Occasionally a machine can be more than just a functional hunk of metal and grease — it can be a work of art, showcasing craftsmanship and design. The Vandeyk x Rapha Continental Bike ($TBA) is just such a machine, built as a partnership between talented, creative folks. Handmade and TIG welded in Germany from Columbus XCr Stainless Steel tubing, this highly-limited piece displays just what happens when designers and builders come together to make something beautiful. The bike stands out as a completely-original piece with a black, pink, and purple custom paint job, disk brakes, a higher tire clearance, and a longer seat.
If you've got a few extra bills burning a hole in the pockets of your flight suit, err cargo shorts, and you don't feel like waiting in line for a G6, it might be time to consider pre-ordering a Saker S-1 Personal Jet ($7,000,000). Sure, it's a bit on the pricey side, but you can't put a cost on the time you'll save traveling across the country at Mach .99. (With a 5,000 hour TBO on the engines and an operating cost of $2 per nautical mile, it's actually pretty cheap to run.) And, even though it looks like a jet fighter, you don't need any special training to fly it — good news for your G6 pilot.
A longboard can be a great way to maneuver the city — lightweight, agile, nimble — but anything more than a stair or two presents a difficult challenge to overcome, except for the Stair-Rover ($360). This longboard has eight wheels, instead of just four, that move independently, allowing it to "scuttle" down a set of stairs relatively smoothly. It's great on uneven terrain like potholes and cobblestones, and rides just like a regular board on smooth pavement. Get yours with a maple or fiberglass deck, black or white chassis, or order the chassis separately to add to your favorite deck.
Whether you're planning on cruising the beach on two wheels this summer, or you want to get a head start preparing for your winter commute, the Defiant Big Easy Electric Bike ($4,500) was made for you. With 4.7-inch fat tires, this bike is ready to handle any terrain — snow, mud, sand, even steep backcountry trails. But, peddling through snow and sand can be tough, especially on wide rubber, so this bike comes with an assistive 500-watt motor to help you tackle anything at speeds of up to 20 mph. Recharge the battery and travel for more than 20 miles on a single charge.
While it might take an illusion to make you look cool on a Segway, the same can't be said for the Scrooser ($3,950). An unusual cross between a lowrider bike and a Vespa, this scooter amplifies the force you generate by pushing off with a small, rechargeable electronic motor in its wheel hub. The fat tires let you carve the streets and sidewalks, cruising at speeds of up to 15 mph (front disk brakes and rear engine brakes let you stop if you lose control). Thanks to an aluminum body, it only weights 61 pounds, so it's also easy to move and store.