It gets us excited to see more and more people asking us about the best commuter bikes so they can start cycling to work! If you’re looking for new, fun way to commute to work that’s both good for you and the environment, buy a bike and strap on that helmet and get ready for the ride of your life!
Choosing the best commuter bike
Here are 5 questions to ask when choosing the best commuter bike for your Vancouver commute:
- Do I NEED a commuter bike? Your first step to finding the absolute best commuter bike is to know how long your commute will be. If your commute is less than 4-5 kilometers (~3 miles), any bike will do. For longer commutes, look for a bike that built for longer riding times and one appropriate for the type of weather and terrain (ie: paved roads, gravel trails) you’ll be cycling though.
- Do I need 1 gear or multiple gears? This is an extension of #1: knowing your route. If you’ll be biking on mostly flat, paved roads you could save a few bucks by choosing a single gear or fixed gear bike. If your commute will be over different terrains and elevations, consider a multiple gear bike so you have an easier ride.
- What tires do I need for Vancouver commuting? Vancouver is a beautiful city, but we’re no strangers to rainy commutes! Choose tires rated to stand up to puddles and slick roads. Also consider tire size. A skinnier tire may help you ride faster with less effort but they can get stuck in trolly or train track grooves. Yet another reason why knowing your cycling commute route is so important.
- Is there space for my stuff? If you need to bring a backpack or bags with you on your commute and don’t want to wear a backpack, consider what options your bike has for strapping bags (like Panniers) to your bike, or consider a basket or small pouch on the front handlebars for small items like phones and wallets so they’re in easy reach.
- Is it comfortable to ride? This is the ultimate test of the best commuter bike! Even if it’s got all the bells and whistles, if it’s not a comfy ride, you’ll either have a miserable, sore rear end or you won’t commute by bike anymore and you’ll have wasted your money.
Still confused about choosing the best commuter bike? Thankfully the knowledgeable team at Simon’s Bike shop is here to help you! Visit them in person on Robson Street or see some of the commuter bike brands they offer on their website.