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Best commuter bikes 2024 — finding the right bike for your ride to work (and back)

Our pick of the best bikes we’ve reviewed for every type of cycle commuting scenario, from road bikes to e-bikes and all points in between

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Commuting to work or doing errands is an excellent choice. Opting for riding your bike instead of a private car or public transport is cheap, and it'll also help keep you fit and active. Often it's quicker than many other modes of transport because you can avoid traffic jams and other delays, and it's a lot more fun than sitting in traffic or standing in a fully packed bus feeling like a sardine in a tin. There is one thing that is crucial for an enjoyable cycle commuting experience and that is the bike. We've created this guide to help you choose the best commuting bike for your needs. 

You can ride to work on pretty much any bike you like; go on a BMX if you want, or even choose an aero road bike if you so wish. Commuter bikes are not a hard and fast category, and unlike aero bikes or gravel bikes, they're less about all-out performance and rather about reliability and comfort. We've also looked at the best options in the feature linked below.  

> How to choose the right bike for cycling to work

To choose the type of commuter bike that is best suited for your needs, we're going to go through a few different types of bikes first, and explain what the pros and cons of each are for commuting. 

Flat bar road bikes

Flat-bar road bikes are basically just road bikes with flat bars instead of drop bars. 

A lot of people prefer the vision and control that they get from a bike with a flat handlebar over one with a dropped bar. With a flat bar road bike, you can still get the fast wheels/tyres of a standard road bike and gearing that allows you to commute quickly.

Road bikes

The best road bikes make a fast and sleek commuter option, well suited for a long commute. The little lower and aerodynamic riding position will benefit you especially if a lot of your ride is on open, out-of-town roads where speed and efficiency can really count.

If you want to also ride in your free time, then a road bike is ideal for riding sportives, training rides, or just getting out and seeing the country. 


A hybrid bike combines the features of a mountain bike with those of a road bike to give you, theoretically, the best of both worlds: a bike that is pretty quick and also tough and durable. In truth, it’s often difficult to tell where the flat bar road bike category ends and hybrids begin - but if you are looking at a flat bar bike with rather skinny tyres and suspension fork, that is likely a hybrid bike. 

Gravel bikes

Gravel bikes are designed for riding off-road but the fact that they’re built to be both fast and durable means they can be excellent for everyday commuting, sometimes with some tweaks for the road.

Folding bikes

A folding bike is often the best option for multi-modal commuting and for those who might not have much space for storing a full-sized bike. Say you want to ride to the station, take the train, then get off at the other end and ride to the office: a folding could be the ideal bike for you. You don't need reservations for folding bikes and you can take them even on buses and inside shops or restaurants which means you don't have to leave them locked outside. Folding bikes are ideal for people who want something quick and easy to fold and manoeuvrable when packed.

Electric bikes

Electric bikes (e-bikes) make a lot of sense for many commuting cyclists, providing a solid alternative to a car for urban transport. If your commute is a little longer or hillier, then an e-bike can save you from unnecessary sweating and exhausting yourself. You do have to think about the charging of the bike, though, which especially in the winter can be harder as the battery might run out sooner than you expected. That said, e-bikes have come a long way in the last few years and most offer ranges beyond 100km on a single charge. 

Single speed / fixies

Perhaps the simplest option for commuting and cutting about town is a single-speed or fixed-gear bike. These bikes don't have anything unnecessary on them; they simply have one gear and that's it. Fixed-gear (fixie) bikes require you to pedal at all times as they won't let you freewheel at all. Unless you enjoy pedalling like mad on downhills, then a single-speed is a little easier option especially when you're starting out with the one-gear setup. The lack of gears is also the obvious drawback of these bikes - if your commutes are very undulating, then it might be tricky to find the one gear that works for ascents, flats and descents. 

How we review bikes

Bike reviews are usually the longest reviews we publish, and a lot of work goes into testing them thoroughly. Our reviewers, with centuries of riding experience between them, ride each bike for at least a month before writing up their findings and coming up with final verdicts.

Every bike we review is assessed thoroughly based on its suitability for the intended discipline and riding style. We also go through the component choices, from wheels and tyres to the drivetrain and finishing kit, when making our verdicts. 

