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BEST COMMUTER BIKES

Cycling is quickly growing as one of the favorite modes of commuting. Reasons may be to save on gas, losing weight, and being tired of the traffic.

Regardless, biking to work has increased largely over the past decade. Bike commuting has become a serious culture.
The time to get into biking is now.

But even more so, it’s time to enjoy the thrill of cycling for experiencing, for example, the wind in your face, the scenery you have missed, people you can wave to, and coming home to feel exhilarated and ready to happily face the rest of the day.

The trip to work becomes an adventure. Of course, places like New York City, attention to the traffic is the first consideration, but still, it is an adventure for them.

Pedaling is a great way to lose weight and improve your skills with the bike. Riding a bike leads to a healthier body and a clearer mind.

BIKE BRANDS

Bike brands have been creating and using innovation to build new models with the commuters in mind. There are new companies springing up since the popularity has increased in the use of bikes for commuting to work.

I found several good bikes. I ended up with the idea that you could ride to work on an expensive bike simply if you had three very good locks.

There is one bike I reviewed that takes the worry out of bike thieves because the two owners of this small company wanted a bike that was theft resistant.   And they did.

But remember, if a thief wants your bike he will most likely try to steal it.  But if it takes more than 30 seconds to break the lock, then the theft will forgo stealing your bike so say the bike specialists.

Read about the cool bike accessories. There are the individual products and then there is the Post article that explains more about what the items are about.  I included locks, lights, and some safety gadgets.

Then I have the Levi Strauss commuter clothes. The company was one of the first to open a new line of commuter clothes.

VIDEO ABOUT CYCLING IN NEW YORK CITY IN MANHATTAN

I will show you a video now about the commuter and his ride, but it is quite long. There is no dialogue; yet still, you can feel the dangers, speeds, and and the comradeship between the silent cyclist.

They are silent, not only because they do not know each other, but it is important to be alert for the safety aspect.
You may watch this later, or all of it now if you have the time. Then, you can watch part of it now and the rest later if that tickles your fancy.

Guy Shachar on April 13, 2012, wrote about this video.

Although numerous bicycle paths, lanes, and routes are stretched throughout New York City streets, it seems that most New Yorkers and visitors prefer to ride along the Manhattan Waterfront Greenway.

As my fourth visit to New York approached, riding a bicycle in Manhattan’s busy streets seemed like a desirable activity.

The warm-up was along the Greenway, north on the Harlem Riverside up to the northern tip of Manhattan, then south along the Hudson River, then cutting east towards Columbus Square to start the ‘real’ streets ride.

The part that I documented by video goes south along Broadway bicycle path, through Union Square and further south towards Chinatown and Delancey street.

I continued to ride through Williamsburg bridge to Brooklyn and north through Pulaski Bridge to Queens, getting back to Manhattan through Queensboro Bridge (Only the bridges rides are captured on video).

Yes, it was “a helluva ride” in “a helluva town”.

Riding along the Greenway is one thing, riding in Broadway is another, and riding along the bridges is another.

It is an exciting way to experience the streets on two wheels, while even overcoming obstacles on the way become an experience (or maybe it -is- the experience 🙂

 

CATEGORIES OF BIKES

ROAD BICYCLE   

road bicycle

 

Road bicycles are designed to be ridden fast on smooth pavement. They have smooth, skinny tires and “drop” handlebars, and can be used for on-road racing.

They are usually lighter than other types of bicycles. They can be ridden on paved trails, but most people find them uncomfortable and unstable on unpaved trails.

Most road bikes are not capable of carrying heavy loads.

The most concern about these bikes is about going fast and transferring energy to make the bike move forward.

The bent over the waist may put a strain on your back

TOURING BICYCLE    

Touring bicycles are another special type of road bike. They are designed to be ridden on pavement but are more durable for long-distance riding.

They have all mounting bolts for cargo racks and fenders. the relaxed frame design, the rider sits upright which makes it more comfortable for long-distance riding.

They have a lower gear to allow the rider to carry heavy loads up steep hills.  They usually have a more relaxed frame design so that the rider is more upright, for more comfort when riding long distances.

