A modular electric cargo bike to glide your load through city centers in environmentally-friendly manner

Whether you want to run errands, carry groceries home or even ride kids to school – a cargo bike can let you pull it off with all the health benefits of cycling and without burdening the environment. For their convenience on the street and the benefit of hauling heavy loads, electric cargo bikes are gaining popularity as a greener mode of transportation. Designers are doing their bit to make the space even more enthralling for customers who are now picking more electric cargo bikes than electric cars. A fact documented through research by the Two-wheel Industry Association of Germany.

These bikes with a longer wheelbase (than standard bikes) that make space for carrying cargo are donning the street in numbers. They are being billed as a viable alternative for the busy city centers and commercial hubs around the world that have begun banning gas-powered cars considering the growing air and noise pollution. When cargo bikes begin to comprise a considerable part of the traffic in city centers – quietly and in an environmentally friendly manner – a concept like the LARA cargo bike will don the scene with its modular approach.

A result of an industrial design project for an intermediate diploma, the LARA cargo bike is the brainchild of designer Alexander Kaula. It is constructed on a single frame with intelligently included mounting points that make installation of modules possible depending on the user preference. LARA opens up multiple use case possibilities, which are akin to cargo bikes, but this differs with its ability to customize. To the already interesting frame of the cargo bike, the rider can combine a loading area with a small transport box or attach additional accumulators, stands, head/tail light depending on the requirement. Interestingly there is a port to allow batteries to be replaced or more batteries can be connected to increase the bike’s range.

LARA is fitted with a tiny computing display onboard, which can read the provided information from the smart mounting points as to which module is attached or detached and configures itself accordingly. The screen also displays maximum payload, battery status, and maps for navigation amid other statistics. The bike spans a length of 2.45 with a loading area measuring approximately 1×0.6m. The bike is driven by a carbon belt that is positioned inside the rear wheel rim which also adds aesthetic appeal to the otherwise rimless wheels. The cargo bike is a greener, modular solution to hauling cargo alright, but with the possibility to add a child seat in the cargo area, it can instantly become your bike to transport kids to and back from school!

Designer: Alexander Kaula

Meet the world’s first gaming bike with powerful PC hardware, courtesy of Gigabyte (Aorus), Red Bull, and Intel!





Don’t debunk this mini rocker BMX bike for an unpractical concept since it is a real-life creation designed by Russia-based shop Mactepckar Yolenzo. The project commissioned by Gigabyte (Aorus), Red Bull, and Intel is nothing like we’ve seen in the past. It is called the Exo Giga Bike, and it is loaded with high-end PC hardware – a GeForce RTX 3070 graphics card, Gigabyte z590i Aorus ultra motherboard, and the Intel i5-11600K processor. That combination makes this PC gaming bike the ideal ride for geeks who like to perform insane BMX tricks in the afternoon and then hit the couch for some shooting action on their PC by the nighttime. The Exo Giga Bike does them both in style!

The mini BMX game bike can ride the city and do the odd trick without all that PC hardware coming in the way. We can turn the steering 90 degrees without much fuzz, and the pedaling action doesn’t get obstructed. It even has a water cooling system to keep the temperature of the PC hardware under tab if you go out on a LAN gaming spree at your buddy’s place. Yes, it is no gimmick as it has an AORUS RGB 32 GB 3733 MHz RAM and the 2TB AORUS Gen4 NVME SSD. Fully capable of connecting to a display and initiate high-end gaming at high graphics settings.

This mini BMX gaming bike is a whole new way to carry your gaming rig with you. You don’t want to risk such pricey PC hardware getting damaged while performing tricks (even though my current PC would crash more than this, literally) or when the clouds come raining down. If you are planning to gaming with this setup, we recommend a really long power cord to keep you going, no matter where

Designer:  Mactepckar Yolenzo

This ingenious bike holds a fold out chair + day bed to be your home on wheels for outdoor adventures!





