BELOVED RAPHA EVERY DAY
THE SELL: The full package—style, speed, and comfort.
THE TEST: OK, so it's a commute bike you'd never dare lock up. But with fast all-rounder geometry and excellent handling, this special Rapha edition of the Every Day (regularly $4,175) rolls even better than it looks. And it looks great. The strategic tube selection in the hand-built chromoly frameset—which sports an integrated haul handle above the bottom bracket—rendered it responsive yet smooth, and the five-speed internal rear hub provided good range for climbing hills and flying along the flats. Fenders, a minimalist rear rack, and supple 32mm Grand Bois tires sweeten the deal.
THE VERDICT: If you're in the market for a comfortable townie ride for commuting and general cruising but also want a bike that will get up on it, this is your dream rig. belovedcycles.com; rapha.cc
VERSATILITY: 4 (out of 5)
The low-profile yet mega-powerful Paul Touring Canti brakes on the Beloved stopped us on a dime when necessary but offered such fine modulation that we relished playing with them on descents.