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What’s Special About These Crazy Bikes?

Velo: Bicycle Culture and Design is a lovely new book from German publisher Gestalten. It’s chock full of glossy images of all sorts of amazing bikes, artwork inspired by bikes, and shots of the people who ride them. Of course, there are photos of fixie fanatics drooling over their babies, but what makes the book worthwhile is the way it goes beyond the merely trendy to explore the diverse aspects of bicycle culture and fabrication.

What caught our eye was a bunch of truly amazing bike creations. Some are made out of unlikely materials, while others embrace a much higher level of WTF-ness. These aren’t your average road bikes, but what makes them unique can be hard to discern. So tell us in the comments what’s special about each of these 5 bikes. The first correct answer wins a copy of Velo.


1. “Firetrick Bob” by Hiroaki “Ogyan” Okada for Shukuno Rintendo, from Velo, Copyright Gestalten 2010.


2. “Aquatrick Bob” by Hiroaki “Ogyan” Okada for Shukuno Rintendo, from Velo, Copyright Gestalten 2010.


3. “Auramania” by Auramania from Velo, Copyright Gestalten 2010.


4. “Holzweg Bike” by Arndt Menke, from Velo, Copyright Gestalten 2010.


5. “Copenhagen Wheel” by SENSEabile City Lab, 2009 from Velo, Copyright Gestalten 2010.

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