I see it this way. I need something to get me from A to B. Why own a crappy $1500 car that needs to be replaced in a few years, when I can own a pretty smooth $1500 bicycle that could potentially outlast me. Why the obsession with size and power over quality and longevity?

If you live in a small house, you can pave the floors with gold. If you live in a large home, this is not an option. If you drive a bicycle you can afford to drive the best. Few car drivers can afford to drive the best cars.

Now it may be that finely crafted bikes do nothing for you. In that case, just get a free bike on freecycle or get a cheap used bike on craigslist. If you want to indulge yourself, though, these are some very classy looking bikes.

I’m sure I forgot some here. Any others?

Originally posted 2008-12-19 17:09:12.