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Detroit Bikes strives to create American bike on Detroit's west side

A new bicycle company based on Detroit's West Side is out to create the classic example of an American bike. Detroit Bikes is focusing on making a sturdy, simple, fixed-gear bicycle from its new facility near the intersection of Plymouth and Schaefer roads.

"We thought that would be a good product that would capture people's imaginations," says Zak Pashak, president of Detroit Bikes. "It would get more people to be urban bike riders."

Pashak is not only looking to create a bicycle that is made for urban areas like Detroit but urban areas that are built for bicycles. Detroit Bikes aims to solve both of those dilemmas but not only building bikes but making bikes that will encourage more people to ride in cities.

"It's important that we build cities to a different scale," Pashak says. "We shouldn't build them just for cars but for bikes and people."

Pashak and his team of seven people are in the process of developing the bike and setting up the manufacturing space. They hope to begin selling bikes next spring and reach a point where they are making 100 bikes per day.

Source: Zak Pashak, president of Detroit Bikes
Writer: Jon Zemke

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