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 ($5,500) are officially sanctioned by the DMC, and feature an Italian-made Columbus XCR tube frame — in stainless steel, of course — as well as a belt drive transmission, an 11-speed internally-geared hub, front and rear hydraulic disc brakes, a luminescent coating on the wheels, an Italian-made gel saddle, and a full carbon fork. The Anyday model is available now, with Speed and Cruise models to follow.
Haven't been pleased with the performance or looks of previous electric bikes? Then start hoping the Audi E-Bike Wörthersee ($TBA) makes it into production. This prototype sport/trick cycle is powered by an electric motor that makes speeds of up to 50mph possible — assuming you don't mind some pedaling — or 31 mph in pure electric mode, and features a carbon fiber- reinforced polymer frame and wheels, an on-board computer that links to your smartphone to enable a whole host of advanced features, and LED light strips borrowed from the impossibly sexy e-Tron R8.
If you've been looking for a simple, clean and crisp two-wheel ride, this is it. The Public V7 Bike ($600) is a lightweight, all-purpose bike, featuring a durable steel frame (guaranteed for life), upright handlebars, a seat that's designed for normal clothing, a Shimano 7-speed rear derailleur and Revo twist shifter, 35MM tires, available front baskets and rear racks, and reinforced resin pedals designed to handle pretty much any type of footwear. A great everyday bike for when you want to upgrade to an awesome ride, but don't want to spend your next year's rent.
Yes, it's completely crazy, and yes, it really is real. The Flying Hovercraft ($190,000) is exactly what it says: a hovercraft with integrated wings that allow it to fly. Thanks to its turbocharged, 130hp engine, 60-inch wood/carbon composite thrust propeller, fiberglass/PVC hull, horizontal elevator, and 1,100 rpm lift fan, it can clear obstacles up to 20 feet in height, letting you hop over obstacles that would leave a typical hovercraft high and dry. Or wet. Something like that.