What’s better than a gorgeous bike tricked-out with space-frame technology? One with a proper British pedigree, of course. This sexy ride got its start nearly 50 years ago, when the engineering mastermind Alex Moulton debuted his “bicycle of the future,” proving that small wheels could deliver speed. And now, it's been revived with one of the craziest support systems we've ever seen, this side of Norman Foster.
I don't admit this too often, but my bike obsession is beyond embarrassing. To wit: In order to create my current ride, I spent about $1600 and a full year of my life searching out the perfect parts and gnashing my teeth over the right colors. And I ultimately decided I wasn't totally happy with either. If that sounds stupid, it is -- especially since you can buy a bike straight off the shelf that's even more beautiful than mine.
How do you satisfy a bike snob, a sustainable urbanite, and a slightly lazy normal person at the same time? The Grace Pro E-motorbike, that's how. It's an ultralight commuter bicycle with a handmade aluminum frame and a lithium-ion battery to pick up the slack while climbing tough hills. But with killer styling from handlebar to taillight, the Grace Pro looks respectable enough to win over even a grizzled fixie-riding bike messenger.
While idealistic urbanists plot ways to turn 10-lane freeways into wilderness corridors, London is rolling out brand new superhighways. But these are not the pollution-spewing variety. A series of 5-foot-wide, bright blue bicycle lanes are opening across the city this summer in an effort to improve safety and efficiency for pedaling commuters.