Commuter Bikes Buying Guide
Good for: Mixed terrain | Comfort | Riding on busy roads
Price Range: £275 - £1200
Brands: Whyte, Giant, Charge, Trek, Specialized
Hybrid Bikes, as their name suggests, combine mountain bike and road bike characteristics so you can travel at speed but also cover mixed terrain on your journey, whether it’s tarmac, gravel, grass or even a bit of mud. With a comfortable upright position Hybrid Bikes are stable and easy to ride but their large 700c road bike wheels and lightweight frames assist a speedy get-away when required. The tyres are semi-slick to provide some grip on rough terrain but not limit power on the smooth stuff. Plus, if you fancy a bit of leisure riding with family or friends around the park at the weekend, a hybrid bike will provide you with lots of fun and keep you rolling whichever path you choose to explore.
Good for: Mixed terrain | Speed | Help up the hills | Long Journeys
Price Range: £2000 - £3600
Brands: Scott, Whyte
The popularity of Electric Bikes is growing quickly as the technology becomes more efficient and the batteries become smaller and lighter. E-bikes are designed to boost your natural pedalling power so they look and feel like a standard Hybrid or Flat Bar Road Bike but you can achieve higher speeds with less effort - perfect for a fun, sweat-free journey into the office!
We are often asked what the difference is between a commuter bike and a standard Sportive Road Bike. The main difference is that commuter bikes typically have a more upright riding position so that you can better see the road ahead and other vehicles around you. Commuter bikes will also have wider tyres than a road bike to provide a bit more stability and, depending on the type of commuter bike you are looking at, the ability to cover rough terrain whether it’s a cycle path, gravel path or bridleway. Road bikes are very much built for speed and as such have slimline, aerodynamic frames, whereas a commuter bike will be a bit more robust and able to carry your panniers, luggage and even a child seat. Road bikes will handle hills and strong headwinds a bit better than a commuter bike but if your journey is fairly flat, a commuter bike will be just fine.
Other features to make your commute a breeze...
If you are planning to buy a bike to commute to work on, take a look at the UK’s Cycle to Work Scheme which could save you hundreds of pounds on a new bike. Simply put, your boss buys the bike and you pay it off monthly from your gross salary meaning you save on income tax and national insurance. Read our Cycle to Work Scheme Guide to find out more.