Brilliant bikes – personally recommended by men of style

Standout designs from the fast and furious to the compact and composed

The Omnium Cargo, about £2,045 – one of four bikes owned by product designer Øivind Slaatto
The Omnium Cargo, about £2,045 – one of four bikes owned by product designer Øivind Slaatto

Lucas Ossendrijver, fashion designer  

I love the bike I bought from Bicycle Store in Paris. I had it custom made, in matte black, with a fluorescent-orange chain. There are no markings on it and it is composed of elements from different models of bicycle. I wanted it to look like a shadow. Price on request; Boulevard du Temple 17, 75003 Paris (bicyclestore.fr).

The Bicycle Store in Paris
The Bicycle Store in Paris

Christopher Jenner, conceptual designer 

I’m very attached to my Bristol bike by Pelago. It has a Brooks leather saddle and a Dutch upright-style frame, but it’s very fast – which is unusual for this design. It has just three gears and its weight is perfect for me. €675; pelagobicycles.com.

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Øivind Slaatto, product designer 

Cycling is like breathing to me; I go everywhere by bike. I have four: an Omnium Cargo that is useful for carrying heavy things to the studio; a Cannondale sports bike that is great for covering long distances; a folding Brompton; and an old one for leaving at the airport when I go overseas. Brompton, from £845; brompton.com. Cannondale Quick 1, €1,249; cannondale.com. Omnium Cargo, DKr17,499 (about £2,045); omniumcargo.dk.

Pelago Bristol bike, €675 – a model favoured by conceptual designer Christopher Jenner
Pelago Bristol bike, €675 – a model favoured by conceptual designer Christopher Jenner

Barnaby Barford, artist 

I adore my S2L Brompton bike, which I have used every day since I bought it. It’s fast and fun. I also gave my eldest son an Islabike Beinn 20 for a recent birthday. These bikes are extremely well made with the right size components, so they’re easy for children to ride – hopefully he’ll love being out on his. S2L Brompton, from £975; brompton.com. Islabike Beinn 20, from £389.99; islabikes.co.uk.

Artist Barnaby Barford’s S2L Brompton bike, from £975
Artist Barnaby Barford’s S2L Brompton bike, from £975 | Image: Rick Pushinsky

Antonio Sersale, hotelier

I bought a wonderful Cannondale racing bicycle from this great shop in Sorrento called Reaction Retail, not far from where I live. I am not the fittest of cyclists but this is a serious road bike, from a very serious American brand. I cycle regularly with a group of locals on the Amalfitana road. I’m also eyeing a Triumph motorcycle, to go zooming up and down the Costiera Amalfitana. I think it will have to be a vintage one – they’re super-classic; the most classic bike there is. Cannondale racing bicycle, from £649.99; Viale Nizza 58, 80067 Sorrento (sorrentobike.com). Triumph, triumph.co.uk.

Cannondale racer, from £649.99 – hotelier Antonio Sersale’s bicycle of choice
Cannondale racer, from £649.99 – hotelier Antonio Sersale’s bicycle of choice | Image: Gaia Cambiaggi

Oliver Spencer, fashion designer 

My Brompton bike is incredibly flexible and I ride it everywhere in London, including to my studio every day. I like the mechanical set up of this bike and the fact that it’s made in England. I bring it on planes, trains, and even in the back of taxis, and the seat extension allows me to take a child to school on the back. From £845; brompton.co.uk

Brompton bicycle, from £845 – fashion designer Oliver Spencer and product designer Øivind Slaatto are fans
Brompton bicycle, from £845 – fashion designer Oliver Spencer and product designer Øivind Slaatto are fans

Mourad Mazouz, restaurateur 

Transport on two wheels is important to me – although it’s about the sense of freedom as much as the bikes. I was the first in London to buy an eco‑friendly scooter, a Vectrix; it’s free to park in the West End and it’s also good for society. From €4,900; vectrix.com.

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