Wednesday, January 7, 2009

Freeman Transport

Freeman Transport is a Montana-based company hand-building bikes in the USA. Using Columbus steel tubing and S-and-S couplings the bikes can be easily disassembled and packed into their signature waxed canvas and leather carrying case – a collaboration with NY-based Billykirk. The case’s 26 X 26 inch dimensions ensure that the bike can be checked onto airplanes with no oversized baggage fee. This unique feature on all Freeman bikes allows for easy assembly/disassembly - with only one simple tool to put them back together - making it easy to ride to and from the airport.

The company was founded in 2006 by the artist and designer team of Nathaniel Freeman and Benjamin Ferencz, both of whom travel frequently and were frustrated by the expense of shipping their bikes and the lack of quality options in the travel-bike industry. Refusing to go bikeless, Freeman and Ferencz decided to design it themselves. (via

I personally have never had the opportunity to ride a Freeman product but the concept seems to make complete sense. With an economy that is unstable, fluctuating gas prices and a world pushing for greener thinking why not? I read that the bike weighs about 19lbs in the traveling case and that it only takes 15 minutes to assemble. Sounds like a dream.

My favourite part of the Freeman brand is the identity for the Missoula, MT company that was created by none other then Benny Gold. "The bison skull is a historical symbol for travel, especially for company based in Montana. The lock-up is in the shape of an arrowhead--a subtle nod to Montana's American Indian heritage." (