Check out the Vanilla handmade bicycles and you will be inspired for the rest of the day. The utility-minded commuter bikes with full racks and fenders are better suited to getting the eggs home without incident than winning a race. As Europeans have already figured out, everyday riding does not require a full suspension mountain bike.
Why such dedication to the fine details of utilitarian instruments? Like a perfectly balanced hammer, these bikes are so wildly attractive as they meet our needs with such elegance and utility. By contrast, I don't think there is a luxury automobile available that is so graceful.
Rather than the silver tea service that is relegated to the china cabinet, our most treasured, precious and elegant artifacts should be those that we touch every day.