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As you may know, the folks at Bikecommuters.com are big fans of utility bikes — bikes that can haul a load of groceries or people; bikes that are more than just a pretty face.

But, there are inventive and talented builders out there who are taking the concept of a utility bike, throwing in a dash of artistic flair, sprinkling on some mad fabrication skills and rolling out on some really incredible human-powered machines. I’ve collected a handful of my favorites to share with you:

1) The Picnic Table Bike

2) The Waffle Bike:

3) The Pole Dance Bike, from the fertile minds at Poleriders (probably not the best blog to visit at work; there’s some suggestive photography on here that your boss may not appreciate):

4) The Drum Bike:

5) The Couch Bike: