The 10 most beautiful bicycles of 2016

The year's most interesting vehicles have pedals, not pistons.

Beauty comes in many forms. Engineering and craftsmanship can be beautiful.

So can user-friendliness, performance, even social significance - and, of course, forms and colours can be beautiful too.

In this highly subjective annual list of the most noteworthy pedal-powered machinery, we strive to embrace the beautiful in whatever form it takes - from the dazzling neoclassical style of a child's tricycle from Germany to the empowering capability of a pedal-driven wheelchair from Japan.

These are the 10 most beautiful bicycles of 2016.

-The Archont by Ono Bikes

-The Super 73 by Lithium Cycles

-The Volata by Volata Cycles

-The Electric Juggernaut by Rungu

-The Sladda by Ikea

-The G3 by GoCycle

-The Ready Made Road OG1 by Speedvagen

-The Tribel Gran Tourismo by Smikeson

-The Cogy Wheelchair by Tess Co

-The PodRide by Mikael Kjellman

The Archont by Ono Bikes

Photo: Ono Bikes

Price: $2,000-$10,500, depending on drivetrain (about S$2,730-S$14,340)

Archont by Ono Bikes looks like a Schwinn Stingray and a Calder Mobile had a romantic rendezvous, indulging in a bit of the old "French Curve."

At about 3m long, and about 3° Kelvin cool, each Archont is handcrafted and fitted to the rider.

As a bicycle (or parade entry) it's formidable, but with a battery tucked up into a faux-fuel tank and an electric motor, it's a gorgeously quirky (and quick) daily commuter - assuming your commute is to a coffee shop by the beach in some quasi-utopian future. -David K Gibson

The Super 73 by Lithium Cycles

Photo: Lithium Cycles

Price: €2,999 (about S$4,096)

From a specifications standpoint, there isn't much about the Super 73, from California-based cycle-maker Lithium, that braves new territory among electric bicycles.

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