Merging the convenience of electric with the looks of a classic, the Faraday Porteur Bike ($3,500) manages to straddle the line between the two with grace. Thanks to lithium batteries that are cleverly hidden inside the frame, it looks like a traditional everyday rider, with only an on/off switch and an e-ink battery readout to belie its true nature — pedal, and it will automatically match your power, and when you're wanting to exert less effort, hit the boost button for a little extra help. Other features include LED headlights and taillights that are built into the frame and controlled by an ambient light sensor, and a large front rack that can hold 30 pound loads — or more than enough to carry your dinner and beers from the grocery store to your home. [Scouted by Dan]
When you see "John Deere", you probably think of tractors, fields, and farmland. Well, the John Deere Gator RSX850i ($13,000) doesn't exactly fit into that vision. Sporting an undeniably aggressive design, it's designed to tackle the toughest of off-road terrain, with an 839 cc V-twin engine pumping out 62 hp for a top speed of 53 mph, four-wheel independent suspension, 10.3 inches of ground clearance, Fox shocks, auto-style doors, three-point seat belts, alloy wheels with Maxxis tires, and plenty of other trail-friendly options.
Kill two birds with one stone — so to speak — with the Budnitz Beer Wrench ($40). Crafted from titanium, it sports a 15mm spanner wrench on one end for removing rear axle bolts, internal hub bolts, and pitlock keys, two holes in the middle that work with the included titanium thumb screws to secure it to the water bottle mounts on your bike, and, of course, a bottle opener on the end opposite the wrench, engraved with the zen quote "The road is the destination". Indeed.
What would you expect a bike built for campus cruising to have? A sturdy steel frame? A single speed design? Built-in mounts for racks and fenders, so you can customize it to your book- or friend-hauling needs? Well, the Trek Earl Bike ($530) offers all of that, as well as a BMX-style seat and grips, Tektro brakes, nylon pedals, and one thing every self-respecting college ride needs: a built-in bottle opener. [Scouted by Sid]
You might not be able to buy a new DeLorean car anymore — at least, not until they start selling the Electric DeLorean — but that doesn't mean you can't buy a set of wheels bearing the iconic name. DeLorean Bikes ($5,500) are officially sanctioned by the DMC, and feature an Italian-made Columbus XCR tube frame — in stainless steel, of course — as well as a belt drive transmission, an 11-speed internally-geared hub, front and rear hydraulic disc brakes, a luminescent coating on the wheels, an Italian-made gel saddle, and a full carbon fork. The Anyday model is available now, with Speed and Cruise models to follow.