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Win­ter is here. Ditch the car and treat your daily com­mute as your work­out rou­tine. These are the bi­cy­cles that can do the job

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Ditch the car and treat your daily com­mute as your work­out

Trek SLR9 Disc Brake Dhs53,550 Com­pet­i­tive cy­cling purists, take note. If you need to chan­nel some Tour de France-lev­els of en­ergy into your cy­cling rou­tine, you might as well opt for a bike man­u­fac­turer who par­tic­i­pates in and has won mul­ti­ple Tour de France races over the years. This new SLR9 is be­ing touted as the world’s most com­fort­able and ad­justable aero bike – and jus­ti­fi­ably so. Thanks to an ad­justable IsoSpeed there’s some much needed ‘flex’ added to the seat­mast, which ab­sorbs vi­bra­tions from the road, mak­ing rid­ing this bike for pro­longed pe­ri­ods a com­fort­able propo­si­tion. There’s plenty of car­bon used in com­po­nents like the steerer and dropouts to make the bike as light­weight as pos­si­ble. Speed­vagen GTFO Dhs23,900 This is the great out­doors bike you re­ally need if you choose to head to an overnight camp­site. Sur­pris­ingly, the bike shuns car­bon fi­bre and favours stain­less steel in­stead as the main con­struc­tion com­po­nent of its frames. The stain­less steel used here though is four to six times stronger than that found on con­ven­tional steel bikes and is also sig­nif­i­cantly lighter – a GTFO weighs just 6kg. It’s a sin­gle-speed bike, though you can up­grade it and in­stall gears for an ad­di­tional fee. The up­grade pack­age also in­cludes a light­ing sys­tem and hand­made frame bags that are ex­actly what you need when skip­ping town.

Dior Homme BMX Serie 2 – Gold Edi­tion Dhs12,000 The Kim Jones-di­rected Dior Homme teamed up with BMX spe­cial­ist Bog­a­rde to de­but this fash­ion-for­ward bi­cy­cle ear­lier this year. This is the se­cond of three col­lab­o­ra­tions be­tween them – the first bike was un­veiled just be­fore Christ­mas last year when Kris Van Ass­che was still the artis­tic di­rec­tor at the fash­ion house. There are dis­tinc­tive Dior cues on this bike in­clud­ing the bee logo on the side of the han­dle­bar and the logo on the sprocket. With calf­skin leather de­tail­ing on the frame, and the frame it­self sport­ing a gold fin­ish, this made-in-France two-wheel creation is a stylish piece of kit. The bi­cy­cles are num­bered and lim­ited to just 100 units. De Rosa x Pin­in­fa­rina Meta­mor­pho­sis Sport Util­ity Bike Dhs15,000 Ital­ian de­sign house Pin­in­fa­rina is bet­ter known for its epochal work with car­mak­ers like Fer­rari, Alfa Romeo and Maserati. They’ve now teamed up with fel­low Ital­ian bike spe­cial­ist De Rosa to in­tro­duce what they’re craftily re­fer­ring to as the world’s first ‘sport util­ity bike’. The con­cept comes from the fact that the bike can be used in two ways. You can ei­ther have it with flat han­dle­bars and a com­fort­able sad­dle which is the ideal set up when you’re ped­alling around town dur­ing your daily com­mute, or you can swap it with drop han­dle­bars and a pared down rac­ing-fo­cussed sad­dle when you’re switched on to week­end-cy­cling mode. The ul­tra­light mono­coque car­bon in­ner mould frame, 40mm alu­minium wheels and ro­bust Shi­mano eight­speed bi­cy­cle driv­e­train will be ready for what­ever state of mind (and state of bike) you find your­self on any given day.

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