The perfect bike for a sweet summer ride

On a sparkling sunny day, there’s really no better feeling than sailing around the leafy city backstreets on two wheels, skirt cheekily billowing in the self-created breeze. (Hair smushed by a helmet, of course.) A bike can be utilitarian and sporty, it can be squeaky and tortuous to ride uphill, like the cute vintage ’70s models—or it can be a dream to ride and a thing of great beauty, like this GranTurismo Donna cruiser by Italian company Abici. In the prettiest lilac, this single-speed with hand-built frame will have you whizzing around town in high European style–and the full chaincase will protect your shins from unsightly grease marks. The cream grips and rich tan leather seat alone give me shivers of pleasure. I want it! At $950, it’s not exactly a steal, but sometimes beautiful (and functional!) things are worth saving up for.

At Curbside Cycle, Toronto,, or call 866-920-4933 to order.

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