If you are living in a big city, then you know how the rush hour traffic can get. Spending 3 hours on the highway each morning just to get to work drains even the best of us.
In comes the commuter bike. Not only will it completely reduce the time you are wasting sitting in traffic, but it also packs a solid punch where a good workout is concerned.
Still, when it comes to getting across town, not every bike is built for that kind of abuse every day. And all bikes are definitely not comfortable when riding for so long.
That said, it’s important to get something that can handle the distance without leaving you sore afterwards.
Here are the 15 best commuter bikes for the job.
It features a Shimano Sora 2×9 drivetrain along with FSA cranks. The sora shifter provides very consistent shifting performance, allowing you to confidently navigate even the roughest of terrains with ease.
The handlebars on the bicycle lay flat. This makes it easy for you to ride in an upright position. The bike also features Tektro brand disc brakes, and mountain bike pedals. The seats have the ability to mount a rack. This comes in very handy for holding your gear while you are on the go.
This bike was built to give you efficient mobility. It features 8 different speed levels, giving you options for riding at a moderate speed or super fast if you are running a bit behind schedule.
The folded size of the Dahon is what makes it so convenient for public transport. Its folded dimensions are 25.6 inches in height, 31.1 inches in width, and 12.6 inches in depth.
The bike weighs in at a manageable 26 pounds and comfortably supports riders ranging in height from 4 feet 9 inches to 6 feet 3 inches. The maximum weight this bike bears is 230 lbs.
The 3×9 Shimano Acero group set gives you access to a wide range of gears. With the variation of gears offered, you can easily adapt to any riding conditions and terrain you encounter.
The bike also uses Shimano Acero rapid fire shifters, allowing you to change gears at lightning speed without breaking your flow. The compact frame and flat handlebars encourage you to ride in an upright position, thus improving your comfort.
This Tommaso comes in sizes from XXS to XL with the XS weighing just over 24 lbs.
The frame and the chain of this bike are made from lightweight aluminum. This is a rust- resistant material that helps keep the bike in pristine condition no matter the weather. The puncture-resistant tires on this bike prevent you from having to deal with flat tires in the middle of your journey.
This bike was made particularly for those of you commuting on a daily basis. It features a total of 8 different speeds, giving you the flexibility to adapt as needed in any situation.
The frame and steel forks are made from durable TG-welded aluminum. It uses a Shimano 3×8 speed drivetrain, which allows for efficient gear shifting; the range of gear ratios gives you flexibility to navigate any terrain, especially those hilly roads.
It features Tektro mechanical disk brakes for increased stopping power and benefits from luxurious 700×32 Kenda Kwest tires, making rough roads a breeze.
This bike also comes with a flat handlebar, which encourages good posture, thus providing you with more comfort. The frame is made from strong hi-tensile steel, elevating the durability of the bike overall.
One feature that stands out is that this bike comes with 2 shifters: the 3- speed Shimano Nexus Twist Shifter and the 8- speed Shimano Twist Shifter.
The chain is covered by a chain protector, which stops oil from getting on your clothes as you go. The bike also has front and back alloy caliper brakes, as well as a 3-piece crank set. It also features 30 mm deep dish alloy rims and spokes made from stainless steel.
The bike features flat handlebars made from steel. These let you ride in an upright position, thus improving your posture and comfort level. It has large, fast, and efficient 700c wheels, while the tires are a bit wider to provide more traction as you move around.
The bike comes in different sizes ranging from small to extra large, and it is available in 2 colors: black and tan. The smallest bike accommodates heights between 5’3” and 5’6” while the largest one is able to carry heights between 6’ and 6’4”.
Some notable features include the Schwinn suspension fork for absorbing shock and a suspension seat post. A 21-speed SRAM grip shifter is also included. This lets you change gears quickly and easily.
The swept-back and upright handlebar keeps you sitting tall on the bike. The bike overall weighs in at just over 40 lbs and measures 70 inches and 43 inches in length and height, respectively. The tire measures 400c in size.
The Malus knobby tires measure 26 x 4 inches in size, and it comes with beach cruiser pedals. This makes it easy to adapt to any terrain and footwear. The bike features alloy wheels 4 inches wide, and it comes with disc brakes.
The Malus uses the Shimano rear derailleur, a 7-speed gear shifter for easy, efficient gear changes. The bike frame measures in at 26 inches, which makes it ideal for persons of average height.
One other feature to pay attention to on this bike is the handlebar. The bars are positioned at a low height, which makes mounting and dismounting a breeze.
The bike is complete with RevoShift grip shifters and a Shimano 7-speed drivetrain. This allows you to ride at a high speed with precision and complete control. It also comes with front and back alloy brakes.
The tires measure in at 700 x 35c. These are covered with fenders, preventing you and your gear from getting dirty. The bike also comes complete with a rack at the back for stashing your load while you are on the go.
This bike is definitely on the more affordable end, but the quality of the materials used would have you believe otherwise.
It comes with both a front and a rear hand brake, which makes it very easy for you to stop the bicycle. A rack is also conveniently placed above the rear wheel for holding your groceries or whatever you need to bring to work.
The tires are 700 x 35c and have double-walled rims, which make for a smoother ride. The tires are also covered by fenders matching the color of the frame. The seat is made from comfortable, synthetic leather, and the handlebar and seat positions allow you to ride in an upright position.
The bike is ideal for riders between 5 feet and 6 feet 2 inches tall.
It features robust 27.5-inch tires. This size is very useful when you are navigating rougher terrains as the tires provide sufficient padding to reduce jarring and vibrations. The bike also holds fender mounts and racks for bringing you and your gear around town.
The Redux 2 offers 9 speeds with Shimano shifters. It ranges in size from small to extra-large. The small-size bike carries commuters between 5’3” and 5’6” in height; the extra-large one carries between 6’ and 6’4”.
It was built with hydraulic disc brakes. This makes it very easy for you to safely stop the bike in both wet and dry conditions.
The Camp bike features a Shimano Altus 16-speed rear derailleur, allowing you to commute at a wide range of speeds with ease. The bike comes equipped with magnets that make it very easy to fold. This is super convenient if you need to bring the bike on public transport.
Other features include a front and back disc brake, an adjustable kickstand, and a cargo rack at the back for carrying your belongings. The bike also comes with fenders over the tires to protect your gear from getting dirty.
As the name suggests, the Dahon is a folding bike. This makes it easy to store or take with you on a bus, train or even into work. The frame is made from a lightweight material, making it easy to carry around.
The Dahon weighs just under 27 lbs and features 7 different speeds for versatility. The rims are crafted from aluminum and measure around 20 inches in size. The rims come with 20 hole front and 28 hole rear hubs.
The bike also has a non-telescoping handle post, made from aluminum. The position of the seat and handlebar encourages you to sit up properly for the most comfort.
The bicycle has both front and rear disc brakes, making it very easy for you to stop. It also has a flat handlebar that keeps you sitting upright when you are on the go.
The Zizzo comes in a space gray color and has a maximum weight capacity of 220 lbs.