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A checklist to help you find the perfect city bike.
The perfect city bike should provide hassle-free riding no matter the season, weather, or time of day. While you can get around the city on any bike in working order, there are a few features that will make your commute, your errands, and your general enjoyment of your bicycle as easy as possible. Here’s our checklist to assist you in finding the perfect city bike.
FRONT BASKET: Look for a large, sturdy basket that easily attaches to your handlebars. Wicker and rattan baskets definitely have a wonderful aesthetic, but do tend to break down or lose their shape more easily over time. Wire baskets are the most durable, but may not have the same aesthetic appeal for some people.
DYNAMO LIGHTS: Many hub dynamos now have very little drag and power lights with a solid beam and standlight feature. Check out our dynamo lights buyers’ guide for a few ideas.
FENDERS: Long fenders provide better wet weather protection and can be found in colors that match your bicycle. Fenders are available in metal, plastic, wood, and even bamboo, so no matter what your bike style, you’re sure to find a set that you like.
REAR RACK: Look for racks that have a place to mount a red rear light, and enough weight capacity to hold your groceries, work materials, and whatever else you haul around the city on a regular basis.