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Best Dutch Commuter Bike
Best women's step through city bike
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Best women's step through city bike Best Dutch bike Best Dutch commuter bike
Just cannot say enough great things
By Cydney B. in San Francisco, CA on 10/21/13
Huz and I've wanted to get back into bicycling for awhile, after a very long absence, but we were very nervous. Plus we didn't want to have to deal with any snarky bike attitude while we were trying to figure out which bike to buy. We took the Bicycle Coalition 101-1 class and Bert Hill mentioned Public Bikes as a good option. After checking out several different kinds of bikes, we trepedatiously went into the Park Street store to check them out. Fortunately for us, Justin was working that day and made everything really easy for us. A genuinely nice person without a bit of attitude; all he wanted to do was put us at our ease when he saw we were nervous. No pressure -- just lots of info. A week later, we went back and bought the Huz a Mixte and start-up gear and couldn't be happier. I'm next -- for the Step Thru. Thank you Justin for making this such a pleasant experience. A double bonus since Public Bikes are crazy awesomely fun.

PS.. The "love at first ride" guarantee is excellent. After a few days on his new bike the Huz decided he wanted a Diamond instead of Mixte. No problem. Exchange made cheerfully with no hassle. Thanks again, Justin!

PPSS... Now I have my bike too! A C7i in a lovely dark blue ... courtesy of Justin again. Just cannot say enough great things about him and about Public Bikes. I heard that Public and Kimpton Hotels have collaborated to put Public Bikes as loaners in all the Kimpton Hotels. I always enjoy boutique hotels, esp. Kimpton!
Amazing customer service
By Ellen W. in San Francisco on 01/13/15
Amazing customer service! I bought my bike here along with a basket and bell to match for a great price during that Thanksgiving sale. Their in house mechanic assembled everything ready for me to pick up, which was awesome. Unfortunately, I ended up returning everything because in all honestly, I don't bike. Who am I kidding?

Regardless, the staff at the store and also the staff online was really nice and understanding. They processed everything accordingly, and gave me my full refund. If and when I ever decide to take biking seriously, I would definitely be coming back to check out their models.

All of the PUBLIC bikes are super cute and trendy. Yes, their bike do cost more than the average, but they do have great sales especially at the end of the year when they are moving into new inventory for the next season's models.

Tip: Invest in the internal hub. Even though I'm a total bike new and the last person to be giving recommendations, I will still stand by opting for the internal hub. It's more money but worth it. The ride just feels that much better! Ask the experts.

PUBLIC C7i - New Spring Colors
Best Dutch Commuter Bike

4.8 average rating • 5 customer reviews

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Whether it's a weekend trip to the farmers market or a daily commute to work, the PUBLIC C7i will take you anywhere you desire to go in comfort and style. Like all PUBLIC Bikes, the PUBLIC C7i is built around our high quality "smooth as butter" steel frame and includes painted to match rims, chain guard and fenders, color coordinated cables, and our new streamlined city comfort saddle in Antique Brown with matching premium bolt-on handgrips.

What makes the PUBLIC C7i our best Dutch commuter bike is the easy-shifting Shimano Nexus 7-speed internally geared rear hub. This robust, durable and low maintenance shifting system makes changing gears a breeze, and allows the rider to select the ideal gear whether pedaling or at a full stop. This is particularly helpful when riding around town where stoplights and stop signs necessitate frequent shifting. In addition to the upgraded and simplified drivetrain, the PUBLIC C7i receives our strongest double walled alloy rims, which will provide years of trouble free service, even over the roughest pavement.

Often referred to as a 'Dutch bike,' the PUBLIC C7i shares the same high quality steel step-through frame as the C1 and C7. This Dutch commuter bike style has been popular with women and men in Europe for decades, in part because it's easy to get on and off in pants and dresses alike. Like all PUBLIC bikes, the PUBLIC C7i includes front and rear rack mounts making it easy to add a rack and carry items with a pannier or basket. Many PUBLIC owners choose to further customize their bikes with Brooks saddles and special grips.

In keeping with our love for simple, clean and functional bicycles, the PUBLIC C7i includes everything you need and nothing you don't. In addition to the smooth shifting Shimano Nexus 7 speed hub, the PUBLIC C7i comes standard with powerful modern dual pivot brakes to ensure safe and reliable braking in all conditions. Also standard on all PUBLIC C7i bikes are tires with 3M reflective sidewalls to provide additional visibility and safety at night.

We designed the PUBLIC C7i to meet the requests of customers who asked for a high quality, stylish and fun, internally geared city bike with function and versatility. We love the PUBLIC C7i and are so sure that you will too, we offer our Love at First Ride guarantee. If you do not love your new PUBLIC bike from the very first ride we will take it back. Period.

Ordering your new PUBLIC bike online is fast and easy. We offer multiple shipping options and can ship directly to your home or office. Our most popular shipping option is our fully assembled Ready to Ride shipping. With our Ready to Ride shipping, the only assembly required is taking the bike out of the box and installing the pedals (tools included). Learn more about PUBLIC Shipping options under the Shipping tab on this page.


  • Comfortable: Classic steel tubing and upright frame geometry make for an exceptionally smooth ride. Chainguards, fenders and wide memory foam saddles ensure you can comfortably ride in normal clothing.
  • Ergonomic: Upright handlebars provide a relaxed riding position.
  • Practical: Fenders and chainguards keep your clothes clean year round. Kickstands make for convenient bike parking for trips around town
  • Modern: The Shimano Nexus 7-speed hub provides near maintenance free quick and reliable shifting with a twist of the wrist.
  • Safe Braking: Modern dual pivot alloy brakes combined with lightweight alloy rims with machined brake surfaces for quick, safe and controlled stops.
  • City Smart: 35 MM tires are wide enough to handle curbs and potholes but narrow enough for speed.
  • Feet Friendly: Full alloy pedals with rubber grip surface are wide enough to ride with boots, pumps, flip-flops, and anything in between.
  • Durable: The high quality steel frame is smooth, durable and guaranteed for life.

Love at First Ride guarantee: If you do not love your bike from the very first ride, we will take it back. Period.

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

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

Fenders: Painted to match, steel full fenders

Chainguard: Painted to match, steel chainguard

Kickstand: Alloy center mount

Shifter: Shimano internally geared 7-speed Revoshift twist shifter

Drivetrain system/rear hub: Shimano Nexus Inter-7, 7 speed internal geared hub

Handlebar: Classic swept back alloy 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: PUBLIC Slender Grip, with alloy clamps

Saddle: PUBLIC seat, memory foam, 198mm wide, steel polished rails

Seat post: Alloy micro-adjust 27.2mm x 350mm length, with integrated clamp

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

Freewheel: Shimano 20 tooth cog

Chain: KMC 1/2" x 3/32"

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

Brake levers: Alloy 4 finger caliper brake lever

Front & rear brake: Cold forged, high polished alloy dual pivot caliper, with quick release and barrel adjuster

Tires: Kenda Kwest, 700x35c, 60TPI, with reflective stripe

Inner tubes: Presta valve

Rims: Painted to match, alloy double walled 36 hole, 700c, machined brake surface

Spokes: Stainless steel 14G

Weight: 32 lbs


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

UPS 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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