A friend of MMT’s wife sent through an MMS with a link to what could be the most outrageously expensive flatbar, carbon fibre, single speed bike of all time. Apparently, its for the man who has everything. Supercar giant Bugatti has created what is possibly the world’s lightest, most expensive bicycle. MMT will ignore the inherent sexism of the original article, although its quite possible that only someone loaded with cash and testosterone would buy this. However it is quite striking in design.
MMT was particularly taken with the black and yellow colour scheme. As its early in the 2017 AFL season, MMT still clings to the delusion shared by 70,000 members of the Richmond Football Club, that this year is the year. MMT wrote about the symptoms of Richmonditis, way back in 2015.
Carrying the rather bland name of “PG Bugatti Bike”, the bicycle is estimated to cost a staggering $51,000 and weighs a feather-light 5kg. Dear God that’s more combined cost of of the last two cars MMT has purchased….. Both the cost – and the weight – of the bike comes down to its frame, which Bugatti claims is made from 95 percent carbon fibre. Producing the bike in partnership with German bike manufacturer Pimp Garage, Bugatti says that every component on the bicycle has been engineered to be as light and wind-resistant as possible.
From the “numerous types of leather” to the “handcrafted carbon components”, the bicycle’s spec sheet reads like the wet dream of every mid-level executive who squeezes himself into lycra and joins the peloton. The ride has been described as “firm and rigid”, which no doubt helps when you’re hurtling down a main arterial road on a bike that could very well send you broke. MMT thinks that ‘firm and rigid’ is code for ‘bollock bruising’.
A primary feature of the bike is that most customers will be able to customise their bike to have the same fit and finish as their Bugatti – because only someone capable of owning a $1.7 million supercar would consider buying a bicycle that’s worth more than many make in a year. “We had the vision of building the ultimate bicycle to go with the ultimate car,” says Pimp Garage’s CEO Manuel Ostner. “It’s the ultimate in design, in workmanship and in performance.” MMT dares to suggest wankerism…
Of course, if you’re interested in impressing your MAMIL mates (for those not in the loop, that’s the semi-discriminatory term of Middle-Aged-Men-In-Lycra) at the coffee shop, you’ll have to get in quick: Bugatti has limited production to just 667 bikes, no doubt most of which will be heading to the garages of tech billionaires and Saudi princes. Ah ha… that would be wanker thing again.
Any how, you can see more pictures and and the un-annotated version of this article at:
Bugatti creates a $50,000 bicycle that weighs less than 5kg
Until next time, ride safe
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