On Your Bike
With fashion, entertainment, F&B and seemingly all things style taking a long hard look back in time for inspiration in recent years, it was inevitable – merely a matter of time – before even transportation took a turn for the retro. So Shanghaiers, put away your metro card, lower your taxi-hailing arm and pull on your trendiest skinny jeans and slouchy fedora – because high-end Italian bicycle manufacturer Abici has opened a showroom in Huangpu, and cycling around the city just became the most fashion-savvy modus transportius for the upwardly mobile.
Forget 10-speeds, carbon frames and – heaven forbid – lycra cycling-wear, Abici’s nine different models hark back to a simpler time when handlebars were made for doubling your friends and clothing fibres were natural. Featuring sturdy steel frames, brown leather saddles and sport handlebars, each bicycle is handmade in Italy and quality tested before being imported for sale. And with a vibrant colour palette spanning khaki, plum, mint green, sky blue and more, there’s surely a hue to match your favourite pair of loafers if that is what you so desire. Complete the look with optional extras like wicker or wire baskets, leather tape or wood handle grips, and detachable leather satchels, and you’re all set for ultra-hip leg-over fun.