Carbon-belt-drive bikes are a growing trend among commuters — and with good reason: They're grease-free, low-maintenance, and offer a longer and smoother ride. You'll be hard-pressed to find a commuter bike that doesn't have a belt drive option, and now the wide selection is more affordable, too. Whether your route is a few miles or down the block, we picked five of our favorites new commuters that will keep your khakis clean.
Best for Design Snobs
Budnitz No. 1 Titanium
It'll turn heads, but you'll secretly love the function behind the form of the No. 1. That split titanium top tube acts as a subtle damper, smoothing cracked asphalt. Meanwhile, the curved seat tube shortens the entire wheelbase, allowing greater nimbleness. And if that titanium sticker shock stings, check out the No. 1 Scorcher in steel, starting at $2,890. [$4,795; budnitzbicycles.com]