When custom-made bicycles are the focus of a museum show, frames don't surround the work—they are its very foundation. "Bespoke: The Handbuilt Bicycle" celebrates six singular bikemakers, "all fiercely independent and considered cult figures in their trade," says guest curator Michael Maharam, a co-owner of the New York textile company and an ardent collector. The 21 pieces on display include mountain bikes, a mud-caked cyclocross, and vintage-inspired randonneurs
, or long-distance cycles. Utility unites them, says Maharam: "No matter how insanely complex or beautiful a bicycle is, it's still a 20-pound piece of transportation you can take anywhere."
"Bespoke: The Handbuilt Bicycle," through August 15. Museum of Arts and Design, New York City; .
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