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TRANSPORTATION TUESDAY: Top 6 Sexiest Cycles

by , 08/28/07

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Last week we brought you our Top 5 Sexiest Sports Cars, and while there is no doubt that all of the cars we featured are beautiful and innovative, the sexiest and most sustainable form of transportation out there is the one you power with your own two legs. Not only does cycling get you outdoors get you in shape and give you a chance to flaunt those legs — it is also the only form of speedy transportation that comes with ZERO carbon emissions. So now we present to you our list of the cutest, most innovative, and most useful bicycles we’ve encountered. (We tried to narrow it down to five, but just couldn’t cut any of these). Counting down from 6 to 1…


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EV SOLAR ELECTRIC BICYCLE
While human power is by far the most sustainable form of transportation, sometimes you might need a little help. Rather than using gasoline or diesel for fuel, Canadian Peter Sandler decided to install solar panels straight into the wheels to power the 500watt front hub motor. It’s a bit heavy, but it’ll speed you up to 30kph without you worrying about polluting the environment.

$1295 from TherapyProducts

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FISHER SIMPLY CITY
Coming soon to a bike store near you, the Fisher Simply City is one of the prettiest and lightest bikes around. Rather than adding extra weight and bells and whistles, the Fisher Simply City takes the urban bike form to its simplest expression. It’s a nice combination of simplicity and elegance, which is why this bike became a showstopper at Trek World 2007. We can’t wait for these puppies to hit stores…

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THE JORG & OLIF CITY BIKE
Europeans have a long tradition of riding bicycles everywhere, and when you see a bike like this one, you can understand the appeal. A modern bicycle aesthetic blended with the form of a classical Schwinn townie, the Jorg & Olif original is a beautiful bike for those who like to ride around town. It’s carefully designed to be an easy ride for those of us whose cycling knowledge is limited to watching the Tour de France.

$495+ from Jorg & Olif

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SKEPPSHULT CYCLES
Europeans sure know how to make them! The Swedish Skeppshult bikes might be a little pricey, but they are easily the most beautiful bicycles we’ve ever seen. Skeppshult’s Z-bike (shown above), is a beauty of sleek, minimalist form in a silver steel frame. We’d probably never pay this much for a bike, but we can dream, right?

$1795 + from Skeppshult

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BROMPTON FOLD-UP BICYCLE
Sadly in our car-oriented culture, its hard to find enough space (and security) to store a bike. The Brompton Bicycle aims to solve the problem by making it easy to fold into a convenient package. While the certain other bikes might be cuter or quicker, we just couldn’t help but love the idea of arriving somewhere, folding our bike up into a little package, and carrying it with us.

$656 and up from Foldabike.com

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PUMA FOLD-UP BIKE
While the Brompton Bicycle is the most convenient fold-up bike for urban riders, the Puma Bike is by far the coolest looking one of the bunch. A full sized urban bike that folds unto itself, the Puma bike is an attempt at solving one of the biggest problems for bicycle riders everywhere, that of security. Because the lock is integrated to the bike, the only way that you can steal it is by breaking the bike. The folded form of the Puma bike is a convenient way to take the bike everywhere you go as well, making it our winner in this list, and a finalist for the index awards of 2007.

$1158 from Biomega

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Let’s face it though, not everyone can afford one of these high-end bikes. In fact, before looking at a really expensive new bike for urban transportation, how about just looking at the nearest bike shop in your town? You might be surprised to find some very cute and functional used bikes at considerably better prices than you’d pay for a new bike. As we are fond of saying, the sexiest and most sustainable transport that you can find is yourself.

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  1. bert olio November 4, 2007 at 12:32 am

    That Skeppshult’s Z-bike looks like a nightmare. No stand-over clearance and angles that suggest it would handle like a drunk monkey. The Kona Ute http://www.konaworld.com/08_ute_w.htm beats all the featured bikes in the practicality stakes.

    Sexy bikes are light, agile and handle responsively. Most of the bikes pictured are the ones that are marketed as ‘bikes for people who don’t like bikes’, all well and good, but for those of us who commute medium to long distances (above 7kms each way) daily a quick road bike or cross country bike running slicks is going to win every time.

