I’m in need of a new bike for running errands around the neighborhood and, for once, I have no idea what I’m looking for.

I want an American made bike (obviously) and I’m so short that I usually need the smallest female option. I want it to be white, black, or silver – my last bike had pink on it (because it was the smallest female option, they only offered a black and pink colorway… so frustrating) and I think that’s why I never rode it. (I donated it before we moved and when I was in the midst of my Marie Kondo “Does it bring you joy” spree…).

Other than that, I have no idea what I need… a single speed? a 3 speed? What is worth customizing? What is the safest? There are so many options… and I’m lost.

But these are pretty… gotta start somewhere, right?!

american made bike handsome cycles

Handsome Cycles She Devil

american made bikes heritage cycle

Heritage Cycles The Jane

american made bikes shinola

Shinola Detroit Arrow

Any other American made bike brands that I’m missing? What do you look for in a bike? Also… any American made bike helmets? I can’t seem to find any, but that will be my next purchase once I find a bike!

What do you think?

  1. Carly |

    I just read about a new brand Brilliant Bikes ( Seems like a great company! Haven’t read too deep into their manufacturing yet though.

    • TheAmericanEdit |

      Hi Carly! Brilliant look awesome – I’ve been following the brand for a few months and love it! however, they are made in Taiwan, but from what I’ve read, a lot of high end bikes are made there and the manufacturing is pretty ethical.

  2. go for made in California! Public or Linus.

    • TheAmericanEdit |

      Public are awesome, but are made in Taiwan (where a lot of high end bikes are made and the production seems legit), and Linus are made in China!

  3. Elizabeth |

    I have a Rodriguez Bike – made by hand in their tiny Seattle, WA shop!