The Mopion cargo bike (above), the newest addition to the Puma urban series, is notable for its sleek design, especially compared with the often heavy lines of “working” bikes. It’s the latest collaboration between Puma and the Copenhagen-based bicycle and accessories maker Biomega and industrial design firm KiBiSi. Like the other bikes in the Puma portfolio, including urban, fixie and folding models, the emphasis here is on streetwise functionality, easy handling, and super-pared-down style.
The Mopion also will be available in black, as well as a combination of tropical colors (Puma bikes are named for islands in the Atlantic). However, as I’m following week two of the US Open tennis matches in Flushing Meadows, Queens — where Rapha is clad in neon, Roger in baby blue and Venus in spangles — I find myself thinking that there’s a lot to be said for classic white.
And while we’re on the topic of functional design, the Electra Townie Sport 105 (right) is included in the I.D. Magazine Annual Design Review on display through Sept. 10 at the National Design Center at 154 Fifth Avenue in Manhattan. The lightweight aluminum bike in a high-polished silver finish (specs here) claimed a design distinction award in the transportation category for its “refined and simple” visual appeal.
top photo: Puma