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Pilen Lyx Portlandia, loaded for bear | by Patrick Barber
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Pilen Lyx Portlandia, loaded for bear

I test rode this Swedish city bike for a few weeks to review for Vélocouture. This the last day I had it. In the photo it's fully loaded with market produce, a long day's worth of wool layers since discarded, and, of course, a bouquet of flowers. While the Pilen is not intended for lots of cargo, it handled my overloaded exertions with grace. And the most amazing thing about this bike? Pal, it is _fast_. Something about the flexes-just-enough frame, maybe? I kept looking down at my feet, expecting to see a little electric motor I'd forgotten about. Began to refer to its "built-in tailwind." Yep, along with city bike amenities and the ability to haul a full travel pack on a frame-mounted front rack without any fuss, this bike is a zippy joy to ride. Anyway, more when I finish the whole review.


Belated but updated: I reviewed it! Here.

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Taken on April 16, 2011