Best Commuter Bike

What are the best bikes for commuting? Style magazine GQ recently voted Steed Bikes as their number one best bike for commuting. So for all you urban commuters out there, our fixie bikes are a great choice of road bike if you're looking for an easy to maintain commuter bike to whisk you to work in comfort and style! A single speed commuter bike makes for a great companion for your daily commute.  All our road bikes have only one gear allowing you to connect with your journey and not worry about which gear you're in. Often referred to as the purest form of cycling, a single speed bike gives a simple, reliable affordable and stylish ride every time you saddle up. 

STALLION

Our Stallion single speed bikes are strong, bold, easy to maintain, and great fun to ride. Made from high tension steel and coated in mat black, this single speed urban commuter bike is fitted with sturdy disc brakes, wide rims and drop bars for focussed streamlined riding. 
£375

THOROUGHBRED

This classic fixie bike is the ideal bike for commuting in style.  Made with stitched vegan leather padded seat and handgrips this single speed commuter bike offers a luxurious feel. The high gloss powder coated frame built from high tensile steel comes in a choice of four vibrant colourways ensuring you'll arrive at work in style. Could this be the ultimate commuter bike? 
£475

Single Speed Commuter Bikes 

Are single speed bikes good for commuting? The quick answer is yes! Because they have only one gear, riding a single speed for your daily commute is easy to maintain and reliable.  So you wont miss that important meeting and you wont be forking out on expensive repair bills.    


All Steed Bikes are set at a gear ratio that enables you to be quick off the mark when the light turn green whilst also allowing for fast cruising speeds. 

Single Speed Urban Comuter Bikes

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Why buy a single speed commuter bike? 

There is sometimes a slight trepidation when thinking about buying a commuter bike with only one gear. We felt the same before we tried one! How can only one gear be enough? Unless you live in a very hilly area and your daily commute involves steep climbs it make sense to simplify your journey and not be constantly clunking up and down gears.  Not only do gears add complication and the possiblity of expensive repair bills, they significantly add to the weight of your bike... not what you need in your commuter bike. So are Steed Bikes a good single speed bike for commuting?  Absolutely!


To enhance your daily commute we have designed all our single speed commuter bikes with fame eyelets allowing the easy additon of mudguards, bottles and racks.   


 No wonder our road bikes have been voted Best Commuter Bikes  by GQ magazine and Best Single Speed Bikes 2023 by Cycling Weekly 

 

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Why choose a Steed single speed urban commuter bike?
Our mission is to recapture that feeling of freedom and adventure our first childhood road bike gave us. We stand for a more healthy, low impact way to travel by making reliable, affordable & stylish single speed bikes and fixie bikes


Choosing to cycle rather than taking public transport or jumping in the car helps reduce carbon emissions, however we recognise that the manufacture and shipment of our bikes impacts on the environment. Thats why we have partnered with International Tree Foundation to plant a tree for every bike we sell. We even plant two trees for every Woodland Green commuter bike we sell. 


Why buy a bike for commuting?

Our roadways have become much more bike friendly in recent years and the price of vehicle based commuting has soared. 


Its no wonder people are choosing to commute by bike. Not only does it save a huge amount of money, it keeps your body and mind fit and healthy too. Riding a single speed bike is much more simple and straight forward than a geared bike. With only one gear to worry about, your daily commute feels effortless and your bike, easy to maintain. They really do make a good single speed bike for commuting


Our bikes are designed to be super comfortable and durable so you'll arive at work feeling great and ready to take on the day. Just make sure you wear a helmet and ensure your commuter bike is securely locked 


Our team of experts will help you choose the perfect commuter bike

We love our community of urban commuters and we want to see it grow and thrive. We enjoy nothing more than helping someone ditch engine powered travel to jump on a fixie bike instead. Get in touch with us today for expert advice and a friendly chat.


Buying a commuter bike is a big purchase and we want you to be completely happy with your trusty steed. Call, email, whattsapp, DM or chat to us through the website, we'll match you with your ideal commuter bike. 

How long does it take for a commuter bike to be delivered?

If you order your single speed commuter bike today, we'll get your shiny new  ride tomorrow* Speedy Steedy!


With our lifetime guarantee and option to pay by instalments, its never been easier to find your new travel buddy.  


*Orders before midday Monday to Thursday

Can you advise me on buying a single speed commuter bike?

Buying a commuter bike can be a stressful process. There's a dizzying amount of choice available and prices range widely. 


Its wise not to go for the lowest price commuter bike as this may well end up costing more in repairs and replacement of cheap components such as rim brakes. 


But its also important not to spend more than you need to. There are many brands that spend more on advertising than they do on design and manufacture.


We'll chat you through the things to watch out for and give you the information you need to choose a single speed bike thats right for you. 



Frequently Asked Questions

Often referred to as the purest form of cycling, single speed bikes have one single gear, and magically, it always seems to be the one you want. 


Typically set at 46/18 (46 links in the chain and 18 teeth in the rear cog) the gear ratio is designed for both quick acceleration and fast cruising speeds. The fact that you don’t need to clunk up and down through gears makes it ideal for both commuting and care free adventures. 


For more information of the benefits of single speed bikes, read our blog here

In a word, yes!  Single speed bikes are hugely popular due to their uncomplicated riding experience, stylish good looks, low maintenance and budget friendly price. Loved by both cycling enthusiasts and novices alike, they are the perfect travel companion. 



