Most commuting rigs are limited the minute you veer off the bike path, which can seriously hinder adventurous riding. Not so the Giant Anyroad 1. With ergonomic drop bars, seriously capable disc brakes, and beefy, puncture-resistant tires, this responsive aluminum whip is built for forays in and out of the city, from zipping through morning traffic to exploring backwater byways when you take the long route. Its relaxed geometry (upright head tube, sloping top tube) makes casual riding easy, and forgiving gears tame the uphills. [$1,225; giant-bicycles.com]