The bike lanes in our cities are looking a little less barren these days. Urban cycling is on the rise, especially among people who are now choosing to pedal to the office rather than deal with crowds, expenses and hassles of cars, buses and trains.
This rush-hour renaissance has led to a flurry of activity in the "city bike" category -- bikes built for the rigors of the daily commute. They're low-maintenance and rugged and they have appointments best suited for all-weather riding. Commuter bikes are generally customized to the specifications of the rider and their commute. They can be fully outfitted with fenders, panniers and reflective tires or can simply be a sleek, minimalist fixed gear bike