I ditched the car, I ditched transit, and started cycling to work a little over a year ago. I’ve never looked back.
The bike I was using initially was a 1980s hybrid lent to me by my uncle. It got the job done, but for something I was using every day, I decided to upgrade to something, er, newer. I ended up with a Brodie Ronin, and it is awesome.
So I thought I’d do a quick post about Brodie Bikes, because not only do they make a great bike, but they’re a born and raised in Vancouver company!
Our Name is Our Story
Behind the Brodie name, is Paul Brodie. Originally an artist and motorcycle fanatic, he began painting and brass-welding frames for mountain bikes in 1985. It wasn’t long before he invented and trademarked the Vancouver sloping top tube, launching a brand of bikes bearing the Brodie name. On September 29th, 2005, Paul was inducted into the Mountain Bike Hall of Fame at Interbike in Las Vegas, creating an international fan base for the Vancouver brand. Today, Brodie bikes are a product of our passion and a proud part of our local community.
A Better Ride With You in Mind
A Brodie isn’t just a bike, it’s a right of passage. Built with the individual rider in mind, Brodie bikes are built to blaze the trails of your choosing. From epic off-roading to beachside cruising, there’s a Brodie that’s right for you. Over the years, we’ve built our fair share of bikes and each one has played a role in shaping who we’ve become. In fact, don’t be surprised if after all these years, we still remember your 2005 White Infinity or 2008 Root Beer Ronin. We’re a small company and better yet, a community. We’re not about making hundreds of different models (just to have hundreds of different models). We’re about making original, quality bikes from concept to production so the bike you love now, is the bike you’ll love for the years to come.
As for my Ronin, I’ve had it for several months and its been great. It comes with all the mounts for fenders, panniers, etc and has been a great commuter. It’s also fast enough that I’ll be able to use it for the odd triathlon as well, which is exactly what I was looking for.
Brodie’s history started with mountain biking, but they have a large, diverse line of bikes today. Check out the Flickr group to get an idea!