Cool wheels! Here’s a look at bike trends for 2017


Cycling’s bigger than ever, but unfortunately, so are the near misses involving cellphone-distracted drivers. That’s why safety was one of the big topics at the recent InterBike show in Las Vegas, along with urban bikes, cargo bikes, e-bikes, stand-up bikes, fatter tires and simpler, speedier designs that cut the clutter. Here’s a quick look at 2017’s most innovative bikes, wheeled contraptions and accessories, often found with built-in lights, reflectivity and even radar:

Flexible flyer

For the record:

1:38 a.m. Aug. 19, 2019An earlier version of this story said the Oculus bike light produces 1,500 lumens. It is 1,800 lumens.


Epitomizing the simpler-is-better trend, tiny AlterCycles of Grand Rapids, Mich., wowed InterBike with bikes featuring its stylish, innovative ARC downtube, which flexes to smooth out the road and provide a subtle boost with each pedal stroke. Want more suspension action — or a different color? Interchangeable ARCs ($100 each) can be swapped out in about 5 minutes with an allen wrench. Starting at $750.

Urban warrior

The all-black Cannondale Bad Boy goes safer and simpler with built-in USB-rechargeable lights on the handlebar and seat post, a reflective, scratch proof top tube and a single sided fork with fast, quick-handling 27.5-inch wheels. Starting at $1,620.



Pivot’s acclaimed carbon-fiber, long-travel suspension Switchblade PRO XO1 Eagle is not only a rare swappable-tire bike but has two of mountain biking’s hottest new innovations: Wide, comfy, super-handling 27.5-plus wheels with extra-burly hubs (it also fits taller, faster 29-inch wheels) and the innovative SRAM Eagle drivetrain, the first single-chainring with 12 speeds (up from 11). The inclusion of a giant 50-tooth extra gear lets you ride up even steeper trails, making the low-hassle, derailleur-eliminating design even more practical. $6,999.

If you want the plush 27.5-plus wheels but don’t want to break the bank and can get by on 11 speeds, try the aluminum-framed GT Pantera Elite. $1,300.

Comfort queen

The Schwinn Sivica cruiser features a step-through frame, color-coordinated rims and a laid-back crank-forward design that lets you touch your feet to the ground while seated. Single speed, $399; 7-speed, $499.

Fold-up and fly

People who travel with their bikes either had to pay a huge bike baggage fee or make due with a tiny-wheel fold-up bike — until now. Taking a cue from the popular Ritchey steel- and carbon-framed Breakaway bikes, NDVR (pronounced endeavor) offers the first titanium travel bike with a frame that separates in the middle to fit into a custom travel case. Full bikes weigh as little as 17.5 pounds. Frame sets run $3,500; full bikes start at $6,355.

Electrifying style

San Diego-based Phantom Vision R takes you back to the 1930s with its huge headlight. But it’s also got a giant 500-watt motor — and comes at a bargain price compared with other custom e-bikes. $2,800.

Two-wheel mini-van

Cargo bikes and electric motors are a perfect match. Designed to haul kids, groceries and building supplies, the Yuba Spicy Curry has integrated front and rear lights, fenders, a big long rack, a powerful mid-drive Trans-X motor, hydraulic disc brakes, double-sided kickstand and a burly aluminum frame with a 26-inch front wheel and a (20-inch rear for a lower center of gravity). Even the spokes are an extra-thick 13 gauge. $3,999.

Lower electric bill

An e-bike for under a grand? Giving a commuter no more than what he/she needs (a kickstand), the Populo Sport breaks the barrier by mating a single-speed bike to a motor that has eight levels of electric assist. $999.

It’s got three wheels!

This comfy stand-up trike is exercise, transportation and fun all rolled into one. Bike-fast, stable enough to stand still on and agile in the tightest corners because of a cambered design that lets you lean deep, it has no learning curve — just pull-up on the pedal (with a toe clip) and push down. The sealed transmission yields instant power. It folds up for easy carrying onto a train or bus. $1,499.

Scooter on steroids

The best last-mile transportation solution might not be a bike but the simple, age-old, fold-up scooter — with a 500-watt electric motor attached. Topping out at 18 mph with a range of 21 miles, it includes an LED speedometer, headlight, horn and optional suspension and cruise control.


Have the perfect set of wheels? You’re only halfway there. Here are plenty of accessories to keep the ride enjoyable — and safe:

Light headed

“I always forgot to bring my bike lights, but never forgot to bring my helmet,” says Lumos founder and Chief Executive Eu-Wen Ding. That’s why he created the world’s first helmet with a built-in rear taillight, a white LED headlight, a handlebar-controlled turn signal and an automatic brake light. A USB charge gives the lights 7.5 hours of power on flashing mode; three hours on solid mode. $169.

Midnight sun

With 1,500 precisely targeted lumens, Oculus bike lights literally outshine car lights. The trick is in the optics, according to founder Barry Burr, which even-out the light rays over the entire beam, eliminating the dim edges of normal lights. Includes five levels of brightness, six blink patterns, a spare rechargeable battery and a handlebar Velcro strap. $150.

Moves with you

Low-tech but high efficiency. A waterproof jacket and vest by ArroWhere are adorned with a big reflective arrow, visible for 1/3 of a mile, that points to the left. The logic: The arrow tells drivers, conditioned by a lifetime of obeying traffic signs, what to do. So they reflexively move to the left — and away from you. $90 for the jacket. $50 for the windproof shell/vest. $25 for the backpack cover.


Not cheap, but priceless, the Garmin Varia Rearview Radar Rear Bike Light detects cars coming up from 153 yards behind and flashes to alert them that you’re ahead. Getting hit from behind is the leading cause of cycling deaths. $200.

Racket-free roll

Stac Zero bills itself as the world’s first silent bike trainer. It uses magnets to apply resistance instead of the traditional roller and flywheel. It’ll accommodate any type of tires/wheels, even mountain bike knobbies, which is impossible with conventional trainers. When not in use, the 13-pound device folds up to 3 inches tall and slides under the bed. $300, or $370 for the power meter version.

Crash pad

Mountain bikers, your knees and elbows will thank you. Compression sleeves by G-Form are covered with form-fitting, articulated pads that improve shock absorption with novel silicon-encapsulated air bubbles that expand and stiffen on impact. $69.


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