Best Comfort Bikes In 2018 : Our Top Choices For Men & Women

In this guide, I will share the best comfort bikes available online.

Whether it is fashion – leather jackets, bell bottoms, crop tops – or people – Halle Berry, Michelle Pfeiffer, and Val Kilmer – comebacks are all around us.

And there’s something else making a comeback with a vengeance, this time on our roads. Driven by growing pollution, unbearable traffic jams, rising fuel costs, and increased health awareness, more and more people are taking up cycling to commute to an office, for their weekly shopping or for just a couple of laps around the block.

To serve this growing demand, a number of old and new cycle makers have been launching some terrific machines in the market.

It can be difficult sometimes to choose one from the variety on offer, and we are here to make your job a little easier by bringing to you our picks from the comfort bike category – cycles that are meant for general city use.

Apart from the overall features, we were also looking for true bang for the buck as a criterion, ensuring that our chosen cycles deliver both on performance and affordability.

Our Top Choices: Comfort Bikes

1. Schwinn Men’s Suburban Deluxe –

With a cycle-making history of over 120 years, Schwinn is an American company with a German precision pedigree. The Schwinn Men’s Suburban Deluxe is one of the more popular machines in the company’s stable, combining strength, great looks and a comfortable riding experience in a package that offers true value for your money.

Overview:
Gear Speeds: 21
Frame: Aluminum
Fork: Suspension
Wheel height: 26”
Tires: 1.95”

The cycle sticks to a more traditional aluminum alloy frame when you find carbon-fiber and even titanium being used these days.

But it is lightweight enough to keep the riding experience comfortable. The perfect upright riding position is helped by the adjustable handlebar.

The front suspension fork keeps the ride smooth, while the 21-speed twist shifters and a Shimano rear derailleur make the gear changing seamlessly.

The cycle’s set of features are wrapped up by a secure braking system, a comfortable saddle, and ergonomic grips.

The welding could be smoother. The cycle also comes without fenders, which can be a pain point if you are on a wet road.

While the assembly is reported to be smooth, you need to be comfortable with working with tools to get it done. And you might still need a helper to put some parts together.

Pros:

  1. Adjustable handlebar
  2. Effective brakes
  3. Comfortable riding experience

Cons:

1. Poor welding

2. No fenders

 

2. Vilano C1 Shimano –

Vilano might not have the same pedigree as Schwinn, but the brand has more than proven its mettle by providing well-loved cycles in different segments of the market.

The C1 Shimano is one of their more popular offerings, serving as a multi-purpose cycle that can be used for commuting as well as on basic trails.

 

Editor’s Rating: 4.0/5

Overview:
Gear Speeds: 21
Frame: Hi-Ten Steel
Fork: Suspension
Wheel height: 26”
Tires: 1.75”

 

The cycle’s heavy duty steel frame can feel a little bulky, especially if you are used to more modern varieties.

But this frame also provides the cycle with its own sturdiness, without taking away from the comfort. The 21-speed trigger shifters with front and rear derailleurs are perfect for smoothness in changing gear while riding.

The large multi-tread tires provide a good grip on the road and can be extra useful in wet or snowy conditions.

The large pedals, the cushioned saddle, the alloy V-brakes and the adjustable handlebar are some of its other useful features.

The cycle requires assembly, so beware if you are not comfortable doing it on your own or do not want to shell out extra bucks to get someone else to do it.

While most users seem to be happy with their C1s, a few have reported issues with individual parts – chains start skipping, gears tend to clatter, pedals have fallen off while riding – and the after-sales service is virtually non-existent.

Pros:

  1. Large pedals
  2. Adjustable handlebar
  3. Secure tires

Cons:

1. Poor quality of parts, with no replacement or after-sales service

3. Diamondback Wildwood Classic –

Diamondback is one of America’s biggest bicycle brands, which also exports its cycles to many other countries. It was founded as a BMX brand in 1977, and that pedigree shows even in their city bikes that are meant for more sedate riding conditions. The Wildwood Classic is the brand’s most popular comfort bike and is designed to be powerful, comfortable and customizable.

