City & Hybrid

Which Path & Pavement Bike should I buy?

 

 

Path and Pavement bikes are urban bikes that are designed with a greater focus on comfort and style rather than outright speed or durability. The bikes are designed to look good, whilst being easy and comfortable to ride. They prefer conveniences like kickstands, carbon belt drives, and pannier racks rather than the weight savings by not including such additions.

There are a number of different categories including the popular hybrid bike. Hybrid Bikes make use of road bike size wheels for increased speed, combined with the durability of a mountain bike frame and components. Using slightly larger tyres combined with a short travel fork, the bike is more comfortable than a regular Flat Bar Road Bike. Vintage, Ladies or City bikes allow the rider to be more upright than a conventional bike and often feature balloon tyres, baskets, fenders and a step-through frame for easy dismounting.

Recent years saw an explosion of Electric Bikes, bicycles using batteries and electric motors that aid the rider in cycling from A to B. Contrary to motorbikes, Electric Assisted Bikes require the rider to continue pedalling to activate the motor. These bikes have a really good range between charges and allow millions of riders worldwide to commute to work with clean clothes and smart looks. The Shimano Steps system is arguably the best in the market and is used by Polygon Bikes and Marin Bikes to power your ride.

Lastly, the urban commuter bikes are designed to be efficient, low maintenance and able to withstand any punishment the urban jungle might throw at it, whether it be potholes, gutters or crowded bike racks.
 

Comparison

Urban Bike with Solid Fork

Advantages
+ Great all-rounder + Lightweight durable alloy frame + Tyres are wider which increases stability and comfort + Disc brakes give great stopping power + Plenty of gears for all uphills + Comfortable seating position + Lighter than a mountain bike
Disadvantages
- Slightly heavier than an endurance or flat bar road bike
Ideal For
+ A commuter that will ride on roads, bike lanes and pavements + Fast and reliable bike to commute up to 30km + Lightweight bike to carry over steps, into garages and storage lockers

Hybrid Bike with Front Suspension

Advantages
+ Lightweight durable alloy frame + Front suspension adds comfort to the bike and allows it to be ridden on light off-road trails + Tyres are wider which increases stability and comfort + Disc brakes give great stopping power + Plenty of gears for all uphills + Comfortable seating position
Disadvantages
- Front suspension adds weight to the bike - Not as fast as a Road Bike or a City Bike with Solid Forks
Ideal For
+ Commuter that will occasionally take the bike to dirt roads and fire trails + Sturdy bike to go up and down curbs and a few steps + Want the extra comfort of a front suspension + Reliable bike to commute up to 30km

Electric Bikes

Advantages
+ Electric motor makes it easier to climb hills and ride around + Up to 150km on a single charge + Shorter travel time + Lightweight electric bike meaning you can still pedal if the battery runs out
Disadvantages
- Heavier than a "normal" bike
Ideal For
+ Commuter wanting the extra help of the electric motor to ride to work and not get sweaty in the process.

Folding Bikes

Advantages
+ Foldable frame takes little space in a garage, car trunk or caravan + 20 seconds to fold/unfold the bike + Perfect to carry on the bus or train and ride in the city + Adjustable seatpost and handlebar match any rider's height + Rear rack to carry a bag or purse
Disadvantages
- Small wheels and bike shape not ideal to cover long distances
Ideal For
+ Riders with limited storage capacities + Commuters that take the train or/and bus + Caravanist that want a small bike to carry around

Cruiser Bikes

Advantages
+ Perfect bike to cruise around town, beach or backcountry + Upright riding position + Alloy frame won't rust + Thick tyres add comfort + Low maintenance gears and brakes
Disadvantages
- Not ideal as a commuter bike - Limited number of gears can make steep uphills hard - Limited choice of frame sizes
Ideal For
+ Cruising up and down the beach or down to the cafe + Relaxed riding + Short to medium duration rides (less than 2 hours) + Riders looking for a low maintenance bike

Tandem Bikes

Advantages
+ Fun for 2 on one bike + Allows for a person who doesn't know or can't ride a bike to enjoy the full cycling experience in a safe way + Alloy frame keeps the bike light + Plenty of adjustment to shorter and taller riders
Disadvantages
- Long wheelbase makes maneuvering in tight spaces hard - Need to remove both wheels to transport in a car
Ideal For
+ People who would like to ride together on the same bike + People who would like to ride with a companion who may have a disability and unable to ride their own bike

Polygon

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