Which characteristics have Born Bike Tours Barcelona for chosing a good bicycle for the city

6th August, 2018

One of the most common questions made by those who have just started their urban cycling is: “What type of bike is the best for the city?” For us, it is important to select a model that will make the coexistence with the traffic in the city easier, so it has to be safe.

1. It should be easy to start and stop

Upon forming part of the traffic of the city, it should be easy to put the feet on the ground when you’re waiting for the traffic light to change.

2. There should be a good acceleration

This is important when you have to move the bicycle to cross and intersection or change lanes.

3. It should be easy to see

It’s important to maintain yourself visible to other users. For this objective, you should have good front and back lights.

4. It should allow you to see the traffic around you

The straighter up the cyclist rides, the easier it is for him to see what is happening around you.

5. The bicycle should be easy to control with one hand

Take into account that the hand signals are extremely important in order to maintain an adequate communication with drivers and other cyclists.

6. There should be an efficient range of speeds

The diversity of the speeds depends on the topography of your city and the distance that you have to go. More important than the number of velocities is the range you have available. If there are many slopes in your city, you need a low range of speeds. The contrary happens in a city that is relatively even.

7. It should be efficient

The back suspension and the common rims in the case of mountain bicycles are not recommended for a city bicycle. Even though this is useful for the mountains, the suspension (especially the rear one) absorbs part of the energy we apply to the pedal. If you plan to use your mountain bicycle in the city, you should make some modifications.

As we have already said, there are a great variety of bicycles. It’s important that you like the bike, that I has the right size and be according to your necessities.

Now you know some of the important things about our bicycles, so, start to pedal!

Reflecting on the bicycle

Photo by Matthew Wiebe

Last weekend, we were overwhelmed by the news about the death of Muriel Casals, ex-president of the Omnium Cultural organization and member of the Catalan Parliament in Junts pel Sí party, who was run over accidentally by a bicycle in the center of Barcelona.

A terrible piece of news, the cause of which we don’t want to be a reason for decreasing the spirit of everybody who works to achieve that the bicycle will get to be one of the more used means of transport (even the most used one) in the cities. This is due to the fact that we think this kind of accident can be reduced to 0, because the bicycle is a healthy means of transport and can also be safe. But this can be only achieved if we work together.

Far from repeating, as we have done other times, the advantages of the bicycle’s daily use or the safety tips again, we want to share this fragment from the note written by the Assamblea Catalana d’Entitats de la Bicicleta (Catalan Assembly of the Bicycle Entities), “Dels ciclistes en memòria de Muriel Casals” (“From the cyclists in memory of Muriel Casals”), with which we feel very identified.

“And it is because we love life, actively, involving ourselves in it every day with our personal habits of mobility, that when this ingenious and simple machine, which is the bicycle, our tool to fight for a better life, ends up causing a shortening of a life by a wretched and unfortunate circumstance, it is inevitable for us to intensely and deeply feel the sorrow and the mourning”.

In Catalan:

“I és perquè estimem la vida, activament, involucrant-nos-hi cada dia amb els nostres hàbits personals de mobilitat, que quan aquesta màquina enginyosa i senzilla que és la bicicleta, la nostra eina per lluitar per una vida millor, acaba propiciant l’escapçament d’una vida per una malaurada i desafortunada circumstància, se’ns fa inevitable sentir intensament i profundament la tristesa i el dol”.

Only through everyone’s solidarity and sense of responsibility will we achieve a better city.