Commuter Issue

An e-bike with a brain

The Bicycle Wheel, Reinvented

With the highly anticipated Copenhagen Wheel, from MIT-born Superpedestrian seeks to improve urban biking. In an increasingly crowded e-bike market, it might be the most successful attempt so far.

A Far East Take on the Commuter

Going Local with Tokyobike

Tokyobike’s arrival in New York City feels like fate. A cruise around the Avenues proved that the lightweight, small, eclectic bikes are ideal city commuters.

7 Pants, 2 Wheels, 1 Handsome Dude

Bike to Work in These 7 Pants

Commuting cyclists require a specific type of pant. These seven are designed to handle the wind, rain, grime and out-of-control cabbies.

Be handy, man

The Basics of Bike Maintenance

In this how-to we review the basics of bike maintenance: how to fix a flat, how to adjust shifting and how to clean your bike chain.

To and From, safely and in style

Kit: Bicycle Commuter

If you're thinking about joining the bike commuter set, you'll need the essentials: bike, helmet, lights, lock and a handsome leather wine bottle carrier. We've got it all in this Kit, plus much more.

Wheels for the working man

5 Best Commuter Bikes

Long gone are the days when the commuter bike was an old-school mountain bike with a potpourri of parts and a rear wheel that was only roughly true. A rise in people looking to build fitness, lower their carbon footprint or simply have fun while getting around has created a big market for commuter bikes. Here are some of our favorites for 2014.

Seriously fashionable cyclists

Photo Essay: New York Bike Style

New York City has the largest bike-share system in the country, with 600 stations and 10,000 bikes, not to mention more than 600 miles of bike lanes. But as photographer Sam Polcer's new book, New York Bike Style, shows, the cyclists themselves -- and their style -- are a city treasure. Polcer, who regularly photographs cyclists in New York for his blog, Preferred Mode, shared a preview of his book with GP.

Design Director at Easton-Bell Sports

30 Minutes With: Alex Valdman

When we think of influential people, we often default to Time 100 types -- Oprah, President Obama, Steve Jobs. But what about the guy making your bike commute more comfortable, creating fabrics and garments that can replace your typical urban attire with performance-oriented equivalents while keeping your crotch area breathable? This guy moves mountains in our world, and he's Alex Valdman, Design Director at Easton-Bell Sports. We caught up with him to talk about his work with Giro, his perfect last meal and his inspirations.

Kids ride (almost) free

Tested: Weehoo iGo Bicycle Trailer

If you’re looking to introduce your kids to cycling, the Weehoo iGo Pro bicycle trailer ($400) is just the tool for the job. We got our hands on one and put it to the test with a five-year-old and a 15-month-old in tow.

Ride smart and stay alive

Being Seen: Visible Cycling

Hey there. Yeah, you, riding along in your cool color-coordinated cycling team kit, all matchy-matchy. You look real spiffy, so neat you’ll make a great hood ornament. Because that’s where you’re going to end up -- on someone’s hood, or like me, under one. Those who really need to see you, can’t. In your fancy attire, you’re invisible to motorists.

A look beyond the usual suspects

10 Modern Takes on the Commuter Bag

Once you've got your bike, which you should by now, the next step is to pick up the appropriate accessories. For commuters, second only to a helmet is a suitable bag that holds the necessities and, beyond that, meets specific, personal work- or looks-related criteria. The next thing to consider is the style of bag -- backpack, messenger or something else entirely? We've got all of the above, with a preference toward backpacks.

Fix it Dammit

Tools of the Trade: The Path to Bike Maintenance Nirvana

So your gleaming new bike is sitting in the garage, everything’s working just like you want it to and your happiness is approaching "clam". Best enjoy the moment, because sooner or later your trusty steed is going to need some kind of maintenance. When it does, you’ll hit a fork in the road-bike ownership road (a choose your own adventure if that’s more comforting) where you’ll need to decide how to fix this and the other future problems that will surely arise. As the GP Bike Maintenance Division sees it, you have three basic choices. Read on to see 'em and pick your poison.