We all want to drive off into the sunset until the realities of life interfere. We’ve featured some great designs are focusing on allowing us to travel and stay on the road – the portable treehouse towed with a bicycle is an excellent example of it. We get you another innovative solution from the same genre – meet the Cercle, a transformable bicycle designed by Bernhard Sobotta, that is ready for all your road adventures with minimalism at the core. It’s like the cozy feeling of being home no matter wherever you pedal to on the face of this planet. The crazy idea struck Bernhard when in the summer of 2019, he was sitting in his shared kitchen and wondered how he could combine a hammock with a bike frame. He did so by combining a fold-out aluminum day bed frame and the bike frame, bringing Cercle to life!

The Cercle’s frame is designed to perform everything from sitting, cooking, working, resting, or even sleeping. So, this two-wheeled paradise is all you need to be classified as a crazy 21st-century nomad who’s leaving virtually no carbon footprint during their solo exploration. If you notice closely, the circular frame of the bicycle holds the foldable day bed stands in the middle. The frame can be oriented for multiple functionalities – for example, for sleeping in the nighttime or as a chair for a comfortable working position or lounger in a picturesque location. Consequently, when it is time to hit the road, the lounge stand folds up to become a part of the bicycle frame for hassle-free pedaling.

Best of all, you can pitch a one-person tent around the bicycle frame for protection against the elements and nighttime cold weather. Finally, on the front and the rear of the bicycle, you can mount all your essentials in small backpacks for an adventurous bike tour like none other. Now there is no one to stop you from riding into that sunset in a healthy, eco-friendly way!

Designer: Bernhard Sobotta





Bicycle Racks designed to perfectly fit + store your bike even in the tiniest space!

Bicycles seem to be all the craze right now! And we at Yanko Design totally support it, because not only are bicycles eco-friendly but they’re a great source of exercise as well. But storing bicycles in our modern-day cramped apartments can be a bit of a hassle. In such situations, bicycle accessories such as a handy and ergonomic bike rack are a Godsend! And we’ve curated some of the best bike racks for you. These functional and visually pleasing designs promise to be the best storage solutions for your precious bikes. Not to mention, they rate high on aesthetics as well, so they won’t be total eyesores in your home!

Designed to look like an abstraction of a wall-mounted animal trophy, the Longhorn is hand-crafted in Portland, Oregon, using Evergreen Wood, a leather bicycle seat, and bull-style road handlebars. The wall art isn’t just aesthetically pleasing, but it serves as a functional bike rack too! Equipped to hold any standard-sized bicycle (weighing up to 65lbs), the Longhorn suspends itself using 3.5″ screws to bring unquestionable stability no matter what wall material you hang it on.

The Berlin Bicycle Rack is not only is a stunning, Nordic-inspired bicycle rack, but also a storage system for other household possessions; the Birchwood assembly lends itself to the storage of magazines, bicycle accessories, books, and office items. The hand-finished, contemporary design allows for the Berlin Bicycle Rack to be introduced into a wide variety of interior décors and to be seamlessly integrated into space. And, if you’re a bike lover like me, it’s also a great reason to keep your bike in the house!

The ARTIFOX RACK Vertical Bike Storage is a unique bike mounting system that allows you to store your bike vertically. The bike rack can be levelled and placed across any flat surface. Built from solid hardwood and powder-coated steel, the rack has a sturdy build, ensuring it lasts for years to come!

The Kryon I Mono helps you keep your bike secure at all times! The bike rack also doubles up as a lock, ensuring that your bike is stored safely, and isn’t at the risk of being stolen. Featuring a stainless steel build, it also sports soft padding to support the bike, and looks super sleek as well!

Built from virtually indestructible roto-molded polyethylene and equipped with an integrated locking mechanism, the Alpen is a custom home for your bicycle, made to protect your ride from the sun, rain, sleet, rust, and obviously, theft too. The Alpen can be secured to a floor, wall, pillar, or even the back of your truck, letting you carry your bike along with its own home wherever you go. No more storing your bike in the living room, leaving tire marks on the floor, or hanging it on your wall, making it the focal point of all your decor, or simply dumping it in your garage beside your car or motorbike.

Pedal Pod is probably the most creative bike rack I have come across! Not only does it securely store your bike, but it also doubles up as a cool shelving unit for your bicycle accessories and other items. Featuring a geometrically intriguing form, the storage unit is not only functional but visually pleasing as well!

