Choosing the right bike for commuting is very important. A commuter bike needs to be sturdy enough to get you to and from your destination on a daily basis and it might have to traverse many terrains. Before getting into how to choose a bike, let’s consider three different kinds of bikes that you may come across.
With larger tires that grip better and more complex brake systems, mountain bikes are built for rough terrain. They also have excellent suspension and some people find the riding position more comfortable.
All of those extras make mountain bikes heavier though, resulting in a slower ride, especially if you won’t be using most of them during your day-to-day.
Road bikes, on the other hand, are extremely light, and are made for speed. They won’t do well on terrain other than paved roads and the riding position may be uncomfortable as it is closer to horizontal, especially if you need to transport items on your commute.
A hybrid bike is essentially what it sounds like: a mix between a mountain bike and a road bike. It combines a mountain bike’s more comfortable riding position with the light frame and thinner wheels of a road bike. In general, many commuters opt for a hybrid bike for comfort and ease of carrying items on the commute, although some argue a hybrid bike might lose the benefits of other kinds of bikes without recuperating much in return.
How To Choose The Best Commuter Bike For Your Needs
There are many factors to consider when choosing a commuter bike, some of which you should keep in mind when choosing any bike and some of which are specific to commuter bikes. That said, when choosing a commuter bike, it’s a good idea to ask yourself the following questions:
Do You Need To Combine Biking With Another Mode Of Transportation (Like A Bus Or Train)?
You should consider if you will need to combine biking with another mode of transportation. This might come into play if you bike to a train station, then use the train to get to your final destination or vice versa.
This is important for two reasons: If you bring you bike with you on the second mode of transportation and it is a typically crowded ride, then you might consider a folding bike or a bike that takes up a relatively small amount of space.
On the other hand, if you leave your bike wherever you get onto the second mode of transportation, you may opt for a cheaper commuter bike, knowing that it is more likely to be stolen or exposed to the elements.
Where Will You Store Your Bike While You Are At Work (Or
Wherever You Commute To)?
Once you arrive to your destination, you’ll similarly need to consider where you’ll store your bike while at work. Like in the situation of combining forms of transportation, you’ll have to decide how secure from theft and weather phenomena the bike is and keep that in mind for choosing your commuter bike.
Again, folding commuter bikes can be a good option if you have the opportunity to store the bike inside, but with limited space.
How Far Do You Need To Commute Using The Bike And What Kind Of Terrain Will You Cross?
This is where you may take into consideration the different kinds of bicycles available for different kinds of terrain. Most commuters opt for a hybrid bike, in order to combine comfort and ease of transporting necessary items with speed and weight.
In any case, a commuter bike should be comfortable, especially if you’ll be riding far or with a significant number of items, such as in a full backpack. At the same time, most people prefer a lighter commuter bike that’s easy to ride to reduce the effort needed to arrive.
The Best Commuter Bikes Under 200
With those guidelines in place, here are a few of our favorite commuter bikes under 200:
Folding Bike for Adults Men and Women: This bike is an ideal commuter bike because of its small size and easy storage in combination with the option to add a rear rack to facilitate easier transportation of necessary items for work.
Vertical Equator 26″ Dual Suspension Mountain Bike: Although not all commuters prefer to use a mountain bike, this is a relatively light and simple mountain bike that would be an excellent budget option for adults looking for a comfortable commuter bike.
Frequently Asked Questions:
What bikes are best for commuting?
Hybrid bikes that are both comfortable and lightweight are ideal for most commuters. Some commuters opt for more expensive bikes since they know they’ll be using their bike almost every single day, while others choose a cheaper commuter bike, knowing it may be more prone to theft or wear from the weather.
Lastly, other commuters may choose foldable commuter bikes to make for easier storage on secondary forms of transportation or at their destination. Choosing the best commuter bike for you depends on both your needs and budget.
How much should you spend on a commuter bike?
How much is appropriate to spend on a commuter bike depends on each person’s individual budget and preference, but most people tend toward one of two options:
- An inexpensive (less than $200) bike, knowing the bike may be exposed to more situations in which it may be stolen or exposed to weather phenomena
- A more expensive (greater than $400) bike, knowing they will use the bike every day
In either case, you have the option of many different kinds of bikes, including both hybrid and folding bikes, the two most common types of commuter bikes.
Does biking save money?
Biking does save money in the long term as opposed to driving. It may also save as compared to using public transportation, though likely not as much as compared to driving.
Whether biking saves a significant amount or a medium amount depends on if you still own a car or not. If you are able to completely replace driving with biking, walking and public transportation, you’ll not only save on gas and parking in specific situations, but also in the long term on car payments and insurance.
Even if you’re unable to completely replace the car, you can still save on gas and parking, especially if you commute daily using a bike. Keep in mind, if you do opt to commute using a bike daily, you may need to buy a commuter bike to use on your commute, which can be an additional up-front cost.DISCLAIMER (IMPORTANT): This information (including all text, images, audio, or other formats on FamilyHype.com) is not intended to be a substitute for informed professional advice, diagnosis, endorsement or treatment. You should not take any action or avoid taking action without consulting a qualified professional. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider with any questions about medical conditions. Do not disregard professional medical advice or delay seeking advice or treatment because of something you have read here a FamilyHype.com.
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