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.