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Three Electric Bicycles To Help Spice Your Commuting Rides

“In the same Parisian line of aesthetic inspiration as Faraday bicycles, the Public M8 looks like something that belongs in a Jean-Luc Godard film.”

Fashion Cycles

“How will your fashion look on a cycle? As we ease into the last weeks of summer, bike style is the new street style. So why not count your chic cruiser as a seasonal staple?”

Most Wanted

“I will be in New York for Fashion Week, and I love the idea of riding bikes in Central Park. We can take a delicious picnic, find a nice spot – you can't beat that!”

Roll Models

“The company started by Design Within Reach founder Rob Forbes, creates handsome bikes in a variety of colors that you can sample on their innovative website. If you're in San Francisco, consider visiting their showroom; if not, have the bike of your choice shipped directly to your home nearly fully assembled. A few turns of the wrench and you'll be ready to roll.”

PUBLIC Transportation

“Styled after unisex Parisian mixte bicycles, the three speed M3 by PUBLIC is geared toward easy-riding urbanites, with fenders for splash-free pedaling, a chain guard, and reflector-rimmed tires.”

Hotels Let Guests Borrow Items or Leave Them

"In July 2013, Kimpton, in partnership with Public, a San Francisco boutique bicycle and equipment company, introduced a fleet of Kimpton-branded bicycles that are free for guests to use. Two to 10 bikes are available at 61 locations."

The Wheel Thing

“With his [Rob Forbes] new company, Public, he’s taking the pain out of acquiring another elusive design object: the stylish, practical city bike, the kind that the Dutch and Danish ride. A longtime urban cyclist himself, Forbes watched as places like New York, San Francisco and even Louisville, Ky., spent the last decade opening bike lanes and encouraging alternative transportation...Forbes still believes in living a well-designed life, but this time around he’s taking his gospel to the streets.”

Bike Brigade - Roadster

“Cast off that too-heavy messenger bag digging into your collarbone. Let your bike do the heavy lifting and opt for a pannier, a pair of bags that drapes over your rear rack. Public’s waterproof design comes in four colors and carries up to 30 liters.”

Public, from Rob Forbes

“What people may not know is that Forbes has an abiding love of urban design, mobility, and most especially, bicycles. Forbes’s newest venture is called Public and it’s all about enabling and encouraging these passions. We talked to Forbes about mission-driven business, carlessness, and amateur modeling.”

The Season of Biker Chic

“You don't have to hunch over low, curled handlebars. The seats are wide and cushy. And fenders guard against mud puddles, and chain and skirt guards protect clothes. They've become a hot choice for the rising numbers of urban bike commuters in the U.S.”

Easy Bikes, No Spandex Required

"Public Bikes, based in San Francisco, sells primarily online and has three retail locations that aim to feel airier than the typical, cramped bike shop…The company’s most popular models, which run from $350 to $1,000, have frames traditionally viewed as women’s bikes—a rider steps through, rather than lifting one leg over a bar."


A selective gallery of designer items with a classic flair that are on the must-have list for the summer. PUBLIC's D3 bicycle is featured among them!

The O List

Easy Rider – the redesign of this classic French bicycle offers smooth pedaling and a chance to shrink your carbon footprint.

Apple's Campus Bikes Are Classically Minimal

THIS BIKE IS the Apple campus bike….But take a closer look and you’ll see that this bike is as well suited to its task as an iPad is to its own market."

Public Bikes: Fixed-Gear Style with Granny-Bike Ride

“‘Public Bikes may be on to something here. These are the same kind of bikes you see all over the place in many Northern European cities. They’re cheap, strong and comfortable, all of which encourages you to ride more... The cool-looking machines combine the sleek, pared-down look of a fixed-gear bike with the comfort and practicality of the Dutch City Bike.”

Live Apple Bicycle Photographed in Natural Habitat

"Public Bikes isn’t just the Apple bike company. Their stylish vehicles are pretty much ubiquitous in San Francisco."

Bike Style Shifts Gears

"Riding in skirts and high heels is no problem with the Dutch-style step-through frame C7 bike by SoMa's Public bike."

Great European Cities Inspire Bikes for S.F.

“Public Bike's retro-style cruisers...have gear configurations of one, three and eight speeds and internal hubs to comfortably navigate the city’s hilly topography, tires wide enough to maneuver uneven pavement, and fenders to deflect water and grime. The lightweight steel frames are designed to accommodate riders wearing dresses or business suits. ‘Looking good and feeling good while bicycling is a great start to making our streets more friendly for all commuters,’ says Forbes.”

Bike Reviews

The PUBLIC M8 was designed to reflect the classic 1960s and 1970s Parisian "mite" bicycle. I love that is looks vintage, but is engineered with all new technology. It has a designer style, elegant details and is very unique compared to any other bike on the road.

