Budnitz No. 1 Titanium City Bike
Expensive, but really damn pretty
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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