The Bike Of The Future Has Been Crowned
If you've been waiting patiently to find a bike that carries you around your city easier and safer than ever before, we've got some good news: the winner of a highly-competitive design project has just been announced, and you're going to want to get your hands on one as soon as it comes off the production line.
Back in March, Levi Strauss & Co. (like, the jeans you're wearing) teamed up with the non-profit Oregon Manifest on a competition that paired some of the country's best bike craftsmen with high-level design firms to come up with a "next-wave" urban bike. After debuting the designs to the public last week, they've just wrapped up voting and have deemed the winning design submission to be the Denny, from Seattle-based industrial designers at Teague and bike builder Sizemore Bicycle. And once you see what it does, you'll know why.
For one, the whip features an auto-shifting electric assist that keeps you from exerting yourself too much on your commute to and from the office. That one epic hill that kills you every morning? No longer an issue.
You won't need to remember your light at night either, since there's an auto-on LED headlight integrated into the front of the frame and turn signals that are activated by a quick touch of either side's brake.
The other two most exciting features may not sound as groundbreaking as the aforementioned ones, though they'll no doubt come in handy. There's a significant amount of integrated storage space above the front tire, and the rear tire rocks an ingeniously simple fender that significantly reduces tire spray.
Now that the winner's been crowned, the prototype is going to move into production with help from the project's manufacturing partner, Fuji Bikes, who'll debut the retail version at some point in 2015. Until then, hang tight!
Joe McGauley is a senior editor at Supercompressor and far too accident-prone to trust himself on a bike that doesn't do most of the work for him.