When choosing the perfect commuting bike, it is important to ensure that it is both practical and comfortable for the type of riding you intend to do. You are highly unlikely to commit to riding your bike regularly to work if you find it to be a chore in the first place, right? So, we have put together this guide that will help you make the right choice!
The type of bike you choose to ride to work will depend on different factors:
*How long will your journey be?
*What kind of paths or roads will you encounter?
*Where do you live?
*What is your personal taste in bikes?
To help make your decision easier, we have included three common types that you can choose from and we have done our best to explain how they are great for commuting duties. Check them out here:
Hybrids are often thought of as road bikes that have flat handlebars. They also have a more upright, traffic-friendly position influenced by mountain bikes. Modern hybrids are now built usually with 700c wheels that are considerably wider than that of a road bike’s. Their wheels are not usually as wide as a mountain bike, but they will still allow you to traverse gravel paths and broken roads with ease.
If you are a beginner and you are looking for a bicycle for general use, or if you are a dedicated commuter that favors a more upright position in traffic, then this bicycle is likely to be a great choice for you.
PROS: Hugely versatile, fairly quick, inspires upright position
CONS: Not the lightest and most comfortable bicycle for longer distances
Despite their spindly looks, road bicycles can make a great commuter especially for those who are planning on travelling longer distances. These bicycles can be used on any type of road and they offer a turn of speed like no other. However, road bicycles that are subjected to a constant abuse of poor weather, potholes, and rough terrain will deteriorate quicker. The great news is that, if you give your road bike the regular maintenance and appropriate care, you can be sure it will last for years to come.
PROS: Efficient, quick, great fun
CONS: Not the most comfortable bicycle for some people
The strong construction and upright riding position of a mountain bike has long made it a popular choice for commuters. While a mountain bike’s tires are great for taking an off-road route such as shell or grassy paths, they might add a considerable amount of drag when riding on paved surfaces. If you are planning on using a mountain bike solely for commuting, it is best to have slicker tires to unleash its full potential.
PROS: Upright position, great brakes
CONS: Not the most versatile
If you want more advice on the best bicycles that will suit your needs, do not hesitate to reach out to us or simply drop by our bike shop today! Visit our website for more details.