The Genus has been inspired by tree trunks! Designed by Vadolibero, the bike rack features seven ‘branches’ that can be used to store bicycle accessories and gear. The leather wheel hook can be used to adjust and hold almost any bike, irrespective of model and size. It is easy to install and durable as well!

Designed by Vadolibero as well, the Origo bike rack features a tubular stainless steel base with a small cabinet on top. The cabinet hides the bike hangar while providing extra space to store accessories and other items. It consists of two drawers and looks like a little cubicle!

Airlok is an award-winning bike rack that stores your bike safely and securely! A steel frame and a lock make it a sturdy wall rack that can store any bike size and model, and not to mention it has been rated at the maximum Gold Sold Secure standard!

The Zadel Bike Rack by Lignum looks more like a wall-mounted shelf than a bike rack! It perfectly merges with the aesthetics of your modern home. Amped with soft-connect, it protects your bike from any damage and also provides additional space to store your key, helmet, gloves and etc.

This modular ebike flaunts swappable battery packs & optional hub motor wheels to go from work to outdoors!

Ebike designs may leave us wanting more simply because of their well-thought-of design and practical functionality. The Pelikan is one of the exceptions with its pure design ingenuity and modular function – letting it change the character depending on the rider’s needs. Designed by industrial designer Fabian Breës, this ebike takes pride in its components like the battery and the hub motor. Rather than hiding their electric-assisted character behind the body frame design, Fabian believes in exposing them. That is the core sentiment of the project, as he wanted to use the “battery and the motor as visual centerpieces for the bike.” This approach brings a very muscular, dynamic flow to the two-wheeler. The result? A sculpted body somewhere between a motorcycle and a bicycle. In fact, you can call it the iPod of ebikes – just like Fabian believes too.

Named Pelikan, the design name takes inspiration from the expanding characteristics of the bird’s beak – apparent in the expanding modular bodywork of this ebike. It took Fabian almost four iterations of the basic design blueprint before settling for this mindful concept design. The bike’s frame bears a very triangular aesthetic with a front-loaded battery pack situated along the downtube. Power to the wheels is delivered via a dual-drive wheel system. The ingenuity comes in the form of a swappable standard rear wheel with Pedelec Motor having a top speed of 25km/h. You can choose the powerful version having a heavier Speedelec Motor with a top speed of 60km/h powered by its own integrated internal battery pack.

Understandably, the Pelikan ebike lets users choose from two battery options for urban commuting or long-distance travel. A smaller elegant battery pack of city commutes or the larger rugged battery for speed enthusiasts on freeways. Fabian even plans to design an off-roading capable version of the Pelikan with a swappable rear triangle for mounting a mountain bike suspension and aggressive wheels. The ebike comes in three color options Jet Black, Serious Cyan, and Beautiful Beige to appeal to urban riders. Genuinely, this is one of the best concept ebike designs I’ve seen lately, as its practical modular functions open up many opportunities to take your life’s adventures to the open roads!

Designer: Fabian Breës

Bicycle accessories designed to that make your cycling experience safe, secure, and exciting!

If in this era of pollution, pandemic, and panic, you aren’t already a bicycle person, it’s high time you convert into one! Bicycles are slowly becoming people’s preferred means of transportation. People are ditching the fossil fuel consuming and air pollution causing automobiles for the more eco-friendly option of bikes! Not only are bicycles a boon to the environment, but they also promote good health and ensure we get our daily dose of physical exercise done. In fact, you can even upgrade and amp up your bicycle with some fun and functional accessories! From a detachable bike bag that incorporates a rear signal light to a minimal wall mount that truly showcases your bike – these accessories are the perfect sidekicks to your bicycle!

This minimal bike wall mount truly showcases your ride! Bike wall mounts are usually eyesores because of their clunky form. You rarely find a wall mount that is aesthetically pleasing but this one by Alexander Yoo is what visual zen looks like. The wooden brackets and metal base works with any interior set up and the CMF gives it an evergreen style. This bike wall mount puts your ride in the spotlight. It keeps it visually clean and clutter-free!

