Using a bicycle to commute to and from work, school or any other place is a great way to get around. No longer will you be stuck in traffic or restricted to a tedious or over used road home.
Bicycle manufacturers have been listening to their riders and now produce a wide array of bikes to suit all types of commuting. The most commonly used bikes for commuting are hybrids, with a wide variety to choose from.
Hybrid bikes are designed for general purpose and commuting, a cross between a mountain bike and a road bike. Usually the wheels have a road bike diameter but incorporate a wider rim and tyre for enhanced strength. The handle bars are generally higher for comfort and utility but range greatly in design. Overall design varies greatly between manufacturers but shares the common goal of optimising the bicycle for urban environments.
Trekking bikes are a variation of hybrid bikes, and are designed to be robust enough to handle the daily commute, shopping trip or school run but also for weekend jaunts around the countryside.
If you are looking for a good all round workhorse these trekking bikes are a must to consider.
Folding bikes are designed to neatly fold into a small easy to carry and store form. When folded, the bikes can be more easily carried into various places including; trains, planes and automobiles, allowing multi transport commuting.
If you have limited storage space or frequently travel by train and want the advantage of having a bike ready with you as soon as you step off the train then a folding bike is a must!
Classic bikes are designed and made with tradition in mind, normally resembling the bikes popular in the early twentieth century. Historically the steel frames would of been constructed by lugs and brazing, a method some manufactures still follow today (including Pashley).
Regardless of the manufacturing method classic bikes are designed to be comfortable, offering the rider an upright riding position with the handlebars curved back towards the rider.
Not necessarily the fastest bike available to ride, but why rush when you can ride in comfort and style?
City bikes are designed for travelling around urban environments, the riding position and wheel size will vary depending on the manufacturer, but they are always generally equipped with semi slick tyres for less resistence and ease of use on tarmac
Road bikes are designed for travelling at speed on tarmac surfaces. Common features of a Road bike are dropped handlebars, narrow sport tyres to keep you stuck to the road and lightweight frames. Road bikes are great for training or commuting with some manufacturers producing a quality Road bike suitable for competitive racing.