I’m a total advocate for re-purposing an old mountain bike or whatever you have laying around in your shed and making that your commuter if your trying to start riding to work, but every once and awhile a bicycle comes around that literally has had ample coin dropped on it and every accessory and latest cycling technology on it to be a serious car replacement. Such is the case with this Civia Bryant spotted at Crossroads South a couple days ago when I stopped (on my scooter, for shame) to get a coffee. A couple things I’d like to point out really have this bicycle set up in the contemporary mindset of the perfect commuter according to “experts” who study the matter.
First, this thing is rocking a belt drive. For the uninitiated, the belt drive train runs smoothly (supposedly), requires no lube (to the belt, chamois cream still essential), and offers a very long maintenance interval. Although not visible in the picture this bike also had a dyno front hub and a lighting system. Obviously, your gonna need a rack and a pannier to carry your stuff on the way to work. On top of all of that, the Civia Bryant frameset has been gaining traction as a very capable commuter bike. While I still prefer to keep my money in my pocket for other things (beer, cyclocross entry fees) and ride my mountain bike conversion, it’s nice to see such a special bicycle around town looking so good!