Today, we celebrated Bike to Work Day here in San Diego, and I was struck by uniformity of equipment used by once-a-year commuters and daily grind folks alike: mountain bikes, race bikes, or hybrids. Clearly, the major manufacturers still shape public taste.
But as may readers know, we are in, to paraphrase Cyclofiend, the “golden age” of bicycling. There sure are a lot of small operations and custom builders popping up around the country. There will always be aficionados who seek them out. But an confluence of style, sustainability, design, and do-gooderism seems to pull more and more people to handmade bicycles.
NPR today has a story on the bespoke bicycle “movement” (their word). This is good, although you’ll notice Bruce Gordon is featured in a photograph, but unnamed and left to examine a leather shoe. There’s also a focus on the controversial NAHBS, which continues to attempt to cling to its claims as *the* handmade show. So, with this kind of incomplete, style-driven coverage, will handmade bicycles become the next
fixie Dutch bike?