If you want to be more productive, you need a bike that you can easily use for long stretches of time, according to a new report from Bike to Work America.
“We know that bike commuting can be a powerful way to reduce congestion, reduce energy use, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and to boost your physical fitness,” says Bike to Works America’s chief operating officer, Steve Graziano.
That’s why he’s joined by bike shop owner and co-founder of the New York City-based company, Adam Boulton, to share the best bikes for working from home.
Boulson says that if you have the time, the money, and the desire, you should consider investing in a bike for your commute.
The first thing to consider is the speed of the bike.
You’ll want to find a bike with a comfortable seat and a comfortable handlebar, plus a handlebar that’s low enough to be comfortable even on a flat bike.
The bike also needs to be sturdy enough to withstand the impact of a hard fall, and sturdy enough that you won’t have to worry about dropping the bike at the drop of a hat.
“The more efficient the bike, the more it will save you,” Boulons says.
If you can get a bike without any of the bells and whistles, including racks, pedals, a seat, or a seatpost, the best thing is to choose a high-quality bike with lots of gears.
The best choice for this would be the Schwinn Mavic 700.
“That bike is a great example of a bike designed to be an economical bike to ride for a long period of time,” Bouson says.
You want to have a bike you can ride for long periods of time and be comfortable with.
The same goes for a bike equipped with a rear rack.
The racks are meant to be adjustable and can be set up for a variety of different riding positions.
Bikes can also be upgraded to have rack mounts, which can be installed at the top of the seat or at the rear.
A rack on a bike means that you’ll be able to use it for extended periods of times without having to worry whether your bike is going to come loose or fall off at the worst possible moment.
It also means you’ll have a sturdy frame that can handle the load of heavy work.
If a bike doesn’t come with a rack, you can upgrade it with one for the extra cost of about $40 to $60.
“When you add a rack to a bike, you are going to get an additional $40 or $60 to the price of the bicycle,” Boudon says, adding that you don’t want to pay more than that just for the rack alone.
The second thing to look for is the fit.
The bikes Boulsons recommends are designed to give you maximum comfort.
“I would say that the most important thing you need is a seat that is comfortable to ride and that is designed to keep you comfortable even if you fall off the bike,” he says.
The third thing to pay attention to is the kind of gears you want.
Bousons says that most people would like a bike to have plenty of gears, but it’s important to consider what you’ll need for long trips.
“If you have a high end bike, a good choice would be a Schwinn Schwinn S-Works, which has a lot of gears,” he explains.
If the bike you want is low end, you’ll want a good combination of gears with a lot fewer.
Bicycles can also have an adjustment system to adjust the height of the handlebars and seatpost.
Buses and trams are usually built with these same types of gears in mind, but there are also options available for bikes that are built specifically for commuting, such as a mountain bike or a mountain-biking bike.
“You want to consider how many gears you need and how you can use those gears for different situations,” Bouysons says, noting that there are options for bicycles that are both fast and efficient.
The fourth thing to keep in mind is the length of the trip.
If it’s more than an hour, you want a bike and pedals that you will be able do a lot with.
But if it’s less than an hr, the bikes should have plenty more gears to keep your hands and feet happy.
Boudons says it’s best to take your bike to the office for a short ride, and then get back on it and ride it for an hour or two.
You should also consider the size of the ride you want, and how much you want it to be done in.
“As you get to the end of the journey, you really want to go back and do a little bit more,” he suggests.
The final thing to take into consideration is the climate you’re in.
You can expect that you might not be able ride your bike for a few hours