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7 Best city bikes to make the return to commuting fun

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Lockdown is over, so the return to the office looms. You may be in two mind about that. And actively appalled at the prospect of public transport. Well, why not look at buying a cycle to bring a solution and good cheer...

01

Tokyobike Sport

Cult urban bike experts tokyobike have outdone themselves with this ultra-cool - and nippy - sporty number with a "more aggressive riding position." Now we certainly don't condone road rage, but well, there's a time and a place for aggression, and the streets of our great nation at rush may be the that time and place. Just make sure you're kind the rest of the time, ok?

£600 tokyobike.co.uk

02

Brompton Electric

When it comes to folding bikes, you get what you pay for. Buy cheap, and there's a good chance that the pedals will shear off half way to work. Brompton's beautifully-engineered designs, however, are smart, reliable and stylish. Its new Electric model, developed with the Williams F1 team, is  light for an e-bike (18.31kg including battery ) and even charges your laptop. From £3215  brompton.com

03

Mango Original Single Speed

Mango builds made-to-order bikes from its workshop in the Cotswolds. Jump online, customise your steed, and it'll be shipped to your door within weeks. Cutting out the middle man - yeah, that douchebag! - keeps costs low and quality high. 

£429.99 mangobikes.com

04

Movea Modo 24″

The best thing about this electric bicycle is that it doesn't look like an electric bicycle. Forget chunky batteries – Movea has managed to incorporate a motorised power pack into the rear wheel hub. Even better, it self-charges as you coast downhill or pedal backwards. We're not sure about the gawky 'E.T.' cargo rack, but you can choose a model with or without...

From €3,697 movea.bike

05

Shinola The Runwell

Detroit-based Shinola is on a mission to "build things that get better with age." Its signature bike, The Runwell, features a design inspired by vintage French ‘Porteur' bicycles – the old warhorses used by newspaper couriers in Paris. Aside from boosting your personal brand (you'll kill it on Instagram), this beauty is virtually maintenance-free. The tough ‘lugged steel’ frame and Shimano Alfine 11-speed gearing are bomb-proof, so you won't have to worry about exposing it to rain or snow.

$2950 shinola.co.uk

06

Schindelhauer Arthur Electric Bike

You probably haven't heard of this Berlin-based brand, but it's a huge hit with design geeks. This model takes the classic Schindelhauer bike and adds a hidden e-motor. Not only that but it comes with GPS and weather data. It's a real head-turner and, unfortunately, a real thief-magnet. So watch it... £3,999 velorution.com  

07

2018 Canyon Inflite CF SLX 9.0 Pro Race

This is a cyclocross bike, meaning that it looks like a racing bike but has fatter tyres to cope with the potholes that almost certainly blight your daily commute. The kink in the top tube functions as a shoulder rest, making it easy to carry – whether you're zipping to the office or tackling a triathlon. Yes, it costs four thousand pounds.  But that's a small price to pay for a bike that'll enable you to slice through traffic at speed – without losing the ability to sire children.

£3,699 canyon.com

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