We also compare the bike to its main rivals. If there is a similar bike out there with a better spec and a lower price, we'll take this into account when scoring. 

Why you can trust us

All products included in buyer's guides will be things we've reviewed in full, or are highly recommended amongst multiple members of the team (the latter scenario is rare, but occasionally happens if it's an updated product we can't get hold of for review, or something that has been discontinued).

We've reviewed literally thousands of bikes over the years, and the commuter bikes you'll find in this guide will all have got a very good, excellent or perfect score to be considered for inclusion. No matter how cool the brand is or how fancy the marketing claims are, if the bike didn't perform in the review, it isn't listed here. This is something that can annoy our commercial team and advertisers, but them's the rules.

Of course, the team members who write our guides are all experienced cyclists too. This means you can be sure we've made carefully considered product selections, and the advice you'll find at the bottom of the page is based on our real-world experience. 

The best commuter bikes: our top picks

Ribble Endurance AL Disc photographed in studio

Ribble Endurance AL Disc

Best commuter road bike
Buy now for £1099 from Ribble
Comfortable ride
Good spec for the money
Accepts full mudguards
Carrying a bit of weight
No rack mounts

If you have a longish commute then a road bike like the Ribble Endurance AL disc is ideal as it brings speed and comfort, it also takes full mudguards which are a must if you are riding whatever the weather.

For just over a grand you are getting an aluminium frame and full carbon fork, a Shimano Tiagra groupset with hydraulic disc brakes, quailty Level finishing kit and set of Mavic Aksium wheels.

Read our guide to the best road bikes under £1,500

We found the geometry to be ideal for commuting putting you in a reasonably aero position for the open road, although the front end is tall enough that you can see clearly when negotiating traffic. The slightly more upright position also reduces pressure on your back and makes it easier to carry a rucksack as there are no rack mounts on the Ribble. 

It's also hugely versatile too, making the ideal winter training bike, club machine or entry level racer when you aren't using it for commuting. 

Brompton C Line Urban folding bike ridden by a man on a cycle path

Brompton C Line Urban

Best folding commuter bike
Buy now for £1295 from Halfords
Quick and simple folding mechanism
Rapid acceleration from the small wheels
Lively steering takes a bit of getting used to

We couldn't have a commuter bike guide without including a Brompton, the folding bike brand behind the iconic folder available in a range of builds, and materials and now even as electric versions too.

Bromptons are acknowledged as having one of the easiest folding mechanisms and compact sizes when folded. This makes them particularly appealing for commuters who combine their ride with public transport (no need to reserve space for a folding bike on the train, and you can take them on the tube), and the addition of two small wheels that allow you to trolley the bike when folded is very useful. All very convenient.

Since we reviewed the S6L back in 2017 the line-ups have had a bit of rebrand with the differing ranges now being called A Line, C Line, P Line and T Line bringing a mixture of steel and titanium frame options.

This C Line Urban build is part of the third-tier range using a classic steel frame and fork. It uses a two-speed transmission, comes with mudguards and a front flap to keep your feet dry, plus a carrier mount to accept Brompton's luggage range.

You can also get a model that comes fitted with lights for the ultimate year-round folder. 

Carrera Subway All Weather Edition Men’s Hybrid Bike

Carrera Subway All Weather Edition Men’s Hybrid Bike

Best budget-friendly flat-bar commuter bike
Buy now for £485 from Halfords
Ready-to-go commuter bike
Heated grips fight the winter chill
Wide gear range
Very good hydraulic disc brakes
Mudguards and lights are quite basic

The Carrera Subway has been in Halfords' line-up for years as a mountain bike-styled urban warrior that has always offered a lot of bike for not a lot of money. This All Weather Edition model comes out of the box with some very useful winter-riding accessories like mudguards, basic LED lights and heated bar grips that really add to your comfort in the British winter.

The Subway is an excellent flat-bar bike for both round-town and recreational riding. It handily straddles the gap between a classic hybrid and a rigid mountain bike, but just stays on the road-friendly side of the line thanks to the Vee Tire Co Speedster tyres. Its handling is nippy but not twitchy and it boasts well-thought-out features like a wide, low gear range and very good brakes. The winter-friendly features are the icing on the cake that'll help keep you going through the cold and wet months. 

