When you think of bicycles, what is the first thing that comes to your mind? Right: Messengers, sports fanatics and fearless families riding alongside highways like ducks walking in a row. Some guys are spending between three and six grand for a downhill bike. But many of us haven’t even had a bicycle since our school days. (Which of course depends on where you live.)

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Republic builds and ships colorful, custom made fixies for under $400.

Funriki: Custom made bicycles from Japan.

Funriki: Custom made bicycles from Japan.

global warming is probably not the reason, but bicycles are currently experiencing an incomparable renaissance.

MIT’s engineers picked up on the concept, improving it with a cybernetic acceleration system that gives back accumulated energy.

In Germany, newcomer Grace began producing an electric bicycle that can make up to 45 miles per hour. (Don’t hold your breath until you heard its price tag, roughly $8,760.)

But rarely are bicycles seen as a fashion statement. Let me change your mind with these awesome bicycles from Bertelli in New York, Miami based Republic and FunRiki from Japan. At the bottom you’ll see examples of the Copenhagen Wheel from MIT Senseable City Lab).

How can you not love that?

How could you not love that?

Republic, for an example, lets you custom select your combination of part colors and ships the finished bike anywhere in the US, for under $400.

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Crazy, sexy, cool.

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It's up to you to pick a colorful combination with a frame like "wasabi" in this model, …

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… or stick with a more classic, subdue color set.

Bertelli's bicycles are unmatched in beauty and elegance.

Bertelli’s bicycles are unmatched in beauty and elegance.

Bertelli combines wood, steel and aluminum with simplistic elegance.

Bertelli combines wood, steel and aluminum with simplistic elegance.

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The Copenhagen Wheel, a masterpeace of modern engineering.

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(Pictures and video from Republic, FunRiki, Bertelli, MIT Senseable City Lab)

Panic: "The ad that ran only once".

Panic: "The ad that ran only once".

To be honest, I had trouble putting this one in one of our three categories. Because it touches all three of them. It is so cool, I couldn’t wait to write a post on it.

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Panic's vintage Atari game style box set.

Some of you may be familiar with a small software company from Oregon called Panic. They were the original creators of Audion, one of the first mp3 players available on the Mac OS. It’s a little known fact, but because of Audion, Panic was almost bought by Apple in 2000. They didn’t come to an agreement, so Apple went with SoundJam, which finally became the foundation for iTunes as we know it today. (Imagine what would have happened if Apple and Panic would have joined. iTunes would probably look different today.)

Panic makes some of the best and hottest software on the Mac platform, among them Coda, which was one of the tools that helped creating Mashido.

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You can order these posters from Panic.

You can order these posters from Panic.

Just recently, Panic released a blog and one of their first top stories begins like a fairy tale of a decades old software company named “Panic”. If you don’t know anything about Panic and stumble upon this post, it will take until the middle of the article until you realize this is just an elaborate hoax.

It’s an expression of love for those good old days, when software came in large 8-bit pixels, stored in cassettes, packaged in colorful boxes that sparked the imagination of every kid out there. Now you can order these fabulous illustrations as posters, or have Panic send you the collector’s set of fake vintage arcade games.

(Via Laughing Squid, pictures by Panic)

Louise Goldin's creations make you stop and look in awe.

Louise Goldin’s creations make you stop and look in awe.

British designer Louise Goldin has a strong sense for trends, but she’s picking up inspirations from art rather than from the street.

Kat George from Australian The Vine describes Goldin with these words:

“Goldin is as much about construction as she is about aesthetics, painstakingly researching and developing new technologies and techniques, blending lurex yarns and rich cashmeres to produce truly luxurious knitwear for a new generation of brave young women.”

Louise Goldin's avant garde creations.

Louise Goldin’s avant garde creations.

With those spikes, one feels reminded of some studded models of Alexander McQueen. Louise Goldin’s high heels definitely have that special avant garde touch that makes you stop and look in awe, but one also wonders if they can actually be worn on any street outside of New York, Tokyo or London, where they are available at Topshop.

(Via Fashionising)

Alexander McQueen's slightly more practical model.

Alexander McQueen’s slightly more practical model.