Bianchi by Gucci Bicycles

First comes Audi..Missioni..and now: Gucci.

With the rocketing popularity of bike shares in cities worldwide, a pair of wheels has become the must-have cosmopolitan accessory. Luckily, Gucci is experiencing its own renaissance and has teamed up with another iconic Italian brand, the high-end bicycling manufacturer Bianchi, to create the fashion house’s first line of bikes. Designed by Gucci Creative Director Frida Giannini, the hot wheels come in two models: a white-steel-single-speed City edition with custom-leather grips for city cycling; and a black-carbon-fiber monocoque Urban model built to transition well from the street to the countryside. Add a helmet and gloves—also designed specially by Giannini—and you’re ready to ride in style. Urban bike, $14,000; City bike, $6,200; gucci.com.

Read more about the partnership here: http://www.gucci.com/us/worldofgucci/articles/bianchi-by-gucci-bike

Have a great one,

Jim

Did you hear? …

Cincinnati was ranked the #3 top US destination for 2012 on Lonely Planet’s website!

Seen Cincy lately? The pretty city on the Ohio River – off the main cross-country interstates – gets bypassed by many road trippers, but it’s quietly transformed itself in the last decade into a worthy weekend getaway. Life centers around the river – much which can be seen by foot: river walkways are best on the Kentucky side, reached via a couple bridges including John Roebling’s Suspension Bridge (a prequel to his famous Brooklyn Bridge). Narrow, twisting (and steep) brick roads of the Mt Adams district lead past 19th-century Victorian townhouses and the free Cincinnati Art Museum, while the once-dangerous, emerging Over-the-Rhine, just north of downtown, is home to the Findlay Market and a sprawling collection of historic Italianate architecture. Best, though, is the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center, open since 2004, on the banks of the river where many slaves escaped to freedom in the 19th century.

What else could we add to this list? Eden Park. The Cincinnati Zoo. Jungle Jim’s. The Cincy food trifecta: Graeter’s, Skyline and Montgomery Inn. We’re proud our hometown received some recognition + that Jim’s Bicycle Shop is a part of it!

Best,

Jim