Whether navigating through city traffic or exploring countryside paths, the Carrera Subway All Weather Edition delivers a fun and dependable riding experience for all skill levels. According to our reviewer, "If there's a better bike out there for less than £500, I haven't heard about it."

Canyon Commuter 5

Canyon Commuter 5

Best flat-bar urban commuter bike with hub gears
Buy now for £999 from Canyon
Fast & fun to ride
Hub gearing
No rear rack mounts

The Canyon Commuter 5 is a fast and fun urban bike that provides all the performance that people who are ready to splash £1,000+ on a commuter are probably looking for. It's not the most forgiving ride, but – ironically – considering how responsive it is, that's actually quite easy to forgive. Perhaps most surprising, though, the Commuter 5 provides all its thrills while also coming with a hub gear.

Just like the MiRiDER which is also featured in this guide, the Commuter 5 also comes with a belt drive which is ideal from a commuting point of view alongside the hub gear. You get longevity, and minimal maintenance and it remains clean even if you ride through the muckiest conditions.

The Canyon is definitely one for those who like a spirited ride, and while it can't take a rack, mudguards are possible. 

Tifosi Rostra Disc Tiagra bike ridden by a man in cycling shorts

Tifosi Rostra Disc Tiagra

Best all-road commuter bike
Buy now for £1299 from Tredz
Mounts for all the essentials
Good ride quality
Polished finish looks cool
Roadie gearing might be a little high for technical off-road riding

If your commute is a mixture of road, by-ways or canal paths then the Tifosi Rostra could be exactly what you are looking for as we found it to be hugely versatile.

Based around an alloy frame and carbon fork with geometry similar to that of an endurance road bike the Rostra is a capable machine on the tarmac, rolling along smoothly on a on a set of slicks up to a maximum width of 32mm tyres with full mudguards fitted.

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When we reviewed it our test model came with a set of 35mm knobbly tyres which certainly opens up the options of routes and terrains.

The handling is well balanced wherever you are riding and the slightly flared handlebar gives extra confidence in the drops on loose surfaces, or wet roads.

Fitted with the latest Tiagra hydraulic groupset Tifosi haven't scrimped on the spec and the external cable and hose routing makes for easy maintenance at the weekend. It'll take a rear rack too.   

Sonder Camino AL Apex 1 Hydraulic bike with bikepacking bags on pictured in a forest

Sonder Camino AL Apex 1 Hydraulic

Best gravel commuter bike
Buy now for £1249 from Alpkit
Semi-internal cabling
Dropper post routing
Fork luggage mounts
Huge tyre clearance
Lovely paint
Confident handling

Alpkit's Sonder Camino AL is a very capable gravel machine that is also well prepped to take on the role of a multi-terrain commuter thanks to big tyre clearance, loads of mounts for racks, bags and mudguards.

The 2022 version of the Camino AL gets an uprated fork to full carbon fibre, and also with eyelets for load lugging. The frame also now has internal cable routing and the front end geometry has been slackened off a bit to give more confident handling whether cruising along the local gravel trails or winding your way through the rush hour traffic.

Read our guide to the best gravel and adventure bikes under £2,000

There are various build options available, or you can create your own build around the £449 frameset that we recently reviewed.

 It's the ideal machine for getting you to the workplace and back during the week before heading out on an epic adventure at the weekend.

Spa Cycles Audax Mono bike cycled by a man in shorts

Spa Cycles Audax Mono

Best singlespeed commuter bike
Buy now for £795 from Spa Cycles
Superbly comfortable
Excellent value
Built for big distances
Saddle won’t suit all
Welding could be neater

Single-speed and fixed-gear bikes are the ultimate low-maintenance commuter bike option, and Spa Cycles Audax Mono offers exceptional value in this category. It features a comfortable Reynolds 725 steel frame, handbuilt wheels, and excellent components. While the saddle might not suit everyone, its overall comfort and efficiency make it perfect even for big, long rides.

