Past the age of 10, most people don't ride bicycles. Crazy, yes, but that's what the statistics say. To combat bicycle apathy manufacturers are releasing casual bikes meant to appeal to people that just want to bike around their neighbourhood for fun. Trek bikes, one of the world's largest bike manufacturers seeks to engage the lapsed biker with the Trek Lime.
The design of the bike is about making a statement and being simple with no hassle. The main feature of the bike is the Shimano Coasting gear system. A generator on the front wheel (hidden by the bulbous hub) powers an electric shifter that automatically adjusts to achieve the optimal pedal power. The Trek Lime is a 3-speed automatic. Raleigh and Giant are the other two manufacturers that are licensed to include the Coasting system on their bikes.
Other features that Trek has included to make this bike more convenient is a storage compartment underneath the seat which has enough room to house the essentials such as a wallet and quintessential iPod. The tires are puncture resistant so they are far less susceptible to popping due to nails and glass, and should last longer from regular wear and tear.
Lime comes in four different variations. His, His Lite, Hers, and Hers Lite. Each variation has its own colour pattern to distinguish it from the other versions. The Lite versions are priced at $499, while the non-Lite versions run at $579. A variety of customization options are available which allow you to add fenders, a bell, and a biking computer to track speed and distance.