Roberto Cavalli Adds Animal-Print Accents to Minimalist Exercise Bike

Fashion designer and aspiring lifestyle brand Roberto Cavalli has never met an object he didn’t want to swaddle in animal-printed silk (or better yet, ponyskin). Even a minimalist exercise bike is no match for his zebra-striped ways. Behold, the “Roberto Cavalli for Ciclotte” collection, which adds a jarring touch of the jungle to the sculptural Ciclotte exercise bike. Designed by Luca Schieppati and produced by the Italian materials masterminds at Lamiflex, the Ciclotte is a one-wheeled, two-horned wonder of carbon, steel, or fiberglass that uses four gears with differentiated teeth to generate a magnetic field. This fancy “epicycloid” gear system maximizes resistance levels and recreates pedalling conditions one would encounter on a road bike (so riders can be sure they’re getting their roughly $10,000 worth). Cavalli’s collection of six models, available exclusively at the designer’s boutiques, all feature signature house touches—shinyness, animal prints—for the luxury consumer who likes to go nowhere fast atop a jaguar-patterned ponyskin seat and a wheel of gold steel. Of course, this exotic piece of gym equipment creates a wardrobe dilemma: ordinary athletic apparel clashes terribly with fuschia carbon fiber. Cavalli is on top of it with his new Roberto Cavalli Gym collection (pictured above), which is hitting stores now.

Pony Ride Gold steel, silver steel, and black carbon fiber stationary bikes from the Roberto Cavalli for Ciclotte collection. (Photos: Roberto Cavalli)