Bicycle design has come a long way since our first Schwinns. During the 2011 London Design Festival, I came across several new bicycle designs, which are tapping into the way we like to get around the city these days. For more photos, including a spectacular bike rack/bookcase from Tamasine Osher, see our Facebook album: London Design Week; Bicycles.
Above: Tokyo Bikes are lightweight and have been designed with comfort in mind over speed; they're perfect for riding around cities. For more information, go to Tokyo Bike.
Above: Australian designer Gary Galego designed the Carbonwood bike to explore the possibilities of a composite-material frame. The bike's carbon-fiber frame is sandwiched within a wooden frame, resulting in a bike that has a comparable strength to one made of steel. For more information, go to Matilda.
Above: An object of pure beauty, the aoi.cycle's stainless steel curved frame is welded by hand. For more information, go to aoi.cycle.
Above: An alternative to the bicycle, Swifty Scooters are made for adults and can be folded up easily for commuter portability; £450.