Despite a couple of minor drawbacks like the saddle and trickier rear wheel removal, the Audax Mono is an excellent choice for winter training, commuting, and light touring. With its competitive pricing and knowledgeable support from Spa Cycles, the Audax Mono is an excellent option for anyone interested in fixed-gear riding.

Yamaha CrossCore RC on a road

Yamaha Crosscore RC

Best versatile e-bike commuter
Buy now for £2200 from Yamaha
Smooth motor engagement
Excellent range
High value
Cheap-ish components
No mudguards

The Yamaha CrossCore RC is a versatile urban e-bike with the potential for more than just pootling around the town. Despite it's competitive price, this e-bike features a powerful Yamaha PW-ST mid-drive motor that performs excellently in most urban scenarios, offering up to 70Nm of torque. The 500Wh battery provides an excellent range, lasting nearly 40 miles even in adverse weather conditions.

And talking of weather - while this bike lacks mudguards and has cheap-ish components, its overall build quality and performance exceed its price tag. The Shimano 9-speed mix groupset is robust, and the Shimano hydraulic disc brakes work well. The suspension fork may be a little bit of an overkill for urban riding and adds weight, but if you ride off-road then it's great for adding comfort. Overall, the CrossCore RC offers great value compared to similar e-bikes, making it a reliable and fun option for urban commuting and leisurely rides.

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Triban RC 520 Disc Road Bike

Triban RC 520 Disc Road Bike

Buy now for £899.99 from Decathlon
Great value
Plenty of practicality
Easygoing handling
Not hugely responsive

For first-time bike buyers after an optimum blend of build and price or experienced riders after a great value winter bike or commuter, at £849.99 direct from French sports megastore Decathlon, it's hard to look past the Triban RC 520, it really is.

The geometry is relaxed which lends itself well to commuting whether you are mixing with traffic or want a slightly more sedate ride when carrying your kit into and home from work. You can also fit a rear rack to tack the load off your back, and full mudguard capabilities will keep the worst of the weather off of you.

For the money, the RC 520 comes with a great spec list including Shimano 105 components and TRP's HY/RD cable/hydraulic disc brakes.

Merida Speeder 900

Merida Speeder 900

Buy now for £1400 from Damian Harris Cycles
Great all-round performance
Impressive spec
No rear rack mounts

The Merida Speeder 900 lives up to its name as a supremely fast and efficient flat-bar bike. The combination of its smooth and eager ride, impressive Shimano Ultegra spec and excellent hydraulic disc brakes means that it's a whole lot of fun and not short on quality.

At the heart of the Speeder 900 is a 6066-grade aluminium alloy frame and carbon fibre fork that gives road bike performance, but with a flat handlebar. Quick in a straight line and thanks to some well-thought-out geometry, it's not too shabby in the bends.

Coming in at under 10kg you won't feel hampered if your commute is on the hilly side either. With room for 35mm tyres, or 32mm with mudguards, you won't have to worry about the quality of the roads on your route to work. If you don't want to carry your belongings on your back though, the lack of rear rack eyelets might mean you want to look at alternatives.  

Ribble Endurance AL e Enthusiast Shimano 105

Ribble Endurance AL e Enthusiast Shimano 105

Buy now for £1999 from Ribble
Well-balanced geometry
Versatile road bike
Easy-to-use motor system
25mm tyre limit with mudguards
Can feel weighty when just above the motor limit

Got a long commute? Then a road bike is the obvious choice, and if you route is hilly or one that can see you get fatigued by the end of the week then how about one with an electric motor.

The Ribble Endurance AL e brings all of the high points of the acoustic Endurance AL mentioned above but with the added bonus of the Ebikemotion X35+ hub mounted motor delivering a 40Nm boost from the 250 watt-hour battery/motor combination on full power.

Read our guide to the 10 best electric road bikes

The range is good (we easily got 80 to 100 miles out of our review model) and the whole system is easy to use.

It's the same as the standard Endurance AL in terms of full mudguard mounts and easy to live with handling and geometry for taking on the daily commute.

There are a couple of off-the-shelf builds available including this Tiagra equipped option, while Ribble also allows you a certain amount of customisation on their website.  