Editor’s Rating: 4.4/5

Overview:
Gear Speeds: 21
Frame: Aluminum alloy
Fork: Suspension
Wheel height: 26”
Tires: 1.95”

The cycle’s aluminum alloy frame feels heavier than most other comfort bikes in this price range, mainly because of the shocks.

This is not a problem though if you are using it rides that are 20-25 miles or less on level roads. One of the top benefits of getting this cycle is that it ships about 85% pre-assembled, with some minor assembly required after unpacking.

Quality of frame welds and durability of parts have been praised in most user reviews, which is commendable given its price range.

Easy shifting, adjustable handlebar, wide secure tires and an efficient braking system – the cycle seems to have everything you would need for a comfortable jaunt for even an inexperienced rider.

The heavily padded saddle, unfortunately, seems to be a bug for many users and has been replaced much too often.

Pros:

1.Good quality parts
2.Easy assembly
3.Adjustable handlebar
4. Overall comfort

Cons:

1. Heavy frame
2. Uncomfortable saddle

 

What to look for in a good bicycle?

You would already know that there are a number of important aspects that need to be kept in mind while purchasing a cycle.

If you use it regularly, it is going to give you company on many long rides, and you do want to do your background check before selecting one.

Apart from the obvious questions like the man intended user, comfort with multi-speed gears, the time you can devote to maintenance (multi-speed cycles are known to need more maintenance than single-speed ones), and your budget, here are some important features that you should also check before buying.

a. Frame – This is the most important feature of the cycle, as it forms essentially the entire body. It could be made of steel, carbon-fiber, aluminum or titanium, and decides the strength of your cycle. You are ideally looking for strength combined with lightness.

b. Fork – This is the front part of the cycle that holds the front wheel and gives your bike direction. Mountain bikes use suspension forks that can provide travel, something you also see on motorcycles. Comfort bikes have rigid forks on the other hand. If you are going to be riding on rough roads, some travel helps.

c. Handlebar – This is the front top part of the bike that you hold to steer the bike. It also supports part of your weight. The prime aspect you need to ensure with the handlebar is that it provides the right amount of comfort when you are in the saddle and riding for a long time with your hands holding it. Adjustable handlebar is always a plus.

d. Wheels and tires – These are the parts of your cycle that bear the most direct brunt of the surface you are cycling on. These need to be of the right size and the right material to ensure comfort and longevity. The tread on your tires also decides the stability in different conditions.

Our final verdict

Based on these criteria and overall comfort, our pick from the three cycles we have covered is the Diamondback Wildwood Classic.

It is not just a slightly more comfortable bicycle overall (which is a result of minor improvements here and there), but also scores in the quality of parts and ease of assembly.

Its features make it perfect for not just riding in heavy traffic in the city, but you will love it enough to spend your evenings and weekends on it too.

There is really not much to choose between the Schwinn Men’s Suburban Deluxe and the Vilano C1 on paper or based on the performance we have seen, but simply based on the reviews from existing users, we are registering our concern regarding the latter’s parts and bending a tad in the former’s favor.

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HOW TO CHECK BIKE TYRE PRESSURE : Our Check List

In the world of cycling, one of the most important factors to look at are the condition of your tyres, and more specifically, your bike’s tyre pressure.

Though tyre’s play such an important role, and there is new technology everyday to help develop better versions of cycling tyres, most cyclists tend to go for the less expensive tyres.

They then pump them up to their ultimate highest pressure, but does this help or hinder the cycling experience ? Let’s find out.

Manufacturers spend quite a pretty penny doing research and testing new products to come up with new innovations so that tyres can be more efficient and better suited for the road, but most cyclists tend not to notice.

Professionals may be the only ones spending big bucks for specific tyres, and there may be a rare few with a set of “race tyres” for cycling events.

There may be some truth relating to better tyres improving performance, according to a recent article, but without understanding the dynamics of the tyre and its major functions, this information does us no good.

What is Tyre Pressure & Why does it matter?

Tyre pressure speaks to the level of inflation a bike’s tyre has in accordance to the height and weight of the cyclist.

