The expert builders and athletes at The Vanilla Workshop have released their newest bike, the 2015 SpeedVagen Urban Racer. Simple, sketchy, and fun, the bike is in a class all its own. It was designed to be uncomplicated and carefree from top to bottom, complete with a coaster brake for maximimum “skidability” and minimum distraction. The automatically shifting internal two-speed SRAM hub makes for an overall simple design and adds to the bike’s intended rough-around-the-edges fun. While the larger wheel and tire size make it feel like it can ride almost anywhere, the bike still has the sleek and lightweight frame of a racer. The chain guard is designed in-house, made from super light stainless steel. Although the Urban Racer is a lot more than a commuter bike or grocery-getter, the designers want people to be able to dash across the city without attracting attention.  Stripped of any flashy graphics or bright colors, the pure and simple Urban Racer can be your secret weapon. Vanilla’s Sacha White describes it best as “A light bike that has some good volume to the tires, has a minimalist, modern, sexy design and above all is something that I totally want to SHRED on… I think about this bike when I’m not riding it. ” Order your own, or check out some more SpeedVagen made-to-order bikes.

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Lizzie

​Lizzie Wright is an aspiring artist and designer with a passion for the written word. While she works on her BFA in Industrial Design at the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD), she spends her (rare) spare time riding around Providence on her trusty Cannondale and drinking lots of coffee. She is especially fascinated by the dichotomy between aesthetic form and function, which has an immense influence on her work. As a lover of the natural world, Lizzie plans to focus on Nature, Culture, and Sustainability Studies to pursue a more efficient future for design. Read more by visiting her website

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