Cube Nuroad FE bike ridden by a person in cycling gear

Cube Nuroad FE

Best commuter bike with additional accessories
Buy now for £1399 from Balfes Bikes
Low gears help you spin and offset the overall weight
Positive handling
Mudguards are too short
Dynamo light not powerful enough for fast road riding

Cube's Nuroad range uses the sizing from their cyclo-cross bikes and the geometry from the endurance-based Attain range. This gives a quality bike that works across a real mix of terrains without feeling as though it is sacrificing performance or ride quality on any of them.

Tyre clearance is 45mm overall with it easily swallowing 35mm rubber with the mudguards fitted and the Nuroad will take a front and rear rack for carrying your kit to the office.

We found it to be a fun bike to ride behaving well on both the road and the gravel tracks and the gearing is suitably low to offset the weight of the bike and any loads you are carrying.

The Nuroad is another one of those bikes that gives you lots of options on your commute, and also makes a fun gravel or road bike when you have some time to yourself.

The range-topping models get a carbon fibre frame, but the FE we recommend here looks great value for money with its 6061-T6 aluminium frame and includes mudguards, dynamo lights, Shimano Claris groupset, kickstand, rear carrier and bell. 

Kinesis GTD V2 cycled by a man in cycling kit

Kinesis GTD V2

Buy now for £2200 from Merlin Cycles
Excellent handling
Highly versatile frameset
Great comfort vs performance ratio

For some of us, commuting makes up the bulk of our weekly mileage with a trip to work and back making for an excellent training session. If that's the case and your commuter is the bike you are going to spend the most time on you're going to want something a little special, something like Kinsesis' titanium GTD.

The latest version of the GTD is the V2 and it's available as a frameset for you to build into your dream machine.

For commuting compatibility, you get full mudguard mounts and the ability to fit a rear rack. You also get three mounting points for a bottle cage with one sitting under the down tube which is ideal for carrying a tool container whether riding to work or touring at the weekend.

It's a beautiful-looking titanium frame with a massive amount of little details and when we reviewed it we found it to be stiff, comfortable and a real blast to ride. Tyre clearance is 34mm.  

Mirider One GB3


Buy now for £2495 from MiRiDER
Great hill-climber
Nippy throttle
Clean, low maintenance belt drive ideal for a folder
Not the lightest e-folder available

We've already mentioned a couple of folders but if you want a bit of help on the commute something like the MiRiDER One GB3 with its electric motor might be just what you are looking for. 

It has a funky-looking single speed fold-in-half style magnesium frame with integrated but removable battery, mid-frame elastomer suspension and adjustable height handlebars and seatpost. It also gets a three-speed EFneo GTRO gear unit to give some lower gears for the climbs, it's belt drive too so no risk of getting oil on your clothes or hands.

Read our guide to 8 of the best folding e-bikes

In reviewing we found it to feel nippy under acceleration thanks to the 252Wh motor, which should also see a range exceeding 35 miles if you are careful. The built-in display screen keeps you up to date with battery life and other data.

It's not the lightest e-folder out there, but thanks to the motor assistance that's not really a major issue. 

Merida Speeder 20D 2024

Merida Speeder 20D

Buy now for £448 from Cycle Store
Hydraulic disc brakes
Wide spread of gears
Great value
A mishmash of components
Quite heavy

The Merida Speeder 20D is an entry-level commuter and leisure bike that offers practicality and enjoyment in equal measure. With hydraulic disc brakes, a wide range of gears, and mudguard and rack mounts, it's well-equipped for city riding and weekend adventures alike. Despite being a bit heavy, its upright riding position gives you comfort, control, and visibility, which makes it good for riding in the city or on canal paths alike. 

The mishmash of components might not appeal to everyone, but they work well together, providing reliable performance. While this bike lacks mudguards and lights, which would be useful for commuting, its overall value for money is excellent compared to similar bikes on the market. If you're in the market for a budget-friendly commuter or leisure bike that doesn't compromise on performance, the Merida Speeder 20D is well worth considering.

