The 10 best commuter bikes
1. Giant Halfway City 2
This 20in model is between a standard city bike and a fold-up, with a light(ish) aluminium frame, Shimano revo shift seven-speed gears and a monofork for folding.
2. Carrera TDF Road Bike
No prizes for design and not the lightest bike, but with its 36-spoke wheel and sturdy frame it can soak up the punishment – and at less than £400, who can complain?
3. Velorbis Scrap Deluxe
Updates the sit-up-and-beg style for easy city cycling. Virtually indestructible frame, essential mudguards and dynamo-powered lights. Handy balloon tyres.
4. Foffa Prima
Around £500, foffabikes.com
A bespoke bike for around £500? Impossible. Not with Foffa's online service. Choose everything from the pedals to colour, single-speed or fixie – cycling nirvana.
5. Boardman Road Comp
A good-value, solid bike from the Olympic champion Chris Boardman's firm. The Comp is a covetable ride with an aluminium frame and decent drive train.
6. Dahon Speed D7
Want to do a little cycling but don't fancy tackling the whole of your 20-mile commute? Get a fold-up and cycle half-way, then take it on the train for the rest.
7. Cyclefit Guru Evolo
Price dependent on specification, cyclefit.co.uk
Invest some of the money saved in train and bus fares and get a made-to-measure bike. At Cyclefit they create the ultimate bespoke bike.
8. Singular Peregrine
A true all-rounder. With road wheels and dropped bars, its right at home in the city; put some knobbly tyres on it and you'll soon be darting through the woods.
9. Specialised Allez Triple
If you have a little cycling experience behind you and have racing ambitions, check out the 23mm-wheeled Specialised Allez Triple. It has lots of features.
10. Genesis Croix de Fer
This bike is one of the most versatile in its price bracket. The disc breaks, hardy Reynolds steel frame, and rack eyelets mean it's as good for cyclo-cross as it is for commuting.
Dolphins ‘deliberately get high’ on puffer fish nerve toxins by carefully chewing and passing them around
Plastic rubbish heaps at sea pose bigger threat to Earth than climate change, claims ocean expert
Silence to mark the 100th anniversary of the death of last ever passenger pigeon
The top 10 weirdest animal mating rituals
The ugliest animals on earth: Blobfish, axolotl and proboscis monkey battle it out to be named least attractive beast
- 2 Saudis risk new Muslim division with proposal to move Mohamed’s tomb
- 3 A teacher speaks out: 'I'm effectively being forced out of a career that I wanted to love'
- 4 Cee Lo Green: It is only rape if the victim is conscious
- 5 Nigerian witch-finder Helen Ukpabio threatens legal action against human rights organisations
Rotherham child sex abuse scandal: Labour Home Office to be probed over what Tony Blair's government knew - and when
What do immigrants really think of Britain? Polish immigrant's Reddit post goes viral
Ashya King: Parents of five-year-old boy refused permission to visit him in hospital and denied bail at Spanish court
With Douglas Carswell joining Ukip, my party has taken another giant step forward
When elitism grips the top of British society to this extent, there is only one answer: abolish private schools
Ashya King: 'Cruel NHS has not given us the treatment we need', says father of five-year-old with brain tumour who fled to Spain
£700 per day: Harrington Starr: Quantitative Developer C++, Python, STL, R, PD...
£700 per day: Harrington Starr: Java/Calypso Developer Java, Calypso, J2EE, J...
£500 per day: Harrington Starr: SQL Developer SQL, C#, Stored Procedures, MDX...
£40000 - £45000 per annum + Benefits + Bonus: Harrington Starr: Front-Office D...