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Crank it up

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The commute may be routine but the bike you ride it on doesn’t have to be. As more and more people discover that a bicycle is an indispensable tool for urban life, Monocle visits five brands and artisans who can liven up city cycling with an elegant, fast ride.

Bicycles, Design, Recycling, Vintage

Almost everywhere – bar China where there are now 4.6 million cars on ­Beijing’s roads alone – city dwellers are taking to their bicycles in increasing numbers. The health and environmental benefits hardly need repeating, but it’s the daily experience – the feeling of being connected to your surroundings and ­arriving at work alert – that is the most tangible plus, turning first-time commuters into cycling evangelists.

It’s not necessarily about Lycra louts and battling traffic. As trailblazers such as Minneapolis and Copenhagen – the birthplace…


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