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Bike Buying Guide


It's easy to pick your bike.  Here are a few guidelines:

1What are your needs?

We are here to help you find the right bike for your needs. At PUBLIC we come from a strong design ethos. Our bikes are designed for the everyday bicyclist, the newbie, or the weekend warrior. Our frame styles (Mixte, Diamond, Step-Thru, and Road Bike) suit a variety of needs. Our multi-gear PUBLIC bikes are designed to conquer the hills of San Francisco so we feel confident they will work on any urban terrain. Our single-speed PUBLIC bikes are perfect for flat terrain. If you ride longer commutes or face steep climbs, you might want to consider an electric assist bike.

 

2Choose a frame style:

We think this is a personal choice. Our frames are unisex, durable, and provide a smooth ride. If you like a standard frame commonly found in most bikes, the DIAMOND frame is for you - either the classic DIAMOND frame found in our PUBLIC D bikes or a sloped DIAMOND frame represented in our PUBLIC V bikes.  If you like to ride wearing skirts, dresses, kilts, or just don't want to swing your leg to get on your bike, go with the STEP-THRU or MIXTE. If you need a bike for the city and longer recreational rides we recommend our ROAD BIKE.

See further descriptions here:

Step-ThruStep-Thru
A timeless Dutch city bike design, this frame has been embraced by both men and women for it's elegance and ease of use.
Advantages: Easiest frame for hopping on and off. You literally step over the bike in easy fashion to start riding on our PUBLIC C model.

MixteMIXTE
From the French word meaning "mixed" or "unisex" the mixte has been ridden by men and women across Europe for more than 100 years. It is a higher priced frame because it is our most complicated build.
Advantages: Easy on and off, especially with stuff or kid on the back. Beautiful design. PUBLIC Mi is our favorite frame style.


DiamondDIAMOND
The classic diamond frame geometry has been the standard for city bikes, touring bikes, and even racing bikes dating back to the late 19th century. 
Advantages: Our PUBLIC D and PUBLIC V models are the easiest to carry on your shoulder up a flight of stairs. The D models use a traditional diamond design and the V models feature a sloping top tube for additional stand-over clearance.


Road BikeRoad Bike
We designed the PUBLIC R16 to meet the demands of both urban and recreational riding. It has been styled after the best vintage road bikes but with the benefits of modern components for easier shifting, stronger braking, and lighter weight.
Advantages: With its drop handlebars, road bike geometry, and sixteen speeds, the PUBLIC R16 delivers more performance than city bikes and is ideal for longer commutes.


3Single-speed, Internal hub or Derailleur gear system?

It's really just a question of cost and your riding conditions. If you're mainly riding on flat roads and don't plan to do any steep hill climbing, you might consider our single-speed PUBLIC C1 or PUBLIC V1. If your rides require any steep hill climbing, most of our PUBLIC bikes feature a multi-gear range suitable to tackle even San Francisco hills. The type of gear mechanism is one of the main differences in the prices of our bikes. The sleeker internal hub has a higher price tag because it will last longer and you can shift gears while you're coasting or stopped at an intersection. Your chain won't fall off on your internally geared PUBLIC bike. The derailleur gearing, which requires you to shift gears while pedaling, is most common in the bikes most of us learned to ride on. Derailleurs are a little lighter and simpler, but they only shift gears while pedaling, and may require more maintenance because of their exposed mechanism.

Derailleur vs. Internal Hub

 

4Check your height:

The nice thing about our bikes is that they are NOT one size fits all.  We have bikes that fit almost anyone. Here is a handy size chart:

PUBLIC V1, V7, V7i PUBLIC C1, C7, C7i
  S/M 5'2" -  5'7"     S/M 4'8" -  5'5"  
  M/L 5'8" -  6'2"     M/L 5'6" -  5'10"  
PUBLIC D8i
PUBLIC M7i
  S 5'3" -  5'8"     S/M 5'0" -  5'6"  
  M 5'8" -  6'0"     M/L 5'7"  -  6'0"  
  L 6'0" -  6'5"      
PUBLIC R16
  S 5'4" -  5'7"  
  M 5'8" -  5'11"  
  L 5'11" -  6'3"  

 

5    Pick your color:

Our bikes have been called "candy colored road warriors". We agree. To meet the taste of just about everyone, our bikes come in a range of colors from fashion statements to neutrals to classic black. Each PUBLIC bike model has unique color options.

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