Eric and Antoine Duvauchelle were born in France but grew up partly in the United States, and in both countries, says Eric, “we ride bikes everywhere.” Eric is the designer and his brother is the “brains” behind Cylo, Eric explained during a recent interview. Not that Eric’s a slouch at his work — he’s a former design director at Nike and is a graduate of the London School of Design. Together they invented the Portland, Oregon-built Cylo because they were both “a bit tired of seeing commuter bikes needing to be stuck in ‘retro mode,’” Duvauchelle explains. He also says he’d always wanted to design a bicycle, especially one that would be universally attractive, but also 100 percent “done” at the time of purchase. “You don’t go buy a car and then go somewhere else to get the lights, and another place to buy fenders. Why should bikes be that way?” To that end, the Cylo comes with built-in fenders and with both a brake and headlight completely integrated (all of which makes these erstwhile accessories much harder to steal).
Duvauchelle says the modern look came from a utilitarian approach with hundreds of iterations. At first, the bike was a bit too angular, but now the sloping top tube and undercut clearance allow both easy mounting and dismounting in traffic, and the higher undercarriage provides a simple “handle” for walking the Cylo up or down stairs. Plus, it's loaded with tech: The brake light operates based on an accelerometer (as you slow, it brightens), and features like GPS will allow theft proofing via an app-based tracker. [$1,850; cylo.cc]