July 19, 2012
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Merging the convenience of electric with the looks of a classic, the Faraday Porteur Bike ($3,500) manages to straddle the line between the two with grace. Thanks to lithium batteries that are cleverly hidden inside the frame, it looks like a traditional everyday rider, with only an on/off switch and an e-ink battery readout to belie its true nature — pedal, and it will automatically match your power, and when you're wanting to exert less effort, hit the boost button for a little extra help. Other features include LED headlights and taillights that are built into the frame and controlled by an ambient light sensor, and a large front rack that can hold 30 pound loads — or more than enough to carry your dinner and beers from the grocery store to your home.