There is a lot to love about a new bike - even when it's not your own.
On the whole, carbon has never turned my crank.
Im not a weight weenie. I have always subscribed to the notion if you want to go fast, pedal faster, ride more, train the house down.
Want to go fast uphill. Loose some weight - around the middle.
I don't swoon for a 'stealth' bike to fly under any bicycle radar and above all - you can't chrome carbon.
That aside, not all carbon bikes are mass produced / uninspiring / rolling billboards.
Prolly mentioned months ago he was getting a new bike - and no, not this fillet brazed steel whip by Bishop.
John told me about a custom carbon project by Ben Farver / Argonaut and my first reaction was why?
Well, for one I imagine it's a little like owning this.
AND the modern day equivalent.
Then he gave me the details.
Handmade, on home soil. That's something I subscribe to.
Skinny tubes, subtle branding and employing a heap of technology that I'm sure means something to someone and is the content that keeps forums buzzing. I started snoozing then woke to the sound of custom paint by Keith Anderson who is a legend in his own right.
A very sharp looking bike, helped in no small part by a well balanced photo.
Being a boutique and not mass produced item translates to a higher price point - but the same can be said for white bread and artisan breads.
Life is too short to eat white bread.
If you like the taste of it, more on PINP.