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Polaris Vector E-Bike

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Efficiency and power join forces in one of the best e-bikes on the market $2,500.00

Go anywhere with the Polaris Vector E-Bike, which combines rugged, ground-up design with the high performance Evantage motor system. The 450-watt brushless geared hub motor is paired with a dependable 30 volts of power and regenerative braking/control system designed to limit top speed and extend range. The result is a lightweight (53 lbs.) e-bike that delivers the speed, range, and dependability......read more

Nirve Bikes

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Two-wheeled transporters with a European flavor $499.99

Nirve is best known for its line of beach cruisers, which you can find being ridden all over the world. No small feat for an independent bike company from Huntington Beach, California. The world's most famous beach cruiser company also makes an excellent range of "Euro Style" commuter bicycles. We're really feeling the Brookhurst, pictured above, a super affordable, 7-speed  commuter in navy......read more

Upcycled Bikes by Starling & Hero

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Busted down bikes given new life by South African company

Okay, so we know that biking is the most eco-friendly mode of transport. But what's the most eco-friendly form of bike? Starling & Hero have your answer. The South African startup restores is building a business on restoring old, beat-up bikes into beautiful cruisers and racers.  Starling & Hero founder Emile Kotze scours thrift stores, garage sales, and friends' basements for......read more

Bamboo Bikes by Diego Cardenas

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Green cycles blend nature and tech.

At the tender age of 25, Mexican industrial design student Diego Cardenas is doing big things in the realm of bamboo bicycle design. Inspired by photos of other bamboo bike creations — including the first commercial design, unveiled at a London trade fair in 1894 — Cardenas felt he could do better. Judging from these pics, he may be right. After attending a bamboo workshop in Europe,......read more

SHFT Sampler 9-16-10

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Weekly links: Kwangho Lee, ridiculous green advertising, and raver bikes.

Kwangho Lee's "Lifelike Design" exhibit at Design September in Brussels, which we discussed here, is up now at Hunting and Collecting. Check SlamXHype for story and pics. Nissan's ludicrous ad spot for the all-electric Leaf sedan is catching flak in the blogosphere. Advertising blog Copyranter calls it an "absolutely outrageously manipulative insensitive hubristic piece......read more

Nada Bike

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Worthy venture rides for a bold goal - getting one million people out of cars and onto bikes.

Here's a cool project from the forward thinkers at Project M. For a meagre $100, Nada Bike sends you membership card in the form of an unpainted, bare-bones track bike frame. Then you dress it up however you see fit. Nada's goal is to empower people to reconsider urban transportation and shift to more sustainable ways of getting around. It's also an online community - the social......read more

Vanguard Bikes

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Italian firm ewo comes through with an energy efficient, LED street light solution.

Designed in Singapore, made in Portland, Vanguard Bikes specializes in restoring and customizing vintage bike frames into fresh new rides. The company's output is 'limited edition' at its most extreme. Each bike is a one-off that will never be duplicated. What unites their work is a deep understanding of bike design history, and an unwavering commitment to bikeriding's soulful......read more

E-bikes Propel Chinese Commuters

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Bicycles give way to automobiles, but e-bikes keep two-wheel tradition alive.

In China, where streets formerly packed with bicycles are increasingly clogged with cars, a new two-wheeled vehicle is quickly gaining momentum as an alternative means of transportation. Rechargeable electric bikes, or e-bikes, are growing in popularity as Chinese commuters begin to acknowledge the negative aspects of owning a car, such as gas prices, parking fees, noxious fumes and the notorious......read more

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