Buying the Best Commuter Bike

October 06, 2015
Buying the Best Commuter Bike

The Best Commuter Bike

A lot of Americans are forgoing the car or public transportation as a means of getting to and from work or school. Instead, we’re discovering the many benefits of commuting by bike. Riding a bike can save a lot of money on petrol and allow riders to skirt around those maddening traffic jams. Commuting by bike is also great exercise, not to mention being much friendlier to the environment than fuel-burning cars, trucks and buses.

The rising popularity of travelling by bike has led to the creation of a special bike category known as the commuter bike, also called the urban bike. A commuting bike is specifically designed and built for navigating city streets. Characteristics of the typical commuter bike include:

  • Lightweight frames

  • Large wheels

  • Disc brakes

  • Stylish design (many people see commuter bikes so for some riders it’s important for their bike to be both fashionable and functional.)

In general, a commuting bike closely resembles a mountain bike, although it is not as rugged. It also is not quite as sleek and nimble as a road bike. The commuter bike offers a relaxed, upright riding position to make the journey as comfortable as possible while dodging traffic and swerving around oblivious pedestrians who are glued to their mobiles.

Factors to Consider When Choosing a Commuter Bike

  • The type of terrain and road conditions along your normal route

  • The total distance of your commute

  • The bike’s appearance

  • Tire width

  • Your preferred riding position

Don’t Forget About the Gear!

You probably wouldn’t think of wearing your work or school clothes during your commute, especially if you need to look professional and presentable. Riding in the rain is inevitable, so choose waterproof clothing and gear. Padded cycling shorts can make your ride more comfortable, especially if your commuting distance is at least five miles. Also select a properly fitting helmet, preferably with a liner to keep your head warm on chilly days. Wear gloves to protect your hands, as well as shoes specifically designed for cycling. You should also carry essential repair gear including a spare tube and patch kit, pump, tire levers and a multi-purpose cycling tool.

Browse our current selection of commuter bike products

Take a look at our current offering of commuter bikes and related cycling products. Use our fast and highly sophisticated search engine to quickly locate the best commuter bike for your riding requirements and budget. A number of flexible purchasing options are also available, including Buy Online, Click & Collect and In-Store. Make BikeExchange your online headquarters for all of your commuting bike needs!


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