There seem to be 2 types of cyclists - the "gadget freaks" who get excited about 30-speeds and Dura-Ace and front-shock-absorber-travel and aero wheels and titanium skewers, and the others, who just get on and ride. (I'm too much in the second group. I tend to even ignore preventive-maintenance -type stuff, and not fix things 'til they desperately need fixing.) My bicycle is only really clean maybe once every 3 years.
My friend "Mister Wardle," who maintains an awesome blog about the world of professional bike road-racing, ordered himself a copy of the "ultimate utility bicycle" - the Kona Africa Bike.
This is NOT the bike for people who like to compare their bike with all the others, to see whose bike is the coolest. Single speed, one frame size and configuration (in Model T black), coaster brake... just the essentials. And built to take a lickin' and keep on tickin'.
It is being built as a transportation device for people who would otherwise be walking, or riding on water buffalos or whatever.
Imagine how a bike could change your world... if your lifelong transportation had been on-foot!
Q: Can you outrun a charging, hungry lion on your Africa Bike?
A: It doesn't matter... as long as I can ride faster than the slowest guy I'm riding with!