Bikes come in such a wide variety of styles and prices that anyone can find a ride to meet their personal needs. If you already have one – be it a beach cruiser or an old mountain bike that’s been sitting in your garage
– you can ride it to work.
If you don’t have a bike, your budget and the nature of your commute will largely determine your options.
A good commuting bike should come with a few essentials: It should be comfortable, sturdy enough to withstand being locked on poles, and have at least four to seven gears to deal with changes in elevation. If you have actual hills to ride up, a solid 15-20 gears is probably best.
If you know your commute will require some time on public transportation, there are plenty of folding bike options priced around $500 from manufacturers like Dahon
In general, bike manufacturer Specialized is one of the leaders in making commuter-friendly bikes around $500, a bargain in places like New York, where a monthly subway pass costs $104. One good model with a comfortable riding position that is equally suited to the road and the dirt trail through the park is the Sirrus
, so find a bike shop near you and ask for a test ride to find the right model.
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