Hermés Creates Ultimate Commuter Bike for People Who Will Never Have to Commute

Hermés Creates Ultimate Commuter Bike for People Who Will Never Have to CommuteCourtesy of Hermés

Here is what François Doré, general director of Hermès Horizons, has to say about their new carbon fiber bicycles, which were handmade in France for Hermés by Time: “The idea was to create a real bicycle that people would use for pleasure’s sake, not as a decorative object. It had to be light, comfortable, slightly retro, but with modern technology.”

Did they achieve this relatively modest goal? Absolutely. The Le Flâneur d'Hermès is a lovely piece of machinery, and at just 24 pounds, it's a lot more manageable than the average retro cruiser. Hydraulic disc brakes and a belt drive add the perfect modern touches, while taurillon leather details keep the Hermés spirit intact. But does all of this engineering and elegance come at a price? Mon dieu, does it ever. Try 8,100 Euros, which translates to roughly $11,000. Yikes.

Of course if the eight-speed Le Flâneur d'Hermès isn't enough bike for you, there's always the Le Flâneur Sportif, a 12-speed "urban racing bike" due out in January. Bring your black card.

Look for Le Flâneur d'Hermès at Hermés stores in November.

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