In the early 1800s, the first two-wheelers—velocipedes—were made to order since they had no chain mechanism or pedals and were quite simply wheels powered by the ‘rider’ walking.
Over time, chains and gears were added to increase torque and speed—exponentially increasing a peddle-pusher’s power.
Two hundred years later, in collaboration with Republic—who has city biking down to a science—we’re proud to introduce the 3-speed abuelo and abuela bikes, which is Spanish for grandfather and grandmother.
Inspired by traditional Dutch omafiets, with an upright and relaxed ride, they’re practical and a pleasant mix of old and new. Starting with sturdy hi-ten frames, including Shimano gears and brakes, a lobster red seat and bell—safety and sexy!—and wide yellow Kenda tires which are helpful to balance at lower speeds and even more so when cargo is secured over the rear tire.
Abuela, or ‘hers’, includes guards to keep skirts from getting caught in the chains or spokes and a front rack to keep baskets raised off the tire. For all the bells and whistles, stop in a local CB2 for a spin.