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Kona SimpliCITY Bike (2011)

City bicycle, Urban bicycle; User type: Unisex; No Suspension; Frame Material: Aluminium

Kona's SimpliCITY Bike proved to be a very capable urban performer, but its back-pedal brake system limits its usefulness for trail riding. BikeRadar nonetheless thought it was a very good

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More information at: BikeRadar, 6/2011 Kona Bike This offering from Kona is part of their SimpliCITY urban product line, which covers everything from single-gear rides or the model on test to specialized cargo and electric bikes. … to review

Ajax Belt (2011)
Spot Brand Ajax (2011)

City bicycle; User type: Unisex; No Suspension; Frame Material: Aluminium

According to Wired.com, its slick matt-black finish gives the Spot Ajax a stealthy look, but it doesn't just look discreet. It was one of the quietest bikes their reviewer had ever ridden, …

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Globe Bicycles Roll 2
Globe Bicycles Roll 2

City bicycle; User type: Unisex; No Suspension; Frame Material: Steel

The simplistic, stylish design of the single-speed Globe Roll 2 is just right for its target audience of young commuters wanting to look good, according to Wired.com. The frame is compact and …

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Uptown Infinity (11)
Breezer Bikes Uptown Infinity (2011)

City bicycle; User type: Unisex; No Suspension; Frame Material: Aluminium

With wide, comfortable handlebars, a leather seat atop hydraulic suspension, aluminium frame, plus extras such as a rear rack and Dynamo lights, Wired.com say that like all of Breezer's bikes, …

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Gaston 5 (11)
Linus Gaston 5 (2011)

City bicycle; User type: Unisex; No Suspension; Frame Material: Steel

Wired.com say the Gaston 5 follows the Linus tradition of being a gorgeous, retro-style bike, with stylish touches such as a brown leather seat and handlebar tape, a brass bell, and cream 35mm Kenda …

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E-Lops City
B-Twin Elops City

City bicycle; User type: Unisex; No Suspension; Frame Material: Steel

If your needs are simply getting around town and relaxing riding on weekends on flat terrain, then Bike Radar feel that the single-geared B’Twin City could be the bike for you. Classic design, with …

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Pashley Cycles Britannia Special Edition (2011)
Pashley Cycles Britannia Special Edition (2011)

City bicycle; User type: Women; No Suspension; Frame Material: Steel

The main impression that the Britannia Special Edition made on The Bike List was one of smoothness and comfort; this is a relaxed and stable ride that encourages placid strolling rather than climbing

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More information at: The Bike List.co.uk, 3/2011 2011 Pashley Britannia Special Edition Best of British or merely a commoner with a regal title? The Britannia is based on Pashley's popular Princess model and I've been putting it to the test on the streets of Reigate in Surrey. … to review

Ridgeback Switch series (2011)
Ridgeback Switch series (2011)

Mountain bike, City bicycle; User type: Unisex; No Suspension; Frame Material: Aluminium

The folks at BikeRadar say that due to their rigid forks, both bikes in the Ridgebacks's Switch range are easy to recommend. They also offer light aluminum frames and come equipped with durable …

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A2 B Metro
Ultra Motor A2B Metro

Electric bicycle, City bicycle; User type: Women, Men; Full-Suspension; Frame Material: …

Both the price and weight of Ultra Motor's A2B electric bicycle are considerable hindrances. But with compelling and attractive design and very good performance, this stands a good chance of

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More information at: Pocket-lint.co.uk, 4/2009 Ultra Motors A2B Metro electric bike Considering the requirements of an electric bicycle from first principles, Ultra Motor's A2B is an elegant build and design that blends downhill mountain bike aesthetics with urban transport needs. Before even looking at its performance, this is a very attractive bike. … to review

Masuelli All Black Fixed (2010)

City bicycle; User type: Unisex; No Suspension; Frame Material: Wood

While BikeRadar loved the Masuelli's frame and handling, saying that it felt fun, responsive and firm, they were disappointed by the rest of components, from its stiff fork to the bolts and axle …

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Novara Fusion Bicycle (2011)
REI Novara Fusion (2011)

City bicycle; User type: Unisex; No Suspension; Frame Material: Steel

Wired.com had a lot of good things to say about this bike, while also dishing out a bit of criticism. They found the trigger shifters perfectly placed, the Kalloy Cozy Comfort Handlebar to be just as …

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Ridgeback Flight 04 (2010)
Ridgeback Flight 04 (2010)

City bicycle; User type: Unisex; No Suspension; Frame Material: Aluminium

"... The brakes don’t give a lot of initial bite, which is unnerving for a few minutes and thereafter beneficial to fine control. With a firmer squeeze they are strong stoppers and easily able to …

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Bionicon Urban Road (2009)
Bionicon Urban Road (2009)

City bicycle; User type: Men; No Suspension

The Bionicon Urban Road is a geared bike meant for urban use that is minimalistic yet modish and functional. In fact it has nine gears and the wheelset is put together to suit tough urban riding. …

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City bikes are often used on a daily basis for commuting to work or shopping, and are appreciated by older cyclists for the lower bar which allows for easier mounting. They are only really suitable for limited trips though, and therefore longer cycle rides should be undertaken using a touring or mountainbike-style trekking bike instead.


Until recently, city bikes have also been known more commonly as “Dutch Bicycles”, and they still share the same curved frame characteristics, wide tyres, comfortable ergonomic seat and upright riding position. Modern city bikes, however, tend not to be as heavy as the former Dutch bikes are, but they are still designed especially for short journeys such as shopping trips or trips to work on flat terrain, and as such, most city bikes have a basket mounted on their handlebars. City bikes are easier to ride nowadays and are now suitable for longer trips - up to about 20km is often the guideline. They are not fully suitable for touring, but they are comfortable enough for cosy weekend pleasure rides on pathed forest trails or paths. Touring bikes are recommended instead of city bikes for longer cycle rides. Older people find it easier to stay mobile with a city bike due to the lower bar allowing for easier mounting. They usually have a 3 to 9-speed hub gearing, durable tires with a very high puncture protection and good suspension, also suppliers of good quality city bikes offer 26 and 28 inch frame sizes for around £300, which makes them of interest as a second bike. City bikes are sometimes offered and sold under the category of trekking bike, but there are significant differences between the two models types. Trekking bikes are essentially a subspecies of the mountainbike, but with a narrower, lighter build which makes them suitable for longer trips and carrying a lot of luggage. The comfortable seating position, ability to accomodate a lot of luggage and its everyday useful features such as a chain guard, tail lights and mud guards, means it also possesses many advantages over the classic city bike. Both bicycle types are suitable for shopping trips and relaxing leisurely rides, but the trekking bike is also suitable for additional tours as well.