Boardman HYB 8.8

Boardman HYB 8.8

Buy now for £850 from Halfords
Lively ride
Fine spec
Very good value
Bit firm
One-piece stem/bar

The Boardman HYB 8.8 is a great hybrid bike offering excellent value, and it's available as both men's and women's models. With a triple-butted aluminium frame and a full-carbon tapered fork, it delivers a responsive yet solid ride experience and no fuss spec. Sporting Shimano Deore components, including a 1x10 drivetrain and hydraulic disc brakes, this bike provides reliable performance for commutes and smooth shifting for even longer adventures.

The integrated stem/bar setup adds to the bike's aesthetics but does limit adjustability slightly. The ride quality can feel a little firm, particularly for new cyclists, but for experienced cyclists seeking a fast and fun hybrid, the HYB 8.8 is a great choice; its got impressive spec, performance capabilities, and a competitive price. 

Specialized Sirrus X 3.0

Specialized Sirrus X 3.0

Buy now for £769 from Evans Cycles
Capable on the gravel and road
Good spread of gears
Excellent hydraulic brakes
Reflective detailing is eye-catching
Flat bar makes filtering through urban traffic trickier

The Specialized Sirrus X 3.0 is a versatile hybrid bike that combines urban agility with off-road capability. With its wider tyres, mountain bike riser bar, and 1x drivetrain, it excels on gravel tracks while remaining nimble in urban settings, getting you easily to work or to the shops.

The bike's performance on really any terrain, including gravel and grass, is great and we found it offers a very stable and enjoyable ride experience for riders of all levels. The bike's reflective detailing enhances visibility during early morning or night rides.

Overall, the Sirrus X 3.0 is a great, stylish and comfortable do-it-all bike.

How to choose from the best commuter bikes

What is a commuting bike?

The best commuting bike for you will depend as much on you and your riding style as what's on offer in bike shops. A bike for a 15-mile commuting journey on city arterials will probably be very different from one for a two-mile pootle across the park.

A vast range of bike types work well for the office run. The distance, terrain, road surfaces and what else you want to use your bike for all factor in to your choice. In flatter towns, the good old roadster and its modern hybrid descendants are great urban transport.

Want to go a bit faster? Drop-bar options like cyclo-cross bikes, gravel bikes and touring bikes have a good turn of speed combined with wide tyres to ward off pothole damage. Look for rack and mudguard mounts on the frame for all-weather riding, and the capability for on-bike luggage.

What's the best bike for a hilly commute?

If you are planning to ride a standard pedal-powered cycle on a hilly route, then weight is probably going to be the biggest factor regardless of what style of bike it is. That, and gearing which is also really important. Gearing that is as low as you can go would be best for the climbs, while also having a large enough gear for the downhills.

Brakes will be important too, especially if you are riding a bike loaded up with the belongings you need for your daily work. If you have some steep climbs on your route you'll also have some fast descents so going for discs will give you powerful and reliable stopping power in the wet or dry.

E-bikes are an obvious choice for a hilly commute providing it can achieve the range required for you to get to work and back so that you don't have to carry a charger to work with you.

Weight isn't as much of a concern with an e-bike so you can choose something that is suitable for your riding style and budget. 

Read our beginner's guide to electric bikes to see your options.

What is the Cycle to Work scheme?

Many employers offer Cycle to Work programmes that allow you to get a bike tax-free, saving you a lot of money.

> How to save money on a bike with the Cycle to Work scheme

Your employer needs to sign up to a Cycle to Work provider, like Cyclescheme. You join the scheme, choose a bike, do a little bit of online admin and collect the bike from the shop. You then hire the bike with payments taken from your gross monthly salary. At the end of the hire period, you are usually given the opportunity to buy the bike for its market value.

Essentially, this is a cheap way of getting a bike for riding to and from work, and you are free to use it at any other time too.

What are the best ways to carry stuff on my cycling commute?

When riding to and from work you’ll almost certainly need to carry stuff with you, at least occasionally: maybe a laptop, some clothes and shoes to change into if you’re riding in cycling gear, food...

Read our guide to cycling luggage for beginners

Some people are happy carrying this in a bag on their back – either a backpack or a messenger bag – especially if the load is light and/or the journey is short.

For heavier loads and longer journeys you might want the bike to take the strain by fitting a rack and using a rack bag or panniers. If so, many bikes have eyelets designed specifically for taking a rack. If your bike doesn’t have them, you’ll probably be able to use other rack fitting fixtures but bear in mind that disc brakes can sometimes make things awkward.

