With public transport reduced and widespread expansion of bicycle lanes in London forthcoming, why not make cycling trips more frequent than the occasional jaunt to the park? Hopping on a bike is often faster and cheaper than a stuffy ride on the bus or Tube – and that’s not to mention the environmental perks, extra workout and chic-factor of a well-chosen model. Let these stylish bicycles carry you through this strange summer and beyond. Stylish Bicycles To Invest In This Summer
An all-round British classic, from the adorable wicker basket – big enough for your shopping, or even a pup – to the traditional sprung leather saddle, Pashley’s Britannia model is made for comfortable, laid-back rides. The model comes in a range of patriotic colours – we love this glossy cherry red.
From £755, pashley.co.uk
Founded in Tokyo in 2002, tokyobike designs were created with dwellers of sprawling metropolises in mind. The Bisou is the most relaxed model in the line up, with light gearing allowing for smooth steering even in hillier parts of town. The only hard part is choosing between the eight colour ways, including this sunny saffron.
Freddie Grubb Westbourne 3-Speed City Bike
Combining classic design with durability, Freddie Grubb’s stylish, low-maintenance models are all hand-built in London. The rose-hued Westbourne bike is ideal for commuting or weekend coasting around town. You can also visit the Freddie Grubb store in Islington – currently operating by appointment only – for a test ride.
From £839, freddiegrub.com
AnalogMotion AM1 Step
Love the idea of cycling but blanch at the thought of pedalling up hills and gasping for breath on your commute? Why not try an electric bike – AnalogMotion’s AM1 Step has all the makings of a classic bike, but with a built-in battery, providing for almost effortless cruising.
From £999, analogmotion.com
Temple Step Through Lightweight
This mint-green number from Bristol-based brand Temple is just as functional as it is elegant. With a rust-proof frame and wide-range gears, it’s great for long rides and smoothly scaling hillier sections. Each bicycle is hand-built to order in 3-4 weeks, and is easily customisable to suit the needs of each rider.
An electric bike made with top of the range intelligent technology, VanMoof’s X3 model goes above and beyond the typical cycling experience. It comes with a host of unique, user-friendly features, including sophisticated theft defence, and even has its own app, where owners can track their rides and configure the bike’s settings with a swipe.
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