What fun it is to kick off my 12 days of holiday gifts for cyclists with the new Dutch-style J7 from Public. Dreams of a white Christmas may just begin with this 7-speed vanilla beauty, which the company calls “the most female friendly frame design in the world.”
Among the traits that make the J7 a stylish and practical pick for city riding:
- The new frame is distinguished from the unisex Public M and D models in its skirt-friendly, step-through design inspired by classic Dutch bicycles.
- Compared with some European upright models, Public’s lightweight steel frame is easier to lift onto a curb or hoist up and down steps.
- For those who carry heavy loads on a rear rack – groceries, for example — step-through assists with weight-balancing.
At $495, excluding shipping, the J7′s price is pretty nice, too.
Features: Shimano 7-speed rear derailleur and Revo twist shifter, alloy caliper brakes and rims, aluminum chain guard and fenders, Public platform pedals, Public seat and kickstand. Comes in sizes small, medium and large. Also available in orange. Matching rear rack, $45.
Public sells online and ships directly to customers or designated bike shops. In Manhattan, shoppers can test ride Public M and D series bikes at the Tretorn Shop at 150 Spring Street in Soho. Phone for updates regarding the J7, 646-454-9680.