REVIEW: Batch Commuter Bicycle

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At under $500, this entry-level townie bike is a solid choice for commuters who don’t do it daily — or for the show.

Batch Bicycles isn’t pulling anyone’s chain. The Ohio-based brand, which started last year, makes basic bikes that balance quality and affordability. Based on the bikes’ specs, they aren’t for hardcore bikers or component geeks.

But they’re built in smallish batches and are designed as well-styled, entry-level options for people new to a particular riding genre. Currently, Batch Bicycles makes one for each big lifestyle category: cruiser, mountain bike, comfort, commuter, and kids’ balance and pedal.