The Good Life

“There's plenty of evidence that geeks like me—people who covet cutting-edge components and carbon fiber—have simply added a bike to their collection, a machine that offers a kind of low-tech, unpretentious simplicity. San Francisco's Public Bikes is typical of the new-wave companies bringing nontraditional creativity to the bike industry....Public Bikes, which Forbes launched in 2010, brings the DWR perspective to bikes with simple, attractive, and functional models whose appeal stretches beyond conventional bike tradition.”

Good Things

Celebrating 20 years of Easy, Elegant ideas both New and Classic.

Back on the Bike

PUBLIC D3 – the strong but lightweight diamond frame of this model dates to 19th-century racing bikes.

The Sharing Economy

“San Francisco is a bicycle town, and cool wheels abound. Fashion-savvy riders cruise around on European styles from South Park's PUBLIC Bikes which also supplies bikes to companies including PeopleBrowsr, for their employees to share.

Public Bikes Aims to Get San Franciscans Out of Their Cars

“Not surprisingly, Forbes’ design highlights both utility and high aesthetics: Elevated handlebars promote upright posture—versus the crouched, head-down position of performance bikes, Forbes points out—for better visibility and a safer ride. The step-through frame is both practical and female-friendly. ‘You can even wear a skirt,’ boasts Forbes.”

You Are Traveling, Not Being Traveled

The sleek designs and upright handles makes PUBLIC Bikes a first buyer's perfect fit, and the eye-catching candy colors make it impossible to say no.

Take Back the Burbs

Sure, city dwellers have embraced biking as a convenient way to get around. But the next bike wave is brewing where most of us live.

Get the Gear

Make your bike commute safer, easier and more enjoyable with these cycling essentials.

Public Bikes' Founder On His Fave S.F. Bike Paths And More

Headquartered next to S.F.’s beautiful South Park, the much buzzed-about brand combines stunning European-inspired design—most notably marked by a jaw-dropping array of playful hues—with comfort and performance.

Rob Forbes Plugs "Evolutionary" Public D 3-Speed Bicycle

“Forbes's Public D is less revolutionary than evolutionary. U.S. bicycles are mostly based on racing and mountain bikes. But Forbes drew on Britain's 19th-century "double diamond," the ancestor of the modern European city bike. He tweaked the classic, reducing the tire size and turning the handlebars up for a more ergonomically friendly ride.”

Staying Well on the Road with Hotel Fitness Programs

"Known for in-room yoga mats and custom designed PUBLIC bikes for guests to ride, Kimpton Hotels has always inspired well-being in travelers in its 60 hotels across 27 U.S. cities."

San Francisco-Friendly Bikes Roll into Town

“Rob Forbes, the founder of Design Within Reach, set out to make an urban bike whose form truly met its function, and thus, Public was born.... And they have SF-friendly details: a durable frame that’s light enough to carry to your third-floor walk-up, a metal basket for your bag, and an upright posture so you can see oncoming Muni buses.

Delta Sky Magazine

From the booming music scene to the miles of bike trails, Portland is putting itself on the map as the coolest place to live… or visit… or just be.

Public Bikes Launches in New York with Style

“Public Bikes claims that it’s not a bike company, but is a ‘more livable cities’ company. Founder Rob Forbes launched Public Bikes in New York at ICFF with a big public ride from Javits Center in midtown to the Tretorn store in SOHO. Forbes calls his bikes ‘supremely practical objects’ but they are also very beautiful.”

Wheel Power

“This is the PUBLIC D8, an 8-speed city slicker that looks a little like an old beach cruiser, but built for the burn. These stylish intermediaries are influenced by the European streets of yore, and available now but buy a helmet too.”

Public Bikes

“[Rob Forbes] has a new start up company called Public Bikes and has put together a collection of super-hip bikes to make biking more popular around cities in the U.S. Influenced by Dutch and Danish biking lifestyles, he is trying to get as many people as possible onto his Public saddles.”

The New Pin-Ups of American Design

“‘There’s a huge growth in interest and awareness of how people get from A to B in the States at the moment,’ says Rob Forbes, the founder of Design Within Reach and the man behind Publicbikes.com, an e-tail outlet selling beautifully conceived, expertly functioning bicycles based on classic European designs.”

Michelangelo Two Bike Gravity Stand from Public

“Here’s a new way to store your bicycle in your home: Public’s Michelangelo Two Bike Gravity Stand. As the name implies, the design relies on gravity and not holes in your wall – ideal for renters and homeowners alike.”

Give & Get

“Give a little . . . Get a lot – ha! Sweet ideas for both sides of gifting that are equal parts you and him. One hot set of wheels. A Stylin’ 3 Speed, PUBLIC D3.”