They make good commuter bicycles, because of their durability and ability to carry heavy loads.

FLAT-BAR ROAD BICYCLE   

Flat-Bar Road Bicycles have most of the advantages of regular road bikes–lightweight frames and relatively narrow tires for efficiency on pavement–with a flat or upright handlebar.

These bikes are designed for people who want a light, high-performance bike, but don’t like the drop-handlebar riding position of a regular road bike.

These bicycles are sometimes called fitness bikes or performance hybrid bikes. Most of them can accept somewhat wider tires, to make them suitable for use on unpaved trails.

They usually have the ability to mount cargo racks and fenders, which make them good commuter bikes.

FIXED=GEAR BICYCLES   

fixed gear bicycle  Track/Fixed-Gear Bicycles or fixies are designed to be ridden on the oval track specifically for bicycle racing.

Some commuters prefer track bikes because of the simple design, which makes them easy to maintain. They have a single gear that does not provide the ability to coast.

The fixed-gear mechanism can act as a brake.

Most track bikes have drop handlebars, but some riders outfit theirs with flat or upright handlebars.

MOUNTAIN BICYCLES 

On the path with a mountain bike   Mountain Bicycles are designed for riding the rough trails in the mountains. They have flat or upright handlebars.

They use a very low gear range for pedaling up steep trails.  I had thought mountain bikes needed a high gear range, but I was incorrect.

Most mountain bikes have some type of shock absorbers or suspension. They have either front suspension called hardtails or front and rear suspension called full-suspension bikes.

Mountain bikes with no suspension are called rigid. They can be used for traditional touring or commuting bikes, although not as light or efficient.

HYBRID BICYCLES

hybrid bicycle

Hybrid bicycles blend characteristics from more specialized road bikes, touring bikes and mountain bikes.

The resulting “hybrid” is a general-purpose bike that can tolerate a wide range of riding conditions and applications. They are popular commuter bicycles.

Hybrid Bicycles were originally conceived to provide the advantages of both road bikes and mountain bikes.

Their large, padded seats and upright handlebars provide a comfortable riding position usually preferred for bike commuters in urban areas.

They are great for casual riding and short-distance commuting. They can be ridden on paved roads, but are not as lightweight or efficient as road bikes.

They are ideal for paved or unpaved bike trails but are not used for rough mountain trails.

Most hybrid bikes have a front suspension to smooth out small bumps, but some are fully rigid.

SPORT COMFORT BIKES     

Hybrids and Sports Comfort Bikes share the same comfort features but are distinguished by wheel size.

Traditionally, hybrids have a larger road bike sized wheel with a slightly thinner compared to the comfort bikes which yield smaller, mountain style wheels.

Both bikes are loaded with comfort features and will work equally well on smooth dirt, paved trails, and family cycling trips.

These bikes have a very upright position meant for comfort.

PERFORMANCE HYBRID BICYCLES  

Performance Hybrid Bicycles are oriented towards riders who want the multi-surface versatility of a hybrid bike but want a little more aggressive style and riding position.

They have a flat or upright handlebar. Some have front suspension; some do not.

Performance hybrids make good commuter bikes and are also good for touring on unpaved trails.

CRUISER BICYCLES    

beach cruiser bike

Cruiser Bicycles are similar to hybrid bikes, in that they are designed for casual riding, and have a very comfortable, upright riding position, and a large, comfortable seat.

Cruisers usually have wide tires, and the handlebars are more upright.   Most cruiser bikes are single-speed or 3-speed.

They have old-fashioned breaks where you pedal backward to stop.

They can be used for short-distance commuting and errands, as long as your route is fairly flat.  Many times they are colorful bikes.

FLAT-FOOT COMFORT BIKES   

Flat-Foot Comfort Bikes are a sub-category of cruiser bikes.

They have an elongated frame design that pushes the pedals a few inches forward of the seat. This allows you to ride with the seat low enough so that you can place your feet flat on the ground when you stop.

FOLDING BICYCLES 

folding bike Folding Bicycles are ideal for those who need to travel by bus or car, boat or plane.

