I love A.N.T. (Alternative Needs Transportation) Bikes out there near Baa-ston. I mean… I LOOOOOVE them. Mike and team harvests the best of the Dutch-Danish-French city-bike tradition as they deliver a stylish, updated ride, complete with with modern steel and components.
The full-custom bikes are running upwards of $3k and I’m sure worth every penny (and should you decide to take the plunge, I suggest the Light Roaster. Oooooh!). But get this, you can grab the nicely spec’d, Boston Roadster for a mere $1995. Sure, it’s a production version but production is used lightly here. I mean, it comes in 23 (!) sizes and is still handmade by Mike (of IF and Fat City fame, I should mention), ready to roll for all your urban exploits.
A bargain, I tell ya.
Now I’m sure a lot of people will disagree and say $2k is still too much to spend on a bike. I can respect that. Heck, with a little Craigslist luck you can score a $50 Schwinn LeTour ready to go all ninja on your transportation needs. I’m totally down with that. Go for it. Ride that bike and enjoy the crap out of it.
Call me crazy, but I’m also way down with spending money on handmade bikes that will last 30+ years. More bike craftsmanship in the world is a good thing. If you need a little mental accounting assistance, think of it this way — at $2k/each, you can still buy a three handmade A.N.T bikes and an assload of beer each year before you even approach the $8000/year Americans spend on car ownership.
Oh, and before anyone asks, no, my Xtracycle love hasn’t faded. It just that since we sold the Saab I feel like it’s really easy to justify my lust for more bikes. It doesn’t even feel wrong. Plus, this one’s got that sexy librarian thing going and you know how I feel about librarians.
Jeez, Mike, you’re killin’ me here! Stop it already!
Oh, boy… Ok… Ok… I can resist
So, I’m dying here, but that doesn’t mean you can’t get one.
PS — interesting side note: If you Google “Ant” the bike site comes up 3rd. That’s pretty impressive considering all the ants in the world. A.N.T. bikes even ranks ahead of the Wikipedia Ant entry. Just allow me a little librarian geek out here for a moment, but WOW! Either A.N.T. has some whiz-kid SEOs or the world really digs the A.N.T. bikes. Either way, right on.