After a too-long winter, spring is finally arriving across much of the country. That means it’s time to ditch the car that you’ve been hibernating in during the colder months in favor of a bicycle. May is National Bike Month, but there’s no reason to wait until then to start pushing pedals.
Whether you’re channeling your inner Lance Armstrong (minus the whole blood doping and lying thing), looking for a new way to commute, or trying to recapture your youth, we found six new bikes that are perfect for every type of guy.
CANNONDALE SYNAPSE HI MOD BLACK INC.
Best For: Stealth Tour de France Wannabes
For its high-end Black Inc. collection of bikes, Cannondale challenged itself to see what it could build freed from any price point or weight considerations. The result in the Synapse road bike is stunning. A proprietary carbon fiber makeup is used in the frame, resulting in a stiff, featherlight ride with a geometry that keeps you comfortable on long rides without sacrificing any speed. It is equipped with disc brakes for confident stopping and a stealth matte black color that makes it look more like a B-2 bomber than a road bike.
Best For: Commuters In Hilly Cities
Electric bikes are usually clunky affairs with heavy batteries. The Faraday Porteur brings classic styling but adds a discreet battery and motor that can provide 20 miles of pedal-assisted riding. It has a front rack that makes it easy to carry light loads and sleek bamboo fenders. The entire thing weighs 39 pounds, so you’ll still be able to carry it up stairs, and the battery recharges fully in three hours.
NINER JET 9 RDO
From $5,299, ninerbikes.com
Best For: Rock Crawlers
The unique frame on Niner’s Jet 9 RDO isn’t just for aesthetics (although it does look beautiful). The design, which received a weight-reducing carbon fiber layup this year, is purposefully crafted to provide the most efficient transfer of power on cross-country rides. The full suspension rig has 100mm of travel so it can absorb all manner of bumps and jumps. That’s a very good thing because on a mountain bike that looks good, it would be a shame not to push it to the limits.
PK RIPPER LOOPTAIL 26"
Best For: Nostalgia-Seeking Bunny Hoppers
The PK Ripper was the BMX bike many 1980s kids dreamed of and SE Bikes has brought it back, complete with the “Landing Gear” logo on the front fork. But since you’re a little taller now, it comes in a 26-inch version so that you don’t knee yourself in the chin every time you crank the pedal. This bike is sure to turn heads as you cruise around regardless of whether you can still pop a wheelie an endo.
PURE FIX WALLACE
Best For: Hipster Hoopheads
With its red-and-black colorway, the limited-edition Wallace is an homage to Portland Trail Blazers great Rasheed Wallace (obligatory “Ball don’t lie” link here). Even if you aren’t a fan of Sheed, you’ll still appreciate the bike’s flip-flop hub that allows you to ride it as either a fixed gear or a single speed. The bike has an aggressive enough geometry that it won’t be out of place on a velodrome, but it’s also just as home riding around the city.
TERN LINK D8
Best For: Space-Constrained Apartment Dwellers
One of the biggest challenges with owning a bike is figuring out where to put it. Leaving it on the street is basically asking for it to be stolen. That means keeping your bike in your home, which is a challenge for the non-garage-having apartment resident. Tern’s Link D8 folds into a tight package that can easily be stashed out of sight at either your home or office. You might not pass any spandex-clad cyclists, but with 8 speeds you’ll get moving just fine (and you won’t have to change out of any spandex when you arrive at your destination.)