Kinfolk Urban Cycle

Kinfolk Urban Cycle

The bicycle has undergone a renaissance over the past decade. While it has been with us since the early 1800s, in one form or another, and there has always been those who have been very passionate about them, I’ll wager there has never been a point in the history of The Beautiful Machine where it has been so profusely lauded, painted, had numerous film festivals devoted to it or had books written about them.

Due partly to the popularization of the ‘fixed gear’ culture and a heightened environmental concern, the bicycle market continues to grow exponentially. Thankfully, the vacuum caused by the specialization of the messenger’s track bike into fixed gear freestyle has provided an opportunity for more accessible aspects of the sport. Cyclocross, for instance, is enjoying a renewed interest, as is bicycle touring. Both require bikes designed for their purpose to maximize a rider’s enjoyment or comfort, such as variations in geometry and componentry. Kinfolk is one marque that intend to make sure the public’s awareness of the beauty of the bicycle extends beyond the simplicity of the ‘fixie’.

Their Urban Cycle is proof that a townie can be just as desirable to the youth market as any track bike. And because a build like this stands out amongst a sea of ‘fixies’, who knows… Maybe townies could be the next big thing? Thanks to Nice Your Bike for the photography.

Kinfolk Urban Cycle
Kinfolk Urban Cycle
Kinfolk Urban Cycle
Kinfolk Urban Cycle
Kinfolk Urban Cycle

  • Zach

    “Urban Cycle” with no visible way to attach racks or fenders?

    • Are racks and fenders compulsory on a bicycle that will live predominantly in an urban setting?

  • Clay

    It’s beautiful, but if those bars were right-side-up we wouldn’t have to look at all that quill.

  • What Clay said. Although that combination of bar and stem is not the stupidest thing I have ever seen, it’s still pretty amazingly stupid. 

    Also: “Due partly to the popularization of the ‘fixed gear’ culture and a heightened environmental concern, the bicycle market continues to grow exponentially.”

    Yeah? I call BS. Numbers or it didn’t happen. 

    • “Perhaps, you know or work with someone that owns one of the 451 million bicycles in the U.S. It’s an industry that has seen annual growth rates between 10% – 25% worldwide. For example, the increasing numbers of over 3.8 million people in the U.S. using bicycles daily to commute for work. The global bicycle market shows significant growth revenues exceeding $61 Billion through 2011.”

      http://seekingalpha.com/article/133109-high-growth-and-big-margins-in-the-61-billion-bicycle-industry

    • Seriously? Biking as a % of trips has gone up several hundred percent in some cities in the last couple years. My city, SF, comes to mind. It depends on where you live, but there’s definitely been a huge growth in biking this decade.

      • Sorry, but I’d be astonished if the bike *market* was even close to what it was during the 1970s bike boom or during the mountain bike revolution. Again, stats or it didn’t happen. And “some cities” does is not “the market.”

        • Spiny Norman. Stop being a dick.

          • Oh, sorry. In the future I’ll simply ignore dubious factual claims and act happy.

          • http://www.abc.net.au/news/2011-10-20/more-bikes-and-more-housing/3581798

            “From the Federal Government’s latest CITIES REPORT:

            11 million bicycles have been purchased in the past decade, that’s 2
            million more bikes than cars and car use has fallen by 1% per capita. So
            Australians are buying bikes and we are actually using them! This has
            been attributed to the fact that we are choosing to live closer to our
            workplaces, making cycling a more viable transport option”

          • If only 9 million autos have been purchased in Australia in the last decade, that’s amazing and encouraging news. It does not say that the bike market has grown, but at least it’s something.

  • Jon

    Nice bike, although the high-rise stem and flipped northroads are really just counteracting each other…  Also I’d challenge the notion of it being a Townie in the absence of mudguards or luggage.

  • Kos

    What is the point with the drop bars when the quill is so high? Wouldn’t it be the same if the handlebars were switched upside-down? Really just asking I don’t know much about bicycle geometry.

    • gnarggles

      its all about the lines