The Lumis Bike Bag from Happy Buddha integrates a translucent compartment area and accompanying rear signal light for their storage bag to assure riders that they’ll be seen on the road even at night. To attach Happy Buddha to their bicycle, users simply slide the Lumis Bike Bag’s translucent plastic covering onto the rear light and both can then be connected to the bicycle. The rear light projects onto Lumis Bike Bag’s plastic top to increase its visibility and brightness for nighttime riding and packed city streets. Whenever the user’s bike is left unattended, the Lumis Bike Bag itself can easily be dislodged from its joined rear light, providing portability and an added sense of security.

Litelok Go Flexi-U is the world’s first insurance-rated, flexible U-lock for bikes. Unlike conventional U-locks that come with a rigid design, the Go Flexi-U sports a flexible design that can easily wrap around poles, fences, and other objects. It matches the strength and durability of traditional U-locks while being incredibly lightweight (641 grams). Moreover, it easily straps to your bike’s frame, making it rather easy to carry around with you as you ride!

Don’t let its unseemingly tiny design fool you, Canyon’s Fix 3-in-1 tool houses a veritable bicycle-fixing tool-shop in a compact yet extremely versatile form factor. Combining 3 tools into 1 small, light mini-tool, it features a ratchet with 4 double-sided bits, a Dynaplug® tool to fix punctures on tubeless tires, and a CO2 inflator to pump up flats. With a CNC-milled aluminum body, it weighs just 45g yet can deliver up to 30 Nm of torque, helping you pull apart your cycle and fix it together with no fuss. Plus, it’s about the size of your finger, so you can easily stash it anywhere while riding.

The Corky by THE BEAM gives you the literal power of hindsight. Designed to snugly dock right into your bike’s drop bars, Corky’s universal design retrofits into any bike’s handlebars, giving you an instant flip-out convex rear-view mirror that lets you occasionally get an idea of what’s behind you. The Corky’s design weighs a mere 16g, adding functionality to your bike without adding weight. The ABS body is lightweight and impact-resistant, while the PC mirror is robust and can resist scuffs and scratches. Within the ABS body lies a steel bolt that lets you tightly fit the Corky into your bicycle’s drop bar.

Vanity is one of the main reasons why cyclists ditch the helmet and ride without any head protection. I understand their point of view, but don’t agree with them. You could be a safe cyclist, but there is little that you can do about an inefficient driver. Solving the issue of using a helmet that mars your appearance, the Porsche Vuelta Smart Cycling Helmet looks sleek and sexy. It almost makes you feel like you’re riding a Harley Davidson or a Porsche Bike! The goodness doesn’t stop here, designer Jihwan Lee has also included smart functions like front and rear lights, hard brake and turn signals, onto the helmet. The Porsche Vuelta pairs up with your phone via Bluetooth and intuitive buttons are on the side to adjust volumes without having to take your phone out.

The UFO Lights are a pair of pretty standard-looking pedals, albeit with a key difference. They come with detachable lamp modules that sit flush at the end of each pedal, and you can switch them on to help other vehicles on the road see you better. The lamp units come with 300-lumen LEDs on the inside that automatically switch on when you begin riding, and turn red when you decelerate, just like a taillight would. The lights move as your pedals rotate, creating a motion pattern that makes them easily visible in the dark – allowing cars, bikes, larger vehicles, and even pedestrians to be alerted of your presence. Beams are even cast on the road below to create a 1-meter halo, giving other vehicles a buffer zone as they overtake you.

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The Kiox is an onboard computer for your e-bike that lets you visualize data such as your speed, cadence, distance, battery level, and even access more niche features like indicating when your bike needs servicing, as well as rider’s health stats like heart rate, etc. Kiox’s main device sits right between your handlebars, while its control (a separate unit) can be mounted near your left or right hand for ease-of-use. A 1.9-inch screen comes with vivid colors that can display data in all weather and daytime conditions, and it even comes with a GorillaGlass cover to protect it from scratches, bumps, or even grit that may get on it as you cycle through demanding conditions.