They are ideal for storage for small apartments. They’re also good for commuters who need to take their bike on a bus or train for part of their commute.

This was the case with my brother.  He had to take a bus and then walk part of the way to work. It was a long walk.

I told him about folding bikes can be easily maneuvered, but can be difficult to handle because of the small wheels.

The advantages outweighed the negative aspect.

RECUMBENT BICYCLES

recumbent trike or bikeRecumbent Bicycles have a long, low design and a full-size seat with a backrest. Recumbent bikes are available in two-wheel and three-wheel designs.

Many of these bikes are more difficult to pedal up hills or carry in a motor vehicle.

TANDEM BICYCLES   

Tandem Bicycles are “bicycles built for two.” There are cruiser tandems, hybrid tandems, off-road mountain bike tandems, and road racing tandems.

BMX/TRIKES

Adult Trikes are ideal for older folks who still want to get around under their own power, or those with balance issues or other special needs.

BMX BICYCLE

BMX stands for Bicycle Motor Cross because these single-speed bikes are raced around a short dirt track similar to the Motorsport.

Frequently, the term BMX is used to describe any single-speed bike with a 20” wheel.

These bikes are often very robust and durable and would be the best selection for anyone intending to do jumps or tricks.

 

COMMUTER BIKES

commuter bicycle

 

Commuter bikes are the kind of bike used for daily use. Most people have a commuter bike to go from home to work and vice versa.

Cycling is an inexpensive means of transportation as well as exercise. The offer potential health, economic, and quality of life benefits. There are risks and inconveniences inherent in riding.

The negative side is the inclement weather, limits in traveling distance, and load carrying abilities.

“Bicycle features that enhance commuting include racks or panniers for storage, battery or dynamo-powered lights for increased visibility, mudguards or fenders to minimize the impact of inclement weather, a chain guard to protect clothing, and an upright sitting position for increased visibility.”

Wikipedia contributors. “Bicycle commuting.” Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia, 24 Jul. 2018. Web. 20 Sep. 2018.

THE BEST COMMUTER BICYCLE 

 

In my research, I did find the best commuter bicycles in my estimation. I looked for durability, price, warranty, the details about the bike, and finally its reputation by the people who bought the bike.

There is one exception.   I really believe there is one bike that is considered the best.

The “fortified” bike called the invincible was developed by a small number who wanted all cyclist to have a bike that put the fear out of riding because of bike thieves.

What fear was that?  They said that many people have had their bicycle stolen at one time or another regardless of the lock that was on the bike to keep thieves away from the bike.

How do you think they felt like?  What does anyone feel when they are a victim of a crime?

Why should a possible theft dictate what bike you want to commute to your job?

You want so and so bike and no matter what the cost, you should have that bike instead of picking something else perhaps you would not be devastated if it were stolen.

It is a depressing thought to come back to your bike and in a happy mood to find your bike parts laying around where you left your bike.

This is the owner’s Website where you can get the warranty and the registration form.  This information is also found on the Page that lists the Best commuting bicycles.

Police can do nothing unless one had the foresight to take steps so that they could possibly recover your bike.  That is why it is important to follow the direction of the police who handle bike thieves.

One needs proof.  Take the registration number and hide it in the handlebars or somewhere safe on the bike.

It is also best to take a picture of yourself by the bike.

Here is the fortified bike video!

 

 

DEFINITIONS: WHAT DOES THAT MEAN?

1. Suspension travel is the amount of movement offered by the bike’s front and rear suspension.
2. Head-tube angle is the angle that the head tube forms with the ground.
A steeper head-tube angle generally indicates that a bike will turn faster and climb better. A slacker (lower) angle generally indicates that a bike will provide better stability at high speeds but won’t climb as well.)
3. A bicycle head tube with a partially installed bicycle headset; the lock nut has yet to be fitted onto the fork tube.
4. The head tube is the part of a cycle’s tubular frame within which the front fork steerer tube is mounted.
5. The head tube holds the bearings which allow the front fork steerer tube to pivot freely.
6. In bicycles, these bearings are collectively called the headset. These are usually ball bearings, although some headsets use needle bearings.[2]

WHAT BIKE DID YOU SAY?

