For those who are new to the world of cycling, selecting the best bike can be the biggest challenge. With so many types, models, sizes and features, how is a person to know which one to choose? Before you head to the store, make sure you have an idea of how you’d like to utilize the bike. Will you be spending a lot of time off road? Long treks on the smooth roads for exercise? Commuting to work or school? Some combination of the bunch? Will you be going for short rides or long ones?
Just like you would when you’re buying a car, test drive several bikes before deciding which one to purchase. While one bike may look cute, it may not offer the comfort you require for your ride to work. Keep in mind you can replace the seat if you don’t like the one that comes with the bike. It’s also important to wear clothing similar to what you’d wear on the bike, so you can see if your skirt gets caught up in the gears, or your shoes don’t fit well on the pedal. Take into consideration a size that fits your frame, and don’t forget to talk with a professional to help you.
There are several different types of bicycles to consider before making a decision. Look for the bike that will best suit your lifestyle. There are so many options out there, it can be hard to decide, but knowing at least what type you want ahead of time will help you narrow down options in your budget that fit your needs.
Mountain Bikes: If you’re going to be exploring off road trails, or actual mountains, then a mountain bike is the bike for you. They typically have wide tires, a rugged suspension and strong brakes. These bicycles are built to withstand uneven terrain and anything that you may encounter when you are exploring off road. For those who like to explore off the beaten trail, this is the type of bike for you. And that’s not to say it can’t be used on a street, they just are designed with trails in mind.
Road Bike: As their name describes, road bikes are built for those who will be spending their time on smooth pavement. These cycles are designed to have their rider lean forward to help increase aerodynamics, and the narrow smooth tires allow you to move with less exertion than a wider tire would, because there is less surface area to cover. These bikes are designed for the rider to travel long distances, so they are lighter weight than a rugged mountain bike so as to help increase the stamina of the rider.
Hybrid Bike: For those who will be doing a little from column A and a little from column B, a hybrid bike might be a good option. These bikes are comfortable because they allow the rider to sit upright, and they have thicker tires than road bikes which gives them added stability. These bikes are the perfect solution for someone who will be spending some time off the pavement, but on level surfaces, and are great for new riders who haven’t quite determined how they will most often use their bicycle.
Commuter Bikes: These bikes are typically designed for use on flat, smooth surfaces, and are designed to keep their rider comfortable while providing useful features such as racks, or fender mounts. These bikes range from being stylish to just being a hard working tool, depending on the rider.