If you're going to ride something everyday it's really got to feel great, look great and be as reliable as possible. So, with that in mind we've searched the UK and beyond for the best commuter bikes that 2017 has to offer. Whether you are a seasoned city rider or you're making your first tentative rides along canal paths to work, we still need the same few essentials from our morning ride.
1) Speed. It must be able to keep up with the traffic.
2) Confidence. It should feel great to ride so you can tackle those streets with purpose.
3) Weight. You never know when you might spot a short cut up a flight of steps. You should be able to fling your bike over your shoulder and ascend with (relative) ease.
4) Comfort. This is your everyday ride so it needs to fit your body perfectly.
1. The Reid Esprit
The Reid Esprit is a lightweight and responsive ride. The nimble frame and straight bars make this an ideal bike to weave in and out of traffic. It's a pretty good price too so you can leave it outside without worrying for the rest of the day.
With the Esprit, Reid have managed to combine retro style with modern components and agile design. The stripped back construction makes for a quick and lightweight bike - perfect for city rides.
2. The Bobbin Luna
Perfect for a fast paced, longer commute. The Bobbin Luna is a retro-inspired road bike with a contemporary twist, ready to handle a dreamy London to Paris adventure, or a quick dash across town. With a women's -specific compact steel frame, it features user-friendly STI road gears to get you up and over hills.
Speedy, reliable and adventurous: that’s the Luna.
3. The Pashley Penny
Comfort and versatility were Pashley's top priorities when designing the Penny. Although not as nippy as some of our other choices, it's certainly the most comfortable and is a dream to ride over pot holes and through the rain. The Penny boasts a handmade Brooks leather saddle and Sturmey Archer hub gears and brakes which allow for rough riding through mud sleet and snow while staying protected from the elements.
All this makes the Penny a fantastic alternative to a dull modern hybrid bicycle, combining Pashley’s traditional values with the very best contemporary design and componentry.
4. The Tokyobike Bisou
Simple, lightweight, responsive and very quick. Tokyobike have designed a bike that balances speed and comfort perfectly. The upright position means allows for a healthy back and eyes on the traffic while the smaller 650c wheels give you fantastic acceleration.
5. The Bobbin Black Orchid
Cutting through the city scape with a technical set-up suited to distance commuting, the Black Orchid has serious elegance. It features a nimble steel frame, 16 gears and super-safe hydraulic disc brakes.
The Black Orchid features a womens-specific urban frame and flatter bars for a sportier feel. With a wide range of gears, it’ll easily get you up any big hills you encounter on your route.