Gear Up for your Best Fall Bike Commute Ever

Raleigh Carlton 8
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Raleigh Carlton 8

THE COMMUTE: SHORT URBAN TRANSIT

Rough pavement and busy city streets complicate an otherwise easy pedal to work. These are our picks to get your to the office looking fresh - and sharp. 

Carlton 8: A steel frame, 32-millimeter-wide tires, and 8-speed Shimano groupset help Raleigh's new urban whip move quickly over pothole-laden roads. 

RULES OF THE ROAD: Bike lanes often run alongside parked cars, which can lead to disaster if somebody opens a door. "Ride outside of the if you have to," says Jimmy Phillips, of the Domestique, a New York City tour Company.

[$550; raleighusa.com]