Should I use mudguards and a rack on my cycle commute?

Some bikes come fitted with mudguards but most don’t. If you’re going to commute by bike in all conditions you might well want to fit some of the best mudguards you can find to stop your tyres spraying you with water from the road.

Many bikes are built with eyelets for fixing mudguards. Again, there’s usually a solution if your bike doesn’t have them, but if you intend to use mudguards, eyelets make life that little bit easier.

If you don't want to carry your belongings in a rucksack (although if this is what you prefer you can always check out our guide to the best cycling rucksacks) then a rack is an ideal solution for you to strap a bag to, or go for panniers which hang over the side. These also allow you to carry extra stuff too, so you can stop off at the shop or gym on the way home.

If your bike doesn't have mounts for a rack there are a huge amount of frame, seatpost and handlebar bags available instead.

What is the best ride position on my commuter bike?

A lot of people like an upright riding position for cycling in town so they get a good view of the traffic, pedestrians, and so on. For that reason they might opt for a flat-barred bike rather than one with a dropped handlebar.

On the other hand, if your commute takes in a lot of open road, a drop-barred bike is likely to be quicker and more efficient.

You need to decide on the best option for your commute.

What features should I look for on a commuting bike?

Some manufacturers offer bikes with other commuter-friendly features. Puncture-resistant tyres are popular. No one ever wants a puncture but it’s particularly bad news if you need to be at the office for an important 9am meeting.

Disc brakes can be useful if you’re going to commute in all weathers because the braking surface is much further away from the road than with rim brakes so you get a more consistent performance in the wet.

Hub gears are often cited as a good choice for commuters because the working parts are sealed away from the rain and spray. That’s true, but derailleur gears will keep working with minimal maintenance as long as you give them a clean and re-lube after riding in wet conditions.

It could be that you’re buying a bike solely for commuting, but it’s more likely that you’ll want to ride it at other times too. That makes things a little more complicated – or interesting, depending on how you look at it!

If you’re going to have just one bike and you want to use it for both commuting and for riding sportives, for instance, you’re probably going to be attracted towards a drop-barred road bike.

If you want a bike you can both commute on and ride on weekends away, you might be attracted by a touring bike.

We all have different commutes and different cycling preferences outside of commuting so there’s not one bike, or even a type of bike, that’s right for everyone.

Suvi joined F-At in 2022, first writing for She's since joined the tech hub, and contributes to all of the sites covering tech news, features, reviews and women's cycling content. Lover of long-distance cycling, Suvi is easily convinced to join any rides and events that cover over 100km, and ideally, plenty of cake and coffee stops. 

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IanGlasgow | 1 year ago

Good selection of bikes illustrating the options for commuters.

Love my fast and fun belt-driven hub geared (hydraulic disc braked) commuter. Minimal maintenance and totally weatherproof. Mine's a BMC Alpenchallenge but the similarly specced and priced Canyon looks great too (and easier to get hold of than a BMC).

Whichever bike you go for; add full mudguards and a rack for year-round commuting.

Then get a spare bike for when it's being repaired/serviced/awaiting parts.
Maybe make the spare an MTB so it can cope with a bit of snow. Maybe get it some spiked tyres for when it gets icy.

marmotte27 | 1 year ago

Commuter bikes? Where are the full coverage mudguards?

Steve K replied to marmotte27 | 1 year ago

Yes. Commuting without mudguards should be illegal.

Stu Kerton replied to marmotte27 | 1 year ago

To be fair, all of the bikes on the list have the mounts to take mudguards, with the road and gravel models accepting full mudguards. They just aren't supplied by the manufacturer.
The ability to take guards was my number one criteria for each to be considered as a commuting bike, although not everyone is bothered about having them.

Adam Sutton | 1 year ago

From the Ribble stable for commute purposes I would choose the CGR over endurance, as it has rack mounts. Not that I am biased and have one though obviously.

Steve K replied to Adam Sutton | 1 year ago
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I have the the Endurance Ti and have a rack (using a seat post clamp with rack mounts and the mudguard points).