How to choose your bike for riding to work
  • 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.

You've decided to ride to work – a great choice because it's cheap, it’s green and it'll help keep you fit and active. It can also be 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 traffic or avoiding eye contact on the Tube. So what’s the best bike for commuting?

You can ride to work on pretty much any bike you like; go on a BMX if you want. But spend some time choosing the most suitable tool for the job and you’ll probably get there quicker and more comfortably.

We’ll run through a few different types of bikes and explain why each one might be the best choice for you, then explain a few things you need to consider before making your final choice.

Read more: road.cc Commuting Bike of the Year 2016-17

Flat bar road bikes

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 get the fast wheels/tyres of a standard road bike and gearing that allows you to commute quickly.

Entry level: Specialized Sirrus bikes — from £425

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If you’re after something inexpensive but decent, Specialized’s Sirrus bikes come with a road bike geometry, and the the cheapest option from the 2018 and 2019 ranges is £425.

Find a Specialized dealer

Mid-range: Hoy Shizuoka bikes — from £485

Hoy Shizuoka - full bike

We reviewed the Hoy Shizuoka city bike (£620.00) a while back and we were really impressed. It comes with 10 gears, hydraulic disc brakes and room for bigger tyres, mudguards and a rack, all of which are strong draws if you’re looking for a bike on which you can commute.

Plus, at 10.5kg (23.3lb), the Hoy Shizuoka is much lighter than the sort of mountain bike that many people use for commuting, and it’ll easily handle long road rides at the weekend.

If you want more gears, there are other options in the Shizuoka range.

Read our review of the Hoy Shizouka city bike here

Higher end: Cannondale Quick Carbon — from £1,300

Cannondale’s Quick Carbon is fast like a road bike and comfy like a mountain bike, and offers disc brake confidence. It comes in two versions for £1,400 and £1,600.

Read our review of Cannondale's Quick Carbon 2
Find a Cannondale dealer

Read more: Buyer's guide to hybrids and flat bar road bikes

Road bikes

A road bike is a fast option if you have a long commute, especially if a lot of your ride is on open, out of town roads where you can make its speed and efficiency really count.

Also, a road bike is ideal for riding sportives, training rides, or just getting out and seeing the country.

Entry level: B’Twin Triban 500 — £349

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Priced at £349.99, the B’Twin Triban 500 is an entry-level road bike but we found it amazingly sprightly. It’s built around an aluminium frame and carbon fork, and gets a 3 x 8-speed Microshift drivetrain (you can get a Shimano Sora-equipped version of this bike for £449.99). Threaded eyelets on the rear dropouts and the fork plus rack eyelets on the seatstays are welcome additions for commuting.

Read our review of the very similar B'Twin Triban 500 SE
Find a B'Twin dealer

Mid-range: Cannondale Synapse Disc Sora 2018 — £849

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With disc brakes for all-weather stopping, 28mm tyres that point and laugh at potholes and mounts for a rack and mudguards, the Cannondale Synapse Disc Sora is ideal as a year round commuter and it’ll handle much more besides.

Find a Cannondale dealer

Higher end: Lapierre Sensium 300 — £1,649

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The carbon fibre Lapierre Sensium 300 is a comfortable, lively endurance bike with plenty of upgrade potential. We've tested and liked the Sensium 100; this is its successor and looks just as good.

Read our review of the Lapierre Sensium 100
Find a Lapierre dealer

Read more: Buyer's Guide to road bikes under £1000
Read more: Buying your first road bike — everything you need to know

Luxury: Whyte Wessex — £2,250

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The road.cc Commuting Bike of the Year 2016-17, the Whyte Wessex is a brilliant all-rounder that can be used for just about any sort of riding, and has the resilience to point and laugh at potholed city streets as it speeds through them.

Fast and sporty, with all the practicality and dependability of hydraulic disc brakes, wide tyres and space for full-length mudguards, the Wessex is a bike that is up to the task of taking on the roughest roads and toughest weather.

Racing aside, it's all the bike you really need for year-round riding in the UK, fast enough for sportives and pacy training runs, comfortable and reliable for grinding out winter miles, and at home on longer commutes. Only a British company could design a bike that is absolutely, perfectly, 100 per cent suited to the demands of year-round UK road cycling.

Read our review of the Whyte Wessex
Find a Whyte dealer

Hybrid

A hybrid combines features of a mountain bike and features 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.

