Cycle City: 15 Best Commuter Bikes

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.

Diamondback Bicycles Haanjo Alternative Road BikeDiamondback Bicycles Haanjo Alternative Road Bike

This 22 lb. Diamondback bike is built to last while also paying attention to your comfort. The bicycle frame is made from aluminum alloy, which contributes to its durability. The alloy fork on the bicycle increases steering precision.

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.


Dahon Mariner D8 Folding Bicycle QuicksilverDahon Mariner D8 Folding Bicycle Quicksilver

As the name suggests, the Dahon is a folding bicycle. This makes it very easy for you to stow away in a closet. Or even better still, you can fold it up to bring on the train, and then pull it out to swiftly complete the last leg of your journey to wherever you’re going.

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.


Tommaso La Forma Lightweight aluminum Hybrid BikeTommaso La Forma Lightweight aluminum Hybrid Bike

This one is for the efficient riders out there. The frame is built from lightweight aluminum, and it features an HCT carbon fork for weight-saving and reducing vibration. One thing to note is that this bike comes with a lifetime warranty for frame and fork.

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.


Fortified Theft-Resistant 8 Speed Disk Brake City Commuter BikeFortified Theft-Resistant 8 Speed Disk Brake City Commuter Bike

For those of you living or working in a more sketchy area of town where bicycle theft is rampant, you should definitely give this bike a go. It features custom security bolts to deter robbers, and all components are secured on the bike.

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.


Nashbar Flat Bar Disc Road BikeNashbar Flat Bar Disc Road Bike

If you are looking for something that combines comfort and performance, then this is the bike for you. It features a flat handlebar, which is characteristic of a mountain bike. This allows you to remain in an upright position as you ride, thus improving comfort.

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.


Pure City Classic Diamond Frame BicyclePure City Classic Diamond Frame Bicycle

The Pure City Classic comes in three different colors: blue, dark red, and Upton silver. All colors are accented with regular, light silver, giving the bike a sleek and clean appearance.

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.


Raleigh Cadent 1 Urban Fitness BikeRaleigh Cadent 1 Urban Fitness Bike

This bike was made for you if you are someone who rides up and down hills regularly. Its Shimano Tourney 3x7spd shifters give you all of 21 gears to choose from. This lets you manage slopes without altering your speed too much.

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”.


Schwinn Discover Hybrid BicycleSchwinn Discover Hybrid Bicycle

If you are looking for a budget bike with maximum performance, then this one is for you. Its frame is built from aluminum and it comes with a built-in rack and a sport seat. This bike makes it easy for you to hop on and off in a pinch.

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.


Mongoose Men’s Malus Fat Tire BicycleMongoose Men’s Malus Fat Tire Bicycle

At first glance, you might think this bike is completely unsuitable for commuting. But for shorter commuting distances, this bike is ideal. The Malus was built to withstand the roughest weather – think snow in the winter.

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.


Critical Cycles Beaumont-7 Men’s Urban City Commuter BikeCritical Cycles Beaumont-7 Men’s Urban City Commuter Bike

This bike has a very classic appeal. This is especially due to its diamond-shaped frame. The frame is built from a lightweight steel material that makes this bike usable in a number of situations: namely, commuting, leisure and exercise.

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.


Sixthreezero Ride in the Park Men’s City Road BicycleSixthreezero Ride in the Park Men’s City Road Bicycle

This bike was built with a lightweight, understated aluminum frame. It features a classic Shimano 7-speed derailleur, which makes it suitable for most any trip, whether it is a leisurely ride or a long distance journey.

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.


Raleigh Bikes Redux 2 Urban Assault BikesRaleigh Bikes Redux 2 Urban Assault Bikes

If you need something that can outsmart traffic and get you around town with ease, then this bike is worth a try. The Redux 2 has a mountain bike design and an urban style joined together. Not only is it durable, but it’s also stylish.

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.


Camp 20 Inch Alloy Folding BikeCamp 20 Inch Alloy Folding Bike

For those of you who want to bike to work, but still can’t completely avoid public transportation, this bike is for you. This 20-inch bicycle is made from alloy and has an anodized color. If you are into fashion, you’ll enjoy this one.

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.


Dahon Speed D7 Street Folding BicycleDahon Speed D7 Street Folding Bicycle

If you need something a bit sportier to match your style, then this Dahon bike is your friend. Not only does it have a sporty appearance, but it performs as well as a sport bike. You’ll have fun riding this bike to work.

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.


Zizzo by EuroMini Swiss Alps Foldable MTBZizzo by EuroMini Swiss Alps Foldable MTB

This is a 26” foldable bike. As mentioned before, having a foldable bike allows you to move around freely and without obstructions. The Zizzo uses a Shimano 21-speed drive train. It also features a a front fork for absorbing shocks.

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.