Limited Edition James Perse Cruiser
Those of us who still haven’t stopped thinking about the vintage beach cruiser we rented on vacation have a serious case of I-Must-Have-It when it comes to the Limited Edition James Perse Cruiser.
The wide tires, spacious handlebars, and steel frame make this bike comfortable enough for lazy rides on the boardwalk and tough enough for urban riding, while the muted orange frame and black detailing show off the striking architecture of the custom-built end result. (Limited Edition James Perse Cruiser, $2,500)
Schindelhauer Ludwig XIV
Schindelhauer bikes are known for their elegant look and smooth ride, and the newest member of the family — Ludwig XIV — is no exception.
The 14-speed bike promises low maintenance and a quiet ride — a result of the Carbon Drive belt and the Rohloff shifting — and comes with sturdy disk brakes, a sleek leather seat, and a splash guard for keeping you polished on even the muddiest commute. (Schindelhauer Ludwig XIV, $2,900)
Xtracycle 2011 Big Dummy
If you’ve been holding off on switching to a bike for rides under two miles because you just can’t imagine getting a week’s worth of farmer’s market vegetables home in your basket, then the Xtracycle Big Dummy can solve that problem.
This cargo-carrying two-wheeler has its devotees boasting that they’ve carried everything from “100 pounds of recycling to my daily office cargo (laptop, clothes, and lunch)”, while the road-tested steel frame can carry up to 400 pounds (including the rider). (Xtracycle 2011 Big Dummy, $2,000)
Electra Amsterdam Girard 3i
Electra’s Amsterdam bike, designed to let you pedal with flat feet and with an enclosed chain to keep your clothes from getting dirty, claims to be the ultimate combination of form and function.
And the most recent models, designed by former Herman Miller textiles honcho Alexander Girard, are straight up gorgeous, too, with one-of-a-kind patterns, colors, and add-ons (think fenders, racks, a bell) that making climbing on board a pure joy. (Electra Amsterdam Collector’s Edition Girard 3i, $980)
Every one of Pashley’s bikes is built by hand in their factory in Stratford-Upon-Avon, England, where a respect for the history of cycling combines with modern techniques for a line of swoon-worthy cycles.
The company’s newest model, the Pashley Parabike, is “based on the bicycles dropped by parachute behind enemy lines in the 1940′s,” says the website, but comes with 5-speed hub gears and enclosed brakes that mean its just as comfortable and efficient in peacetime. (Pashley Parabike, £540)
Think of the Velorbis Arrow as the Ferrari of your bike collection, a sleek, smooth ride designed to get you where you’re going at top speed.
Velorbis created the Arrow as its contribution to the world of sport bikes: the rugged steel frame is offset by sophisticated leather trimmings, and at a sprightly 26 pounds, it’s easy to get — and keep — moving. (Velorbis Arrow, $925)
Set yourself apart from the crowd with the limited edition Epitaph bike from autumn: The company will make only 12 cycles (as of this writing, ten are unsold) so you can just about guarantee that no one on your block will be riding the same one.
And that would be their loss: With twin-mounted tires, custom alloy rims, hand-cut grips, seat, and tank made of aged leather, and a powder-coated black steel frame, the Epitaph is as handsome as it is functional. (Autum Epitaph, $3,000)
Derringer Bespoke #42
The rich, eye-catching green of the Derringer Bespoke #42 from designer Chris Kang isn’t the only thing about the motorbike that will make heads turn: You can also customize everything from the copper rivets and white tires to leather seat and tool bag.
Meanwhile, the 1.8 gallon fuel tank and overhead valve 4-stroke engine make the bike an energy-efficient alternative to even the smallest cars. (Derringer Bespoke #42, Price upon request)
At first glance, the Madsen kg271 bike seems like the perfect way to haul groceries, gear, or those potted herbs you’re finally going to plant in your garden, but that rear bucket has another use, too: It comes with removable seats (and belts) for up to four passengers.
Keep your entire cargo safe with the bikes fine-tuned features, including a Promax DSK-720 disc brake, a built-in locking system, and SRAM X5 derailleur and shifters. (Madsen kg271, $1,350)
Concept Hybrid Bike
This hybrid cycle is still in the concept stage, but it’s already hooked us with an intriguing shape and brilliant behind-the-scenes workings, which combine “the aerodynamics of triathlon bikes with the added power from the electric assist technology of commuter bikes,” writes Jaymi.