It is measured in psi (pounds per square inch), and and can be easily adjusted by pumping or releasing air from a tyre. The average for road tyres are normally 80 – 130 psi, the average for hybrid tyres are regularly 50 – 70 psi, and the most common for mountain bike tyres are 25 – 35 psi. It is essential that you find the right tyre pressure for you, to increase efficiency and ride smoothly, resulting in becoming a faster cyclist.

Tyre pressure matters for every cyclist to increase your likelihood of getting to your destination safely and on time. Adjusting your tyre pressure to suit you will inadvertently result in a lot less flats, and allow your biking gear to not only last longer, but also to perform better. Getting the right tyre pressure is not a one time thing, but it is an ongoing issue of maintenance and upkeep for your tyres.

HOW TO CHECK BIKE TYRE PRESSURE : Our Check List

A major part of maintaining the ideal psi for your cycling adventures is checking your tyres on a regular basis to determine if they are fit for use, or if they need to be more inflated.

To check your tyre pressure manually, squeeze the sidewalls of your tyre between your thumb and your pointer finger to determine if it is dense or if it needs more air.

To check with a pump and a gauge, simply make a few pumps to open the valve and the gauge will give you a reading of the pressure in the pump, which will help you to estimate whether the pressure in your tyre is ideal.

If you believe the tyre pressure is too high for your liking and the tyres are too hard and stiff, then let some of the air out, but if the tyre pressure is too low and the tyres are too soft for your liking, use your pump and add some air to your tyres.

Adjust the pressure until it becomes ideal for you. If you have adjusted the pressure and you are still unsure of whether it is at the ideal level for you, take yourself for a ride and see how your bike holds up to the pressure.

Tips to take into Consideration Before adjusting your Tyre Pressure

There are some factors apart from your body weight or height that you need to take into consideration before you adjust your tyre pressure effectively. These are:

● Your environment has a lot to do with how your tyre pressure holds up. For smooth riding surfaces, the tyres need to be harder while on more uneven riding surfaces, the softer your tyres need to be. In wet and icy weather, less tyre pressure can result in a peak in the level of tyre surface that touches the ground.

● Faster and more experienced riders tend to naturally use a lot more energy and go faster, resulting in the tyre surface hitting the ground more often. These riders should ideally use harder tyres than a beginner or recreational cyclist.

● In tyre pressure ratio, you need enough pressure to ensure that there is somewhat of an enduring cushion between the rim and the ground to prevent punctures.

● Soft tyres can cause a compression puncture very easily, but this issue can be avoided or at least derailed by using fatter tyres that provide a blanket of air, resulting in more cushioning for your tyre.

● Bike suspension, separate from the air in tyres, can cause tyre pressure to increase and the tyres to become harder.

Still not completely versed on the dynamics of your bicycle tyres, here’s a youtube video explaining the entire process.

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How To Adjust Comfort Bike Handlebars : Tips & Tricks

Having the right cycling equipment and gears ensure that you get the most out of your cycling experience, and while many tend to focus on other factors such as tyre pressure or the height of the saddle, an often overlooked part of your bike are the handlebars.

Handlebars are just as important as your saddle or drivetrain, and can make your cycling experience less than pleasurable if not properly adjusted based on your body type.

Professional cyclists normally have a dropped handlebar, so that their saddles are above the bar, but recreational cyclists normally don’t practise this pattern.

A lower bar height however can cause you to be more centred and comfortable while riding, but if it gets too low, you may have a problem controlling your bicycle.

In order to make sure you enjoy and improve your cycling experience, here are some tips on how to adjust your handlebars for your height and body type.

You will need a couple of tools to start your fixing. These include:

● A bicycle or biking gear

● Allen wrench set

● Other wrenches (normally modifiable up to 1 ½ inches)

● WD 40

● Bike Oil

● Rag or Paper Towel (to wipe away the oil)

● Bicycle Grease

You may also need a steerer extender if you are taller than the average person and need to adjust your bike to accommodate your height.

Directions

1. Ensure your bike is firmly secure on the ground, then hold it in place with your feet. Loosen the clamp bolts on the stem with an Allen wrench.

