For those design aficionados and fitness enthusiasts who have envisioned a piece of exercise equipment that rethought the traditional and brought a new refined aesthetic to the indoor bicycle, Ciclotte has arrived. Ciclotte was created to integrate into the modern interior as a showpiece, and hold its own in a space furnished with a such design objects as a Toio floor lamp, Bertola chair or Saarinen table, as shown above, while still offering its owner an exceptional ride.
Designed by Luca Schieppati, a young designer from Milan, and produced in Italy, Ciclotte breaks the rules of traditional gym equipment that has focused only on the functional aspects. The uniquely distinctive large wheel was inspired by the bicycles of the late 1800’s and has been reinterpreted into a carbon fiber and steel design that offers a smooth and efficient riding experience. There are 12 speeds of magnetic resistance enhanced by such details as oversized circular pedals, ergonomic and multi-position prong-like handlebars and racing saddle, and accessories like an iPad holder.
Ciclotte is produced in a sophisticated palette in both carbon fiber and steel models. As expected, this piece of luxe fitness equipment does not come cheap. Prices range in the $10,000 to $12,000 range, not that surprising when considering the furniture and art whose company it keeps. Ciclotte is available online at www.ciclotte.com and also here in NYC at VoceDi, where I had the fun of taking it for a little test spin and imagining a life where I owned not just the bike but the whole house that went with it.
Photograph by Ezio Manciucca