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Bikes that will get you to work in style

Commuter bikes are a special breed; find the one you love most with our handy guide to the best in the business

Written by
Jasmine Dilmanian
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In a world where saving energy is now a priority, we rely on our bikes more than ever. One of the best ways to reduce vehicle traffic is to commute to work and back on a bicycle. All this requires is a humble road bike, although they come in a variety of options that prioritize things like speed, value, power, quality and a lightweight feel. To help you make the decision you can’t make on your own, here are some of the best options for commuter bikes you can get your hands on today.

Great commuter bikes

Speed up

1. Speed up

This bike has commuter in its name. Its aluminum construction and 21 speeds make it the ideal performance road bike.

$211.49 on walmart.com

Hipster ride

2. Hipster ride

A fixed gear bike may have been the butt of many a hipster joke, but hey, it’s practical! Try out this premium chromoly-frame model.

$449 on purecycles.com

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Motor loading

3. Motor loading

Made especially for the concrete jungle, this upmarket Giant bike is motorized to make your commute as easy and effortless as possible.

$2,575 on giant-bicycles.com

Heads high

4. Heads high

This beautiful, high-performance road bike from Head will make your head spin. This one is made from lightweight aluminum and has 24 speeds, so you can use it for more than a short commute.

$549.99 on walmart.com

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Manly man

5. Manly man

Japanese maker Takara has created the Sugiyama bike, which is rugged, sleek, and stylish -- perfect for getting you to work and back, and then some.

$222.99 on target.com

Schwinning

6. Schwinning

The leader in biking is undoubtedly Schwinn. Invest in a solid commuter bike that will last you long-term. This bike’s got a rigid frame, strong breaks, and high-quality components.

$239.99 on amazon.com

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One gear, zero problems

7. One gear, zero problems

This fixed gear commuting bicycle from Vilano features an anodized wheel set with matching hubs. Its bright orange accents are neat, too.

$199 on jet.com

The pragmatist

8. The pragmatist

A practical option with a protection plan available is the Columbia 700C road bike. It has an alloy frame and aluminum wheels that are light enough to take you exploring after work.

$149.99 on target.com

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Triple trouble

9. Triple trouble

If all you need is three speeds and a vintage-looking frame to keep you happy on your commute, your best option is made by Pure Cycles.

$349 on purecycles.com

Where dreams are made of

10. Where dreams are made of

Kona is the maker of this bike, crafted for the concrete jungle. It has a ton of nifty features and is one of the more reliable picks on the list.

$549.99 on jensonusa.com

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What’s the big deal?

11. What’s the big deal?

The Sundeal R9 700C is a road bike to remember. Enhance your commute with a sturdy and good-looking bike that’s made for the outdoors.

$338.72 on ebay.com

Finiss up

12. Finiss up

The Merax Finiss is a highly rated lightweight bike with reliable gear shifting and a sporty look. Choose from three cool color combos.

$240-$260 on amazon.com

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Built for speed

13. Built for speed

Zoom past the other commuters on the road while riding this North Gear speed bike. It’ll shred pavement like nobody’s business.

$199.99 on jet.com

Lookin’ good

14. Lookin’ good

The most beautiful commuter bike on this list goes to the Pure Cycles Urban Commuter bike. It’s a simple one with just 8 speeds and no fuss. Perfect for your way to work.

$449 on purecycles.com

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Fixin’ to thrill

15. Fixin’ to thrill

For a men’s fixie, turn to the Kent Thruster 700C. It’s simple, tough-looking, and offers incredible bang for your buck.

$99 on jet.com

A critical juncture

16. A critical juncture

This seven-speed Critical Cycles commuter bike has an industrial feel without sacrificing high-quality parts. Enjoy this precise and ergonomic option on city and country roads.

$219.99 on target.com

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