Entry level: B'Twin Hoprider 500 — £399

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The B'Twin Hoprider 520 comes with everything you need to pootle round town, to the office or the shops or just round the park for exercise. It's not the lightest hybrid ever, but it's very well specced for the money.

Off the peg, the Hoprider 520 comes with hub-powered lighting front and rear, mudguards, rack and kickstand. That's a great set of accessories for a hybrid (too often they're just a bare bike) and really makes this bike an excellent choice for commuting and other practical riding.

Read our review of the B'Twin Hoprider 520
Find a Decathlon store

Mid-range: Boardman HYB 8.8 — £750

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Boardman bikes are ubiquitous on the city streets and just lately main man Chris Boardman has been all over the media advocating for cycling rights and plugging his book on bike design, The Biography of the Modern Bike.

Boardman somehow finds time to design nice hybrids too, like this aluminium-framed, round-town speedster. At this level you start finding hydraulic disc brakes, usually a bit more reliable and less fiddly than cable brakes. The HYB 8.8 also has a carbon fibre fork, which helps take the sting out of potholes, and wide-range SRAM gearing.

Find a Halfords branch

Higher end: Trek DS 4 — £950

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The DS 4 is the closest current bike in Trek's line-up to the Trek 8.6 DS that we reviewed a while back. It had some compromises, but we found that bike was competent and comfortable both on the road and off it. The DS 4 is a rather more conventional hybrid than the 8.6 DS was, as it lacks the rear shock absorber of the old bike, but the wide-ratio gearing will make hills a snip.

Read our review of the Trek 8.6 DS
Find a Trek dealer

Read more: Beginner's guide to hybrid bikes

Fixed/singlespeed

Fixed gear bikes (ones without a freewheel so you can’t coast, your feet have to turn whenever the bike is moving) aren't quite as fashionable as a few years ago. They're simple, thanks to the lack of derailleurs, gear shifters or cables to maintain or replace, but having to pedal constantly turns out to be fairly inconvenient.

Just having one gear whatever the profile of your ride isn’t ideal if you live in a really hilly area, but in flatter town fixies have given way to singlespeeds, which at least let you coast. Many singlespeeds have a flip-flop rear wheel that you can turn around to run it fixed if you want to experiment with compulsory pedalling.

Entry level: Jamis Beatnik — £295

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The Jamis Beatnik is a simple, tough steel singlespeed with a flip-flop rear wheel — so you can run it as a fixie if you like — and 28mm tyres. Long-drop brakes mean there's room for mudguards for all-weather commuting.

Mid-range: Kona Paddy Wagon — £599

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We reviewed Kona’s Paddy Wagon fixed/singlespeed a few years ago (priced £550 at the time, now priced at £599). It’s made from Reynolds 520 butted chromoly steel, comes with 28mm tyres that’ll help smooth over rough roads, and there’s plenty of mudguard clearance (you can go to 32mm tyres if you do without mudguards). There are braze-ons for the mudguards but not for a rack.

We reckon it’s worth putting on the shortlist if you're shopping for a fast commuter bike.

Read our review of the Kona Paddy Wagon
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Touring bikes

A touring bike is built to be strong and to carry loads, both of which are useful qualities for commuting.

Entry level: Roux Etape 150 — £350

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When we reviewed the Roux Etape 250 touring bike — the next bike up in the Roux range, with a very similar frame — we said that it bore most of the hallmarks of a classic big journey tourer but that it would be just as suitable for everyday use as a load bearing workhorse commuter. It’s one of the few disc-brake equipped heavy duty tourers on the market at this price.

Read our review of the Roux Etape 250 touring bike
Find a Roux dealer

Mid-range: Dawes Super Galaxy — £1,100

Dawes Super Galaxy

The quintessential British touring bike, the Dawes Super Galaxy has a frame in Reynolds 520 double-butted chromoly steel and wide-range gearing from its triple chainset and Shimano gears. The low ratio is a wall-climbing 26/34, which shoukd get you up anything, even with a full load of luggage.

Modern touches include the Shimano BR-R317 disc brakes and Alex tubeless-ready rims, making this a bike that mixes tradition and up-to-date technology to great effect.

