It is sometimes possible to make a bike more suitable for everyday transport by changing a component or two. This section introduces certain components and explains their benefits for transport cycling. It also explains how to assess whether a component is likely to work with a given bike. Compatibility may depend on the manufacturer, the number of gears, the wheel size and the brake type. Follow the links below.

Note that the cycle industry doesn’t refer to the frame or the wheels as components. They’re listed as components here for the sake of simplicity and because, like every other part of a bicycle, they can be changed.