New Yorkers are notorious for their adoration of bike-commuting. The eco-friendly mode of transportation is an obvious choice for navigating a city relatively compact, when public transportation becomes too much of a headache and the majority of residents heavily rely on it. Seems only natural then, when DUMBO based design agency, Pensa, collaborated with fellow Brooklynites and bespoke bike fabricators, Horse Cycles, to build a pretty superbly efficient bicycle for modern commuters.
Showcased for the Oregon Manifest nonprofit this past summer, Pensa and Horse Cycles created the aptly named, Merge--a bike that is the equivalent of a Swiss Army knife on two wheels. The top tube of the bike serves as the integrated storage system hiding an aluminum retractable rack sturdy enough to carry heavy bags, yet easily collapsable when unused. A bungee cord stored in a separate tube can tightly secure packages, hidden by front and rear lights that extract with ease. A thin saddlebag containing a USB charger fastens onto the front wheel allowing smartphone charging and hidden light illumination for the dark commute home. The Merge features a braided steel cable for added security during public street lock-up that also tucks neatly into the bike's storage cavity. What's so brilliant about this bicycle overall, is not only the genius, built-in storage system for the modern man, but also its aesthetics. Sure, the Merge is sleek and elegant but it's not noticeably special otherwise, which ultimately serves as a benefit for biking in the city. The least amount of attention your wheels receive when you're not on it, the better. Bikes go missing every second of every day here, sadly. No matter how securely it's locked, nor the amount of open visibility.
We don't have a number on what the Merge costs, but its creators insist it's quite reasonable. More importantly, we just look forward to spotting these bikes on the streets. Seriously, they are smart, and really well-produced. Not a single city-cyclist comes to mind who wouldn't want to take one of these for a spin.