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What We Loved at Berlin Bike Week

10 of our favorite bike design innovations, from a seatless BMX to coconut handle bars.

BMX race image by Katrin Greiling.

Every day in Berlin, an estimated 500,000 bicyclists take to the streets on their preferred mode of transportation. In fact, the German capital is increasingly becoming one of Europe's most bike-friendly cities. It's only fitting then that Berlin is host to one of the most creative and vibrant bike shows on the continent—the Berliner Fahrradschau (Berlin Bike Show)—now in its sixth year.

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Bicycle Built for You: 15 Coolest Bikes in the World

Here's a selection of the 15 best designed bikes as seen in "Velo—2nd Gear."

According to the book Velo—2nd Gear: Bicycle Culture and Style, by Gestalten, the first bicycle was created in 1817 by Baron Karl Drais von Sauerbronn of Germany, for the purpose of collecting taxes from his many tenants. Built out of wood, brass and and iron, von Sauerbronn was able to cover long distances on what was then called a Laufmaschine (running machine).

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Meet the Courageous Bespoke Bicycle Builder With Months to Live

After watching how Caldwell lives life to the fullest while battling this disease, at the very least it will inspire others to do the same.

In 2007, Ezra Caldwell launched Fast Boy Cycles to introduce the world to the most beautiful bespoke bicycles on the market. He pursued this craft in New York City, after leaving a 10 year career as a dance instructor. Caldwell learned learned how to work with his hands as a kid in his dad's studio and has applied these skills ever since to create custom bikes with incredible detail.

He does this with an eye on the local economy. "I believe in domestic manufacturing. I feel that this country loses a bit of its soul every time a factory closes and jobs are moved overseas," he writes on his website.

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