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Five Spring Bicycles

An assortment of city bikes suited to commuting or cruising

by Graham Hiemstra in Culture on 08 April 2011

There is no better way to celebrate warm weather than with a bike so we pulled together an assortment of this season's top commuters and cruisers, all well suited to riding to work or taking a casual spin through the park.

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Traitor Cycles' Luggernaut 3spd is the ideal bike for running around town. The beauty of a classically lugged track frame combined with a 3-speed internal hub gives this urban commuter a sleek look and the ability to tackle everything from city flats to rural hills. The generous Seattle, WA-based company delivers all this plus a lifetime "crash warranty" for only $505.

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Best known for his stunning track and road bike builds, Portland's Jordan Hufnagel is shifting focus to developing the ultimate city commuter. Designed strictly for having a good time ripping around the city, this San Francisco "hill bomber" is a minimal commuter inspired by the classic Swhinns of the 1940s. With a complete custom build ranging from $5,000-10,000, Hufnagel hits a higher price point, but deservedly so.

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New for 2011, Raleigh's Alley Way is a comfortable hybrid that appeals to almost everyone. The standout implementation of a belt drivetrain rather than a traditional chain gives the crank a smoother run while leaving less room for breakdown. At $1,475 the Alley Way looks great and rides even better.

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Gary Fisher may have originated the mountain bike but he also knows a thing or two about cruising. The Simple City is a great women's step-thru you can ride home from the bike shop. Full aluminum fenders help with spring showers and a Swiss-made double-legged kickstand holds this beauty clean and steady when not in motion. With the choice of a 3- (pictured above) or 8-speed internal hub, the Simple City runs between $600-970.

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Hand-built by Boston-based ANT bikes, the Boston Roadster strep-thru is gorgeously functional. Designed to your exact specs and available in any range of custom colors makes this roadster an absolute perfect fit with a unique design. The Boston Roadster comes "fully equipped" as well, meaning all the enticing accessories are standard. The custom cruiser sells for around $2,700.

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