Bikes Made For The Space Age

They've still got two wheels and pedals, but today's hottest bicycles owe almost everything to the Space Age--and look like they could zip along at warp speed. Borrowing freely from the aerospace industry, manufacturers are making bikes from fiber composites, metal-ceramic mixes, and molded plastics shaped into wind-cheating frames and parts. The new materials make bikes lighter and let them go faster with less effort than before. Also, new on-board electronics can do everything from change gears to adjust shock absorbers for the road conditions.

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