Find a Dawes dealer

High end: Surly Straggler — £1,500

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We were mightily impressed by the Surly Straggler. It’s a sturdy and adaptable steel all-rounder with disc brakes. You can use it on the roads, on towpaths and trails — pretty much wherever you like — and it comes with braze-ons for mudguards and racks.

Read our review of the Surly Straggler
Find a Surly dealer

Read more: Buyer's guide to touring bikes

Cyclocross & gravel bikes

Cyclocross and 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.

Entry level: Genesis Day One 10 — £700

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The Genesis Day One 10 is a singlespeed cyclo-cross bike that’s an ideal everyday commuter if you live in a flat area. Given that purpose, the incusion of full-length mudguards is very welcome.

Find a Genesis dealer

Pinnacle Arkose Alfine 8 2019 — £1,000

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The Arkose Alfine 8 from Pinnacle (Evans Cycles' in-house bike brand) might have cyclo-cross DNA but with provision for mudguards and a rack, it's a good choice for an all-round, general purpose bike that is competent on the smooth and capable in the rough. A hub gear like the Shimano Alfine 8 is a great choice for reliable simplicity if you're going to ride in all weathers.

Rugged road bikes are becoming increasingly popular, with cyclists fed up of being limited to riding just on the road. More and more riders are wanting a versatile bike capable of exploring the countryside via some of the wonderful bridleways, woodland trails and long-distance off-road tracks that exist right across the UK. And the Arkose is a bike that fulfils these criteria.

Read our review of the Pinnacle Arkose 4
Find an Evans branch

Read more: Buyer's Guide to cyclocross bikes

Folding bikes

A folding bike is often the best option for multi-modal commuting. Say you want to ride to the station, take the train, then get off at the other end and ride to the office: a folder could be the ideal bike for you. Most people want something that’s quick and easy to fold and manoeuvrable when packed down.

Entry level: Tern Link C8 — £540

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The Tern Link C8 is a straightforward little bike with 20in wheels that folds down in seconds.

Read our review on the (similar but discontinued) Tern Link Uno here
Find a Tern dealer

Mid-range: Birdy World Sport — £1,259

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The Birdy World Sport is a jack-of-all-trades folding bike that does all its jobs well.

Read our review of the Birdy World Sport
Find a Birdy dealer

High end: Brompton H6L SuperLight Black — £1,835

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Bikes from British brand Brompton are among the most sought after folders. The most basic one-speed Brompton costs £765, but you can choose your own components, luggage, and transporting bags. and the price will alter accordingly. We reviewed the Brompton S2L-X a few years ago and concluded that it was a really neat package, especially if the fold is as important to you as the ride.

The Superlight lops 700g off the standard Brompton's weight.

Brompton S2L-X - folded

Read our review of the Brompton S2L-X here
Find a Brompton dealer

Read more: Buyer's guide to folding bikes

Electric bikes

Electric bikes but they make a lot of sense for many commuting cyclists, providing a solid alternative to a car for urban transport.

Entry level: Giant Liv Ease-E Plus 2 — £1,039

2018 Giant Ease E plus 2

The Giant Liv Ease-E Plus is an assisted pedal power bike with a slim front hub motor.

Read our review of the Giant Twist Lite
Find a Giant dealer

Mid-level: Raleigh Motus Grand Tour — £2,150

Raleigh Motus Grand Tour

If you’re looking for a dependable and well-specced city e-bike that you’re going to use all the time, then around the £2,000 mark is where you’ll find a lot of choice. It’s a big enough budget to get a good mid-motor and very solid transmission and finishing components. The Raleigh Motus Grand Tour is a fine example of a great quality workhorse: The new Bosch Active Line Plus motor is a big improvement over the previous version, and the high-quality build will keep you rolling for years to come. It’s a really nice bike.

High end: Moustache Lundi 26 Alfine Di2 — £3,199

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French firm Moustache make a big range of electric bikes from the everyday to the esoteric. The Lundi is probably the most recognisable of their designs, using a custom low-step-through frame to their own design. It’s one of the nicest e-bikes we’ve ridden. The styling is unique and interesting, and that’s backed up by a good ride and quality components. You’re paying a premium price, but you’re definitely getting a premium product here.

Read the review of the Moustache Lundi 26 Alfine Di2 on our sister site, eBikeTips
Find a Moustache dealer

Read more: Buyer's Guide to electric bikes

Other things to think about

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.

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.

