City Bikes

City Bikes are designed specifically for urban commuting. Typical features include: 26 inch wheels, a more upright seating position, wide heavy belted tires, and strong frames designed to handle urban hazards such as potholes, grates, city curbs. These bikes usually have full fenders and enclosed chain guards to protect clothing in all weather conditions. Most also come with built in lighting systems.

 

City Bike

 

The Art of Urban Cycling Lessons from the Street

 

The Art of Urban Cycling: Lessons from the Street

by Robert Hurst, Marla Streb (Foreword by)

Road rash is a precious gift. Road rash is your friend.  Bask in it, appreciate it, love it. Above all, learn from it. The bicyclist is under attack from all directions - the streets are ragged, the air is poison, and the drivers are angry. As if that weren’t enough, the urban cyclist must carry the weight of history along on every ride.
After a brief heyday at the turn of the twentieth century, American cyclists fell out of the social consciousness, becoming an afterthought when our cities were planned and built. Cyclists today are left to navigate, like rats in a sewer, through a hard and unsympathetic world that was not made for them. Yet, with the proper attitude and a bit of knowledge, urban cyclists can thrive in this hostile environment.
Author Robert Hurst dismantles the experience of urban cycling, slides it under the microscope, and examines it piece by piece. The primary concern of this book is safety, but Hurst goes well beyond the usual tips and how-to, revealing the bicycle’s historical truths and its pivotal role in the origin of the automobile, the psychology of blame and responsibility, the social advantage of communicating solidarity with drivers, and the economics of riding a bike. This book empowers readers with the big picture of bicycling - and gives riders useful insights to ponder while pedaling their next commute or grocery run. Riding a bike will never be the same.

Web Sites of Interest to Urban Cyclists
URBAN VELO is a reflection of the cycling culture in current day cities.
URBAN CYCLIST is a resource for every city biker, with how-to articles, reviews, and celebrations of two-wheeled urban life.