I am not referring to the high dollar custom machines that framebuilders create. I am talking about bikes that are modified by their owners to make them unique. It is fun to see what people do with their bikes. Pictured above is a bike, most likely owned by a messenger, that I saw in Manhattan. I doubt that the designers of the Trispoke wheel ever pictured their product on a bike like this. One thing is for sure, this bike won’t get lost in a crowd. For that reason, I liked it enough to stop and take a picture.
Another type of customization is a little more extreme. These bikes were also in New York during the last bicycle film festival. They may look a little hard to ride, but they definitely have some appeal. How can you not want to at least try to ride one of these mutant choppers when you see them? A lot of creative thought goes into homemade designs like this. I, for one, love to see it.