Queen wrote a legendary song about them. All the best boutique hotels around the world seem to offer them. An enterprising photographer even devoted an entire blog to how good they look from behind. Bicycles have become an essential part of both our daily commutes and leisurely Sunday afternoons alike. Out of that necessity, creativity has bloomed. Boutique (and bespoke!) bicycles are putting a personalized spin on our favorite way to get around in the summer.
If you want your bicycle to be as personal as your custom Jimmy Choo stilettos, you'll want to check out Republic Bike. You can design and purchase a completely customized ride with just a few clicks and about $400. Equally stylish and colorful, Public Bikes (started by Design Within Reach founder Rob Forbes) and Linus are as impressive as any sports car. Stitched leather saddles, cream tires and impeccable craftsmanship make these two-wheelers true beauties.
Naturally, a stylish ride demands an equally fashionable rider. We matched up eight bicycles—cruisers, mixte and dutch bikes—with complementary seasonal essentials including a baguette-ready basket, pretty and practical slip-ons and even a leather wine bottle holder specificallly made to strap on a frame. The chicest thing on two wheels? Yeah, that'd be you.