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Wall-mounted bicycle storage appeals to two demographics, the first being fanatics who view their bicycle as a piece of art and would love for it to become a feature in the home. The second is for people who live in compact, inner-city apartments where space can be limited and having to store a bulky and awkwardly shaped bicycle can be a hassle. The Berlin Bicycle Rack caters to both these demographics, as not only is it a stunning, Nordic inspired bicycle rack, but also a storage system for other household possessions; the Birch wood assembly lends itself to the storage of magazines, bicycle accessories, books and office items. The hand finished, contemporary design allows for the Berlin Bicycle Rack to be introduced into a wide variety of interior décors and to be seamlessly integrated into the space.

Designed to look like an abstraction of a wall-mounted animal trophy, the Longhorn is hand-crafted in Portland, Oregon, using Evergreen Wood, a leather bicycle seat, and bull-style road handlebars. The wall art isn’t just aesthetically pleasing, but it serves as a functional bike rack too! Equipped to hold any standard-sized bicycle (weighing up to 65lbs), the Longhorn suspends itself using 3.5″ screws to bring unquestionable stability no matter what wall material you hang it on. No bicycles were harmed in the making of this rack… I assume.

For more handy and innovative bicycle accessories, check out Part 1 and 2 of this post!

This ebike for future metropolis is designed with a frame inspired by the human bone structure!

Industrial designer Gary Liao from Taipei, Taiwan sees bikes not just as a means to get from one place to the other, but as a true work of art. He is also intrigued by the intricacies of the human anatomy – the skeletal structure in particular which justifies this automotive concept. Called the Skeleton, it is a cool-looking, medium-sized electric bike for urban commuting needs. The idea is to have an upright driving position like a Dutch styled-bike for short commutes in the city. Obviously, the size of the electrically assisted bike and how easy it is to maneuver in tight spaces also matters – hence, the Skeleton bike is designed to mimic the human bone structure. The hollow bone pillar is lightweight yet equals the strength of a solid pillar made from concrete and steel. Hence, this electric-assisted bike also adopts that quality.

Depending on the needs of the user, the bike can switch between different speed-assist modes via the mid-mounted motor that delivers power to the back wheel. The battery fits inside the rear of the bike frame like a diskette and can be removed for charging during the nighttime. The bike has a lighter belt drive system instead of a chain drive system to eliminate any unnecessary hassles. For optimum acceleration, easy turning, and stop-and-go power, uses a carbon fiber 20-inch wheel. Skeleton connects wirelessly to your mobile devices to get all the necessary information about the battery condition and displays other vital telemetry.

The design of the frame is such that you can put a file, briefcase, or any flat solid object without disrupting the center of gravity or your pedaling motion. There’s a slot to put bottles or coffee cups too which indicates the bike’s target audience – the corporate crowd who are always on the move with their cup of Joe. This concept bike is not just any other run-off-the-mill blueprint for the future of mobility, it delves deep into the very connection with the man-machine ideology. Of course, it has the cool looks to impress too. Bike manufacturers need to look at this design closer because it could see the light of day in the coming years!

Designer: Gary Liao

 

 

7 Award-Winning bicycles and travel-gear from iF Design Award’s global design community

The iF Design Award has been consistently hand-picking the best, most innovative designs since 1953, honoring top-class achievements in categories spanning Product Design, Communication Design, Packaging, Service Design, Architecture, Interior Architecture, and UI and UX for 67 years in a row. The entire iF Design Award program saw as many as 10,000 submissions this year, which were evaluated by 98 international design experts from 21 countries, on the iF Jury.

Just this year alone, 1,744 designs received the iF Design Award for their creative accomplishments across various categories, while an additional 75 designs went on to win the highly-coveted iF gold award for their outstanding work. The iF Design Award always culminates in a grand ceremony in Berlin, although owing to the pandemic and global travel restrictions, award-winning products and projects this year are being celebrated digitally with an international content campaign encapsulated by the slogan “The CreatiFe Power of Design” in cooperation with renowned design platforms and seven renowned design museums.

Over the course of the next few months, Yanko Design will be curating and featuring winning designs from this year’s program too – we’ve hand-picked seven award-winning designs from the Bicycling category below! All the iF Design Award winners can also be viewed on the newly-launched iF Design App that gives you access to a grand database of award-winning design projects and their creators, right at your fingertips!

To view all these designs and many more, visit the website of the iF DESIGN AWARD.

