Traverse the city streets in style. Design that finds harmony of form and function, the Papillionaire Sommer is a smooth, easy-riding experience.

With an upright sitting positioning and swooping step-through frame, the Sommer draws on both modern and classic design.

Frame: Powder coated chromoly (CRMO) steel

Frame size: 43cm (16.9″) or 48cm (18.9″)

Gears: Nexus Shimano internal hub in 3 or 8 speed.

Brakes: Tektro dual-pivot front and rear caliper brakes. 

Tyres: Kenda Kwest 700 x 35c (cream or gumwall)

Protectors: Mudguards & half chaincase

Finish: Crafted, durable leather saddles, grips & other accessories

Colours: Maya, Boston Red, Black, Ferst, Cream, Birdie Yellow, Peach, White

Weight: 14 Kg

  • Melissa - San Fransisco

The Sommer is a ridiculously pretty bike. As photogenic as it is, the bike is even better looking in person. I just about fell in love with the gentle curve of the handlebars. They seemed the perfect width for my girlish shoulders.

  • Fiona - Fitzroy North, Victoria

I bought a Sommer bike from you guys in September last year. And I love love love the bike.


After years of riding road bikes, I loved the upright posture of the step-through. Due to the nature of the frame, I was riding nice and high. I found that I had a great view of my surroundings, especially as I biked down busy Market Street in the middle of the day.

3 Speed
Perfect for mild to intermediate hills, the 3 Speed Shimano hub is a clean no-fuss gearing system. The gears are spaced well apart to make sure you still get plenty of assistance going up or down hills.

8 Speed
Ideal for more challenging commutes, the 8 Speed Shimano hub offers a wider range of gearing to handle more difficult inclines and for greater power on downhill and flat gradients.

SMALL (43 cm)
Recommended height 4'10" - 5'2" | 147cm - 157cm

REGULAR (48 cm)
Recommended height 5'3" - 5'11" | 160cm - 180cm

The Sommer is Papillionaire’s vintage bike. Inspired by the timeless step-through design of the early 20th Century, the Sommer has a vintage aesthetic with modern components. Blend into the city streets or country slopes with a beautifully designed vintage bike.

Ride the streets in jeans or a dress, the Sommer is designed to compliment any get-up. A swooping step-through frame allows you to easily mount the saddle.  Hi-rise handlebars provide an upright sitting position to enjoy a relaxed and steady weekend ride or work commute.

Made from rigid Chromoly (CRMO) Steel, the Sommer is lighter and more durable than most other vintage bicycles. 700 x 35C Kenda Kwest tyres help absorb bumps from cracks and cobblestones. Steel mudguards and chainguard protect you from splashes in wet conditions. The Sommer is also designed with a long head tube and mounting points for a rear carrier to hold your vintage baskets on the front and rear.

Available in 3 or 8 speed, with low-maintenance internal gearing. The internal Nexus Shimano hub allows for simple gear changes, wide gear ratio and minimal design. 

Bike Accessories are available to complete your vintage bike.