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  • http://www.commutebybike.com/2008/07/25/first-look-velorbis-churchill-balloon/

    That’s a €1,695 bike being locked up with a $20 cable. It has the rear wheel lock, but it isn’t even engaged! I hope this person soon invests in a proper lock!

    • Can someone please explain the appeal of this bike over a modern road bike variant that weighs less than half of this one at a similar cost / even lower? You get that much more response, etc. from a light, modern road bike.

      • The “twee factor” is through the roof with this bike. 😀

      • Back in sweden I had a few bikes that were nearly identical in form/function, but I bought them 2nd hand for maybe ~$300 each (multiple bikes, since they get stolen once/year or so). I would buy a bike just like this if the prices were reasonable. In-hub gear changers, built in headlight, mini-disc brakes, built-in fenders… such little hassle and very comfortable to ride.

        • I totally get the appeal of a much cheaper, used bike with all the trappings; it just seems really silly to pay $2,000+ for such privilege.

      • Comfort. Ability to portage. Being able to wear normal shoes. Not looking like a Mamil. Etc.

        • Comfort – I guess if you’re older/out of shape/have a bad back.
          Portage – You get the benefit of doubt for being a non-native Murrican, otherwise please be aware that sounds needlessly twee. Also, a bolt-on bike rack sets you back what, $20?
          Normal shoes – Flat pedals cost what, $40 for a decent pair?
          MAMIL – There’s absolutely no stipulation to wear Lycra on a road bike, just FYI 😉
          I’m genuinely curious about the etc. though. Is it just the aesthetic you’re after? If so, that’s perfectly fine, I just don’t see much of a functional point in something like this at similar/higher cost (hence my inquiry).

          • It’s very clearly aesthetics alone at this point. And for some people, the feeling that everybody (except for bike thieves, hopefully) knows you spent a ton of money for it, makes them feel good inside. It’s like buying a car. You can get an entry-level Kia, or something wildly expensive that is far less functional.

          • A little late, but…
            First off let me say that no, you dont need a 2,000 “utility bike.* Its not what I have, but I do have a steel frame that you would probably describe as overly heavy. Is this particular example “twee”? Duh. Just like Specialized is for bros. So:

            Comfort: do you want a Ferrari to go down the to the grocery store? No. Just like you dont want a Cervelo to go wiping around the corner in Petworth. Upright bars are much safer than drops, they make you more seen on the road and make it harder to lose control of the bike. At a cost of aerodynamics, but come on, you shouldn’t be racing around DC either.

            Portaging (AKA carrying stuff like a goddamn murrican): get a sense of humor, or do some googling about bike culture. Besides that, racing bikes often dont have eyelets for racks, and racks that do not attach via eyelets are much, much weaker.

            Shoes: OK point taken

            MAMIL: I believe that there is just that stipulation. Its like that scene in arrested development when Michael asks if the sunglasses and red windbreaker come with the sports car. Amirit??

            Anyways, steel is much stronger than the aluminum and carbon that make the bikes you prefer so much lighter. On rough city roads that’s a big deal, nobody likes cracked frames.

            Anyways, I have nothing against racing bikes, just so long as people use them for racing.

  • asking to be stolen with that lock…

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