2. Remove the handlebar by twisting it in a circular motion, and pulling as you twist. If this doesn’t work, you need to slacken the locknut using a wrench, and apply WD 40 or oil to its base.

After you do this, wait a while (5 – 10 minutes on average), and hit the base with a hammer or heavy metal object. After this, try to twist and pull the handlebar out of its position again.

3. If you still have no luck removing the handlebar, get one of your cycling friends or take it to the bike shop for assistance. Your friend can help you twist and pull the handlebar until it becomes loose.

4. When you remove the stem of the handlebar from its base, wipe away any excess grease or dirt you see, then add a small layer/coat of grease or oil.

5. This part is perhaps the most important. Place the stem of the handlebar back in the base, then adjust it to your liking. Most modern comfort bikes comes with markings showing a maximum level that the stem must not be raised past. This normally requires at least 2 inches in minimum being attached to the base but can increase to make your handlebar lower.

6. After this, hold your handlebars in position and fasten the stem bolt to keep it secure.

Another easy and very effective way to adjust your handlebars is to just flip the stem. Flipping the handlebar stem can completely revolutionize the way you ride, and has been known to reduce back pains and other issues associated with cycling.

1. Place the bike firmly on the ground with a certainty of how both the handlebar angle and the lever angles align. Remove the bolts that connect the front of the stem to the handlebar, then detach the stem’s faceplate.

2. Remove the top cap from the stem, followed by bolts from the other end of the stem. After this, your stem and handlebars should have come loose.

3. Lift the stem off, flip the handlebar in the opposite direction and replace the bolts you removed before.

4. Hold your handlebars in the right position and then tighten the stem bolts on your bike.

After adjusting your bike, feel free to take it for a spin right away to see if your changes made any difference in the way you cycle.

Remember that the process will be relatively more or less easier depending on whether you have a threaded or threadless headset on your bike.

The major difference between the two is that in a threadless headset, your cycle does not use a threaded steerer tube but instead, this tube stretches from the fork, as far as the head tube.

It also goes above the headset and is secured by a clamped stem bolt.

While the adjustment may be a small inconvenience, but members of the US National Library of Medicine & National Institute of Health conducted a study highlighting the benefits of implications based on different riding patterns, and the impact that handlebars have on this process.

Simply adjusting your handlebar to fit your body and height can significantly reduce any negative issues attached to cycling, such as joint pains and back pains, but riding comfortably improves your overall health.

So whether you’re heading out for a quick night run or you cycle to work daily, use these adjustments to make you more comfortable when you cycle.

Here’s a video to get you started!

How to Become A Professional Cyclist : Tips & Tactics For Newbie

So you want to become a professional cyclist huh? Well you’ve come to the right place. Cycling has become the ultimate sport for everyone who wants to get a full body workout, while simultaneously toning and building muscles. With its riveting routine and technique, it has been the saving grace for many worldwide, and is quickly gaining traction as one of the most physically and mentally rewarding athletic activities.

While many go into cycling as a way to get some good exercise, professional cyclists are becoming more and more common everyday. It’s becoming easier for you to break into the professional cycling ranks, because of the increase in events, equipment and training in many countries, and if you’re naturally competitive, professional cycling may just be the best sport for you.

Before paving your way to becoming the next best Tour de France cyclist, there are a few things you need to consider, including the nutrition, training & physical activity required. You may also need to take a look at the cycling equipment and gear you will need and how to get integrated into your niche.

Now, here’s everything you need to know about becoming a professional cyclist.

Nutrition

As with most professional athletic sports, your diet has a huge role to play in how successful you become and how well you’re able to perform. The truth is that you are what you eat, and despite the amount of hours you put in doing training, exercising and practising to become a professional, your diet could erase that in as little as a week. Eating the right blend of nutrients allows your body to perform to the best of your ability, so what should you be eating?