    PS that EV bike would be deadly in a cross wind. NEVER put a full disc on your front wheel if turning is something you plan to do regularly

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  3. Sumeet Bellara October 5, 2007 at 9:00 am

    I’m surprised that the British designed Strida folding bike was not in the top 5 sexiest bikes. http://www.strida.co.uk

  4. sawall October 2, 2007 at 11:48 am

    Bikes are apparently only sexy if the riders aren’t wearing helmets…

  5. Pink Robe September 25, 2007 at 3:03 pm

    I’ve thrown a leg over the Jorg and Olif, and it’s a complete pig to ride at anything faster than ~15km/h. Not to mention the weight – I think it’s about twice what my daily ride weighs [and no, it's not a "racing" bike]. I also don’t care for the Z-bike. It might be attractive to some, but the rear end has a poor design, requiring more material to make it as strong as a more traditional frame design. Finally, :p to the Fisher. It might be good looking, but loading up the front basket with groceries will make it difficult to steer. It’s more sensible to zip-tie a milk crate to a rear rack on a “regular” bike. Regardless of their sexiness, none of these bikes are particularly practical for your average NorAm cyclist. I would recommend an xtracycle [http://www.xtracycle.com/]. Convert almost any bike, carry huge loads and get major style points at the same time. With good fenders and appropriate attire, it’s a car replacement enabler.

  6. James September 17, 2007 at 5:27 pm

    Great post. I posted a little background on the design of the Simple City if you want to read more:

    http://bicycledesign.blogspot.com/2007/09/6-questions-for-chad-lockart-sr.html

  7. take your pick | carbon... September 17, 2007 at 10:06 am

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  8. Todd September 10, 2007 at 6:19 pm
  9. bruno September 9, 2007 at 11:33 am

    Ah! Where is my cruiser beach bike?!?!?!?!
    It’s from far the best way to ride in town!!!

  10. ryeguy September 6, 2007 at 1:43 pm

    Folding bikes are not sexy? Mars, I bet you would get all hot and bothered if you saw me riding my strida.

    http://www.strida.com

  11. mike September 4, 2007 at 9:17 pm

    I think #1 should be a Bakfiets… able to carry the kids, groceries, and more with ease.
    http://littlecircles.typepad.com/little_circles/bakfiets.html

    -Mike
    http://www.littlecirclesbikes.com

  12. Johnny X September 3, 2007 at 7:54 pm

    OK, I fail to see the sexiness here. These things are more boring to look at than a fat chick in spandex. With the exception of the Z bike and the Puma, these are some uninspired and incredibly boring designs. “Sexy” was the wrong adjective to use in this story. I had a better looking Schwinn cruiser in the 80′s (which was well preserved from the mid 50′s and a bargain in someone’s garage sale). These are like saying that a Nash Metropolitan is sexy and modern.

  13. Barntillåten cykelporr... August 31, 2007 at 6:21 am

    [...] Inhabitat har gjort en topp-5 lista över världens sexigaste cyklar. Grattis säger vi till svenska Skeppshult som fått en hedrande placering bland alla övriga märken på listan. [...]

  14. Chris Meisenzahl August 29, 2007 at 9:06 pm

    I love that JORG & OLIF CITY BIKE.

  15. John B. Rogers August 29, 2007 at 4:24 pm

    Every choice you made was primo…. I liked all of the bikes and I am
    sure that for every one here there are 20 or more out there that is of
    equal quality. What impressed me the most was your last entry that
    we should cruise the local bike shops and find a bike that fits out
    needs, kudos to you for leaving a small carbon footprint.

    Thanks for being GREEN.

    PEACE
    John

  16. Alex August 29, 2007 at 12:27 pm

    So pleased to see the Brompton in there, probably the greenest bike of the lot. Why? Because it folds so small you can take it on public transport, and don’t have to strap it to your car to go somewhere to cycle.