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Award-Winning Bicycles and Travel-gear from the iF Design Award 2021

Halfway Folding Bicycle by Giant Co. Ltd. (iF gold award Winner)

The iF gold award-winning Halfway bicycle solves every commuter’s biggest headache – carrying their cycle on public transit or into buildings. Its unique folding mechanism allows the entire bicycle to pack up into a hand-pulled strolley that you can easily wheel around with you. The bicycle even comes with its own front-basket for storing your bag while cycling, and caster-wheels on the basket allow the cycle to be rolled around when completely folded! “The term Halfway refers to the folding system of the bicycle – utilizing a single-sided fork and chain-stay which equates to a more compact enclosure size. The auto-lock system provides fewer steps for folding and introduces a new level of safety while riding”, mentions the Chinese design studio and creator behind the Halfway, Giant Co. Ltd.

Litelok Go Flexi-U by Prof. Neil Barron for LITELOK

Litelok Go Flexi-U is the world’s first insurance-rated, flexible U-lock for bikes. Unlike conventional U-locks that come with a rigid design, the Go Flexi-U sports a flexible design that can easily wrap around poles, fences, and other objects. It matches the strength and durability of traditional U-locks while being incredibly lightweight (641 grams). Moreover, it easily straps to your bike’s frame, making it rather easy to carry around with you as you ride!

Gmigo One by Baron Design Studio and Tianjin Jidian Road Technology Co. Ltd.

Designed to be a smart, modular scooter for urban commuting, the Gmigo One comes with a shape-shifting design that allows you to alternate between sitting and standing scooter designs just by plugging in different modules into the scooter’s unique frontal frame. The minimal design and Stormtrooper color-way forms a perfect foreground against the urban backdrop, and the small wheels are perfect for in-city commute. The scooter’s easily detachable hub makes the folded volume smaller and easy to store, and the magnesium alloy die-cast body helps dramatically reduce the scooter’s overall weight.

Canyon Fix 3-in-1 Minitool by Canyon Bicycles

Don’t let its unseemingly tiny design fool you, Canyon’s Fix 3-in-1 tool houses a veritable bicycle-fixing tool-shop in a compact yet extremely versatile form factor. Combining 3 tools into 1 small, light mini-tool, it features a ratchet with 4 double-sided bits, a Dynaplug® tool to fix punctures on tubeless tires, and a CO2 inflator to pump up flats. With a CNC-milled aluminum body, it weighs just 45g yet can deliver up to 30 Nm of torque, helping you pull apart your cycle and fix it together with no fuss. Plus, it’s about the size of your finger, so you can easily stash it anywhere while riding.

Canyon Speedmax by Artefakt Design for Canyon Bicycles

From the makers of the 3-in-1 minitool also comes the Speedmax, an incredibly capable bike designed to dominate triathlons. By providing more configuration options, optimized aerodynamics, even more innovative integration solutions, and storage spaces with a more streamlined design, the bike was built to give the triathlete every possible performance advantage. Canyon also worked hand-in-hand with Artefakt, a German-based design studio that played an instrumental role in developing the Speedmax series ever since its debut in 2010.

Thule RoundTrip Bike Duffel by Thule Group

Designed by the popular Swiss-based outdoor and transportation gear company, the Thule RoundTrip Bike Duffel is nothing short of a bike-gear-locker that you can carry with you. Designed on the format of popular camera-gear bags, the RoundTrip Bike Duffel comes purpose-built for dedicated cyclists, with a structured, organized interior that provides dedicated storage spaces for clothes, accessories, and EDC. Designed with individual cell pockets, tarpaulin-lined zippered pockets and a toolbox structure to easily see and access items, the Thule RoundTrip Bike Duffel is the perfect travel companion as you’re cycling, allowing you to easily access clothes, bike-repairing gear, or even your camera equipment when you’re outdoors!

FORE_Bicycle by GK Kyoto Inc. and GK Design Soken Hiroshima Inc.

Envisioned as a bicycle that’s designed for everyone, the FORE_Bicycle takes on the format of a scooter, with a minimal U-shaped frame that lets even women ride it while wearing skirts. The bike comes with a nude silver aesthetic that feels natural and allows it to easily blend into environments and boasts of a unique chainless format that makes it easier to maintain. The chainless design also eliminates the stress of getting grease on your clothes, or worse, getting your clothes caught in the chainlinks. By adopting this new foolproof format, the FORE_Bicycle improves the cycling experience, making it safer and much more hassle-free for everyone who rides it!

