Photo from sarahetc
I recently got into sharing the bike love with little love notes from your bike is hot.
"Reward good taste: print out “your bike is hot” cards and stick one in the next hot bicycle you roll by. Leave a note; be anonymous; make your own card. It doesn’t matter. You know what matters: hot bicycle proliferation."
I hope the recipients of my love notes appreciate them, chances are they agree with me and enjoy the compliment.
This exercise has gotten me thinking about what I find hot in a bike. It isn't necessarily an expensive bike. It isn't old or new, shiny or used. I think what gets me excited is customization - each of the bikes that's gotten a love note from me has been modified in logical ways to presumably suit the (absent) owner. When done with love this makes a bike unique in the world that is intrinsically beautiful.
But that's just me. What is your idea of a hot bike?