  17. Mars August 29, 2007 at 11:23 am

    These are not even remotely sexy. Folding bikes are NOT sexy.

  18. Chris August 29, 2007 at 11:18 am

    the only problem is that it really isnt carbon free – humans exhale the stuff all day and all night. and even more when they exert themselve (like when riding a bike). we should all just go and die. then we wont pollute the earth anymore. Save the earth!! screw the humans!

  19. charles August 29, 2007 at 11:15 am

    Hi,

    I work for action bikes in London UK.

    First of all, your picture of a Fisher simply city is of a pashley tube rider. See it at http://www.pashley.co.uk

    And your red fold up bike was not designed by the sweeds. It was designed by a guy who lives in Kew, England. His company is brompton, the best fold up bike you can get in my opinion. See them at http://www.bromptonbicycle.co.uk

    That red model specifically is a C3, the most basic brompton you can get!

    Regards.

  20. tyler dewitt August 29, 2007 at 11:04 am

    Interesting article, I like the first one the best :)

  21. Troy August 29, 2007 at 10:25 am

    What? You are showing urban bikes and left out the Flying Pigeon! Sure it’s a bit heavy (see the wt of your other bikes), but it is indestructable. Just what you want for the day after day commute through pothoes, rain, and the occasional collision. With it’s spring supported seat, full fenders, luggage racks and motorcycle style kickstand and simple construction, it should be just the ticket. Worked for the Chinese for the last few decades.

  22. -jro- August 29, 2007 at 9:28 am

    how about an expose on motorcycles and scooters for the next transportation tuesday?

  23. Dikobraz August 29, 2007 at 2:12 am

    If you want to see really gorgeous (and affordable) bikes, go to http://www.fixedgeargallery.com

  24. velodesigner August 29, 2007 at 1:08 am

    the fisher bike was inspired by people using old schwinns in every city of the US and Gary using his dutch bike to shop in Marin, not ANT or Kogswell.
    though ANT and Kog are really cool bikes.

  25. Marianna August 28, 2007 at 9:46 pm

    I love Transportation Tuesday! My wish come true! :)

  26. Keith August 28, 2007 at 9:23 pm

    Don’t forget the completely natural renewable bicycle construction material BAMBOO & HEMP
    http://www.calfeedesign.com/bamboo.htm

  27. viellieb August 28, 2007 at 4:31 pm

    You forgot the pedersen.

  28. RobbeR49 August 28, 2007 at 4:11 pm

    For those that like these type of utilitarian bikes, you might want also want to check out Alternative Needs Transportation (A.N.T.) at http://www.antbikemike.com/ for some great custom work or the P/R by Kogswell Cycles, which I suspect may have had quite an influence on the design of the Fisher city above.

  29. Jennifer Rice Epstein August 28, 2007 at 2:37 pm

    My husband and I just purchased a pair of Electra Amsterdam bicycles and we couldn’t be happier with them. Very easy to ride, comfortable, and very sexy. Also checked out the Townie, which is really fun (although perhaps slightly less sexy).

  30. J August 28, 2007 at 2:27 pm

    hey- how about a write up on motorcycles and scooters for another transportation tuesday?? not as green as a regular bike, but waay greener than any car on the road. they’re fun, practical, fuel efficient, don’t clog up our roads, easy to park, and ideal for commuting.

  31. Jill Fehrenbacher Jill August 28, 2007 at 1:01 pm

    Hi Nathan-

    If you go to the Jorg & Olif website and download the price spec sheets, you will see that the ‘Scout” model starts at $495

  32. nathan August 28, 2007 at 11:28 am

    Where did you get this price? “$495+ from Jorg & Olif
    I’ve been looking into purchasing a model, but the cheapest I’ve seen is a $795 for the (what looks to be) now defunct 1-speed model.”

  33. J August 28, 2007 at 11:19 am

    bicycles are of course the greenest transportation available aside from walking. but how about their two wheeled cousins for those of us with longer commutes? motorcycles are very fuel efficient, much quicker than cars on all fronts, and tons of fun to ride :)

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