TreeHugger is into Copenhagenizing, or using bikes as everyday transport in everyday clothes, but that doesn't mean we can't lust in our hearts over a beautiful set of wheels. And, the most beautiful wheels in the world are on display at the Museum of Arts and Design in New York right now.
Bespoke: The Handbuilt Bicycle displays the designs of six internationally renowned bicycle builders whose work in metal, as well as graphics and artifacts, elucidate this refined, intricate and deeply individual craft.
The twenty-one handbuilt bicycles exhibited sit squarely at the intersection of design, craft, and art, and include a range of contemporary designs: fixed-gear, road racing, cyclocross, mountain, and commuter bicycles, as well as the stripped-down radonneur, designed exclusively for long-distance racing. The exhibition features bicycles by: Mike Flanigan, Alternative Needs Transportation (A.N.T); Jeff Jones, Jeff Jones Custom Bicycles; Dario Pegoretti, Pegoretti Cicli; Richard Sachs, Richard Sachs Cycles; J. Peter Weigle, J. Peter Weigle Cycles; and Sacha White, Vanilla Bicycles.
They are not all two-wheelers, either; Sacha White of Vanilla Bicycles built this tricycle for his child.
Nor are they all racing bikes; there are a few cruisers, like this one by Sacha White of Vanilla Bicycles, and the Randonneur bikes by Peter Weigle.
More at the Museum of Arts and Design
Upstairs, the guys from Bamboo Bike Studio were building bamboo bikes. Matt covered their work in detail in Planet Green, where he watched bikes get put together over the course of a weekend from bamboo harvested in New Jersey, of all places. I found the process of connecting bamboo to stainless steel with carbon fibre to be fascinating and caught a bit on video.