmets.

For different perspectives on the helmet debate, you can read the following articles:

Instead of spending energy debating a personal choice of whether to wear a helmet, we think it’s more important that we, collectively, advocate for safer and better bicycle infrastructure to encourage more people to get on bikes. We believe changing the riding conditions in our cities to make bicycling safer – more protected and separated bike lanes, lower speed limits for everyone, and better designed streets for all mobilities – will ultimately do more to protect riders.

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Image via flickr.

In one of the safest cycling countries in the world, the Netherlands, riders rarely wear helmets, according to Co.Exist. That’s because the country’s infrastructure prioritizes cyclists, and as a result, that gear becomes almost superfluous. In countries like the US and UK, having to wear helmets might be a “failure of policy,” according to the British blog Alternative Department for Transport.

Do You Need a Woman-Specific Bicycle?

April 14th, 2016

A woman needs a man like a fish needs a bicycle, as the feminist slogan goes. But does a woman need a women-specific bicycle? The short answer is: No. The long answer is: Every woman, man, and fish that wants to cycle should find a bike that accommodates their lifestyle and feels comfortable in their… Read more »

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Images via flickr from here, here and here

A woman needs a man like a fish needs a bicycle, as the feminist slogan goes. But does a woman need a women-specific bicycle?

The short answer is: No. The long answer is: Every woman, man, and fish that wants to cycle should find a bike that accommodates their lifestyle and feels comfortable in their body proportions. They should shop for a holistically chosen bike—one that factors in their hobbies, health, pregnancy status, affinity for skirts, limb lengths, intended cycling needs and adventures—but not a gender-specific one.

Still, you’ll often find women-specific bikes that try to fill a gap in the market. As a female or gender-nonconforming shopper, cycling culture can feel overwhelmingly male. (Women ride bikes only a third as often as men do, according to Jeremy Singer-Vine, data editor at Buzzfeed.) As a result, many bikes on the market cater to traditionally masculine aesthetics and body proportions. The women-specific bikes hope to whisper: It’s OK! You’re welcome, too, in this culture of bike tubes with logos so large, they practically shout.

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The PUBLIC C7i Dutch-style step-through bike.

It’s part marketing, and part functional: Women-specific bicycles aim to fit the female body, accounting for shorter torsos and longer legs by offering women a more upright position. From cycling’s early days in the 19th century, “women’s bike” often refers to a Dutch bike or step-through frame that accommodates full skirts and doesn’t require flashing onlookers while mounting the bike (even though we all might be able to name men who love skirts and women who hate them).

Limb proportions aren’t so easily broken down by gender, either, says Kevin Bailey, head fitter of 3D Bike Fit in San Francisco. “You will hear in general that women’s legs are longer and torsos are shorter versus men’s,” Bailey writes in an email. But in the bike fitting community, “we find it’s all over the map, even more so in diverse populations as it really comes down to each individual’s bone structure differences.”

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Instead of choosing a catchall option, cyclists should think about their own bodies and personal needs. When choosing a bike, women—and almost everyone—should consider:

    • Stem length. The stem—the tube that connects the handlebar to the fork on the front wheel—should be long enough to apply pressure on the front wheel and keep control over the steering, especially when you’re going downhill, Bailey says. If your bike is too long, it’ll handle “slow like a limo.” If it’s too small, it’ll be “twitchy” (think: circus bear wobbling on a tricycle).
    • Head tube length. The metal tube that connects the handlebar to the bike frame should be long enough so that you don’t round your back. With a slumped back, your lower leg muscles disengage, putting more strain on your knees and wearing you out. It disrupts the “kinetic chain,” Bailey writes. “A bike ride should feel like you’re not in a hurry to finish due to discomfort. Even after a long ride, you should not hurt or have a hard time standing up, feeling no back strain whatsoever.”
    • Saddle width. Another stereotypical female body proportion? Child-bearing wide hips. But here’s a bubble burster: “The common belief that women have wider hips than men is not supported by scientific data,” writes Lori A. Livingston in the Journal of Orthopaedic & Sports Physical Therapy. But if you happen to have wide hips, you’ll want to choose a wider saddle. Bailey breaks it down based on what he’s noticed: “Most women run 120 mm to 150 mm with the norm usually at 125 mm. Men have a norm of 110 mm ischial width [Ed. note: that’s “hipbone width,” for you non–anatomy geeks]. I have seen both sexes vary a lot.” In short, measure your body before picking that perfect, $100 leather saddle—only to find out it’s not so perfect for your hips.
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Image by @mysquirrel at 30 weeks, on her last bike ride before giving birth.

