The best thing about this blog is hearing from other cyclists through comments and emails. Recently, we got an email from Sarah about her new and very cool bike Sapphire.
Sarah’s husband recently bought her this bike on Craigslist, made by Aarios in Switzerland. Does anybody know anything else about this bike or Aarios?
The frame is Swiss-made, by Aarios. The only identifying information on the bike itself is the sticker on the seat tube that says “Special Tube Guarantee Hand-Made by Aarios Switzerland” and the saddle which says City/Country on it. As far as I can tell in my online research, it is an old version of their City/Country bike. As you can see in the photos it has beautiful lugs, but the new Aarios bikes do not have lugs. It has a dual internal hub plus 6-gear cassette, which seems to work well for me; there are a few hills here so it is nice to have the gears, and I am used to an 18-speed mountain bike. The handlebars are not as upright as I might prefer, but I’ve found it pretty comfortable so far. I can’t wait to get out on it in a skirt :) (if it ever stops being cool and rainy!).
I don’t think Swiss bikes are typically sold in this country, so I’m guessing it must be pretty unique in the U.S. I’ve tried to find out more about its history online but there is very little information that I can find.
If you know anything about it, do share! Otherwise, simply enjoy its unique good looks.
What a cool bike. Thanks, Sarah!