While running around recently a parked bike caught my eye. What drew me to the bike was the highly impractical, but stylish wooden box on the back.
Why impractical? For one, water would accumulate in the box if it rained. Yes, you could drill holes in it for drainage, however I still think water would slosh around. Also, as much as I try not to, sometimes my bike will fall over and I can just see this box breaking if this happened. I must admit though, it is stylish and does it's job because it caught my eye.
I had never heard of Bowery Lane before and after clicking around their web site was impressed. The following is a description from their web site:
We proudly offer Bowery Lane Bicycles to you. We conceive, build and finish these bikes for unsurpassed quality, sustainability and style. We use only American steel for our frames, which are forged in a factory that derives 30% of its power from solar panels. The facility is located within New York City limits, which means employees can commute via bicycle or public transport. In short, we produce these bikes conscious of our impact on the country, the environment and the local community.
A bike made in the USA these days seems hard to come by, let alone one made within the NYC City limits. Do you have experience with this company? Feel free to comment.