Summer is a big season for new bike buying. It isn’t really a surprising fact, given that the evenings are lighter and the days are brighter. Some people are more inclined to get out and on their bikes, and children are out of school and need time away from “screens”.
The average adult new bike buyer will spend a few months pondering over which bike to go for – and this is completely understandable. The bike you will be buying could be your companion for many years so if you choose the wrong one, your love affair with cycling could end abruptly, letting your bike go to waste.
Here is a guide to help women choose the right bike:
What Bike Style Do You Need?
This is the right place to start. Since there is a myriad of different styles of bikes, you need to choose the best style for you and your activities.
This type of bike is good for urban commuting, long rides through country lanes, road racing, and cyclosportives.
Most road bikes are designed with drop handlebars, putting riders in a more aerodynamic position. They are usually lightweight which makes them speedy into the wind and up the hills and bridges. They also come with multiple hand positions which relieve muscle strain and make descents fun, too!
This type of bike generally has skinny tires of 23mm or 25mm. The wider the tire is, the more comfortable and secure it feels when cornering.
This type of bike is good for forests, trails, and mud.
There is a wide range when it comes to mountain bike styles but they are all designed for getting dirty off-road. They have wider tires, usually with a knobbly surface which is good for shedding mud. The most common choice as a first off-road bike is a hardtail mountain bike – it is comfortable on most trails with its suspension at the front and a rigid rear. For more challenging trails, you may opt for a full-suspension mountain bike that comes with an extra dampening effect over larger rocks and roots.
COMFORT HYBRID BIKES
This type of bike is good for leisure riding and commuting.
Hybrid bikes are generally flat and they can be ridden across a range of terrains. Some are quite sporty (with wide tires and suspension for off-road purposes) while others are great for quick rides around town (with slick tires). This type of bike allows the rider to sit in an upright position and they usually need low-maintenance. They also have chainguards designed to prevent grease from touching the rider’s clothes and some have very few gears.
You can also put racks, pannier mounts and baskets if you want to carry bags or if you are going shopping.
Here at Fort Myers Schwinn Cyclery, we can help you choose the perfect bicycle for you. We hope to see you soon!