2013 promises to be a great year. It’s the first time in 26 years (since 1987), that the year has no repeating numbers. In the Chinese calendar, 2013 is the year of the snake. And Montague has some exciting things planned for 2013…

Folding Frames

At long last, Montague is making it even easier to customize its full-size bikes that fold. For the first time ever, Montague is making bare frame sets available, so you can build your ideal bike from the frame on up.  Three different frame sets are scheduled to be available in the U.S. for spring 2013.

For those looking for a light pavement bike that can take a derailleur and multi-speed drivetrain, go with the Fit Custom frame, which will be available in gloss green, and includes a carbon blade fork. You could set it up as a touring bike, a commuter, or even a racing bike:

If you’re more into the single speed/fixie scene, the Boston Custom frame will be available in matte black, and will include a straight blade, cromoly fork. Build it up with a 5-spoke, or deep-V wheels, drop bars, bull horns – whatever your heart desires. Both pavement frames take 700c wheels:

Finally, for the mountain biker, Montague will offer the frame only – no fork. This means that you can set it up with your favorite suspension fork, disc brakes, suspension seat post – whatever you need to get the best ride on the trails. The X90 Custom frame is a hardtail mtb, designed to work with just about any 26″ wheelset:

So if you’ve been thinking that you’d like a full-size bike that folds, but you’ve been holding back because you like to pick and choose your set up, 2013 is your year. See more details here.

A Frame of a Different Color?

If full customization isn’t your thing, never fear – Montague’s full line of complete mountain and pavement bikes will still be available. And Montague is planning to add some new frame colors to select models in its existing line  of pavement bikes. Same great ride, but with a great new look. Stay tuned for more details…

Ride Yourself Into Shape This Year

This is the time of year when many people start thinking about exercising again, especially after holiday indulgences. If you’ve been thinking about bike commuting, a Montague bike is a great way to work a little exercise into your daily routine. If you want to start bike commuting, you can gradually increase your distance day by day or week by week. Just put the Montague bike in your trunk, drive to a convenient parking location, take the bike out, and ride the rest of the way in. A Park & Pedal commute allows you to choose how long your ride is.

Even if you’re an experienced commuter, a Montague bike is  a great option for winter commuting. Because it folds easily, if you ride to work and then find yourself faced with inclement weather for the ride home, you can just take it on the bus or train with you, or even put it right in a coworker’s trunk.

And if you’re more into leisure riding than commuting, a Montague is easy to store inside, even in the smallest apartments. This means that you’ll have a bike on hand, even if you’re going to use it more for weekend rides in the park than for transportation.  Any riding is a great way to get exercise, and with a Montague bike, you’ll always have the option to ride, without having to dedicate a substantial part of your apartment to bicycle storage.

Happy New Year!

What are your riding plans for 2013? We’d love to know!

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