A bicycle built for you. Once prohibitively expensive, custom frames, exactingly tailored to individualshapes and riding styles, now compete effectively in terms of price withhigher-end offerings from larger manufacturers, provided their components areselected wisely. These days, a new crop of builders are creating stunningmachines, without the years-long waiting lists. No one bike does everythingwell (though some come close to being great all-around performers), so it’sbest to choose one designed around the type of riding you do most often. Whileit’s tempting to go for the latest in carbon and custom offerings, stayingfocused will yield a two-wheeled companion that will see the most use anddeliver the most enjoyment for the long haul.
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