Breezer Beltway 8+ Hybrid Bike
Building on the stellar design of the Beltway 8, winner of Bicycling Magazine’s 2013 award for Best Urban Bike, the 8+ delivers the works in a wonderfully versatile and downright fun rig. Most noticeable on all the bikes on the Belway roster is the belt-drive gear system, commonplace in Europe but not quite mainstream here in the U.S. The silky smooth Gates carbon belt drive system is feather light, virtually maintenance-free, and has a lifespan significantly longer than a traditional chain. The belt is quiet as a feather in the wind, too, and no worries about showing up to work with greasy pants.
The Beltway’s hydroformed aluminum frame is designed to keep riders comfortably upright but with just enough forward angle to confidently negotiate climbs. Reliable front and rear disc brakes make stopping when you need to a second thought, while Shimano Alfine RapidFire 8-speed shifters provide plenty of options for whatever your choice of terrain. The Alfine wheelset is paired with Schwalbe 700cx40 Marathon tires for an enduringly smooth ride and dependability in most any condition.
Front and back lights are powered by a dynamo in the front hub, so there’s no need to charge batteries and you won’t be caught out after dark with a slowly dying light. A large rear rack, kickstand, bell, and fenders also come standard on this playful commuter. Ready to go right out of the box, the Beltway 8+ wins our top slot for best pick.