Man cycling for transport in London

Which bike is best?

Which bike is good for transport cycling? With so many types of bike out there, how do you know which one suits your journey? The page on types of bike explains the relative merits of touring bikes, hybrids, road bikes, mountain bikes, folding bikes, Dutch bikes and small wheelers.

You know what you need a bike for

Remember, you know which kinds of journey you’ll want to make on your bike – and you know that better than any bike shop or cycling website! So when someone tells you which bike is ‘best’ without having asked you what kind of journeys you will be making, take their advice with a pinch of salt.

The components and accessories to look for

Some bikes are better suited to day-to-day journeys due to the frame or one or more of the components. Particular accessories can make a bike more useful too. Once you know what the options are, you’re in a better position to choose something that suits your needs.

The page on frames explains why some types of bike are suitable for luggage carrying while others are not. The rest of this section shows what other features to look for when choosing a bike. It also shows which parts can make a bike more useful for day-to-day transport.

The section on accessories covers those items which are important for transport cycling but which are generally not sold as part of the bike.