Is This the Perfect Commuter Bike?

Question is: how do you justify spending $999 for a Mission Bicycle single speed in an era where all it takes is eight clicks to buy the same thing from City Grounds or PureCycles for $300? Who’s paying the piper in the supply chain? Who’s sitting on golden cushions to justify that $699 price gap?

The rebuttal is: of course it’s not the same thing. Fine. Sure. It’s a bike from Taiwan with one gear, a traditional steel geometry, a front brake, two wheels, a saddle and some handlebars. What difference can it really make? How complex can this simple machine be?

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Matthew Ankeny