7 Bicycles from Car Brands to Pedal Off With Your Disposable Income
If you are into fast cars, there's a chance you’re also interested in other speed-related activities. Perhaps downhill skiing, power boats, or maybe even the simple open-air fun of a bicycle. Automakers must see this tie-in as well, because they can’t stop building special edition bikes with their names all over it. A common thread you’ll notice from these bikes is they are all from premium brands. The marketing department at an exotic car company must know that if you are willing to plunk down hundreds of thousands of dollars, you’d be more than happy to part with a few thousand for a bicycle with their name on it. But in many cases, it is more than just some expensive stickers, as you’ll find out in the collection of automotive-branded bicycles, below. RELATED: This Caterham Electric Bicycle is So Cool in So Many Ways Ferrari Bikes
Perhaps the most notorious in the high-priced branding game is Ferrari. Since most of us will never own one, the closest we can get is apparel or gear with the Prancing Horse affixed to it.
What we see here is actually one of the more affordable Ferrari products, considering the price of a non-branded item. The CX 60 originally stickered for around $900, which is not too far off from what you might pay for an upscale mountain bike. If you are feeling deprived of the Ferrari price-bump, there’s a Ferrari-branded Colnago CF2 mountain bike going for $3,799 on eBay right now.
BMC 50th Anniversary Lamborghini Bicycle
This bike is the BMC Impec Lamborghini 50th Anniversary edition. It features a Swiss-made carbon fiber frame aiding in an overall weight of just 15.1 pounds. That light weight comes at a cost, with an average sticker price of between $6,000 and $6,500. But add a special paint job and the Lambo branding and you’re looking at a €25,000 ($27,900) list price, though some are retailing for $29,700.
Lotus Type 1 LC Racing Road Bike
If there was ever an automaker that seemed like a believable pairing with bicycles, it would be Lotus, a company that has long stood by the slogan, “Simplify and add lightness.” Using a carbon fiber frame, it weighs in at only 16 pounds. Mercifully, it doesn’t have the same astronomical price as the Lambo bike, listed at 5,200 Euro ($5,800).
Aston Martin One-77 Superbike
Here’s a British automaker that has a bit less of a less logical tie-in with bicycles, considering Aston Martin makes sports cars that are heavy hitters compared to Lotus. But Aston Martin is known for its dramatic designs, and the One-77 Superbike fits the bill.
In addition to its striking look, it features an onboard computer to monitor your workout. Like other bikes on this list, it features a carbon fiber frame, and like the Lambo-bike, it has the staggering price of €25,000 ($27,900).
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Koga Spyker Aeroblade
Last we heard from Spyker, rumors were swirling that it might return from oblivion to build electric cars. In its original incarnation, the supercar builder’s most eco friendly initiative was the Aeroblade.
The frame was made from titanium while an aluminum-glass-fiber-coated carbon composite makes up the wheels and mudguards. In its utterly striking design, it might be the only bike on this list that is actually worth its large pricetag of roughly $15,000. This car was released back in 2009 and only 50 were made, so good luck getting your hands on one now.
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We were impressed at how the Spyker and Lotus bicycle offerings perfectly reflected the personalities of their brands, but neither of them better embody their respective brands better than the FDB268 represents Hummer. Like the defunct 4x4 brand, this bike features a full-off-road suspension setup and a very rugged design. It pushes the utility boundaries by being completely collapsible. They don’t sell new ones, but you can get one on eBay for upwards of $600.
Porsche has full lineup of road, mountain, and even kids’ bikes, so you can start ‘em on hemorrhaging money early in life. The standard Porsche bike costs $3,699 and instead of being chain-driven, features a unique geared belt drive. But the top dog is the Porsche Bike RS, a lightweight carbon fiber road bike with a price of $8,299. But if you feel like that’s too much money, or you’re probably not going to be that active, the bucket seat office chair is available for around $6,000.
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