Oct 05, 2017 | By WGSN Insider
A couple of weeks ago the Active Team was invited to the VELOBerlin Bike Show to check out some of the European market’s newest models. This being Europe there was a heavy emphasis on the commuter market, especially electric and folding bikes. In addition, we discovered a couple other unexpected goodies.
Bicycles are the main means of transportation in many Europeans cities, like Copenhagen and Amsterdam. Because of this, the versatile electric bicycle is very popular in the European market, allowing riders to commute farther distances, carry heavier cargo, and even helping those people who may be less fit get around. Electric bicycles came in many styles at VELOBerlin, with more classic models coming from Goericke and Winora, and more futuristic styles from Zeg and Cannondale.
With the shows urban European slant, we also saw some nice mini cruisers and folding bikes from Rude Boy and Mobiky, that seemed to be inspirations for the Cannondale Hooligan we test rode in last week in New York City.
VELOBerlin also emphasized another type of bike built for efficiency—the seldom-seen-in-the-U.S. recumbent bicycle. On a recumbent the rider’s reclined position evenly distributes body weight, taking pressure off the back and knees, while it’s lower profile increases aerodynamics and safety. The Active Team particularly liked models from Toxy and Lausitzer Liegeradverleih.
In addition to the practical side of cycling, VELOBerlin held some unexpectedly fun surprises. The Team loved mobile-sound system bikes from Klara Geist that were reminiscent of the Guyanese and Trinidadian custom sound system bike culture in Richmond Hill, Queens.
We also noticed some awesome accessories and gear from Keirin, Contoura, Porterbike, and Bike & Co that confirmed the Speed Racer vintage look for cycling that we first spotted at the North American Handmade Bicycle Show.
Bike & Co
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