One of the most common questions for those who are just beginning in urban cycling is: “what type of bikes is best for the city?” In the market we can find a wide variety of styles, colors and prices. All this diversity can be quite overwhelming. To make things more complicated, when we go to the bike shop, the advisors try to sell us the fastest, the lightest or the fastest. These characteristics are important if we are looking for bikes with competitive purposes. However, for urban cycling, what is sought is a bike that facilitates the coexistence in the traffic of the city.
Important features for a city bike:
- Make it easy to start and stop
As part of the vehicle flow we will have to stop and start constantly. It is important that the bikes allow us to place our feet on the ground to wait for the light to turn green.
- That has good acceleration
Acceleration is important to get the bike moving, cross an intersection or make a lane change or overpass.
- That it be visible
When sharing the tracks with other vehicles it is important to remain visible. The different geometries of the frames allow the cyclist to adopt different postures. The more upright it is, the cyclist will be more visible to other users. It is also important that the bikes are equipped with both front and rear lights.
- Let you see the traffic around you
It is important that the cyclist can see what is happening around him. When the cyclist adopts an upright position the arms and back relax, which gives more freedom in the neck to turn around to see what happens around you. It takes a bit of practice to turn sideways or backwards without getting out of the way.
- Make it easy to control with one hand
Hand signals are extremely important to communicate with drivers and other cyclists. These require that we be able to control the bikes with one hand.
- That has an adequate speed range
The range of speeds depends on the topography of your city and the distance you travel. In a flat city more than 6 speeds is a luxury. More than the number of speeds, the important thing is the range you have. In a city with steep slopes a low speed range is required. In a flat city you do not need low speeds. The ranges of high speeds are little used in the city since these are used for speed. For more information on this topic, I invite you to read ” How to Use Your Bikes Changes “.
- Make it efficient
The rear suspension and the tires with taquetes, common in mountain bike, are not recommended for a city bikes. These two characteristics are extremely useful in mountain conditions. In the pavement, both the studs and the suspension (especially the rear) absorb part of the energy that we apply to the pedal. If you are going to use your mountain bike in the city, it is advisable to make some modifications.
As we already mentioned, there is a great variety of bikes styles. The important thing is to choose a bike that you like, that is of appropriate size and that suits your needs. You can find more information in our post: “What everyone should know before buying bikes. Remember to equip your bike with a good play of lights. It is advisable to start with a bike as simple as possible, with time you will realize your needs and you can equip your bike with the accessories that will make your trip more comfortable.
The market is wide, the models of mountain bikes are infinite and the brands amaze us pleasantly for having characteristics that never manage to disappoint us. Meet the best brands in mountain bikes to get started in cycling, start a new route or even compete, you will discover the best recommendations in the following article. From the simplest and basic to the most striking or ostentatious, whatever your personality these manufacturers will always have what you want.
The wheels of urban bikes tend to oscillate between 20 and 26 “, especially for their comfort when going up and down curbs, and wide tires, although narrow tires are also a good option if we plan to drive on asphalt, since that reduce the level of effort and increase the comfort As for the braking system, they are characterized by simple and effective front brakes and pedal brakes. An example of this is the combination V-brake and Shimano M422, or the Sport brakes Alloy.
The pedals must be rigid and not too high on the ground to be able to climb down and climb easily. We must look at the size of the pedal so that they adapt fully to our foot and not escape us when pedaling. Urban bikes are not characterized by a very high number of gears , but quite the opposite. Remember that the main feature is the comfort, so bikes with three gears will be perfect, but if you want you have city bikes up to six and eight gears.
The accessories of the bikes are aspects that can make our trip even more comfortable. The ideal thing is that they have fenders and chain covers to avoid staining, bell, sheath protector and a basket to carry our belongings. Likewise and, above all, if we plan to drive at night, it is important that the bikes have both rear and front lighting. To make the urban bike even more practical, you have the possibility to choose one that is foldable and pick it up without problems every time you arrive at your destination. Also, you also have electric bikes that will make your trip a comfortable and effortless activity.
Although you can use urban bikes without wearing the specific cycling gear, it is always advisable to consider some safety measures, such as helmet use. The city is a space that can become highly dangerous if we do not circulate responsibly and following the rules. Take into account the characteristics of urban bikes and choose the one that best suits your needs.