Want a bike that you can take away on tour and is perfect for commuting too? The design of a touring bike is near identical to that of a solid commuter, so you can have your cake and eat it too. Touring bikes have long chainstays to avoid clipping your heels on panniers. They feature all the braze-ons for racks & mud guards, and allow plenty of room for comfortable tyres. A low bottom bracket and an oversized top tube stop the bike flexing too much. This makes the ride stable and comfortable both loaded and unloaded.
Our favourite Commuter bikes have a steel frame and a sensible selection of durable parts. Broadly speaking, they come in two flavours – Classic and Modern. Classic Commuters tend to be quite elegant. They have a more relaxed ride, a narrower range of gears and a swathe of colour-matched and polished parts. Modern Commuters tend to be more athletic than their Classic counterparts. They're lighter and faster while maintaining functionality and comfort. Both flavours feature room for wide tyres, mud guards, and mounts for racks.
Cyclocross bikes are incredibly versatile. They were originally road bikes with subtle modifications to make them suitable for racing in muddy fields in the off-season. They now have a great mix of generous tyre clearance, wider gearing and relaxed geometry with road-style drop bars and gear shifting. Most of the CX bikes we sell have rack and fender mounts making them perfect fast commuters and light tourers.
You'll notice that we used the term road bikes, rather than racing bikes. Racing implies a no compromises pursuit of knocking seconds off the clock. Road on the other hand, just suggests that these bikes are best suited to sealed surfaces. They're still quick, but without compromising comfort. We like the type of road bike that you can ride all day. A bike for the type of ride that includes scenery and breaks for coffee and well-earned bakery treats.
Overnighter or epic, bikepacking bikes are for when the roads get rough and narrow. They're designed for a bit of load, be it strapped on for agility through the singletrack, or attached to racks for more load carrying capacity. Fat tyres are a standard feature and low range gearing is the norm.