Most bicycles are mass-produced, while a few are custom-made. As such, they are tailor-made for their owner. A custom-made bike can be an exercise in conspicuous consumption, with gold-leaf plating and a seat made of python skin. It can also be a replica of an old-fashioned bicycle, like the high-wheel of the 1870’s. A custom bike might also be one designed for somebody with special needs. It will also probably be made of such high-end materials as titanium. Consequently, custom bikes can be very expensive.
Worksman Cycles has the distinction of being one of the oldest bike manufacturers in the United States, for it was founded in 1898. It is a large company and therefore wears several different hats. One of its specialties is the industrial tricycle, a heavy-duty vehicle used at large companies. But it also makes bicycles and tricycles for people with health issues or disabilities. For example, they make modified versions of their industrial bicycles and tricycles, which can transport loads of over 500 pounds, for extremely obese riders. At least one of their recumbent tricycles can carry riders who weigh as much as 550 pounds. Worksman Cycles also offers hand-powered tricycles, which are for people working on their upper-body strength.
Worksman Cycles products are ordered online, and the customer has their choice of many options. Worksman Cycle order forms ask about such matters as type of pedal, kind of tire, size of seat, and so forth.
Trek is another United States company, and, to go by its web site, it caters to athletes. It sells lots of racing bikes and mountain bikes. Customers have the option of buying a bike as is or getting it customized. People who opt for the latter use Project One, the company’s custom bike program to choose the custom jobs they want. They start by picking the type of frame they want, and then move on to size, color, types of tires, kind of drivetrain, and other details to make their bike truly their own.
Aurumania is a Swedish manufacturer, and their bikes can be of the “conspicuous consumption” type. Aurumania has made 10 bikes that are plated with 24K gold and studded with Swarovski crystals. The bikes also boast saddles and handlebar grips that are made of high-end leather. Each bike costs $103,000. Obviously, people are not likely to ride these things down the street. One owner mounted his gold bike on the wall as art.
KGS Bikes is an American company that has been in business for around 25 years. They emphasize fitting the bike to the owner and use a system called BalancePoint Positioning to do so. The company’s goal is to make the rider feel as stable and comfortable as possible. To do so, KGS builds bikes that take such things as a client’s size into consideration. According to their website, most bicycles are designed for people between 5’3″ and 6’3″, which leaves the very tall and the very short begging. Such people will need a custom bike that can accommodate their size.
KGS Bikes makes bicycles made from a variety of materials including steel, aluminum, carbon fiber and titanium. They make custom and semi-custom bikes, with the latter being a bike built with a ready-made frame, but having custom parts.
Lynskey Performance Designs is a family-run business that was founded over 30 years ago. They offer services that range from upgrading or customizing a conventional bike to building a bicycle from scratch. They specialize in making bikes from titanium. Lynskey also has a trade-in program. The client brings in an old bicycle, and the cost of that old will go towards the new bicycle.