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I feel like I'm 12 years old again
By Nikki D. in Bay Area on 09/17/14
This bike is great! The single speed is fine for trips around town and leisurely rides by my house. The bike is very comfortable to ride, with its upright position, and it is very maneuverable. The bike is pretty light as well, which makes it easy to carry up and down stairs if need be. I've had this bike for a little more than 1 month, and rides beautifully. Bottom line, when I ride it I feel like I'm 12 years old again-riding is fun again!
My number one mode of transportation
By Katie K. in San Rafael, CA on 04/30/14
I bought my C1 single speed last December, thinking it'd sit in my apartment like a museum piece 'til my Copenhagen Wheel (e-assist) arrived.

Well, the wheel still isn't here, but this bike is my number one mode of transportation. I certainly didn't think it'd work out this way.

I've been an avid cyclist for years, mostly on long training rides on the roads, sometimes in the dirt. I have always tried to use a bike for errands, but it takes discipline, typically requiring some kind of clothing change. It's hard to wear a summer dress on a mountain bike, for example. I mean I'm sure it's possible, but then finding a pair of matching mountain bike shoes, ugh.

Then there's the issue of hauling things, or parking a mountain or a road bike when you get to a store. It is really still not common to find bikes suitable for actually "living."

Meanwhile, t turn to this thing without thinking about it. It's great for trips to the store and other errands, and also simply to socialize outside.

Drivers honk and wave to me, and they mean to be friendly.

It's such a more pleasant experience than the militant style of cycling that's come to be normal in the Bay Area. There's this definite "us vs. them" thing, I've been a part of it for years, and it's crazy how just changing your bike and your mindset can alter psychology.

I've already upgraded the seat to a Brooks B67s saddle, which has enhanced my riding experience even more. I've added the Public brass bell, which to my ears sounds obnoxious, but many people have thanked me for using it. I've got some big red panniers and a beautiful wicker basket in the front.

Most Affordable Dutch Bike

4.8 average rating • 6 customer reviews

TAX DAY SALE: Now $249
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For additional size and color options, see our PUBLIC C1 New Spring Colors!

2014 Closeout Price:
$449.00 $299.00
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Turquoise: S/M size is SOLD OUT.

The new PUBLIC C1 step-thru is everything that a great Dutch bike should be - fun, simple, lightweight, stylish and affordable. If you're looking for a cheap bike, this single-speed bicycle is our most affordable Dutch bike.

Built using the same proven upright comfort geometry as our multispeed PUBLIC C7 Dutch city bike, the PUBLIC C1 foregoes multiple gears in favor of a simple and efficient single-speed drivetrain.

With its curved, open, step-through frame design, it is often referred to as a Dutch bike. It's a time-tested classic metropolitan cruiser bike design seen commonly throughout Europe for decades.

Ideally suited for trips around town, casual riding with friends and weekend jaunts through the park, the PUBLIC C1 is a capable machine ready to go as far as you desire to pedal.

Intended for a flat or moderately hilly terrain, we have carefully selected the ideal gearing for rolling hills as well as flatter routes.

Unlike many other single-speed bikes, our single-speed PUBLIC bike allows you to coast and relax while riding, while also using powerful dual pivot brakes and alloy rims to ensure great stopping power rain or shine.

Like all PUBLIC bikes, the PUBLIC C1 is built with a high quality steel frame and comes complete with matching fenders, chain guard, and painted rims. Front and rear rack mounts are also standard, ensuring you will always be able to carry your much-needed items if you add an optional rear rack. We challenge you to find a better single-speed city bike with all these features at this price.

The PUBLIC C1 makes a great gift for yourself or others. Its simple and easy to use, perfect for beginners and offers inexpensive reliable transportation. The PUBLIC C1 will get you to the coffee shop and back with money left over for lattes.

Weight: 28.8 lbs

Frame: PUBLIC hi-tensile steel frame, with fender and rack braze-ons, integrated kickstand bracket

Fork: PUBLIC hi-tensile steel unicrown fork, with fender and rack braze-ons

Handlebar: Classic swept back steel city bar, 580mm wide, 75mm rise, 25.4mm clamp

Stem: Forged alloy quill stem, 25 degree rise, 25.4mm clamp

Headset: 1" threaded steel

Grips: Natural black rubber grip

Freewheel: 20 tooth single speed freewheel

Crankset: Alloy crank set 170mm, 39 tooth chainring with outer chainring guard, square taper

Bottom bracket: Square taper BSA English threaded cartridge bottom bracket

Chain: KMC CD410 1/2" x 1/8"

Pedals: Alloy platform pedal, with rubber pads, 9/16" axle

Front & rear brake: Cold forged alloy dual pivot caliper, EN Standard brake pads

Brake levers: Alloy 4 finger caliper brake lever

Saddle: Wide memory foam comfort seat

Seat post: Alloy 25.4mm x 350mm length

Seat post clamp: Adjustable steel clamp

Tires: Kenda Kwest, 700x35c, cream color

Inner tubes: Schrader valve

Rims: Alloy 32 hole, painted to match bike color, 700c, machined brake surface

Front hub: Alloy low flange 32 hole, nutted bolt-on axle

Rear hub: Alloy low flange 32 hole, nutted bolt-on axle

Spokes: Chrome plated steel 14 gauge

Chainguard: Alloy painted to match chainguard

Kickstand: Alloy center mount

Fenders: Steel full fenders


1. Ready to Ride - Delivered to Your Door, 99% Assembled - $135.00

FedEx Ground - 7-10 business days - Signature Required

You'll receive a bike that's been carefully built and fine-tuned by our expert mechanics in the Bay Area. Your bike will arrive Ready to Ride, with only a few simple steps needed to get pedaling. We recommend this as our best value option.

Take a peek at our Ready To Ride Assembly Video to see how easy it is and read more about our delivery options.

Delivery to Hawaii and Alaska is currently not available online. Please contact us for additional information. We do not ship any products outside of the United States.

2. Find Your Own Mechanic - Barebones Shipping of Un-assembled Bikes - $55.00

UPS Ground - 7-10 business days - Signature Required

You'll receive an unbuilt bike in a factory box that hasn't been fine-tuned by our mechanics. To ensure your bike is safe to ride, we only recommend assembly in a bike shop by professional bicycle mechanics with specialty tools and training.

We highly recommend our easy Ready to Ride assembly and shipping option to save you time and money. Read more about our delivery options.

3. San Francisco Bay Area Store Pickup - Free

7-10 business days for store delivery

If you live in the San Francisco Bay Area, you can place an order online and pick up your bike at our San Francisco or Oakland store. It will take 7-10 business days to deliver your order to the store. We will call you when it is ready for pickup.

Can't wait and need it now? Call any of our stores to see if we have your items in stock. If one of our stores has what you're looking for, you can place an order with them over the phone instead of online.

Love At First Ride Or Your Money Back:
The ride itself may be the best thing about your PUBLIC bike. Which is why we offer our Love at First Ride guarantee. If you do not love your bike from the very first ride, we'll take it back. Period.

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