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It’s the New Trend: Car Branded Bicycles

Electric cars are certainly the future of cars. We won’t be able to consume these amounts of oil for ever; oil is running out fast. So, electric cars will be our preferred mode of transportation and car manufacturers are already doing their best to deliver electric vehicles at an affordable price. We will have to wait a little bit till the moment comes, when every family will own its own version of an electric car, that, I can only assume, it will be recharged much faster than now. However, there is a mode of transportation that is absolutely safe for the environment: it’s the bicycles and that’s already a trend among the urban aficionados with green sensitivities.

Bicycles have been around since the 19th century. Even today bicycles amount for the most popular vehicle in the world, with 1 billion (!) in total. This is easily explained if we think of populous Asian countries, where buying a car is not always an available option. In the developed Western countries, though, the situation is somehow different: people can usually afford to buy a car. Nonetheless, there has been a renewed interest in bicycles; we might even call it a trend. From Manhattan to Berlin and from Melbourne to Barcelona thousands of youngsters choose to move by bike.

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This is what probably inspired big car companies to engage more actively in the production of bikes. Sure, in many cases the car companies just license their logo to bike manufacturers; but in other cases car brands do offer to their customers the pleasure of a distinctive and inspiring bike model. Such is the case of the MINI folding bikes: you buy it, you enjoy it and then you fold it, to just put it at the back of your MINI Cooper! BMW has been actively engaged in producing bike as well; they have been making bicycles for over 50 years, actually! Currently the Kids BMW Bike is available at the price of $325. This can be the perfect present for your kid; as for yourself, well, check at the new cars offered by BMW and suit yourself!  

BMW Bike for Kids

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

And there are plenty more of these very special surprises that we can get from car manufacturers: did you know that you can buy a special edition BMC bike that will cost you… $25.000? Well, it is certainly not an average bike; it is a BMC Impec Lamborghini Edition bike and only 50 of them were ever produced.  If you find it unaffordable to buy a Lamborghini car, then you can tame your craving by simply getting yourself a bike; that will do for a while, don’t you think? Also, Porsche launched its own bike and its price is more moderate: you can make it yours with only $5.900. That’s more like it!

 

Apart from these somehow luxurious options, there are plenty of affordable car brand bicycles such as the GMC, Jeep or MINI, as we have mentioned before. With a few hundreds, one of them can become yours and your afternoon hang outs around the city can become faster and healthier for your body.

This relationship between cars and bicycles is not exactly new: Tour de France was launched in 1903 in order to build some interest for cars among the public. It was still the time when cars were taking their first steps before they went to conquer our modern urban landscape.

There are plenty of little heavens for bikes in the world; Amsterdam surely stands out due to its massive use of bikes in an experiment that was more than successful: it changed the whole rhythm of everyday life there. 8 out of 10 of Amsterdammers own a bike and millions of tourists flood Amsterdam streets every year to have a taste of it. A modern city must be bicycle friendly nowadays and this is, in my humble opinion, a very welcoming change.

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