Review of the best bikes for the city



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The bicycle has always been a popular means of transportation. This type of transport is preferred not only by athletes, but also by simple lovers of an active lifestyle. There are also models suitable for children.

The choice of a bicycle should not be approached thoughtlessly. Remember that this is the same mode of transport as any other. When using it, the owner should first of all be comfortable, so the weight and size of the bike, its drive mechanism, shock absorption, frame, wheels, brakes are important.

The best inexpensive bikes for the city

Forward Valencia 1.0

Forward Valencia 1.0

We present an interesting teenage bicycle transport of the 2018 model year, domestic production. A rare opportunity for a small amount to buy a decent set for driving around the city: fenders, a saddle with springs, a guard for a chain, a trunk, a footboard, and an alarm bell are installed by the manufacturer. A purely urban model: a rigid fork, one gear, a high-strength steel frame. Its proprietary folding system is interesting: this version has a loop-type lock with a quick-release clamp (Forward’s technology is called FDS).

The consumer evaluates the device quite highly, while always paying attention to the low cost. From the relative negative — fragile plastic chain protection, a simple foot brake. On the other hand, no one wants to overpay for the initial installation of a more expensive solution. The declared «size» is from 150 to 165 cm.

Altair City 20

Altair City 20

Under the Altair brand, the domestic manufacturer Forward develops practical and affordable city bikes with an emphasis on quality and reliability. 3D design, production of frames and components, assembly — the entire production process is carried out in Russia. The reliability of the bike is due to the use of high-strength Russian steel with excellent paintwork, robotic welding, and thorough testing before serial production.

Now the 2018 model range is especially popular. These are the classic urban cycling vehicles, complete with 14″ folding frame and 20″ wheels, comfortable handlebars and saddle. City 20 is a versatile model that is loved by both male and female. And very soon, a modification of 2019 will appear in retail chains. Differences of the novelty: plastic pedals received a steel axle, a KMC chain was installed, the single-wall rim became double, more durable, and the tires were replaced with Wanda.

Stels Pilot 710 24 Z010

Stels Pilot 710 24 Z010

The Velomotors company, which owns the Stels brand, is the largest bicycle manufacturer in Europe, the leader in sales in Russia (according to the official website). A quality management standard has been introduced at company factories, this is a sign of orientation towards meeting the requirements of consumers and increasing their satisfaction with products. Any accessories and spare parts are available at a price, high-quality service support with a factory warranty is organized.

Stels Pilot 710 24 Z010 is ideal for a quiet ride over short distances. Judging by the reviews, buyers like plastic walking pedals — even if the foot slips, it will not hurt, and the scar will not remain, as when interacting with metal. The transmission has a carriage with bulk bearings. They require timely care, in particular, cleaning from dirt and changing the lubricant, but in which case they are perfectly repairable. However, if the weight of the rider exceeds 70 kg, experts recommend replacing them with industrial bearings.

The best bikes for the city: price — quality

Merida Crossway 100

Merida Crossway 100

This hybrid is equipped with Shimano front and rear derailleurs. At the same time, the rear derailleur is sports (Shimano Alivio), so it requires extremely rare adjustments and lasts much longer than the initial and walking derailleurs. Naturally, the bike is equipped with modern hydraulic disc brakes and a 27-speed transmission, which will allow you to choose the optimal cadence. The Merida Speed ​​40 Reflex tires have a grippy tread pattern that will handle shallow sand and mud with confidence. At the same time, the bike feels great on smooth pavement.

Reviews about this model are mostly positive. Users note, first of all, the high speed performance of the Merida Crossway 100, a comfortable fit, comfortable grips and a stylish design. For city trips, this is one of the best options, according to users. Minor shortcomings include not quite high-quality plastic pedals — for that kind of money you could put something more impressive (however, this little thing changes easily). Also, the design of the remote steering wheel and the not very high-quality pasting of the frame are not very happy (in some places with air bubbles).

Forward Arsenal 20 1.0 (2019)

Forward Arsenal 20 1.0 (2019)

The new Russian-made model promises to be one of the most comfortable models for city riding. This confidence is based on the popularity of the prototype — Forward Arsenal 1.0 (2018) — which is visually indistinguishable, but has a number of differences. The creators changed the TEC CD410 chain to the KMC CD410), while retaining the reusable chain connector, which can be removed without special tools. This facilitates cleaning, flushing and lubrication for good traction. In addition, the current model is equipped with Wanda P1023 tires, 20 × 1.95″ with improved tread (22TPI) instead of the native Forward (30TPI) for perfect grip.

The owners of the updated Arsenal note the excellent quality of the steel frame, which is welded using the CNC Welding robotic system for a strong and uniform connection. In their opinion, the steering stem (Adjustable Stem) is well thought out, as it remains possible to adjust the height and angle of inclination to individual needs.

Giant Escape 3 Disc

Giant Escape 3 Disc

A bright representative of a new variety of city bikes is the Escape 3 Disc fitness bike. The pointed shape of the saddle and the geometry of its frame is very similar to the road, and only the universal straight handlebar and rack mounts give out that the bike is designed for city riding. You can ride very dynamically — the capabilities of the 21-speed derailleur are more than enough for this. The rigid fork and 28″ wheel diameter make themselves known for instant acceleration.