In most cases, the maximum value of a bike and cycling equipment you can get through a Cycle to Work programme is £1,000.

Carrying essentials

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...

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.

Read more: Buyer's guide to rucksacks for cycling

Mudguards and racks

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 mudguards to stop your tyres spraying you with water from the road.

Roux Etape 250 - rack

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.

Read more: Buyer's guide to mudguards

Ride position

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.

Hoy Shizuoka - bars

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.

Other features

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.

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MandaiMetric [130 posts] 1 year ago
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"Find a Jamis dealer" links to whyte.bike site...

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bstock [24 posts] 1 year ago
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I've never rode a Surly Disc Trucker but always read that rather than a "lot of fun to ride" it's a bit of a pig to ride for anything but loaded touring.

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theflatboy [20 posts] 1 year ago
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bstock wrote:

I've never rode a Surly Disc Trucker but always read that rather than a "lot of fun to ride" it's a bit of a pig to ride for anything but loaded touring.

 

So when you have ridden one, you can decide either way 

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bstock [24 posts] 1 year ago
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theflatboy wrote:

So when you have ridden one, you can decide either way 

 

I'll stick with my Kona Sutra cheers, but hey fuck me for trying to be helpful and disseminate information eh.

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Danbury [12 posts] 1 year ago
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bstock wrote:

I've never rode a Surly Disc Trucker but always read that rather than a "lot of fun to ride" it's a bit of a pig to ride for anything but loaded touring.

My Disc Trucker is my go to bike for most rides, plus shopping, commuting and towing a trailer. I have a carbon road bike as well, which is a delight to ride, but the Surly is the bike that gets used the most. It's not fast admittedly, but it is supremely comfortable and capable.  If I ever suffer an N-1 disaster, the Surly will be the last to go. 

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andyp [1591 posts] 1 year ago
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I've never ridden any of these bikes, thus feel no need to offer an opinion on them.

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urbane [100 posts] 1 year ago
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Personally I regard the easy fitting of proper mudguards as compulsory, because even with wet gear, work won't like the smell of much dirt on it and may not provide a shower. Mudguards are also useful in dry weather if there is debris on the cycling surface you don't want to get sprayed with e.g. soil, sand, stones, road chippings, or tree debris.

Also if you don't want a sweaty back or are carrying bulky/heavy stuff, a back rack is important, and not those toys which mount on the seat tube.

I'm also disappointed to see so few bicycles fitted with Hollowtech like gearsets, because I think that they are far superior to bottom brackets with a retained shaft, for the same reasons that fork-shafts are now clamped by the steerer on the outside e.g. simpler, stiffer and more reliable construction, so much easier to fit and maintain.

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Dr_Lex [482 posts] 1 year ago
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I'm slightly curious as to why the Moustache has a single cog on the wheel (for the Di2 Alfine hub gear) but also a derailleur. I assume that it's for chain tensioning, being no horizontal dropouts and  EBB not possible with the Bosch motor.

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sw600 [21 posts] 1 year ago
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Anyone here tried twowheelgear's pannier suit carrier? https://www.twowheelgear.com/products/commuter-garment-pannier

Not cheap, but not many options in this space.

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ClubSmed [722 posts] 1 year ago
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sw600 wrote:

Anyone here tried twowheelgear's pannier suit carrier? https://www.twowheelgear.com/products/commuter-garment-pannier Not cheap, but not many options in this space.

I just either use a normal suit carrier and bungee cords or roll the suit bag up and place in my pannier bag (if I have to carry a pannier bag too so don't have space to lay the suit bag over the pannier rack). As my suits and shirts don't stay on the bike for any more than half an hour they are practically crease free when I arrive at work. Not sure what the time limits would be for still being crease free, I have never had the inclination to try this experiment.

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dreamlx10 [300 posts] 1 year ago
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Not everyone works in an office, some people have real jobs too.

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Johnnystorm [111 posts] 1 year ago
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Dr_Lex wrote:

I'm slightly curious as to why the Moustache has a single cog on the wheel (for the Di2 Alfine hub gear) but also a derailleur. I assume that it's for chain tensioning, being no horizontal dropouts and  EBB not possible with the Bosch motor.

It's probably an Alfine ct-s500 chain tensioner or similar. Does appear to be about 90% of a derailleur!

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ianguignet [36 posts] 1 year ago
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Day one all day long.

