Major bike manufacturers produce a new range of bikes on an annual basis and this determines the model year of a particular bike. This annual turnover is fuelled by advancing technology, industry trends and customer demand for a particular feature or style of bicycle.
Urban and commuter bikes are covered in our Hybrid City bikes section too. Like Hybrid City bikes they are likely to be described in ways that differ between manufacturers: look for 'Fitness', 'Lifestyle', 'Town', 'Dual Sport' or 'Multi Use'. Wheel size will either be 26in mountain bike style or 700c road bike style.
Most urban and commuter type bikes will come with a flat or riser handlebar and a relatively sporty feel, but some will exhibit a distinctly laid back feel, an upright handlebar position and well padded saddles for short distance casual riding. A minority of urban bikes have dropped handlebars.
In theory almost any bike could be used for urban, commuting or utility riding, but a bike designed specifically for the purpose suits more rider types. Think carefully about your specific needs in terms of riding position and look for frames with bosses for a rack and mudguards. Please consult Wiggle’s bike buying guide to learn more about identifying the right commuter bike for you.