Health & Fitness

By Allie Maltese

After a long and torturous winter, springtime is upon us, which means we can finally enjoy ourselves outdoors. And what better way to savor the warm sun on your skin while burning some extra calories than riding a bike? National Bike to Work Day, which encourages commuters around the country to ride their bike to the office, falls on May 16th this year so I’ve gathered up some of the most stylish and sleek bikes for the occasion. After all, there’s no reason why you should you have to forsake fashion for fitness!

There’s no rule that says cruisers have to be ridden by the beach. Turn the city pavement into your very own catwalk with this sweet bike from Electra. The surprising detail and nuances is what makes this bike so special, and I love that you can customize it with a matching basket. Plus, I love the detailed red stitching on the seat and handle bars – so pretty! This bike also features Electra’s Flat Foot Technology® for true comfort and control. Ride this baby to work and you’re bound to turn some heads.

Brand Name: Electra
Style Name: Gypsy Cruiser 3i
Retail Price: $749
Where to Purchase: http://www.electrabike.com/find-dealer

Can you think of anything more luxe than a gold bike? The exclusive and swoon-worthy design by Martone Cycling Company comes in 5 different colors: black, white, red, silver and my obvious favorite, gold. MCC is a fashion- and design-driven bike company whose bikes are bound to make a bold statement. Both of their bikes are powered by SRAM’s innovative duomatic gear system, which automatically adjusts and changes gears based on the speed you’re riding.

Brand Name: Martone Cycling Company
Style Name: Women’s Grand
Retail Price: $899
Where to Purchase: http://martonecycling.com/womens-grand-p-32.html

Schwinn bikes are always a classic and the ruby red color of this bike is perfectly fitting for the Big Apple. Some unique features of this bike include classic downtown step-thru steel frame and premium classic downtown saddle for comfort. This Schwinn Signature classic also includes a fender set and rear rack for extra style and function.

Brand Name: Schwinn
Style Name: Signature Cream 1
Retail Price: $550
Where to Purchase: http://www.schwinnbikes.com/usa/bikes/urban/cream-1

Pretty to look at and designed for comfort, this PUBLIC bike will get you to work looking like a true cycling fashionista. What makes the PUBLIC C7i the brand’s best Dutch commuter bike is the easy-shifting Shimano Nexus 7-speed internally geared rear hub. This robust, durable and low maintenance shifting system makes changing gears a breeze and allows the rider to select the ideal gear, whether pedaling or at a full stop. This is particularly helpful when riding around town where stoplights and stop signs necessitate frequent shifting – great for city dwellers!

Brand Name: PUBLIC
Style Name: C7i Best Dutch Commuter Bike
Retail Price: $679
Where to Purchase: http://publicbikes.com/p/PUBLIC-C7i-2014

For those looking to cut their commute in half, there’s the uber stylish and super fun to ride Townie Go! The Electra Townie Go is an easy to use, pedal assist bike with surprising power that’ll make you want to go forever. The system automatically starts once you start pedaling for an added boost to help conquer hills with a smile and ride long distances without breaking a sweat. The motor monitors your pedaling power and speed, and then automatically delivers some extra power when you need it.

Brand Name: Electra
Style Name: Townie Go!
Retail Price: $2,579
Where to Purchase: http://www.electrabike.com/find-dealer

Originally published May 2014
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