The best luxury bikes for your superyacht toy box
by Hebe Hatton
It's often hard to pull yourself away from the sun-soaked deck of your luxury super yacht as you charter around the Caribbean or cruise the coast of the French Riviera but should you feel the urge for some onshore exploring there is so better mode of transport than a bicycle. So if you are up for some challenging rides or just want to gently meander through city streets, here is our pick of bicycles that are as luxurious as your superyacht.
Miansai x tokyobike Classic Sport
Miami-based lifestyle brand Miansai, best known for its popular nautical accessories, has teamed up with tokyobike on a custom-made bicycle collaboration. Based on the London bike maker's Classic Sport range, the elegant design features eight speeds, a light-weight frame and can be fitted with mudguards, racks or baskets making it ideal for discovering new neighbourhoods and exploring urban superyacht destinations. Styled by Miansai's creative director Michael Saiger, the bike features a deep blue frame, tan leather handlebars and seat and copper accents in a nod to some of Miansai's most instantly recognisable pieces.
Miansai x tokyobike Classic Sport (available from November 20), £1,800, tokyobike.co.uk
Ralph Lauren Limited Edition Ascari King
Ascari prides itself on classic designs and using the best quality materials. Each bike is handcrafted in the USA and the attention to detail in each model is exquisite. This special edition of the King series was made in collaboration with Ralph Lauren and it’s easy to see how well these how these designers compliment each other. The bike features Ascari’s signature leather string wrapping and both logos have been inlaid in copper and brass.
Its traditional design may be a nod to the past but the frame itself is made of high quality chromoly, making it modern and durable and the perfect balance between function and form.
Ascari King Ralph Lauren edition, $18,000, ascaribicycles.com
Moynat Malle Bicyclette
Designed by one of the oldest Parisian trunk makers, Moynat, this beautiful bicycle is the embodiment of sophistication and elegance.
The classic trunk that sits neatly between the handle bars is crafted from monogrammed leather lined with suede and comes complete with all the essentials for a decadent picnic a deux including ceramic plates, silverware and napkins. There are also two small drawers, perfect for storing caviar or macarons.
The vintage style steel frame was made in Italy by Abici Italia and comes with a hand stitched Brooks saddle. But really it’s what sits in front of the handlebars that makes this bike so special.
Moynat Malle Bicyclette, £33,659, moynat.com
De Rosa SK Pininfarina Luxury
When it’s the word ‘luxury’ that distinguishes a model as a special edition, you know it’s worth taking a closer look. De Rosa has been working with the renowned Italian car design company Pininfarina to create this aerodynamic road bike and, as the name would suggest, no expense has been spared. The SK Pininfarina Luxury was created using ‘zero friction technology’, features triple layer paint and a complete carbon frame. This sleek two-wheeler is pushing the boundaries of road racing technology without sacrificing on elegance and sophistication.
De Rosa SK Pininfarina Luxury, €11,230, store.pininfarina.com
Moulton NS Double Pylon
Handcrafted from the finest stainless steel, this futuristic looking bicycle takes space-frame construction to a new level. Despite its delicate appearance, the Moulton NS Double Pylon prides itself on its strength, rigidity and comfort. You will be sure to turn heads on this usual, yet attractive ride.
Moulton NS Double Pylon, £16,950, moultonbicycles.co.uk
Le Flâneur d’Hermès
Like anything bearing the Hermès name, Le Flâneur d’Hermès is both elegant and understated. Signature Hermès touches include a saddle, handle bar grips and luggage carrier supports all crafted from the finest bull-calf leather. But this two-wheeler isn’t all style over substance, produced by French cycling specialist Time the ultra-light weight carbon frame makes this bike not just pretty but practical.
Le Flâneur d’Hermès, £8,320, hermes.com
Gucci x Bianchi
The paring of these two iconic Italian brands was a match made in heaven resulting in two limited edition bicycles. The black carbon-fibre off road model is perfect for exploring rugged landscapes but if meandering through city streets sounds more you, the white, single speed option is ideal.
Both models have simple yet stylish frames and are adorned with the iconic Gucci stripes. Alongside the bicycle, Gucci has also created a range of cycling accessories including a helmet, gloves and water bottle for the ultimate luxury cycling experience.
Gucci x Bianchi, $14,000, bianchi.com