The Connor Woody Cruiser ($3,500) combines everything you appreciate about handmade wooden objects into a beautifully crafted, yet utterly simple bicycle. Constructed from layers of responsibly-sourced American ash wood, bonded, laminated with carbon fiber for addition strength without added weight, and sealed with marine spar varnish, these bikes are individually made in a shop in Denver, Colorado. They weigh in at a comfortable 25 pounds, and feature a two-speed internal gear hub, coaster brakes, 29er wheels with fat tires, leather handles and seats, as well as a stylish walnut center strip.
In recognition of BMW Motorrad's 90 years of motorcycling excellence, Ruby has released a series of high-end headgear, the Ruby Munich 90 Helmet Collection ($980-$1,450). While there are certainly less expensive ways to keep your brains intact, there are relatively few that look like these helmets. With design cues taken from the bikes that inspired them — including the classic red and blue stripes on a white field — these helmets come in three variations and a range of colorways. Choose the Belvedere, with its large front visor, the Pavillon, with its exposed face, or the partially enclosed Castel.
Make getting where you're going easier and safer — whether you're commuting to work, or meeting up with friends for a long-distance group cruise — with Hammerhead Bike Navigation ($85). Instead of the graphical display typical of most navigation devices, this one uses a series of colored LEDs as indicators, creating intuitive patterns that can be interpreted in your peripheral vision. As an added benefit, the device syncs wirelessly to your smartphone, letting you adjust the indicators, save and share routes, and even meet up with friends. And for those times when you're without a cellular signal, you can save routes to your phone and the onboard compass will still guide you along your way.
If you live in the city your bike can be a great way to get to and from work — you save money on gas while helping stay in shape — but there are plenty of hazards out there for bike commuters. The Helios Bike Bars ($200) make your two-wheeled transportation safer and smarter, thanks to built-in intelligent LEDs and GPS. The LEDs, including a powerful headlight and rear-facing indicators, light your path and signal to others your intended turning direction and speed. On-board GPS gives you turn-by-turn directions and lets you find your bike if it's lost or stolen. Bluetooth 4.0 connectivity lets you use your phone to control ambient lighting, navigation, and more. Choose from two versions, the bullhorn and the drop bar, both available in black and white.
Icon (purveyors of high-quality light sport aircraft) have released early details on the newest version of their A5, the Icon A5 Systems Layout Model ($189,000), and it looks incredible. These small, two-person aircraft are designed to go anywhere, enabling flight without all the hurdles of larger planes. They feature collapsable wings so they can be trailered around and easily stored, retractable landing gear enabling waterborne takeoff (if there's no pavement around), and sporty 100 horsepower pusher-prop engines. This new model, while still in the design phases, features a black vinyl that's interestingly printed with graphics that depict the internal location and layout of key structures and systems of the aircraft.
Stand out from the rest of the crowd at the skate park — or on your route to work — with one of these Natural Log Skateboards ($100-$200). Made from either vertical grain bamboo, or recycled oak, these boards boards feature sustainable construction that doesn't look quite like your everyday board. Each board has two internal layers of tri-axial fiberglass that give it torsional strength, while Entropy Resins Super Sap epoxy gives the board a little extra bounce. They are available in a range of sizes and styles, depending on how you prefer to ride (whether you want a board for cruising, carving, or a classic board).
You definitely don't need to jump out of the back of a plane to use a Montague Paratrooper Folding Bike ($775-$850), but you'd look a lot more badass if you did. These are the same bikes used by American military paratroopers, so you know they're built to handle punishment, while retaining the ability to collapse into a small, portable package. This makes them ideal for stashing in the trunk of your car, boat, RV, or plane — any vehicle where space is at a premium — and then quickly deploy them with no need for tools.
Turn your hipster-street-cred up to 11 with Pure Fix Glow Bikes ($400). These deceptively-minimalist, fixed-gear road bikes have a surprisingly attention-getting feature — at night their solar-activated paint glows bright, neon green (one hour of time in the sun equals one hour of day-glo at night). Designed for urban travel on flat roads, these bikes have front caliper brakes and 700x28 tires for a great compromise between speed and comfort. Choose from several models, including the hotel, the kilo, the micro kilo, and the zulu.
When you combine 40 years experience making performance bicycle components with 30 years spent working with advanced fibers for race cars, you get the Specialized S-Works x McLaren Venge Bike ($TBA). This bike represents the ideal intersection of lightness, aerodynamics, and stiffness that only a partnership of this caliber could produce. Remarkably, the frame weighs in at just under two and a quarter pounds, thanks to a sophisticated carbon fiber construction that shares design and testing techniques with F1 machines. A one-piece bottom bracket and chain stay, a tapered steer tube, and full internal cable routing contribute to its sleek design, helping make this the world's fastest street-legal bike.
We all know there's nothing like the feeling of wind in your hair when you're tearing down the road at top speed, but for safety-conscious cyclists, helmets too often get in the way. The Bern Allston Helmet ($80) has 16 vents throughout the helmet and a removable liner system that lets your head actually breathe. In addition to superior ventilation, this helmet weighs a scant 13 ounces, making it considerably lighter than most bike helmets, while still maintaining structural rigidity. It's available in several colors, including black, gray, white, and green, and comes with a bill to keep sun and rain out of your eyes.
Don't let its aggressive outward appearance fool you — belowdecks, the Wally 55 Powerboat ($2.4 million) is every bit a luxury sports cruiser. Available with two or three cabins, and space to accommodate a crew member, it can comfortably sleep up to five passengers. A fully-appointed galley and several restrooms with showers mean you don't have to leave the comforts of home when you take to the sea. Four Volvo IPS600 engines producing 435 horsepower apiece push this yacht through the water at an impressive pace of 40 knots. The deck has plenty of space for sunbathing and relaxing (concealed by a wraparound windscreen), and a hydraulic swim ladder makes a perfect launch point for taking a dip.
If your idea of fun involves flying over dunes, tearing down trails through the woods, and ripping across whoops at top speed, then you owe it to yourself to check out the Polaris RZR XP 1000 ($20,000 and up). This model is completely updated with a 1,000cc double-overhead-cam, four-valve-per-cylinder engine that produces a best-in-class 107hp. With 16 inches of front travel, and 18 inches in the rear, it features custom Walker Evan anti-bottoming needle shocks, 29-inch Maxxis Bighorn tires, and an impressive 13.5 inches of ground clearance. Almost infinitely-customizable, you can really make it your own by upgrading the roof, windscreen, and much more.