City Bikes York, Town Bikes in York, North Yorkshire

"It's about being able to go about your normal everyday business on two wheels."

   

Town and City Bikes

We're talking classic town bikes here - that's upright with hub gears and lots of equipment. If you are looking for something more sporty but urban for your city bike, then check out the hybrids, or better still look at our recommendations.

Classic town bikes have a very simple brief: a bike to be ridden very often; for short to medium distances, and to be practical - which means not having to compromise for the fact that you are riding a bicycle. The aesthetic is defiantly not dayglow, lycra, helmeted, trouser clips or sweaty. It's about being able to go about your normal everyday business without being identified, or identifying as 'a cyclist'  and it's about actually being able to go about your normal everyday business on two wheels - like we said, these are practical bikes.

But just because these are practical bikes, does not mean they are not a pleasure to ride. They are certainly very different from sports bikes  - they aren't fast, but then what's the hurry if you are only making short trips? On a classic town bike you are very upright: so you can either be master of all you survey - King of the Road; or adopt the nonchalant languor of the flâneur. Either way, there is simply just the pleasure of riding - slowly. Other key features of city bikes are ...

Simple Gears

Town bikes should have hub gears - which are clean, tidy and simple to use. All the machinery is enclosed in a kind of gearbox in the rear hub. This keeps the whole thing clean and reliable. Available in 3,4,5,7,8 and even 14 gears and operated by just one control. The transmission of hub geared bikes is simply a chain running between 2 cogs, which means the whole thing can be enclosed, keeping it all clean and further enhancing its reliability. It also keeps your everyday clothes clean - helping you to maintain a lycra free lifestyle. We recommend at least five speeds.

Brakes

You will find all manner of braking systems on town bikes, but classic Dutch bikes are generally equipped with lever operated hub brakes. Their greatest benefit is that they are low maintenance and very cheap to run - in all likelihood you will never need to replace them. Their down side is that they are heavier and they are not quite as sharp as most rim and disc brakes, but are nevertheless very effective.

Equipment

Lots of it! The best town bikes will not just have a rack and set of mudguards, but a kickstand, lighting (preferably dynamo), a frame lock, skirt/coatguards, bungees, a decent bell and a pump.

Dynamo Lighting

Dynamos are emblematic of the greatest virtue of the bicycle - that of self suffciency. Regarded by many, but not us, as somewhat quaint and old fashioned, what could be more inspiring than riding out at night and generating your own light? Fortunately, dynamo technology has actually developed over the years so that today you can expect low drag, silent operation and bright lights (and no plug ins to power stations, batteries full of toxic chemicals or annoying torches to cart around town!).

Go Dutch

They do it best - check out our Gazelles.

 

 

  

Key Features

Practical and heavy duty
Generally upright riding position
Fully equipped
Hub gears
Dynamo lighting
Good chainguards or chaincases
Good for short frequent use and carrying luggage

Brands to consider

Gazelle, Ridgeback

Alternatives

If you fancy something lighter and more versatile - Hybrids

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2016 Genesis Day One 20
Genesis
Town Bikes
£799.99


The Genesis Day One 20 brings all the associated benefits of singlespeed riding with it’s single, ultra-efficient optimised chainline and adds the practicality of Shimano’s Nexus 8sp...

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2017 Ridgeback Avenida 6
Ridgeback
Town Bikes
£349.99

 

A modern take on the tradition 'Dutch' style bicycle, an Avenida is a stylish solution for people on the move. Comfort and low maintenance are the Avenida's priority. Built to a high...

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2017 Ridgeback Tradition Men's
Ridgeback
Town Bikes
£399.99

Its distinctive high front end and long adjustable quill stem make for an incredibly comfortable and nostalgic ride. Specified with straightforward low maintenance technology, the Tradition's ride...

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2017 Ridgeback Tradition women's
Ridgeback
Town Bikes
£399.99

Ridgeback Tradition
A classic looking everyday town bike in classic colours, the Tradition is nevertheless built using contemporary materials. Thus, a lightweight aluminium frame paired with...

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Gazelle Balance C7 HFP unisex
Gazelle
Town Bikes
£1999.99 including bronze battery

The Gazelle Balance C7 HFP is unique in the world of pedal-assist bikes, as far as we know, in that it offers a cycling solution to anyone who feels unstable, unsure or lacking in confidence. The...

