Beyond the cruiser: Designing tomorrow's bikes

If any of the winning designs from the Seoul Cycle Design Competition 2010 actually hit the pavement, bikes will pedal even further toward the futuristic than they already have.

Bike 2.0
The winning design, Bike 2.0, has an in-wheel motor and all-electric transmission.You can even add the seat-tube battery to get there faster. Click on the photo to see more runners-up from the Seoul Cycle Design Competition 2010. Inoda+Sveje Design Studio

It's hard to deny, looking at today's flame-throwing bicycles and ultrafoldable-bikes-in-a-briefcase, that bicycles have ridden a long way since the basic balloon-tired cruiser with coaster brake and white wicker basket.

But they're poised to pedal even further toward the future, if any of the winning designs from the international Seoul Cycle Design Competition 2010 ever hit the pavement. The contest, organized by design magazine designboom in collaboration with the Seoul Design Foundation, tasked inventors with envisioning cycles that could advance Seoul, South Korea, as an eco-aware, design-conscious city.

More than 3,000 designers from 88 countries took up the challenge, envisioning an innovative fleet of bikes for urban dwellers who want to save space and energy. Some of the ideas already have wheels; others are just concepts--for now. Click through the gallery below to see some of the winning designs and then be sure to come back and tell us which ones you'd most like to see on the streets of your town.

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