Tuesday, September 22, 2009
The Color Story: 2010
The predominate color palette of 2010 certainly fulfills the bicycle-as-fashion accessory role--none of these neutral colors will clash with your outfits--but I would like to see some options for riders who want something a little more cheerful or splashy. I guess, "splashy," wouldn't look natural rolling through a European capital and this seems to be where all of these bikes aspire to be. I would say that the Italian Abici (in its natural habitat) and the Globe city bikes fit in the best because I don't see a lot of branding on the bikes of Copenhagen or Amsterdam. I'm glad to see some blue in the navy Globe Live 3, still, I would like to see some more Robin's egg blue and eggplant in the city commuters of 2011. (Actually I'd rather that eggplant be lilac, at least for the womens' frames).
On the accessories front, it's more than a little disappointing that for $1, 899 all you get on the Abici Sveltina are fenders and a reflective strip on your tires. Electra does a little better by offering some bikes with fenders & chainguard and others with fenders, racks, & a cup holder. I think the best collections of accessories are on the Globe Haul and Live because you need lights (like on the Haul)--you don't increase your safety with a cup holder. I also appreciate the outfit-saving and goods-transporting accessories on the Live models (I so covet that porteur rack).