In our continuing flirtation with fixed gear bikes, we offer our latest stumble upon: the State Bicycle Company of Tempe, Arizona.
Their goal: “to bring the most attractive, high quality, and smooth riding fixed gear/single speed bicycles to the market at the lowest price possible.” The goods: bikes in 13 different color combinations, 3 handlebar styles (bullhorns, riser bars, and drop bars), and 4 sizes (49cm, 52cm, 55cm, and 59cm).
Small note of bitterness: 59cm is the largest frame size — which puts anyone over 6′ 2″ in an uncomfortable position. Twisted Spoke lives with the troubling realization that it’s a small world.
In any case, the styles are cool, the video is hip, the vibe is just so damn tantalizing. Yes, I want to roll my jeans cuffs up, grow some long sideburns, join an indie rock band, take a year off to hang somewhere — Durango, Miami Beach, Sayulita, Mexico or San Sebastian, Spain.
Sure, who doesn’t want that whole two-wheeled fantasy with bikes named Phantom, Samurai, Belafonte and Zombie Stomper? The State folks seem to have the single speed business dialed in, from manufacturing and design to shipping. Costs are what seems a reasonable $429 with free Fedex shipping in the US.
It’s just money and what’s money compared to a relentlessly cool lifestyle?