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Life­style bikes don’t get any cooler than the Quinn and Ruckus from Coast Cy­cles

If aero­dy­namic road-bikes with their sleek pro­files and thin wheels come across as too del­i­cate and too se­ri­ous for the ur­ban run­about; and big burly moun­tain bikes a bit too much of an overkill for that park out­ing af­ter work, these two of­fer­ings might just pique your in­ter­est. De­signed by home-grown bike brand Coast Cy­cles and made ex­actly to strin­gent spec­i­fi­ca­tions in Tai­wan, the Quinn cargo bi­cy­cle and Ruckus fun bike are ev­ery­thing a fun-lov­ing cy­clist would love to have.

The Quinn MINI

De­signed with util­ity in mind, the clean cut Quinn is ev­ery bit the eco-lov­ing ex­ec­u­tive’s dream. In­stead of gar­ish fit-on car­ri­ers, the Quinn’s de­sign har­mo­niously blends in cen­tralised com­part­ments for car­ry­ing light loads right into the de­sign of its frame. Judg­ing from the way it looks, it’s lit­tle won­der that this nifty lit­tle two-wheeler is the re­cip­i­ent of nu­mer­ous de­sign awards, in­clud­ing the if De­sign Award 2016, Red Dot Award: De­sign Con­cept 2015 and Taipei Cy­cle D&I Awards 2016 for the com­pact com­muter cat­e­gory. Dur­ing the course of a week-long test ride, the Quinn has more than once proved it’s prac­ti­cal­ity as a com­muter bike that you’d want to just get on and ride out ev­ery­where. The bike’s stylishly cute looks may turn heads on the streets, but what’s most ap­peal­ing is the bike’s abil­ity to carry a bag neatly with­out com­pro­mis­ing your cy­cling ex­pe­ri­ence or mak­ing you look like a jug­gler on wheels. Im­pres­sively, the bike han­dles well with a great deal of re­spon­sive­ness. What’s most mem­o­rable though, is how fun it feels to be rid­ing a smaller yet im­mensely com­fort­able lit­tle bike which you can take ev­ery­where with­out it wor­ry­ing about be­ing un­able to nav­i­gate round busy streets or tight cor­ners around the foot of heart­land es­tates. Would it make this writer re­think com­mut­ing to and from the of­fice on bi­cy­cle? Most def­i­nitely.

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