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Ronald [57 posts] 1 year ago
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Johnnystorm wrote:
Dr_Lex wrote:

I'm slightly curious as to why the Moustache has a single cog on the wheel (for the Di2 Alfine hub gear) but also a derailleur. I assume that it's for chain tensioning, being no horizontal dropouts and  EBB not possible with the Bosch motor.

It's probably an Alfine ct-s500 chain tensioner or similar. Does appear to be about 90% of a derailleur!

 

Yep... it is and yep it is... Except a bit sturdier than a derailleur.

I have one, but that's because I used an ex-derailleur donor frame (Vertical drop-outs). For a new bike like the moustache it's a joke as they should have used horizontal dropouts - negating the need for the contraption. It is not like the Alfine hub comes with quick-release dropouts.

 

 

 

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kil0ran [1119 posts] 1 year ago
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You need to nudge Decathlon to get you one of their new Riverside range in. Effectively a replacement for the Hoprider with a bit more of a flat bar road bike geo. Hub gear and derailleur versions. Similar prices to Hoprider

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Chrisbpr [35 posts] 10 months ago
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dreamlx10 wrote:

Not everyone works in an office, some people have real jobs too.

agree , all too often I see "cycle to work" and "office" in the same sentence. Some of us work in factories too.

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BehindTheBikesheds [2409 posts] 10 months ago
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ianguignet wrote:

Day one all day long.

I had the original Day 02, absolute beast of a bike, would do everything, handling was epic

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Jem PT [180 posts] 10 months ago
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Another thing to mention is dynamo lights. I have these on my Brompton and they are superb in that you always have basic lights. Sure, in the depths of winter I add more powerful clip-on lights. But as a basic get-you-home-regardless they are great because you do nbot need to worry about battery life.

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Deeferdonk [223 posts] 10 months ago
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Jem PT wrote:

Another thing to mention is dynamo lights. I have these on my Brompton and they are superb in that you always have basic lights. Sure, in the depths of winter I add more powerful clip-on lights. But as a basic get-you-home-regardless they are great because you do nbot need to worry about battery life.

Or put a decent dynamo light on and don't bother with batteries at all.

 

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robertchappel [20 posts] 8 months ago
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The solution to choosing the best commuting bike for you is assuring that it is comfortable and functional for the type of ride you plan to do.

Here I add the best commuting bike to this list.

Brompton M3L 2017 - Only £985.00

https://www.onyourbike.com/product/16286-Brompton-M3L-2017.php

To browse the whole collection of best commuting bikes, you can visit here https://www.onyourbike.com/folding-bikes.php/.

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matthewn5 [1228 posts] 4 months ago
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I saw someone commuting on a Colnago C40 HP yesterday. Their work must have a better bike room than mine... bikes get thrown around, wouldn't risk it.

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inicholson [27 posts] 2 months ago
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The ideal commuter is an all weather, minimal maintenance bike.

Hub gears
Belt drive
Mudguards
Rear rack
Dynamo lights
Disc brakes

I went with a Cube Hyde Race, added a rack (will add mudguards before the winter). That's everything except the dynamo lights - decided to go for Cycliq lights front and rear because I commute in the city and when one of the many morons who cut me up finally gets me I'd like some video evidence.

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vonhelmet [1198 posts] 2 months ago
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matthewn5 wrote:

I saw someone commuting on a Colnago C40 HP yesterday. Their work must have a better bike room than mine... bikes get thrown around, wouldn't risk it.

There’s a cervelo with some high end groupset that gets parked up at my place. Fortunately that’s in a secure basement with proper racks.

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caw35ride [12 posts] 1 week ago
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inicholson wrote:

The ideal commuter is an all weather, minimal maintenance bike.

Hub gears
Belt drive
Mudguards
Rear rack
Dynamo lights
Disc brakes

...and fat tyres. 

It's interesting to see that nearly all of the e-bikes and folders (which are likely to live an urban life) have mudguards, while the vast majority of the regular bikes do not... I commute in London and am puzzled as to why so few use mudguards and racks. Slim racks are available (e.g. Tubus Vega or Disco) that don't add significant width to your ride with a decent pannier or two (get that load off your back!). Mudguards aren't just for your own benefit!  1

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George_GF [3 posts] 1 week ago
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You definetely forgot the CANYON Roadlite CF / fitness series.............