We cannot recommend commuting to work by bike enough. For us it is a no brainer – you save a fortune, do your bit for the environment and keep yourself fit and looking trim. And this is just the tip of the iceberg. For many cycling to work is the start of a great love affair with the sport.
Luckily in the UK, some fantastic provisions have been made to incentivise commuting by bike. Most notably there is the cycle scheme which offers up to 42% any type of bike and necessary accessories up to the value of £1,000. TFL also offers free instruction in most boroughs across London if you are wary about getting back on the bike again after a long absence.
First things first though, before you go anywhere you need to get a bike. Buying a commuter bike can be a tricky task. There are a number of different bikes out there to suit different needs. In theory almost any bike can be used for commuting, but it is worth looking at a bike designed for the specific purpose. You should always consider your desired riding position and look out for frames with bosses for mudguards and pannier racks.
Here is a quick low-down of the types of bikes on the market.