Whether it’s the urban sprawl of your morning commute or rocky landscape of your climb up steep terrain, the scenery experienced while riding a bike is unlike any other. Bike riding is not only a great workout, but also an opportunity for you to become one with the road or trail and see the world from a different perspective.
In a world of fixies, hybrids and commuters, shopping for a new or first bike can be likened to ordering a cup of coffee. With so many choices, it only makes sense that there is no one-size-fits-all solution for your bike riding needs. We’ve broken down the different kinds of bikes and offered some tips to help you make an informed decision.
What’s Your Riding Style?
Choosing the best bike will depend on the type of riding you do, your budget and, of course, your individual riding style. Most bikes out there typically fall into the following categories:
- Road Bikes – Lightweight and best-suited for pavement, road bikes are like Ricky Bobby in the smash hit film Talladega Nights, they ‘just wanna go fast.’ If touring, racing or fitness riding are in your near future, this is the bike for you. The right fit is important with these bikes and something to keep in mind when shopping around.
- Mountain Bikes – Better brakes and shock absorbing features make this bike ideal for hitting the trails. This is the off-road vehicle of the bicycle world and is the opposite of the road bike, offering more stability and versatility on dirt or rocky trails.
- Hybrid Bikes (Comfort Bikes) – If a road bike and mountain bike had a baby, it would be a hybrid bike. The best of both worlds, hybrids are more of a leisure riding kind of bike that can handle whatever path they take, whether it’s paved or not.
- Commuting or Urban Bikes – As the name suggests, these bikes are made to hit the city streets in style. Rugged and sturdy, commuting or urban bikes are a good option if you want to commute longer distances to work. An upright riding position allows for better visibility for you and motorists.
Your Bike, Your Fit
Like us, bikes come in all shapes and sizes. Riding should be comfortable, which is why size and fit are important when shopping for a bike. Just like your favorite pair of running shoes, your bike can fit like a glove with the right components and adjustments. Talk to a bike specialist and let the pros help you determine which fits you best.
Take a Test Ride
Still not sure which bike is best for you? You can always take one for a test ride. In fact, most bicycle shops encourage you to ride around on one before buying it to ensure you and your new potential bike are a match made in heaven. Once you get a feel for the ride and become familiar with the bike’s features, you’ll be one step closer to making a decision and living happily ever after.