If you have arrived here …… Congratulations! You are certainly considering cycling to work, contributing to the many social, economic and environmental benefits, in addition to the benefits for your own physicaland mentalhealth.
Several bicycle options as transport to work or in your daily routine.
Key issues you would choose to cycle to work.
* Economical Budget: It’s not the only thing to consider, but obviously your budget will determine the type of bikes.
* Use: How are you going to use your new bike? Cycling to work, also for your free time, or a sportier use? That will also determine the final decision.
* Distance to work: another of the main reasons in making the right choice.
* Type of route to work: on quiet flat bike lanes, dirt roads or steep slopes? The type of route between your home and work will also be a deciding factor in choosing your future bike.
* Experience and physical condition: are you used to cycling? What about your physical condition? The choice of a bicycle type depends on these details, with electric assistance …
TYPES OF BIKES TO GO TO WORK
* Urban:the most traditional. Usually with a low frame for easy going up and down. The handlebars are at a reasonable height and easily accessible for our hands, with a straight back. Bicycles with characteristic elements such as mudguards, chain guard, but also baskets or rear luggage carrier. Usually with a fairly limited number of gears.
* BTC – Mixed: so-called hybrid bikes, all-road or mixed, halfway between comfort and sportiness. With a slightly higher frame and a lower handlebar height, more aerodynamic. Allowing a wider variety of wheels widths depending on needs. A highly recommended bike for short trips around the city or for longer trips on roads, or cycling tourism. Some have front fork suspension. The gear ratio is also usually wider than in the city. Allowing easily incorporation of elements such as saddlebags or luggage racks.
* MTB: a sportier and more aggressive modality, both in frame and handlebar height. MTBs have wider wheels for easier and safer cycling on dirt or stoned roads, but that generates more friction and makes cycling worse on tarmac terrain. Usually both disc brakes and suspension in the front fork. Excellent alternative for routes with a lot of slopes or bumps, due to their wide gear ratio, and also a good choice for longer routes due to their resistance. On the other hand, in addition to the price, they require more maintenance.
* Road bike: Common use for cycling or sports purposes, a more aggressive bike version in terms of geometry and wheel type, with a large radius and narrow, reducing friction, allowing more speed. An excellent alternative to combine its use for leisure or sports purposes with the use on cycle lanes or to work. With a position and saddle that complicates the adjustment process for those who are new to this type of bike. The generous gear ratio is ideal for long distances off unpaved roads.
* E-bike:The boom in e-bikes is also explained when we consider them as an ideal means of transport to go to work. The support of the electric motor reduces the pedaling effort and sweating. There are already all kinds of e-bikes on the market, so the inherent features of each bike model would include the benefit of this electric assistance.
* Foldable: With more effort to adapt to a given terrain or with less comfort than other models, but folding bikes also have many advantages of being one of your choices for getting to work. They take up little space because they are folded, which allows their intermodality and combines your transport by bicycle with other means of transport (train, bus …). In addition, easier safety storage.