Tuesday August 13, 2013 | 08:12 AM

If you're like me, you're probably constantly admiring the rides of others.

It may not exactly be coveting, because your bike is surely one you'd hate to part with, but someone else may have a super cool seat pack or a bike that's a color you just can't miss (mine happens to be bright orange and royal blue, which is a color combo I think can't be beat).

If you're looking to own a bike that's truly unique, head online to RepublicBike.com where you can design your own. From wheels to chain to seat to colors for all of the above, you can create a bike that you can rest assured you'll never see traveling down the roadway being pedaled by someone else.

But first, a little history about Republic Bike ...

The company was started by twentysomething Avery Pack in Pompano Beach, Fla. On a 2008 afternoon that changed his life he got a call from Google.

The above Associated Press photo shows the bike Peck created for Google.

After creating 1,000 bikes for Google employees to make their way across their massive campus, others came calling. According to an Associated Press story about Republic, U-Haul bought foldable bikes so employees could get back to their personal transportation after parking trucks in the far reaches of a depot; Nike and Intuit have Republic bikes available on their campuses; Nestle ordered 500 Willy Wonka bikes as contest prizes; the television comedy "30 Rock" bought bikes as gifts for cast and crew members for the final episode.

Needless to say, Pack is doing OK.

Most of Republic's sales come from online customers who choose to design their own bikes. There are 13 colors available for 10 different components on fixed-gear, one-speed and three-speed bikes with prices starting at $400 for a basic model.

You can design and play with no obligation to purchase and pay. Here's the bike I created:

Don't be too jealous.

About the Author

Karen Beaudoin lives in Portland and is the web editor for PressHerald.com.

Her Pedal On blog offers info, events and advice for people who love their bikes more than, well ... almost anything.

Get in touch at kbeaudoin@mainetoday.com

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