The best road bikes - Spear's Magazine

The best road bikes

The benefits of cycling are plentiful: from getting your daily exercise; breathing in some (semi) fresh air; saving your pennies; and to remind you how beautiful the city you live in is.

To help you get pedalling we’ve selected our favourite road bikes to ride about town this summer.

1. A modern classic; the ‘Hackett Cooper’ single-speed bike comes with a mustard colours Brooks Swift saddle and Brooks leather bar tape. £1295,

Cooper Bikes

2. Called the ‘Speedvagen Road Machine’ for a reason, this bike is perfect for weekend racing as much as it is the daily grind. Hand-built in Portland, Oregon, the road machine is sturdy but light on its wheels. Get yours for $3,700 at


3. Folding-bike brand, Dahon, have recently introduced their newest collection. Our favourite from the range is the ‘Ciao Electric’ bike. It has an inbuilt TranzX 250 watt pedal assist e-system to help you on your way, but you can remove the battery if you want a more traditional ride.


4. The ‘Tour de France’ single-speed bike from Paris Cycles, sister-brand of Condor Cycles, is elegant, light and limited edition – only 30 are produced each year. Priced at £999.99, they’re available to order at

Paris Cycles

5. The most extravagant bike on the market, this 24-carat gold leaf bike by Italian bike brand, Montante Cicli, comes adorned with python leather seats and handle bars and 11,000 Swarovski crystals. That explains the $46,000 price tag.

Montante Cicli

6. Twelve months of collaborative development between Genesis Bikes and smart tubing manufacturers, Reynolds Technology, went into making the Volare 953 bike. The end product is a bike of supreme strength and exceptional agility. Buy one for £2499.99 at

Genesis Bikes

7. The most humanitarian bike around, the Africabike from Kona sees all proceeds from sales go to donating these exact bikes to poverty-stricken places in sub-Saharan Africa. Costing around £360, but prices vary.


8. Outeniqua is a black and gold masterpiece from Pretorius bikes. Prices for frameset start at £2199