Tech Question: Should a commuter bike be a joy to ride or a workhorse?

Performance or practical? We asked what what the dream commuting bike looks like and why

Image of cyclists commuting at rush hour on various bikes
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According to a 2021 Department of Transport survey, the distance travelled by Brits on a bike was an staggering 4.2 billion miles. Across the water, it's been calculated, by the United States Census Bureau, that an impressive 616,153 people commute by bike every day.

That's a lot of people going about their daily business on a bike. 

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Hannah Bussey

Hannah is Cycling Weekly’s longest-serving tech writer, having started with the magazine back in 2011. She has covered all things technical for both print and digital over multiple seasons representing CW at spring Classics, and Grand Tours and all races in between.

Hannah was a successful road and track racer herself, competing in UCI races all over Europe as well as in China, Pakistan and New Zealand.

For fun, she's ridden LEJOG unaided, a lap of Majorca in a day, won a 24-hour mountain bike race and tackled famous mountain passes in the French Alps, Pyrenees, Dolomites and Himalayas. 

She lives just outside the Peak District National Park near Manchester UK with her partner, daughter and a small but beautifully formed bike collection.