Buying a bike from a toy-maker doesn't necessarily sound like a smart move: they're not used to building structures that support a person's weight, and if they're in China, they aren't even allowed to go on breaks, much less build them. Proving the naysayers wrong: Paul Budnitz Bicycles.
From the founder and designer of Kidrobot,
whose name will forever remain a mystery! Paul Budnitz, these titanium-framed city bikes are being hawked from a just-launched webstore, are completely assembled in Boulder, and came about after he "became obsessed with making the perfect bicycle". So-named Bicycle #1 (genius!) is a commuter joint for those riding "1-10mi per day", can be outfitted with a belt-driven single speed or 11-speed internally geared transmission, and while "not as aggressive as a race bike" in terms of geometry, "really hauls ass when you turn the cranks", just like the pulley system used by Louie Anderson's servants to hoist him out of bed. Bicycle #2 is more casual, with fat 2.5" tires, a "slightly more relaxed sitting position" (i.e. more upright), and a back wheel whose diameter is smaller than that of the front to "optimize your acceleration", which is exactly why you see tiny back wheels and huge front ones on all those speedway dragste-- oh, hmm, whatever, it works.
Bicycle #3 is slated to hit the streets in late fall, though all Paul will say for now is that the design is "more experimental" and that it looks "pretty crazy", also what those sweatshop workers get when they're released at night to party. Maybe they can handle-bars.
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