A Halloween bike (or three)

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Usually, bicycle companies try to keep their new designs a secret until it is time to officially unveil them to the public. Every once and a while though, spy photos of an early prototype are leaked on the internet. This furry single speed is one such concept and it looks like something that the ID group at Trek has been working on for quite some time. The fuzzy prototype was spotted in downtown Madison during the annual “unofficial” Trek Halloween ride (most likely it was spotted outside one of the local bars). Expect to see lots of furry bikes like this one at your local retailer this time next year. Trust me, this bike will be a real head turner when it is finally unveiled at Trek World next year. If you decide to get one, you might want to invest in a furry suit to match. I wouldn’t recommend riding this bike on wet muddy trails or in tick infested areas.

In keeping with the Halloween theme, I might as well mention this scary bike. I wasn’t planning to post this because…well… it’s a 12,000 dollar Chanel bike and I just don’t get it. On the other hand, if it causes a single person to get out of his or her Bentley for a short trip or two, then I guess it is a good thing. Maybe they should have considered making it a single drivetrain tandem so the chauffeur does all the pedaling. Anyway, I shouldn’t really bash it; I am glad to see new bikes come out that are sold through alternative channels of distribution. For that reason, I am glad to see Chanel doing this. Personally, I can think of better ways to spend the 12 grand, but hey, to each his own.

Finally, here is one more scary bike to pass along. I don’t think any explanation is necessary.

UPDATE: Apparently at least one person took what I wrote about the furry bike seriously (sorry to get your hopes up). To be absolutely clear, this is NOT really a Trek design prototype. It’s just a bike that one of Trek’s prototype guys put together for the Halloween ride, which from what I have seen looks like a lot of fun.

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10 Comments

  1. Anonymous October 31, 2007 at 12:14 pm -  Reply

    Is that bike really going to be available? I think it’s onto something clever but would hope the fur is removable and washable :)

  2. James October 31, 2007 at 12:19 pm -  Reply

    No, I was just joking, but you could always make your own.

  3. bikesgonewild October 31, 2007 at 12:58 pm -  Reply

    …all that synthetic fur is a bit much for me, so i’d prefer a “chia pet” bike…keep it watered daily (or leave it out in the rain) & watch it grow…
    …organic fun for the whole family…
    …ps.-happy halloween…

  4. bikesgonewild October 31, 2007 at 10:14 pm -  Reply

    …thank you, fritz…thought it was a fun / silly idea but turns out it’s art…

  5. Anonymous November 1, 2007 at 9:21 am -  Reply

    Trek is pretty sharp to include an eccentric BB. If I had that bike, I’d spin to raise the BB to get above the road splash. Might help keep the fur cleaner, reducing maintenance.

  6. Ron November 1, 2007 at 12:35 pm -  Reply

    You nearly got me there with the furry bike.

    I think I may need to inform my chanel crazy girl friend about this bike :) She has no idea about cycling, but this could be a way to get her into it :)

    The rocket bike transforms the age old idea about “crotch rocket” to reality.

  7. Jay Cam November 2, 2007 at 4:22 pm -  Reply

    lol furry bikes are the bomb!

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