We love bikes and the culture surrounding them. They’re simple, beautiful, and useful. Unfortunately sometimes we feel ourselves at odd in a society which heralds the car as the universal symbol for freedom and mobility. Sure, cars are a great convenience, but they come at a cost. They consume a good deal more resources, energy, space and more often than not are treated with a casual disregard despite the inherit dangers of piloting a giant, fast moving machine.
In the States, sixteen years marks a young persons’ entry into adulthood. Although the law is slowly changing from place to place, sixteen is looked forward to as the year a child can get their hands on a driver’s license and start ripping around the streets in total autonomy. If there’s one thing to dream of as a sixteen year old, it’s a car. And to us, it seems like the point of this rite of passage is confused. It’s not so much about the freedom, but more so the vehicle.
Naturally we were pretty excited when a former customer of ours decided to put in another order for his daughter’s sweet sixteen. His family is a hardy collection of cycling fanatics and his wife and he thought there was no better way to mark her entry into adulthood than by giving her a key to freedom and mobility. We worked with him in bringing to light a custom ride with a few special tweaks to make the gift a little bit more personal.
From the in-joke head badge to the integrated rack, the splash of purple to the custom-cut dropouts, there was a close involvement with the build process. It’s great to feel the love and consideration that went into this gift as we hashed out how to make it come together. All we can say is:
Here’s to a life of unending independence. Happy sweet sixteen.