The Indie IGH (Sale $979; MSRP $1165), from British Columbia-based Norco IGH, offers everything we look for in a modestly priced but high-quality urban bike: * a weatherproof, virtually maintenance-free Shimano Alfine 8-speed hub (that’s where the IGH comes in–internally geared hub), * Shimano hydraulic disc brakes that give you amazing powers of control and response amid drivers lacking those attributes. Hydraulic disc brakes are the strongest, best-modulating, most weatherproof brakes available for bicycles, and are very low maintenance. * Continental CityWide 700c x 37 tires give you an optimal match of stability, comfort, and speed. * a strong but comfortable riding position and a lightweight aluminum alloy frame. Norco designed the Indie to accept with ease a very wide range of racks (both rear and front, which is a bonus if you might have a lot of stuff to carry), fenders, and accoutrements. In short, this could be the perfect urban bike that ain’t afraid of nothing. Want more? The Indie IGH 11-speed, in stealthy black, arrives in late February and features a few extra gears. Want basically the same bike at a lower cost? Look below. A lower-priced Indie comes in this beautiful orange. Notice it doesn’t have the 8-speed internally geared hub; that’s why it’s cheaper ($765). Norco is Canada’s oldest and largest bike manufacturer. Though they’re right across the border, they’ve focused for decades on the Canadian and Northern European markets. Call us at 503 954 2039 for more info, or simply order through our online store.