The many advantages of biking in terms of fuel savings, physical exercise and environment friendliness are all well known to most of us. However, there is a strange lack of regard that is exhibited at many of the cycling forums and by avid cyclists for commuting bikes that are at the lower end of the cost spectrum. As with most things in life, the impression is that if anything is costly, it should be really good. While that may even be true for certain exotic branded items, the same may not hold true for bikes.
You would be able to get good quality bikes at very affordable prices and it is essentially a matter of weighing what is most important and useful to you rather than looking for something that is nice to have but is not essential. Many of the more expensive bikes have some extra features that add to the cost of the bike and while that may appeal to the more serious and avid bikers who regularly take part in racing competitions and so on, it may not appeal or be very useful to the average individual just buying a bike for more practical reasons such as just commuting.
Remember that the term ‘best’ is often used very frequently to express the quality or attributes of certain items, but could be quite relative depending on how a particular consumer perceives those attributes.
So let us look at what are the most common criteria that you should keep in mind when opting for bike travel?
a) The comfort level is the most desired attribute in any bike and when it comes to commuting needs, it is paramount. Unless you are pretty comfortable and feel good sitting on that bike, you are not going to be using it frequently for your commuting needs. The result would be that it would just gather dust and that is certainly not desirable.
b) Next is the affordability aspect. The prime reason you are purchasing a commuting bike is to cut down on costs and also save time and unless you can find something that can help you achieve this, it is of no use to you.
c) You should be able to save a lot of time. As a cyclist you are not bound by some of the traffic rules as other vehicles and can make your way conveniently. You also have the liberty of using shorter routes to get to the destination.
d) The effort you put into your cycling should not be such that you arrive all sweaty at your work place. That would defeat the purpose of saving time if you have to freshen up again once you reach the office. Electric bikes are the answer to solve this problem. This gives you the option of getting power assistance from the motor as and when you want it. For instance, on the way back from the office, you may not want it at all since you anyways would like to shower once you reach home and would not mind pedaling away