What is it about concept bikes that catches our eyes and piques our interest? Maybe it’s the way they challenge our ideas of what a bike can/should look like or how it should operate. …Or maybe they just look cool.
The best urban concepts seem to integrate components that are typically peripheral (racks, lights, fenders) while taking advantage of ground-up design to create brand new ones, such as brake lights and in-frame batteries.
A friend sent me a link to the pre-production CYLO urban bicycle above. Aside from its interesting looks, it comes with several features suitable for an urban bike, as well as disc brakes, a belt drive, and the aforementioned built-in brake light, all of which make pretty good sense.
It made me think of another thoughtful urban concept bike, the Faraday Porteur:
The Faraday has a more classic look with several innovative features, but after hitting the scene on Kickstarter a couple years ago, the website says they’re still only taking pre-orders. Maybe that’s the main drawback to these bikes: sometimes they remain conceptual longer than planned.
What do you think of urban concept bikes like these? Do you like one better than the other? And are they design worth paying for, or overpriced frills? What features would you include if you were designing a fully integrated urban bicycle?