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Room for just one person, no engine, and you can forget about storage space.
With that description, you might think twice about parting with a chunk of your annual salary for a modern day road bike.
However, many cycling enthusiasts aren't shy about paying close to £10,000 ($13,000) for the latest in two-wheel technology. Even when that amount of money could buy you a brand new 2017 car, such as the U.K.-listed Dacia Sandero (£5,995) or the Nissan Versa sedan in the U.S. ($12,825).
CNBC takes a look at some of the more expensive bicycles currently on the market.
Described by U.K. retailer Evans Cycles as the world's "winningest" bike because of its success in professional races. The Teammachine has electric gears and disc brakes.
The Foil made a name for itself racking up stage wins in the Tour de France. One Manhattan store will give you precisely one cent change from $11,000. Then you have to buy the pedals.
A German entrant. Canyon claims that the Evo range is so light because access to the frame's carbon mix required special permission from the Japanese Ministry of Defense.
A limited edition with only 85 ever made. The Italian bike was produced to commemorate the 85th birthday of Italian entrepreneur Ernesto Colnago. Former Ferrari Chairman Luca di Montezemolo was among those who attended the bash.
Described by reviewers as a superbike, this is a machine built for velocity. Trek claim its "decoupler" on the seat post make it one of the comfiest rides at high speed.
A modern day English classic is how the marketers of the Exemplar would like it described. It is a made-to-order bike that differs from others by using titanium rather than carbon.
Resembling something out of Batman, the Cervelo is for serious athletes. The bike is designed to store food for triathletes who need to carry as much as 1,600 calories. No gear cables as shifting is done wirelessly.
The Storck is all about aerodynamics and it weighs less than 6.5 kilograms. One excitable reviewer described it as "like having someone push you along."
At 4.86 kilograms (kgs) (again without the pedals), this German bike is an extreme machine, but if you are a bit on the heavy side you may need to look elsewhere. The company says this bike is limited to anyone under 100 kgs.
The Cannondale is described as one of the finest descending bikes you can buy, which means you should be able to fly downhill almost as fast as your bank balance.