We’ve made no secret of our never-ending love for bikes here at Inhabitat – as one of the world’s most efficient modes of transportation they’re also an emission free, healthy, and enjoyable way to get around. There’s no better season to ride a bike than in the summer, so we figured the time is right to bring you a collection of our favorite pedal-powered rides. Without further delay we present to you our picks for the sexiest cycles around!
1. MERCEDES-BENZ TRAILBLAZER
Although it isn’t a name that we usually associate with human-powered transportation, a number of readers might be surprised to learn that Mercedes Benz is also a manufacturer of bicycles. This high-end mountain bike promises a finely tuned ride to any cyclist willing to spend the moolah.
2. STRIDA FOLDING BIKE
While some might prefer a full sized bike, there is no denying the beauty behind the classic Strida Folding Bike. The slick frame weighs just 22 pounds and folds in 5 seconds flat into a form that can easily be carried along anywhere you go.
$800 – $950 from Areaware
3. THE JORG & OLIF CITY BIKE
The only returning entry from our 2007 Sexiest Cycles List, the Jorg & Olif City bike is one of the prettiest and most stylish bikes around. The classic cruiser has been updated to reflect american sensibilities and use, but still remains as sexy as ever.
$645 – $1,495 from Jorg & Olif
4. MARK SANDERS’ SWIVEL MODE BIKE
No list of noteworthy cycles would be complete without the incredible Swivel Mode Bike. Designed by Mark Sanders, who brought to us the Strida bike, the Swivel Mode is an excellent choice for the urban and suburban commuter. Live in the burbs and have to go to the city? Grab your car, go to the nearest train station, take your tightly packed bike with you and ride it around town. It is perfect.
$2,250 from Areaware
5. THE ULTRA A2B
Although all of the other bikes in this list are purely pedal-powered, the A2B hybrid bike is simply too beautiful to ignore. Not only does it look good, it doubles as a fully electric scooter. Take a bike, add a lithium powered motor and voila! Genius.
$2699 from All Things Renewable