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.
No need to stash a clanky chain or bulky U-lock to the frame, because the handlebars can be removed once you dismount to function as the lock system. How has no one thought of this before???