GENESIS SKYLINE 30
We love bikes that have been as well thought out as the Genesis Skyline. It’s a bike that’s clearly borne from a group of designers getting fed up of their bums becoming saturated in the rain, suffering sore necks from long stems and drop bars, and riding sketchily on skinny tyres over bad road surfaces.
As it’s a commuting thoroughbred, let’s talk thieves – more specifically the Skyline’s ability to deter them. The black aluminium frame and fork is understated and so blends effortlessly into bike racks at work or the local station, and nothing about it shouts ‘steal me’. That said, it might be a good idea to swap the QR levers to something more secure if you’re locking it up outside.
While this isn’t going to win you any KOM’s on your local cycle path, you’re not going to require Lycra and a pointy aero helmet to reach work, either. Jeans and trainers (or your regular work gear…) are the kit of choice for a far more relaxed ride into the office.
The head-up riding position, stimulated by the short stem, flat bar and ergo grips, lends itself to comfort over speed, while helping you to keep an eye out for erratic cars and buses. For those last-minute moments, when a careless driver cuts you up, the mountainbike-style disc brakes are spot on, while the 35c semi-slick tyres are grippy enough without sacrificing too much speed. As for the 3x9 gearing set-up, you might argue that it’s a little dated, albeit the wide range of gears should send you up all but the steepest of inner-city hills.
Rolling into spring, the evenings are growing lighter, but you’ll still need lights for a little longer yet and the included dynamo set-up ensures that the Skyline will keep you safe all year round. Mind you, its relatively bulky set-up means that if you’re regular commute is over, say, five miles, we’d probably look elsewhere, primarily because there are other bikes out there that are more efficient and faster. Still, it’s a great package for skipping the bus.