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The latest bicycles combine cutting edge technology with considered design. Everyone is in on the race, from architects and designers to fashion houses and watchmakers. We showcase the most impressive two-wheelers.

Two-wheelers have come along way since the days of the humble BMW. At one end of the market, there are technological marvels from the likes of BMW, Mercedes Benz and Puma, which use innovative mechanics to produce streamlined performance bikes. And at the other there are luxury brands including Hermes, Chanel, and the Plaza Athenee and Meurice Hotels in Paris, which create impeccably finished frames made from the finest materials. The bespoke bikes created by New York-based designer Francesco Bertelli, which are assembled by hand using handsome woods, suede saddles and chrome frames, define the aesthetic of the modern bicycle. Added in to the mix is a roll call of superstar designers, including Marc Newson and Ross Lovegrove, who are reshaping the silhouette of contemporary cycles. Whether you aspire to Tour de France greatness or University-chic, there is an on-trend tandem for you.

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