When you are interested in starting to ride a bike, you might get overwhelmed with the many types of bike you can choose from. However, when you really want to know which type you should go for, consider asking yourself these questions first:
*Who will you ride with?
*What are they riding?
*Was there any bike in the past that you felt comfortable with?
*What were your dislikes when riding a bike in the past?
*Where are you planning to ride your new bike?
If you are buying a bicycle to be able to ride with a group of friends, you might want to buy something similar to what they are using. You will not be able to keep up with road bikes if what you have is a cruiser or a mountain bike. If, when you were a kid, you enjoyed a three-speed bike, then you may find this bike fun again. If you, however, disliked the road bike you had in the past, then perhaps you should try riding a mountain bike hybrid or cruiser this time.
Here are some of the common bikes you can choose from to get you more acquainted with their characteristics:
These bikes are designed to be ridden fast on smooth pavement. They come with smooth tires and “drop” handlebars. These are often used for on-road racing, and they are lighter than other types of bikes. They can also be ridden on paved trails, but most people find it unstable and uncomfortable on paved trails. Keep in mind that most road bikes are not capable of carrying heavy loads.
These bicycles are designed for riding rough off-road trails. They come with upright handlebars, and they have a very low gear range that is great for pedaling up steep trails. Most mountain bikes come with some type of shock absorbers or suspension. Mountain bikes that only have front suspension are called hardtails, while those that come with both front and rear suspensions are called full-suspension bikes. Those mountain bikes that have no suspension at all are called rigid. Mountain bikes can be used as commuting or touring bikes.
COMFORT HYBRID BIKES
These bicycles were originally created to provide the advantages of both mountain and road bikes. They have large, padded seats and upright handlebars to provide a comfortable riding position, plus front fork shocks for more comfort in hands and shoulders. Some even have seatpost shocks! They are best used for casual riding around the neighborhood or on bike paths, errands around town or the city, and short-distance commuting. If you are not looking for great speed, they can be great for several consecutive hours of riding. They can be ridden on pavement, but they are not as lightweight as road bikes. Hybrid bikes are also ideal for unpaved bike trails, but they are not efficient on rough off-road mountain bike trails.
These bicycles are similar to comfort hybrid bikes in terms of design and comfort. They usually have wide tires and more upright handlebars. Most cruiser bikes that have swept back handlebars. These bikes can also be used for short-distance commuting as well as running errands. They can be a single speed with coaster (pedal) brakes or have 7 speeds. They can carry loads, trailers and baby seats. As long as you remember to clean them when you get home, they can be ridden on the beach or grass for loads of fun!