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Budnitz No. 1 Titanium City Bike

Expensive, but really damn pretty

Budnitz No. 1 Titanium City Bike

Turn heads in the commuter lane. Photo: Budnitz Bicycles

This whip will turn heads in the commuter lane. 

A sleek, swooping titanium frame takes the bite out of asphalt, while a Gates Carbon drive, with a belt instead of a chain, keeps maintenance low. The base model comes as a single speed with mechanical discs, but you can add hydraulic brakes ($290) and a 14-Speed Rohloff Speedhub ($1,700). Other upgrades include a SON Dynamo hub and integrated lights ($650), handmade wood fenders ($190), and a Brooks saddle ($280). 

Don’t fret. If Ti isn’t in your budget, a steel model can be had for less than half the cost.

From $5,450, budnitzbicycles.com

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