  • Pregnancy. Pregnant women should take extra care, as a fall could be harmful to the baby. “Activities like jogging, using a bicycle, or playing racquet sports might be riskier as you near the third trimester,” warns the Office on Women’s Health, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. However, some women feel that governmental agencies are overly cautious, and that cycling into the third trimester helped them bear the symptoms of pregnancy. Pregnant riders should raise the handlebars and get a wider, more padded saddle, recommends the British cycling charity CTC.
  • Fashion. Adored by women, men and the Scottish alike, skirts are wearable while riding any bike. In a diamond-frame bike, the top tube keeps the skirt far from the gears. But a Dutch bike will accommodate the full length and girth of any A-line so that it still drapes fashionably over your legs, and you can modestly get on your bike. If you wear light-colored or high-quality duds, you might want to protect them from exposed, greasy gears by choosing a bike that comes with a chain guard.
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The Diamond frame PUBLIC R24 City Road Bike.

  • Cycling style. Do you want to pedal at maximum speed on a 60-mile ride in the country? Or use your bike for a city commute of just two miles? Different cycling styles will call for different bike fits. With a diamond frame that angles your body more parallel to the ground, you’ll have extra stamina for a longer, faster ride. But upright Dutch bikes might be preferable if you have a short city commute—they give you a better view of your surroundings, including pedestrians and cars.

The irony is: Despite the market selling women-specific bicycles, women might actually be better at accommodating their bodies to all sorts of bikes. “Women tend to be more flexible, and sometimes, it’s easier to bike fit them because they have less muscular restriction and usually better hip flexion or less hamstring tightness than men,” Bailey writes.

Ultimately, don’t let your gender alone choose your bike. Instead, find what’s comfortable in your body—and your life.

When In Chrome: A Brief History Of Chrome Bikes

April 5th, 2016

Chrome tipped front forks and rear triangles were long popular with competitive cyclists as a way to protect their expensive racing frames from getting scratched during quick wheel changes in a race. We tip our hats to the legacy of chrome bicycles by offering this heritage finish across our D model line of premium diamond-frame… Read more »

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Limited Edition Chrome Bikes

Chrome tipped front forks and rear triangles were long popular with competitive cyclists as a way to protect their expensive racing frames from getting scratched during quick wheel changes in a race. We tip our hats to the legacy of chrome bicycles by offering this heritage finish across our D model line of premium diamond-frame city bikes, including our single-speed PUBLIC D1, 7-speed PUBLIC D7, and 8-speed internally geared PUBLIC D8i.

Limited Edition Chome bikes

1945 Rene Herse Racer, via reneherse.com.

Legendary European artisan bike builders like René Herse and Alex Singer would often fully chrome their handmade custom bicycles to lend them both an elevated aesthetic and a durable finish, reflecting the bicycle’s owner investment in quality in commissioning a custom built model.

Limited Edition Chrome Bikes

Special Edition PUBLIC D8i Champs Elysees

Although chrome was used less often in the later 20th century, some of the most desirable bicycles in the world continued to incorporate signature chrome elements, from the American classic Schwinn Paramount to Italian dream machines from makers like Colgnago and Pinarello.

Today, true chrome is rarely found on production bicycles, and only a handful respected names like Bianchi and Soma are keeping this artisan tradition alive.

Limited Edition Chrome Bikes

Our Limited Edition, Chrome D1 Bike

Rarely do the ideals of form and function meet so perfectly in a single design solution. We are proud to celebrate this beautiful, durable, heritage finish, available for a limited time only across our D model line of premium city bikes, starting at just $399. Check out our PUBLIC Chrome bicycles here.

DIY Seahorse PUBLIC Mini Balance Bike

October 22nd, 2015

Humans shouldn’t have all the fun when it comes to dressing up for Halloween. This season we asked local designer Joe Irwin to transform our PUBLIC Mini Balance Bikes into a herd (yup) of little seahorses. The result is currently hanging in the window of our PUBLIC Bikes San Francisco shop in Hayes Valley and… Read more »

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Humans shouldn’t have all the fun when it comes to dressing up for Halloween. This season we asked local designer Joe Irwin to transform our PUBLIC Mini Balance Bikes into a herd (yup) of little seahorses. The result is currently hanging in the window of our PUBLIC Bikes San Francisco shop in Hayes Valley and couldn’t be any more playful and smile-inducing.

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Joe was game enough to draw up a how-to-guide that that you can use to fashion your own Seahorse PUBLIC Mini Balance Bike or use as a reference should you want to create an adult-sized version. And speaking of the adult-sized version, check it out on our Instagram here and Joe’s website here. And also check out these these other bicycle Halloween costume ideas.

Download the complete DIY seahorse instructions along with the template here.

Or check out the instructions for creating your own seahorse bike below.

