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Types of Bicycles

Who knew that there were so many choices for bicycles? When you were a kid, you got the shiny pink one with streamers or the blue one with racing stripes. Both had training wheels and a mom attached to keep you from falling. For today’s discerning cyclist, there are several types of bikes to choose from to suit your needs.

A bike is more than two wheels, a seat and handlebars. All bicycles are not equal as you will soon discover. Before purchasing a bike, decide what type of bike you are most comfortable handling.

I have been riding mountain bikes for several years… now is the time to move up to a road bike, I am so excited and looking forward to the experience!

Mountain Bikes

These are the rugged bicycles riders use to jump small boulders and navigate their way through wooded areas. Mountain biking is not for the faint of heart and can be dangerous if you are on the wrong bicycle. A mountain bike has wider wheels than a standard bike. Those wheels have deep tread to prevent slipping on all sorts of terrain from grass to loose gravel to wet pavement.

One thing that you will notice is that mountain bikes have the straight handlebars that you once saw only on those grandma bikes with the wide seats. The straight handlebars allow for better control on strange terrain.

Road Bikes

Remember those bicycle riders in spandex trying to balance skinny wheels on the white line at the edge of the paved road? They are riding road bikes. These are bikes chosen for competition by sports riders. The name of the game is aerodynamics. The wheels are thinner for speed and maneuverability.

It probably looked like there was no seat on that road bicycle. The seats are narrow to avoid slipping as you ride. The frame of a road bicycle is lightweight either aluminum, titanium (expensive), or another alloy for further speed advantages.

Hybrid Bikes

For most of us who are not thrill-seekers or inclined to ride competitively, this bike is for us. As a hybrid, it is a cross between a road bike and a mountain bike. The wheels are not as wide as a mountain bike but wider than a road bike so it could support more weight on them. The handlebars will usually be straight since it puts less pressure on your back which is good news for novice riders who really want to stick with cycling and commuters.

Cruising Bikes

You’ll see cruising bikes on the beach, in tropical locations as rental bikes to tool around the city streets and for older riders. The seats are wider for comfort over a long ride. These bikes have heavier frames for security on the street and are not great for maneuvering in tight places. It is the type of bicycle for a leisurely ride when you want something to do but not for regular riding every day.

Determine what bike is right for your needs before heading out to the store.

3 thoughts on “Types of Bicycles

  1. Knowing the type of bike that is right for you will give you better biking experience. It is also important to determine on where you are going to use the bike because there are types of bikes that are design for a certain land structure. Thanks for your post it differentiate the different types of bike. Hybrid Bike Reviews

  2. After reading your post, I have gone in my childhood days, In those days, I am crazy for shiny pink one with streamers bicycles. You give a brief description about different bikes. I prefer to have hybrid bikes now.

  3. Hybrid bikes are a combination of two types of bikes, namely the road bike and the mountain bike. The result is a bike that is strong, comfortable and ideal for riding just about anywhere. This means that whether you are looking to ride on a dirt road, or are interested in an easy ride on plain terrain, the best hybrid bikes are a safe bet.here are some resource for choose the right bike (www.hybridbikesguide.com)

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