Weird Wheels

Rating: NNNNNThe sun is shining, the birds are singing. What better time to get down with the coolest cycles? But.


Rating: NNNNN

The sun is shining, the birds are singing. What better time to get down with the coolest cycles? But you’re Hip. Don’t be a nerdy normal — try out a couple of these babies and become a wheeling wonder!

Who needs a rent-a-car when you can carry just about anything on your bike with this handy attachment? The FreeRadical shifts your rear wheel back, essentially adding a trunk and and a back seat. Some of the things Xtracycle suggests carrying on it are a cello, a ladder, drunk friends, a clown and your mom (1. $550, Urbane Cyclist, 180 John, 416-979-9733).

Made specifically with urban condo-ites in mind, this puppy by Neobike folds up and goes into your non-existent storage (2. $550, Urbane Cyclist).

Causing a stir on the Euro bike circuit, this lightweight recumbent by Canadian company Maxarya Design is built with a space-technology alloy and is fully adjustable, so the whole family can use it (3. $2,699, Re-My Sport, 222 Queen South, Streetsville, 905-821-1077).

If you’re a little too po’ to pull up in a limo, romance your honey by showing up on this tandem, yelling, “You’d look sweet upon the seat of my bicycle built for two!!” (4. $889, Sandy’s Cycle’s & Books, 115 Laird, 416-467-1035).

Go super-groovy with this deluxe StreetMachine recumbent by HPVelotechnic. The “two-wheeled Winnebago” comes with a generator in the wheel hub to run your lights (5. $4,000, Urbane Cyclist).

And impress your circus friends by peeling around town on this unicycle (6. $225, Bedford Unicycles, www.bedfordunicycles.ca, 416-729-9696).

Check out our 2002 picks for the Spring season!

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