The Ride Of Your Career: Commuter Bike Hot Picks
There really is no better way to get to work than by bike. Sure, we’re somewhat biassed but hear us out: it’s not just a line to help us shift units! A bicycle is cheaper to run than a motor vehicle, as well as having a smaller impact on the environment. Most of us know that, but did you know that people who commute by bike also take 1 fewer sick days per year than their cycle-less colleagues? Plus the regular exercise is proven to help you concentrate and make you more productive, and if you ask us there’s nothing better for blowing away the bad vibes of a sub-par day than the spin home!
So – now you’re convinced, you’ll need the right bike. Well, that’s where we come in. We’ve pulled together some key choices to cover all kinds of commute. Let’s get into it!
Keep It Casual – Urban E-Bike
Ideal for the new cyclist, but equally loved by those who have embraced two wheels for a more relaxed outlook on the world. Electric bikes are quite rightly taking the world by storm (see our thoughts on this in more detail here), and the commute is their core territory. All the benefits of travelling by bike, without getting sweaty – what’s not to like?
The Trek Allant+ 5 is built around the renowned Bosch pedal-assist drive system. It really has to be ridden to be believed, it’s like having a permanent tailwind! The upright position and wide tyres provide a planted, confidence-inspiring ride with excellent visibility in town traffic. The battery range is enough to embark on a few adventures on the weekend too! Pick the Lowstep option for easy leg-swing mounting and maximum Dutch style points.
The Training Opportunist – Aluminium Endurance Road Racer
The alter-ego of the Weekend Warrior, from Monday to Friday this rider looks to make the most of the ride into the office. After all, there’s no such thing as junk miles! Concessions to practicality do tend to add weight, but the commute *isn’t* a race. Any extra grams carried are just helping you get stronger, and features like mudguard mounts pay dividends in the winter. Nobody likes a grit-filled chamois!
The Trek Domane AL2 Disc borrows the tried-and-tested endurance geometry from its carbon fibre siblings, but the aluminium frame keeps costs down and is less wince-inducing to thrash around the potholes of urban roads. Internal cable routing and an unfussy groupset in the form of Shimano Claris minimises the time you’ll spend on fettling and maintenance, while tubeless-ready wheels are on hand to help keep punctures at bay too.
Multi-Modal – Folding E-Bike
Some journeys just aren’t feasible to complete entirely by bike. That doesn’t mean those cycle commute benefits are off limits though! Folding bikes simply pack up and come on the train with you, ready to get moving again from station to destination.
The Eovolt Afternoon neatly balances a compact fold with a familiar ride feel, thanks to the 20 inch wheel size. The punchy hub motor kicks out 40Nm of torque to deal with any tough climbs along the way, while the chunky tyres, disc brakes and mudguards shrug off inclement weather conditions. The integrated lights are also a handy feature, no chance of forgetting them charging at your desk! Built at the Eovolt factory in Lyon, France, these bikes are constructed to the highest standard – and if you ask us, the pastel powder coating is the icing on the cake!
The Happy Medium – Lightweight Hybrid
The bicycle format most commonly referred to as a hybrid is probably the most commonplace, and as such it probably gets taken for granted a little bit. However, there are good reasons that this style of bike has become ubiquitous with two-wheeled travel. Uncomplicated, gears for all occasions, nippy enough for a turn of pace when you need it but robust enough to take that wrong turn down a bridleway: these bikes pretty much do it all.
The Trek FX 3 Disc is a shining example: the aluminium frame and carbon fork create a light, nimble-handling chassis great for road riding, but the wide tyre clearance means there’s no need to stop when the asphalt ends. If you’re the sort of person who’s prone to following their nose on the ride home, the FX 3 has your back. Wide-range Shimano gearing borrows from the mountain bike world, so even loaded up with panniers steep inclines can be winched in comfort. The hydraulic disc brakes are powerful but easy to use – and consistent in the wet. Eyelets for mudguards and a rack also make the FX a suitable option for touring.
For a closer look, head in to see us in Bedford. Drop us a line if you're travelling to make sure we have the model you're interested in built and ready to sit on. We keep plenty of accessories in stock – mudguards, locks, racks and more – so if you have a hot new Cycle To Work voucher ready to go, we'll have you riding in no time.
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