Typical urban obstacles like tram rails, joints and curbs are swallowed by wide 700x38C tires without noise and shaking. The Shimano drivetrain is an entry-level Tourney, but works well, and Tektro mechanical disc brakes allow you to slow down at the right time. The new model is a great choice for people who are looking for a bike for everyday riding, but like to ride fast. You just need to get used to the landing at first — it is more aggressive, the body takes an almost horizontal position in order to more effectively press on the pedals.

The best image bikes for the city

Dahon MU LX

Electra Amsterdam Royal 8i

Electra Amsterdam Royal 8i

The owners of this model clearly like to emphasize their high social status. The bike lives up to its royal title and looks very aristocratic: large, with chrome and leather parts, an aluminum frame, a steering wheel the size of a steering wheel and a wide saddle a la “sofa”. Thanks to it and the special technology of the Flat Food pedal mechanism, the unit during movement gives a unique feeling of sliding on the waves.

With all the luxury, it is quite adapted to the role of everyday urban transport: there is a built-in lock, a solid trunk, full-profile fenders. The design impresses with reliability, the strength of the elements is beyond doubt. But still, the bike is more suitable for foreign countries or elite cottage towns with ideal roads and a protected area. In Moscow or in another “non-cycling” city, it is difficult to deal with it: it is too bulky for sidewalks, slow and clumsy for a highway, you can’t leave it at a store or cafe, they’ll steal it in an instant.

Scott Silence 10

Scott Silence 10

A chic touring bike will draw attention to itself in your hometown and will serve you well on a trip, a hike, a country trip. This model will give the owner the best features of a road bike and mountain bike: decent speed + increased cross-country ability. The Scott Silence 10 features professional Shimano equipment, as well as a 30 speed transmission. The device has an aluminum frame and a rigid Silence Alloy fork, hydraulic disc brakes, double rims, long fenders, an adjustable stem, and a rack. Weight 15 kg.

The owners like that in this model everything is thought out to the smallest detail, for any life situations. For example, a lighting system is provided, which is very important when traveling. Touring can withstand a cyclist up to 120 kg. The advantages of disc brakes on hydraulics are the high quality of braking, the easy travel of the brake lever, and the precise control of the braking force. Also, hydraulic brakes are clearly superior to mechanics in setup and maintenance. It is not a pity to spend money on such equipment.

The best children’s and teen bikes for the city

Puky 4446 Skyride 20-3

Puky 4446 Skyride 20-3

The Puky Skyride is a Ferrari for kids, a bike that can be passed down from generation to generation. The company is engaged in the production of exclusively children’s transport and only in Germany, has earned many awards for ergonomics and design, in particular, in the prestigious German Design Award competition. The main attention in the development of the model is given to security issues. Underestimated frame geometry, planetary gear mechanism, chain protection, LED lights, 3 types of brakes — this is a far from complete list of elements responsible for the safe operation of cycling by a child.

The recommended age of the rider is 6-10 years old with a height of up to 140 cm. The bike is equipped to the maximum, nothing additional is required. The service life of the product is unlimited, and the warranty is 5 years, so there is no need to convince anyone of the reliability of components and build quality. The only discrepancy is that the official website promises that the model is delivered assembled, and the suppliers indicate the need for final assembly.

Schwinn Elm 18

Schwinn Elm 18

Iconic velobike manufacturers rarely condescend to create children’s bikes. But Schwinn, with its 120-year history of development, nevertheless took care of the youngest category of riders aged 5 to 9 years old and introduced a bright new product — Elm 18. Thanks to the special geometry with the bottom bracket moved forward, you can quickly learn to ride on it, and then safely drive through the city park. With a rattan basket, multi-colored rims and a juicy red saddle, it looks very attractive to bright children’s eyes.

But the model is not strong by design alone. In the reviews, it is called the most stable and it is noted that the child is better able to keep balance when learning to ride. The full-length chain guard serves the practical purpose of keeping clothes from getting dirty. The saddle and handlebars are adjustable in height, which allows you to use the bike up to the maximum possible age. Everything that a small rider needs, the manufacturer carefully put in the kit with the model: wings, footboard, etc.

Shulz Bubble 20

Shulz Bubble 20

SHULZ is a well-known St. Petersburg bicycle workshop that grew out of a bike rental business. This time the team has created a great model for city kids aged 6 to 8. The bike is designed for a height of 115 — 130 cm. Children who are not yet able to appreciate the technical characteristics are delighted with the visual component: the designers have thought of five color options for the frame. White, pink, blue, green or black — what shade would deserve the favor of your child?

Parents pay attention primarily to weight, in Bubble 20 it does not exceed 8 kg. The belt drive will make the move smooth, will not get dirty, will be unpretentious in maintenance. The Shimano Nexus 3 speed hub will help the little rider climb hills, shifting is really easy to master. The lack of depreciation will allow you to move quickly, but for a comfortable ride you will have to look for a quality road surface. In a big city this won’t be a problem.

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