Sizemore NY Commuter

Sizemore NY Commuter

Not sure whether it’s Hallowe’en looming but when I saw these photos of Sizemore’s latest project, a shiver ran up and down my spine. It would definitely be more approachable during the daylight hours but on a lonely street at night, that raw steel and those H Plus Son rims hold an intimidating pose.

Sizemore is based in Seattle, and they constructed this frame for Adam, the editor of a fashion blog called Le 21ème Arrondissement. Adam is about to move to New York and wanted a commuter with similar geometry to a Samson he used to own. Sizemore seem to specialize in mutli-talented commuter frames; a look through their gallery reveals copper finished randonneurs and slender, refined-yet-functional entries for the Oregon Manifest.

Taylor and his wife are the force behind Sizemore, and their appreciation for architecture, design and craftsmanship are evident. With a seat mast, combination bar and stem, internal cable routing, Paragon slider dropouts, Alfine transmission and a Gates belt drive, Adam’s commuter will hold its head high amongst NY bike snobiety, and provide years of reliable service.

If you’re after a singular, hand crafted frame that reflects your individual taste, browse through Sizemore’s portfolio and keep an eye on their blog; each bike is a perfect combination of function and form. Special thanks to A Time To Get for the heads up.

Sizemore NY Commuter
Sizemore NY Commuter
Sizemore NY CommuterSizemore NY Commuter
Sizemore NY Commuter

  • Zach

    Awesome bike, but it’s not a “commuter” if it doesn’t either a) have fenders or b) live in the Southwest. Those tires are too skinny too, unless the rider weighs 140 lbs. And he doesn’t, because it looks like he’s at least 6’2″.

    I think a rack – or at least a front basket – is a necessity too, but that can be left to personal taste.

  • s

    you’ve obviously not straddled a bike in nyc if you think this bike isn’t an ideal commuter.

  • Lew

    I kinda know where Zack is coming from, the problem here is that bicycles have a serious problem with beauty, functionality, simplicity and practicality. These elements are constantly at odds. A commuter bike needs more in the real world, a kick-stand (yuk), lights (yuk), reflectors (yuk), mud-guards (yuk), possibly a rack (yuk) and even a few gears if your commute has some hills. “Why are you pushing your bike up the hill?” “I wanted to avoid unsightly bar clutter and derailleurs!”

    But if I was going to take photos of a bike would I do it with a kick stand, reflectors, basket etc on it? No way!

  • padraic

    i agree with S. ride a bike in NY. theres only a few hills, and none are so insurmountable you need gears. racks are not necessary because you have a backpack/messenger bag. lights are not necessary because even riding at night its almost like daylight out with streetlights. fenders may be necessary but thats your prerogative. if you want get one of those lightweight clip on plastic mud-blockers. and a kickstand is not necessary because if youre not on it, its locked up to something. p.s. zach youre a dick. thats a beautiful bike and the simplicity is what makes it so amazing.

  • Old Man

    @padraic. No, you don’t need gears for hills in NY, you need them for going fast. Enjoy getting passed while you spin out. Messenger bags instead of racks? Give me a break. Enjoy your soaking wet back 8 months out of the year. “lights are not necessary because even riding at night its almost like daylight out with streetlights.” Are you kidding me? You must live in Times Square. There are many dark streets all over New York City and lights are very necessary in order to be seen by cars at night. “lightweight clip on plastic mud-blockers” barely work better than nothing at all. You must be a fair-weather cyclist. Which means you have no authority to tell anyone else what a New York commuter bike ought to be. Let’s talk when you bike 365 days out of the year, kid.

  • Jeff

    Whoa! For starters, it looks like it’s got gears. A pretty low maintenance internal-geared hub. And if you’re riding it at all you’re gonna get wet or sweaty, or both. I suppose the only fix for that would be to drive. But I’d enjoy the crap out of this bike- it’s a much nicer version of the one I scrapped together years ago and commute 15+ miles a day on. Yuck. That was smug. Back to the point–beautiful bike, great build, lucky owner who I’m sure got exactly what he asked for and couldn’t be happier. Kudos Sizemore.

  • Marty

    why this bike is ideal NYC bike…
    belt drive. shit is dirty here. a lot of chain cleaning i could do without
    no paint job. it will come off anyway
    internal hub. go fast without cleaning the dirt out of gears all the time. (it’s not about hills it’s about hitting top speed on an avenue and then going even faster. also there are hills in NYC. i can think of a shitload. some of which are the bridges, the park, upper east side, upper west side.. and what about the bronx?)
    discbrakes/internal routing. stopping is really important but cables are ugly
    integrated post and stem make it less modular and harder to steal things. i would put some solder in 1 or 2 spots and not worry about my seat or handlebars.
    i would put clearance for a front fender tho or do one of those frame attached fenders like a mini version of what those mexican delivery dudes are doing on their cannondales, so when it’s raining and i make a turn on central park south i don’t accidentally swallow some horse piss.
    lights too, lights are necessary, but they’re annoying to take on and off and they’re annoying when you leave them on and they get stolen. so i don’t use them but i might die. an integrated light on both ends would be perfect. wrong way traveling delivery boys, drunk drivers and pedestrians who don’t see you will pop out from nowhere i promise this.

    OH and maybe some fold down passenger pegs on the back.. for the occasional lady friend

  • Marty

    oh yeah i’d maybe do less deep rims. kinda corny

  • This bike is making a lot of sense to me. Well done.