Gentlemen, we can build it

Tailor-Made: Building a Bike From the Frame Up

For a long time our options for buying a bike were limited to what was at the local shop, which was a roll of the dice in terms of selection and service. But with e-commerce consumers have limitless information available at a mouse click. What does this mean as a bike buyer? You have options. With the experience of working in a bike shop under my belt and a good idea of what type of bike I wanted, I decided to try the "internet bike build" myself. With a budget of $2,000 I set out to best some of the similarly priced complete bikes for sale at the local shop.

Read up, ride on

Ride Repair: 5 Best Bicycle Maintenance Books

Imagine a crisp fall day where the trails are hooking up so nicely it feels like you're riding on rails. It's so sweet you decide to skip the parking lot and continue on. After a few more miles you've peaked with adrenaline and start to put more power down to get up a small, steep climb -- and your chain snaps. When "F***!" is the first thing that comes to mind, instead of, "Sweet, I finally get to use my new multitool!", well, that's when you phone home to say you'll be late for dinner. This scenario can be a moment to shine rather than a disaster -- and in many other instances, a wealth of knowledge and the right tools can save you hundreds of dollars over the lifespan of your bike. All it takes is an understanding of a few basic repairs. We've picked out our favorite bike repair books so you can back to the car in time for steaks.

To stop a thief

Lockdown: 10 Solutions for Securing Your Bike

Estimates for stolen bikes in the U.S. between one and two million per year, and they're difficult to get back because most people don't write down serial numbers or register their bikes -- and bike theft isn't exactly law enforcement's number one priority. The good news is that with a serious lock, proper locking technique and the good sense to take the darn thing inside at night, we'll all meet again in the bike lane when the sun rises tomorrow.

One step closer to the open road

Complete Guide to Buying Your First Bike

It’s a perfect day. You’re pedaling along between La Rochepot and Baubigny in France’s Côte de Beaune region, a wheel of epoisses and a baguette ancienne tucked in the front basket. A little tight on good wine. Sun warm on a crisp day. Your girlfriend rides alongside and looks at you affectionately. You do that thing where you reach out and touch fingertips. Then you hit a little bump in the dirt road: You don’t even know how to ride a bike, and now there’s spittle on your Macbook Pro trackpad. Fortunately, that’s all about to change, because you’re about to buy your first bike.

Take a break from all that pedaling

Riding Reads: 10 Great Cycling Books

Cycling and writing have a funny relationship. Look up any pro or experienced cyclist these days and they’ll likely have a blog to vent about anything and everything. Look a little further back in time and you’ll find millions of battered Moleskine notebooks filled with training logs and racing notes. The fact is, the sport houses an excellent library of both training guides and some genuinely compelling prose. In honor of our Cycling Issue, we've picked our 10 favorite reads in the genre.

Hot laps in the Brooklyn Navy Yard

Photo Essay: Red Hook Criterium

It’s 6pm on Saturday, June 8, and what’s been a very rainy spring has broken just in time for an event best described as a cross between a Formula 1 race and a playful reenactment of the The Breakfast Club: the Red Hook Criterium, Brooklyn Navy Yard edition. We were on hand to document the bicycle race for our week of cycling.

Feel the need...the need for one speed

The Best Single-Speed Bikes for Every Rider

Single-speed bikes have recently enjoyed a comeback in popularity due to their straightforward aesthetics, ease of use and relative lack of maintenance. Although not ideal for hilly areas, single speeds are excellent for urban riders because of their simplicity: they have no derailleur, no gears, and with fixed-gear bikes, no freewheel mechanism (the thing device allows riders to coast, leaving them to use their legs to slow down in tandem with a front brake -- some daring types run no brakes at all, using only their leg power to stop the bike). With the warm weather upon us and more people than ever hitting the streets for their commute to work -- or the bar -- it's about time you got in on the action. Here are our 10 favorites. We've left no gear unturned, including everything from the most hardcore, feature-laden commuter to the most bare-bones fixed-gear track bike.