A. Cross-Country Bikes: good for competition, distance is from a few miles to 25 miles plus. It is a racier ride for trails. The Typical specs: 80–100 mm of suspension travel; 70–71° head-tube angle.

B. Fat Bikes: Oversize tires, from 3.7 in. to 5+ in. wide, for excellent traction and riding in sand or snow.

C. All-Mountain Bikes: Bigger climbs, scary descents, and more technical features. designed to perform well on steep descents while also being light and nimble enough to pedal uphill.

The Typical specs: 140–170 mm of suspension travel; 65–68° head-tube angle

D. Hybrid bikes: A mix of mountain, road, and touring designs, hybrid bikes mash up specific features to create do-it-all bikes with a wide range of uses.

Generally, you’ll get the skinny, speedy wheels of road bikes mixed in with the quick-turning prowess of mountain bikes, plus a dash of comfort with a plush saddle or even a shock-absorbent fork.

They usually combine a flat bar and a heads-up ride for comfort and a better view when riding in traffic.

Some hybrid bikes are equipped with disc brakes for responsive braking while bike commuting in any weather.

Many commuter-friendly models include racks, lighting systems or fenders

No two hybrid bikes are exactly the same, so look for a bike equipped with features that make it suited to the type of riding you plan to do.

E. Specialty bikes: Include cruiser bikes, cargo bikes, electric bikes, and folding bikes

I hope you will enjoy seeing the bikes listed on the Page, Best commuter bicycles.  I have a link for you to buy any of the bikes you wish to buy.  The links are provided here in the Post, ‘Best commuter bicycles’.  (see the links above in blue)

All I say is:  Please include three excellent and different bike locks to prevent the bike thief to quickly steal your bike.  Perhaps having these 3 best locks you can find and afford, the thief will choose another bike or give up stealing any of the bikes.  There is no time for him or her to spend trying to disable the locks.  Different tools are required also.

My best,

judith@findmejeans.com

 

 

 

 

cool cycling gadgets

This first product is the Allen Sports Deluxe 4-Bike Hitch Mount Rack.   There are cool cycling gadgets here that are bicycle accessories and some are products for cool cycling gadgets.

A bicycle is a simple machine.   It has been gaining in popularity so much so that manufacturers have seen a multi-billion dollar expansion over the past decades.

While most bikes have basic parts added such as the headlights and taillights, there are cool cycling gadgets to make bike riding for pleasure or work.

Bike Accessories and The Cool Gadgets.

A casual rider, a commuter, or a pro cyclist, there are accessories and cool gadgets available that can your help the ride go smooth and predictable.

The most important aspect is to not sacrifice style or comfort for safety. I love these cool gadgets the best.

I am including the ones for safety first and then I have the products that are popular and are needed for even more cool gadgets that are fit for bike accessories.

I ask my readers to consider this as I give the different options for bike accessories.

BIKE LOCKS
There are several things to consider when buying any locks.

It has been said that most locks are not theft proof. I do not know about your area or city where you will be riding your bike, but this is the number one concern.

There are many experienced bike thieves that can take a short time to steal your bike.

I bought my son a bike and we left it on our front porch. Sure enough, the bike was stolen. My porch was some distance away from the street.

I did not realize the numbers of different locks that was on the internet.

Today, there are many and they are effective; however, today we have even safer locks that can give alarms and make it difficult for a thief to steal.

I have found some different types of locks that are or should be more effective.

In a heavy area where bikes are stolen a lot, I would use three different types of locks that have a good reputation.

Usually, I see only one lock on a bike.

And that may be okay if the area is safe from bike thieves.

But remember, a bike thief can easily take off most locks.

There are other other things to consider about bike safety. What about the area you plan to park your bike?

Are there security cameras?   Is it a well-known place where bike theft occurs often?

How long are you going to have your bike locked?   Are you nearby?

