Riding in Style: The Best Bicycles for Urban Commuting in Singapore
When it comes to commuting in Singapore, biking is arguably the best option. It is it a sustainable way to get around and it's also a great way to stay active and beat (or join in with) the heat. But with so many different types of bikes on the market, It can be a little bit confusing at times. Should I get a gravel bike? Or perhaps a road bike. What about a dutch styled bike or a mountain bike? Maybe a folding bike?? In this article, we'll take a look at the top qualities to look out for when shopping for a bike that's perfect for your urban commuting Journey.
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One of the most important things to consider when shopping for a bike, especially when you'll be using it for your daily commute, is comfort. You'll be spending a lot of time in the saddle, and you dont want your bum to hurt. So it's important to find a bike that's comfortable to ride. This goes beyond just the saddle, but also the riding position and all your points of contact. Look for a bike with a comfortable seat and handlebars that are easy to grip, a riding position that you feel comfortable in, and pedals that suit your riding style.
Additionally, if you are looking for a bike that is easy to ride, then you should consider a hybrid bike such as the Unspokin Frigate Belt Drive Bicycle. Hybrid bikes are a cross between a road bike and a mountain bike, which makes them perfect for urban commuting. They have a comfortable riding position which is relatively upright and are easy to handle.
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Another important consideration when shopping for a bike is durability. You'll be using your bike on a daily basis, so it's important to find a bike that can withstand the wear and tear of daily use. Look for a bike that's made from high-quality materials, such as aluminum or steel, and that has sturdy components such as good-quality wheels and tires. To learn more about whether a steel or aluminium frame is best for you, check out our article Aluminum vs Steel: The Great Bike Frame Debate.
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In Singapore, low crime does not mean no crime. Bike theft is a common problem contrary to popular belief, so it's important to find a bike that can be locked up securely. Consider purchasing a bike that looks unique or isn't too expensive. Generally speaking, the longer you leave your bike locked outside, the more susceptible it is to bike theft. A high-quality U-lock or chain lock also definitely helps a lot. Accordingly it's also a good idea to invest in a good quality lock and to always lock your bike in a well-lit and busy area.
Safety is crucial when commuting in Singapore, so it's important to find a bike that's equipped with the right safety features. Look for a bike that has good quality brakes, both front and rear. This doesn't always mean going for disc brakes over rim brakes. While it is true that disc brakes generally have greater stopping power, a high-quality rim brake that is well-tuned and maintained will likely be more effective than a hydraulic disc brake that isn't working properly. All of our bikes at unspokin are individually assessed and checked for safety before they are made available for sale. This is regardless of whether they are new bicycles or upcycled bicycles.
Furthermore, all of our bikes can be equipped with battery-free lights by reelight that are powered by the energy in your feet. This helps keep safety as you'll never forget to turn them on or not to charge them!
Finally, consider the maintenance requirements of the bike you are looking to buy. Some bikes require more maintenance than others, so it's important to find a bike that's easy to take care of. Look for a bike that has easy-to-use gears and that doesn't require too much cleaning and lubrication. For example, an internal gear hub driven bike would require way less maintenance than a deraileur system for a gear. Check out our article on internal hubs vs deraileurs if you would like to learn more. Also a belt-driven bike is generally lower maintanence as you do not need to wash and lube it after every use.
That said, if you would require any assistance with maintenance, do check out our relatively affordable bicycle maintenance services.
When looking for the perfect bike for urban commuting in Singapore, please consider the above factors. Keep in mind that Singapore is also generally flat. You may need more gears if you are in a particularly hilly area of Singapore, Otherwise, A good quality bike that is comfortable, easy to handle, durable, secure and low maintenance will make your daily commute much more enjoyable! Remember to also wear a helmet and follow the traffic laws for a safe and smooth ride (check out our article on lights required for bicycles under Singapore law if you want to be safe). As always, happy cycling!