To view all these designs and many more, visit the website of the iF DESIGN AWARD.

This nostalgic yet luxurious self-leveling electric bike is available for sale!





Electric bikes are the future we are heading towards as some of the world’s most popular cities like New York have adopted them as a part of the eco-conscious lifestyle. Civilized Cycles wants to give considerate riders a cool way to commute in the cities in the form of Model 1 that’s just been unveiled. Unlike other e-bikes we’ve seen so far, this one is different – both in its looks and function. Model 1 seems like a perfect blend of an electric cruiser, cargo bike, and a moped. That’s because it adapts a laid-back, upright geometry, yet it has this profound step-through frame. The moped character is understandable since founder and CEO Zachary Shieffelin and his wife opened the first Vespa dealership in New York about two decades ago. Then Zachary opted to sell Zero Motorcycles, before finally deciding to go ahead with their own venture – Civilized Cycles.

The Civilized Cycles Model 1 is capable of hauling two passengers, and quite a bit of groceries, thanks to the large storage in the water-resistant expandable panniers that are lockable. It’s no ordinary storage cabin according to the makers, you can stuff in four full-sized grocery bags. The fact that the storage is to the rear is a big relief for people who know the nags of hanging dangling bags from handlebars or even on the front pannier which can disrupt the balance of the vehicle. To be precise Model 1 can handle 400 pounds total weight without flinching – that’s why the 4-piston hydraulic dis brake system. To its credit, the e-bike has an automated self-leveling suspension that improves the ride quality considerably for an e-bike.

Model 1 also takes pride in the 1,500W mid-drive motor mated to a 5-speed Sturmey Archer rear-wheel hub transmission. This is actuated by either pedal assist or a “Launch Control” throttle. The highest power mode is reserved for off-roading skirmishes while the street-legal modes use limited power settings. For safety, it comes with PIN code locking system and GPS theft-tracking device. While the 500Wh battery clocking 25 miles on a single charge (with a top speed of 30mph) is a bit of a compromise, it could have been better to make it an undeniable e-bike option in the market.  That said, the Model 1 e-bike has burst into the scene with a bang with pre-orders opened for keen buyers. It carries a price tag of $4,499 (that’s quite hefty!) for the initial promotion phase, and the deliveries are expected by Q4 of this year.

Designer: Civilized Cycles

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Lyft redesign’s its e-bicycle, adding speakers, screen and improved safety features!

Back in 2018, Lyft bought CitiBike’s parent company “Motivate”, and they’ve been operating bike-sharing networks in the US ever since. Their big fleet includes traditional as well as electric pedal-assisted rides. Being the largest ebike operator in North America, Lyft used their tons of experience about how riders use the ebikes to come up with one of their own. For the past three years, Lyft has been developing an ebike that embodies the best in safety technology and low carbon footprint. Now, finally, it sees fruition in the form of this upbeat ebike.

According to Lyft‘s President and Co-Founder John Zimmer Lyft is all about “creating affordable, reliable and joyful transportation experiences – and few things create joy like riding this new ebike“. The single gear transmission ebike is built for every kind of rider with improved ergonomics and is pure joy to ride in cities – thanks to the transmission tuning for any kind of speed or road grade. It bears a very sleek form factor perfectly matched to the smooth and adaptive motor integrated into the frame. Keeping in mind the young riders, Lyft’s ebike comes with personalized features including a built-in speaker system, hydraulic brakes for consistent stopping power, on-board sensors for safety, retroreflective paint to shine in the dark and lighting effects keeping in mind urban riders demand.

The ebike now has an improved seat clamp for height adjustment to accommodate any user. The battery capacity has been bumped up to 60 miles on a single charge – thereby requiring less frequent charging. Lyft has tested the ride for thousands of hours and is going to start the public beta on the Bay Wheels fleet launching next week. Once the beta testing is successful, the ebike will be ready for the eager riders in the US – starting with the Divvy program in Chicago, later this year.

Designer: Lyft