Single speed bikes are good for a broad range of riding conditions. However, they come into their own in urban riding conditions where frequent stopping and starting means clunking up and down hundreds of gears would be frustrating. Their gearing ratio allows for fast acceleration to get into a safe position ahead of road vehicles at the lights and their simple design ensures minimal maintenance is required. 


Single speeds can tackle gradient well although you wouldn't want to be cycling up extremely steep hills too many times a day!


We would not suggest you buy a single speed bike if you are planning on riding long distances in very hilly terrain or frequently off-roading on unmade up tracks. 


Both gearless bikes, single speeds allow the back wheel to move independently of the pedals whereas with a fixie your pedals move with the rotation of your back wheel.

Most single speed bikes (including Steed Bikes) come with a rear wheel that can be set up as either a single speed or a fixie. 


One side of the rear wheel has a freewheel sprocket for independent pedal movement and the other can be set up with a sprocket for constant pedalling.


Check with you local bike shop what extra parts, if any, you will need to swap between the two cycling styles. 

These days there is a mind boggling amount of choice when it comes to fixed gear and single speed bike brands. Prices can range from a few hundred pounds to over a thousand pounds and so its hard to know where to start. Where is best to buy your fixed gear bike? 


Well, we suggest you start by setting yourself a broad budget. Dont go to cheap as buying the cheapest bike going will just cost you more in the long run. We suggest you try and aim for around the £400 mark if you can. There is no need to go too much higher than this unless you are wedded to a certain brand that really speaks to you. 


Next, do your research in terms of reviews. Customer reviews, reviews from the cycling press and cycling professionals reviews are all important ways to build your trust in the brand and learn what others really think of the bike you are thinking about buying. 


Buying online has become a popular way of buying a bike. Now there is so much information out there, you can build a full picture of a bike brand without having to go into a physical shop. It also allows a wider choice than what bikes happen to be stocked in your local bike shop. If buying online, always look for a friendly and hassle free returns policy just incase. 

Single speed bikes have risen enormously in popularity in the last decade. Their simplicity, classic style, easy riding experience, low maintenance and affordable price tag has proven attractive. 


They are far more accessible to all ages, genders and body types than many of the more specialised bikes with all their gears, bells and whistles. Anyone can ride a single speed and you cant help but have a great time riding one.  

Single speed bikes have one single gear which has been carefully selected so it always feesl like the gear you would have selected anyway. 


Typically set at 46/18 (46 links in the chain and 18 teeth in the rear cog) the gear ratio is designed for both quick acceleration and fast cruising speeds. The fact that you don’t need to clunk up and down through gears makes it ideal for both commuting and care free adventures. 


For more information of the benefits of single speed bikes, read our blog here


When buying a single speed bike its important to buy a good quality bike. Beware of a very cheap bike as these will not last the distance and you will end up paying more in the long run with replacement parts. 


To guarantee quality, look at the bikes components such as the brakes, tyres and drive train (crankset and chain). If these are all unbranded then its best to avoid the bike. Steed Bikes use Promax brakes and Kenda tyres, both of which are excellent quality components.


Buying a bike that offers a good warranty is also essential incase something does go wrong. All Steed Bikes come with a lifetime guarantee

Buying the right size bike for your frame is key to a good riding experience. Too small and your back will be hunched up and knees pulled too close to your chest, and too large and you'll be overstretched and lose strength in your posture. 


Luckily all bikes conform to the same sizing labelling. Bike sizes refer to the frame size and are measured in centimeters. A 50 frame means the seat tube (part of frame that runs from your chain crank to underneath your seat) is 50cm long. 


Our bikes cater for all body types - tall, short, young, old, heavy, light and all genders.


We offer 3 sizes, small (50cm), medium (54cm)  and large (58cm). If you are 5ft to 5ft 6 inches then chose Small. If you are 5ft 7 inchese to 6ft then chose Medium and if you are 6ft 1 inches to 6ft 5 inches then chose Large.  For ease, our bikes have the size guides next to them on the drop down menu next to the particular bike. 


So if you stand between 5ft and 6ft 5 inches tall, we have the perfect bike for you!

Your trusty Steed will arrive in a cute, recyclable box. If you live in London we aim to do all deliveries by bike to keep our carbon footprint down. Your bike will already be 85% assembled. There's just a few simple things that need to be done before you're ready to ride.


We're confident that you can do this yourself (Steed Bikes Assembly Guide) but if you would rather leave it to the professionals then please contact your local bike workshop.


 If you live in London, Steed Bike customers benefit from a discount with our lovely friends at Fettle. Simply add "Bike Assembly" or "Bike Assembly & Delivery" to your cart and select your closest Fettle workshop location. We'll deliver your bike directly to your chosen Fettle workshop for assembly and safety checks. 

This is one the questions we get asked the most. How much do single speed bikes weigh? The weight will mostly depend on the frame size and what the frame is made from.


Most single speeds are made from high tensile steel. This material gives an excellent strength to weight ratio. Strong enough to withstand the knocks and bumps of road riding, but light enough to be able to carry up stairs or onto a bike hanger.


Singles speed bikes usually weigh between 10kg and 16kg. Steed Bikes weigh around 12-14kg depending on frame size. 

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