After spending the better part of Sunday on the floor of the Javits center, at five pm, I joined a motley (but stylish) crew for the launch of Public Bikes. Organized by former Design Within Reach CEO Rob Forbes, the ride offered Manhattanites their first chance to take delivery of a brand-new Public bike.
We sent our fearless leader, editor-in-chief Sam Grawe, around the world this year, from Milan to New York to Los Angeles to London hitting up all the top design shows. While in New York for ICFF, Sam joined former Design Within Reach CEO Rob Forbes and pal Heather Wagner (wife of Readymade editor-in-chief Andrew Wagner) for a bike around the city for the launch of Forbe's new company Public Bikes. Check out their ride.
To launch his new company Public Bikes, Rob Forbes organized a "Design Ride" from the Javitz Center (in the background) to SoHo. Rob was inspired to start Public after absorbing the city bike culture of Europe.
Moroso's Ben Watson was one of the first Public customers. Here he takes delivery of a baby blue Public D.
Bikes of all shapes and sizes showed up to join the ride.
Back on the floor of the ICFF, PUBLIC bikes made cameos in a select number of booths. Here's a white Public D with a rear bicycle rack. The frame is a classic "double diamond."