Happy crafting!

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Materials Needed

To Make

  1. Trace all shapes from the Seahorse Template onto the Foamular Rigid Insulation Panels.
  2. Using a hotwire or blade, cutout all the foam pieces.
  3. Glue all tail rib pieces into place.
  4. Cut and form all metal pieces. Metal pieces include the rear hub tail end support, tail base frame connection, and head connection.
  5. Connect the rear hub tail end support by drilling a hole and gluing the bolt from the support into the tail.
  6. Glue the tail base frame connection to the tail with the screw pointing out (to connect to the frame).
  7. Connect the head connection to the head by carving out a slot and gluing the piece in, with the tabs exposed.
  8. Paint, glitter, and bedazzle all foam pieces.
  9. Insert and glue velcro straps into foam cutouts at the tail and the body.
  10. Glue the head velcro straps to the exposed metal tabs.
  11. Connect the tail by slipping the metal tail end support behind the rear hub bolts, connecting the base through the frame bolt hole. Tighten the nut and tighten the velcro strap around the seat post.
  12. Connect the body by tightening the velcro straps around the frame.
  13. Connect the head by slipping over the handle bar connection and tightening the velcro straps.
  14. Get out and ride!

Meet The PUBLIC D8i Champs-Elysées Special Edition Bike

October 20th, 2015

The famous Champs-Elysées boulevard in France has been nicknamed by the French la plus belle avenue du monde, “the world’s most beautiful avenue.” In homage to this tree-lined boulevard we created the PUBLIC D8i Champs-Elysées Edition “PUBLIC’s most beautiful bike” — an elegant ride for trips to neighborhood cafes, shops and along any boulevards in your… Read more »

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The PUBLIC D8i Champs-Elysées Edition

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Champs-Elysees image via flickr

The famous Champs-Elysées boulevard in France has been nicknamed by the French la plus belle avenue du monde, “the world’s most beautiful avenue.” In homage to this tree-lined boulevard we created the PUBLIC D8i Champs-Elysées Edition “PUBLIC’s most beautiful bike” — an elegant ride for trips to neighborhood cafes, shops and along any boulevards in your hood.

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The PUBLIC D8i Champs-Elysées Edition

The PUBLIC D8i Champs-Elysées Special Edition bike harkens back to a classic bicycle that has been in the PUBLIC collection for a long time — a stunning 1950’s-era aluminum mixte bike, the French Mercier Meca Dural 3 Speed Randonneuse.

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1950’s French Mercier 3 Speed Randonneuse

We have written before about how this Mercier served as one of the major inspirations for the current PUBLIC mixte bikes. The Mercier’s unisex “mixte” frame, with its moderate sloping downtube built for both men and women riders, was revolutionary and its shiny aluminum tubing has a gleam that is reminisent of the PUBLIC D8i Champs-Elysées Edition.

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The PUBLIC Champs-Elysées Edition

The PUBLIC D8i Champs-Elysees Edition is built off our premium 8-speed Alfine internal hub commuter PUBLIC D8i bike in gleaming chrome. We’ve upgraded the saddle with the inimitable, Brooks B17 leather saddle in Antique Brown that coordinates with our Antique Brown ring grips. To carry your necessities we’ve added the PUBLIC Porter Rack in Silver. And for safety and style, the handcrafted Spurcycle Raw Bike Bell is included. The PUBLIC D8i Champs-Elysees Edition is being offered at the Special Introductory Price of $1,099 $1,500.

Introducing The New PUBLIC R16

July 29th, 2015

x https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kJjZiv-RirI You talked. We listened. You wanted a lighter, sportier bike for commuting, fitness and everyday errands. You wanted more gears for tackling the hills and trigger shifters for responsive shifting right at your finger tips. Meet our new PUBLIC R16 flat bar city road bike – built to give you just what you… Read more »

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kJjZiv-RirI

You talked. We listened. You wanted a lighter, sportier bike for commuting, fitness and everyday errands. You wanted more gears for tackling the hills and trigger shifters for responsive shifting right at your finger tips.

Meet our new PUBLIC R16 flat bar city road bike – built to give you just what you want in a bike. It’s nimble, light-weight and packed with 16-speeds to power you up the hills and down them. The new PUBLIC R16 is a reimagined version of its drop bar predecessor with a modern, slightly curved flat bar and Shimano Claris Rapidfire trigger shifters. We’ve included fenders for when it gets wet, slender city-ready tires and a comfortable city saddle and grips. It’s also available at the special price of $699 $899

Our PUBLIC R16 has received a lot of positive feedback already, but don’t just take our word for it. Check out the above video to see just what makes this bike great for city riding and everything else.

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