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Biomega AMS Bicycle

Biomega AMS Bicycle

“There are loads of good bikes for specific sports,” says designer Jens Martin Skibsted, “But few are built for just getting around town.” Filling this void is his Biomega AMS 8-Speed Bicycle (2004). When discussing his design, the designer uses the analogy of an Apple computer and a PC: Other bikes may offer more in the way of specialized functionality, but Biomega’s integrated design is easy to use, reliable and virtually maintenance free. In other words, it’s simple. This appropriately geared, reliable machine delivers a level of responsiveness that’s made for city riding. The bike’s cardanic shaft drive is an integrated, chainless transmission that’s extremely durable and low maintenance. The upright seating position makes for a pleasant ride and the brake cables run through the frame where they’re better protected and out of the way of pedaling legs. The front disc brake is placed where it’s needed to handle 80% of braking power. Simple assembly required.

Now: $1,232.50 – $1,232.95 at Design Within Reach

Strida Folding Bike

Strida Folding Bike

The first Strida Folding Bike (1987) was invented when Mark Sanders wanted to address his difficult commute into London with an elegant, clean and portable solution. In just 15 seconds, Strida collapses into a compact unit that can be wheeled along like a unicycle or stowed in the included shoulder bag. Ideally suited to the urban commuter, the single-speed Strida features a greaseless Kevlar chain to keep clothing pristine on the way into the office. At 19.5 lbs, it’s a versatile and adjustable transportation solution, accommodating riders 5’4″– 6’4″. The design has won several design awards for its subtle handling, aesthetics and engineering details. But the raves from owners throughout Europe and Asia are as much due to its peerless performance.

$1,150 at Design Within Reach