Did you find the serial number and notify or asked the police what to do if your bike is stolen?   They will appreciate your interest.

Did you take a little extra proof of ownership by taking a picture with you and your bike and hiding the serial number where a thief will not notice? (in the handlebars?)

I consider this very important because thieves can be caught or the bike can be recovered if proof can be given to the police.

Police need proof; solid proof. And these guidelines will work.

If you have an expensive bike or one you would not want to be stolen, then you need a lock that uses a smartphone-enabled bike lock.

And it would be wise to include another different type of lock and another brand.  More about this later.

In an area with lots of bikes that are stolen, maybe even three is called for.

Sometimes, buying an expensive bike lock may be the best solution for having relief that your bike is safe from theft. (see the list of the best bike locks tested by Bikeradar.

However, this number may be too excessive if the area is one that bikes rarely get stolen. {trails, small streets, or small towns.}

Whatever works for you, that is fine. I do not know where you are from or how dense the area where you will be riding that has either little bike theft or not.

The first thing to realize is that no lock is unbreakable. Bike are vulnerable to theft.

A thief that has the right tools and the knowledge and who really wants to seal your bike will do so no matter what lock you use.

But, haha we may have the last word.  “Sorry, thieves, I can not help you there.”

On the ‘Bicycle safety accessories’ page, I have chosen a few good locks, but I also have the three best locks money can buy that will deter a thief.

Sounds good? You bet.

This is the list of the BEST LOCKS that were tested by Bikeradar.

Abus Granit Extreme 59 is the toughest D-Lock you will find. It has been tested and it was said that the tensile resistance could handle a couple of Vans pulling on each end.

I was impressed.

The cost is expensive and some people could not afford this lock. Do not despair, there are more.  Visit the “Best commuter accessories for detail and banners to click on the purchase the Product.

Amazon:  the best place to buy

 

The ABUS Granite X- Plus 540 U lock 540/160HB300 + USH is another secure locks.

It is somewhat expensive. This quality D-lock is great if you need to carry a lock with you.   Granite X Plus 540 LockLevi commuter jeans have a special pocket for U-Locks that would fit this lock, but this D-lock weighs 26 pounds; too heavy for most men.  It can be carried with a pannier or a rucksack.

The full description is described on the Page, “Bike safety accessories” but note that even the State of the Art U lock outlasted the lock picker.

Kryptonite New York M18 is a tough D-Lock with a double deadbolt mechanism that is centered inside the crossbar. It also uses a pick-resistant disc cylinder mechanism.

Kryptonite New York M 8

It easily compares to the Abus in results. There are other Kryptonic New York locks on Amazon, but this particular one was not advertised.  It can be put in the men’s Levi’s jeans.  They have a special strap to carry U-Locks.

Abus Granite X plus 540 U-Lock 540/160 HB +USH is another good lock, especially if used with two or three other locks.

       Abus Granite Bordo X Plus

 

I did not include this lock on my “Bicycle safety accessories”, but if you click a link of mine (Abus) you can then choose an additional lock.

The Bikeradar wrote that this lock uses 150 mm harden steel plates linked together.  It outperforms many D locks tested.  A grinder does break the lock after much testing by other procedures.

Amazon will still give me the commission if you click one of these links.  It will then take you to Amazon for you to have more choices.

OTHER LOCKS

Like other locks, is not thief proof, but if you add about three locks to a bike, the thief may choose another bike with fewer locks to break.

The Seatylock Trekking Heavy Duty Drill Resistant Anti-Theft Bicycle Hybrid Saddle Lock Chameleon Black is a type of lock that is always with you. I like that aspect. It secures to any fixed object.
short video

There are more locks, of course, but these have been evaluated as having a high success from bike theft.

One of the best bits of advice that can be given is to use two locks of different types and brands

If a thief is adept at picking a certain type of lock and has the tools to do so, it’s unlikely that they will also have the tools or the knowledge to pick a completely different type.

You can choose one of my links and shop around for the one that satisfies you. Safety for the cool cyclist is my prime concern.

The next Post Article is about Lights and other useful accessories.
Lights and other accessories

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