1. Carbohydrates – I know carbs may be your enemy, but if you want your body to perform well when cycling, you’re gonna have to make them your friend. Before you go wharfing down some pasta or bread, you have to ensure that the carbs you’re taking in won’t be counterproductive to your body. This is easily done by knowing what carbs are the best to eat, and at what time.
Foods like quinoa, brown rice and potatoes are great for obtaining the carbs needed to perform, and are best when eaten on a regular basis, or the day before an event, but when it comes to event days, pro cyclists opt for more easily digestible carbs, such as high energy bars. The major difference in these carbs are their glycemic index, which speaks to the impact of glucose levels in the body after digesting particular carbohydrates. When you consume an energy bar, glucose levels rise much quicker than the 2 hours it would take if you had eaten rice or bread, allowing you to have more energy to use right away.

2. Protein – Now this doesn’t mean all meat and seafood, but also lots of green leafy vegetables, beans and nuts. Because of consistent training, protein will be needed to help rebuild muscles after exercise, and you cannot afford to leave it out of your diet. When doing weight lifting or strength training, ensure that your protein levels are met each day to prevent medical issues and muscle tearing.

Of course a balanced diet is needed to make sure you’re at optimal health, but once you place emphasis on obtaining the adequate nutrients from everything you eat, your body will be rising up to what your mind has set out to do in no time. And don’t forget to hydrate, your body needs enough fluid to do its job, whether on or off your bike.

Training & Physical Activity

Now here comes the hard part, training. Most experts indicate that to become a professional cyclist, you need to get on your bike and ride for 2 hours, 5 – 6 days per week, as a beginner. When you become more seasoned in the sport however, your training should increase, going as much as up to 6 hours a day, including weight lifting and strength training. Methods of riding can be changed daily, just to make you more excited for your journey; cyclists go from changing their routes constantly to switching to an indoor stationary bike when necessary.

Strength training also plays a very important role in developing and building muscles and improving endurance. Ensure that you prioritize leg and core muscles, and that you do a lot of leg workouts such as squats and lunges. In many cases, getting a personal trainer or cycling coach will significantly improve your craft, as they are versed with the knowledge to ensure you improve your technique and skill set. You may find a cycling coach at your local cycling club, or by searching popular cycling websites or magazines in your area.

Getting your Cycling Equipment and Gear

Once you decide to go professional, you’ll need to get a top range bike. Incorrect biking gear will do you more harm than good, causing aches and pains that could otherwise be avoided, and make your cycling experience more painful than enjoyable. If you train with a coach, it would be much simpler for him to walk you through the process of getting the equipment, but if not, head to your local cycling store and get yourself a professional bike fitting.

Having a professional fitting ensures that you buy the correct bike according to your size, weight and optimal performance, which results in a reduction of possible injuries and an increase in comfort while riding. It also allows for improvement and a peak in overall performance, as the comfort and suitability of the bike allows riders to go faster, quicker. The experience of the person doing your fitting is integral to whether you get the proper equipment, as techniques and theories for excellent performance vary from person to person. To avoid mishaps, ensure you also do a little reading on the subject, and test what you’ve learned with what the fitter knows, to ensure that both ideals and goals align.

Getting Integrated in Cycling; Finding Cyclists around you

Finding a local cycling community may be the competitive edge you need to perfect your niche and improve your performance. This also gives you the opportunity to get criticism that you couldn’t see yourself, by virtue of having more seasoned athletes around you, to provide feedback. More importantly, find athletes that are better than you to train with and learn from. Having an active and friendly cycling community will help you to build on your craft, and make training more enjoyable.

Start Competing Locally

Entering local cycling events such as 5K’s and triathlons or just general obstacle course events can build your confidence and give you a feel of how you will fare in more serious international events. These competitions also allow you to build technique and assess your competitiveness against more seasoned riders, which can provide tips for what you need to do differently.

The better you get, the bigger the contest you can enter as your craft improves, and you can move from community and club based events to national competitions. It’s important however, that you seek out a sponsor, as many professional cyclists are not compensated well enough to make a living off this sport. Having a sponsor will help to compensate for things such as equipment and travelling to different competitions.

There you have it, all the information you need to transform your cycling hobby into a professional sport. Remember to train hard, eat right and find lots of cycling friends, to make this journey an enjoyable lifestyle. Happy cycling!

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