City riding isn't just about getting from A to B - it's about travelling in style. That’s why our carefully curated a range of urban and commuter bikes look the part and deliver on performance too. Here are five of the best as picked by Cycle Surgery Bike Buyer Sam Bannister...
There aren’t many 2018 bikes that can match the Whyte Glencoe for looks. That matte black aluminium frame with gold detailing and internal cable routing; those classic-look folding tan tyres, as lightweight as they are forgiving; that simple 1x11 drivetrain, oozing efficiency and sophistication; those drop handlebars; that all-black cassette and chainring combo; those rims! It really is a beautiful thing to behold. But it’s more than just a pretty face.
Marin is a relatively young American manufacturer, based in the notoriously hilly county of the same name just across the bay from San Francisco, California. You may not have heard of them, but they’re starting to make serious waves on this side of the Atlantic with their range of high-performance MTBs and no-fuss urban/adventure bikes. And when looking at the Fairfax SC” IG 2018, it’s easy to see why.
At first glance it might not seem like anything special – just another reasonably priced flatbar leisure bike. But closer inspection reveals a number of small innovations that set the Fairfax apart from other bikes in its class.
For one, the Fairfax SC2 IG 2018 uses an 8-speed Shimano Nexus internal gear hub. Hub gearing is a much-underused feature on urban bikes as dependability (hub gearing requires less maintenance than a derailleur setup) and tidiness (no oily cassette to sully your nice clean slacks) are attributes that lend themselves perfectly to commuting.
Barbour is an iconic British brand with a rich heritage of designing stylish, innovative and practical lifestyle products. So as a partnership, Barbour and Brompton fit together like proverbial hand in proverbial glove.
The bike itself is a standard Brompton, with M-type handlebars and 6-speed gearing, finished in iconic Gloss Barbour Green. It comes equipped with a generously sized Tarras bag made using Barbour’s signature waxed cotton, which can be fitted to the front of the bike or easily carried using a shoulder strap. The brown Brooks B17 saddle provides a final touch classic styling.
If you’re looking for the perfect two-wheeled companion to commute, improve your fitness, or just enjoy a leisurely park ride with, then the Specialized Elite Alloy Women’s 2018 is the bike for you.
Built around a simple 1x9 gearset, the Whyte Whitechapel 2018 is a no-fuss, fast-urban bike engineered to help you easily negotiate traffic then turn on the afterburners for open stretches. One shifter, one gear mech, one cog and one chainset means that there’s very little to go wrong mechanically – so if you want to use ‘bike problems’ as an excuse for being late to work, don’t tell your colleagues that you ride a Whitechapel.
Based on Whyte’s award-winning mountain bike geometry, the Whitechapel features a long wheelbase for improved high-speed stability and a relaxed 70-degree head angle for excellent slow-speed manoeuvrability. The steep 73.5-degree seat angle, more commonly seen on road bikes, creates a riding position that helps you to push down hard on the pedals, driving maximum power through the cranks.