The Karmic Story
I love bikes. Anyone who knows me (or follows me on Twitter) knows that to be true. I've given it a lot of thought, and there are so many reasons why I love bikes. But what I really want is for you to love bikes too. That's why I started Karmic Bikes.
My first bike was a hand-me-down, something that younger siblings everywhere are familiar with. Almost any bike would have been perfect in my eyes. The only problem? My brother is only a year older than me, so I got my older sister's bike. An off-white girl's bike, with a step-through frame and a coaster brake. I was teased mercilessly by the other children, but I didn't care. I loved that bike.
My first real bike—a ten-speed!—was in college. I had just finished the New York City Marathon; my body was in pain and my knees were shot. Fellow athletes recommended cycling for rehabilitation, since I could keep up my fitness without the wear and tear on my legs and joints. I never went back to running and I've been a cyclist ever since. In the twenty-two years since, I've owned over 100 bikes. You could say I'm a little obsessed with these two-wheeled sirens.
But at the end of the day, Karmic Bikes is all about you. How can we bring back the excitement of your first bike? We are building the bikes of the future, with a healthy appreciation and respect of the past. We plan to work with local charities to recycle your existing bike and donate them to people who can use them. We'll also donate one children's bike for every Karmic Bike we sell. Why? It's not just for show or to hop on the one-for-one bandwagon. We believe that every kid should experience the delight of a brand-new bike instead of a rusty hand-me-down. We want more people riding bikes, regardless of their age. We want people to ride for their entire lives.
We believe that bikes can transform cities. We know that they can transform people. Everyone knows how to ride a bike, but at some point in our lives, we all grow up and give up our toys—and with that, we also give up our joy. We want to bring back the joy of bikes to everyone, and for you to love bikes as much as we do. The humble bicycle can save the world. Do you believe in Karmic?
What We Believe
- Riding a bike is good for you, and your town or city.
- Bikes should be simple, fast and fun.
- Bikes make for great transportation.
- You'll ride more if you love your bike.
- Earlier generation ebikes disappointed us.
- A modern ebike is fast, fun and efficient.
- Better technology makes for better ebikes.
- Just one ride on a Karmic and you'll be smiling.