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Gazelle Chamonix C7 Men's
Gazelle
Town Bikes
£699.99


The Chamonix C7, with its funky angular aluminium frame and rigid forks, is one of the most striking Gazelles and also one of the lighter models in the range....

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Gazelle Chamonix C7 Women's
Gazelle
Town Bikes
£699.99

The Chamonix C7, with its funky angular aluminium frame and rigid forks, is one of the most striking Gazelles and also one of the lighter models in the range. It...

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Gazelle Cityzen C8 Men's
Gazelle
Town Bikes
£899.99

The Gazelle Cityzen C8 is an intriguing and unusual bike in the Gazelle range, achieving an unashamedly sporting stance through technology. The Cityzen adopts a belt-drive to power the Shimano Alfine...

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Gazelle Cityzen C8 women's
Gazelle
Town Bikes
£899.99

The Gazelle Cityzen C8 is an intriguing and unusual bike in the Gazelle range, achieving an unashamedly sporting stance through technology. The Cityzen adopts a belt-drive to power the Shimano Alfine...

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Gazelle Classic 3 speed
Gazelle
Town Bikes
£449.99

Available in a stunning selection of colours, the Classic is your traditional swanning-around-Amsterdam bike. Thus they are all equipped with the traditional back pedal brake (and a front, lever...

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Gazelle Esprit C7 men's
Gazelle
Town Bikes
£529.99

The Esprit C7 is a great value model, delivering all of Gazelle's legendary quality and most of Gazelle's incredibly useful daily accesories to the more cost-conscious customer. Careful selection of...

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Gazelle Esprit C7 women's
Gazelle
Town Bikes
£529.99

The Esprit C7 is a great value model, delivering all of Gazelle's legendary quality and most of Gazelle's incredibly useful daily accesories to the more cost-conscious customer. Careful selection of...

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Gazelle Heavy Duty NL 7 speed men's/women's
Gazelle
Town Bikes
£699.99

The Gazelle Heavy Duty NL is a robust and practical load carrier for urban living. With a surprisingly light weight belying its appearance, it is very usable. If you are serious about sustainable...

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Gazelle Orange C7 men's
Gazelle
Town Bikes
£599.99

The Gazelle Orange C7 is the no nonsense 'basic' version of this popular Gazelle Orange range. As such, it features a rigid fork and the Shimano 7 speed Nexus hub gear - which is perfect...

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Gazelle Orange C7 Women's
Gazelle
Town Bikes
£599.99

The Gazelle Orange C7 is the no nonsense 'basic' version of this popular Gazelle Orange range. As such, it features a rigid fork and the Shimano 7 speed Nexus hub gear - which is perfect...

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Gazelle Paris C7 men's
Gazelle
Town Bikes
£549.99

The Paris C7 is a stylish and great value model, delivering all of the features for which Gazelle has become known, at a great price. The beautiful women's mixte frame is still one of the best...

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Gazelle Paris C7 women's
Gazelle
Town Bikes
£549.99

The Paris C7 is a stylish and great value model, delivering all of the features for which Gazelle has become known, at a great price. The beautiful women's mixte frame is still one of the best...

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Gazelle Toer Populair men's
Gazelle
Town Bikes
£649.99

The Toer Populair is what you might call a 'looker' and hence an all time favorite. It's the classic's classic with it's chromed detailing, Brooks leather saddle and it's classic livery finished with...

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Gazelle Toer Populair women's
Gazelle
Town Bikes
£649.99

The Toer Populair is what you might call a 'looker' and hence an all time favorite. It's the classic's classic with it's chromed detailing, Brooks leather saddle and it's classic livery finished with...

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Gazelle Van Stael men's or women's
Gazelle
Town Bikes
£649.99

Gazelle's "steely style icon" is elegantly conceived and pared down. Equipped with only the bare essentials, the new Van Stael (Dutch for 'made of steel') will go about its urban routines...

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Ridgeback Avenida 6 2016
Ridgeback
Town Bikes
£329.99

The Ridgeback Avenida 6 combines traditional upright town bike geometry and practical features with modern lightweight frame and components. In an effort to keep things very light and simple,...

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Ridgeback Tradition
Ridgeback
Town Bikes
£379.99

Ridgeback Tradition
A classic looking everyday town bike in classic colours, the Tradition is nevertheless built using contemporary materials. Thus, a lightweight aluminium frame paired with a...

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