NO SPANDEX REQUIRED
Over the last 10 years there has been an unfortunate cultural movement in cycling towards Spandex. Thanks to Lance Armstrong, legions of riders found themselves on busy roads dressed in brightly colored nylon, drinking Red Bull and eating energy Goo from little foil envelopes, pedaling as fast as possible just to get to the end.
For many of us, that kind of industrial, goal-oriented cycling has become a turn-off.
There’s a sea change coming in how cycling is perceived, what we want and use bicycles for.
Our favorite rides end at a good restaurant or coffee shop. Along the way we take time to admire the view, to have conversations with our friends, to enjoy the climbs as much as the downhills. And if something unexpected appears along the way, we’re open to changing our route, too.
This doesn’t mean we don’t think about how our bicycles ride — on the contrary, we’ve engineered our frames, forks, stem, handlebars, and every other component on a Budnitz Bicycle for speed, comfort, and longevity. Good engineering is the kind you don’t notice, because everything works as it should. There’s a feeling of flight.
There’s nowhere to go, nobody to beat, and arriving doesn’t matter. The road is the destination.
Nice writeup on our new Model No.5 on Coolhunting.
In 1945, the average home size in the USA was 960 square feet. By 2010, this number had risen to 2140 square feet.
Revolutions in production efficiency have meant that just about everyone can afford to have just about everything they want. At first this seemed wonderful, until we discovered that our homes, and our garages, were filling up with so much stuff. Suddenly our lives felt less spacious, more complicated, less free and less fun.
Our company philosophy is that a better way to live is to invest in owning fewer things that function to perfection, and that last a very long time. This way we get to enjoy, and fall in love with, the things we own.
— Paul Budnitz