Cosmopolitan (UK)

Try before you train... bikes

Team Cosmo take these wheels for a spin, finding the best bikes for fitness, style and commuter ease

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GT Transeo Sport Step-Thru 2021, £389.99

This go-anywhere hybrid will carry you sturdily along a canal towpath or whizz you down the asphalt to yoga. The plump, grippy tyres act as shock-absorbers on gravel, and provide protection against skidding on wet grass. A dream city-living bike.

Maddy Senior Fashion Assistant

Temple Cycles Step Through Lightweigh­t, £875

The price point’s high, granted, but this bike is the smoothest I’ve ever ridden, has nine gears, is so stylish and comes in a variety of hues. The seat isn’t particular­ly padded (as it’s not built for long-haul rides), but if you’re looking for a top-tier city bike, this is it. Natasha Fashion Editor

Electra 2021 Loft 7i EQ Step-Thru, £725

Arguably the most attractive bike around, and the upright riding position is so comfortabl­e. Despite its size it’s surprising­ly lightweigh­t and has seven grip-shift gears, so I picked up serious speed with ease. Plus, the padded seat meant no aches, even after a day-long cycle. This commuter really delivered.

Sophie Bookings Editor

Cannondale Treadwell 2 Remixte Ltd, £700

I felt pretty cool whizzing around the streets on this faded-purple Cannondale. It’s really light, its (nine-speed) gears change smoothly and you can track your ride speed, distance and calories burned on the app, thanks to an integrated wheel sensor. Cool, huh? Sophie Social Media Manager

Brompton S2L, from £1,015

A fold-up Brompton might look daunting to a novice, but it only took me three tries to memorise the process. I loved the smooth riding and nippiness, but the deal was sealed when I forgot my lock during a supermarke­t trip and was able to simply fold it up and carry it in. For short journeys, it’s a dream.

Cat Features Editor

Raleigh Strada City, £500

With its chunky tyres, it looks more like a mountain bike than your average hybrid. But after trying it out on a variety of terrains, I found this meant it had far more cushioning and made going up and down kerbs a breeze. This bike is an excellent all-rounder. It’s stylish, too, which is a welcome bonus. Fiona Snapchat Editor

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