Do you ever look at cyclists enjoying their rides and think, "I want to do that!"
Finding the right bike can be overwhelming and confusing, but if you know what you need, you'll be better able to decide.
Think Of Your Purpose
Do you want to:
Take a pleasure ride in your free time?
Commute to work?
Go on adventures?
Have a workout tool to help stay fit?
Photo by Azadeh Adibi
Jim has a desk job far from his home. He's thinking of losing some weight and building some leg muscles. He should get a bike to:
Ride for pleasure
Commute to work
All of these
For Pleasure Rides
More comfortable to ride because they have cushioned seats and thick tires
Put less pressure on your body so you can ride them slowly and enjoy the view
The simple version of a cruiser bike only has one speed — it has no gears for you to change the speed, which is best for riding on flat ground
Other cruisers have 3 to 7 gears so you can adjust to different riding environments
Having more gears means you can ride up a hill with less effort
Sam's weekend riding route has 3 hills to climb. One of them is quite steep. How many gears should she have on her cruiser?
For Training And Commuting
Ride fast and are designed for long-distance travel on the road
Have thin tires and very light material, so you can carry them comfortably when needed
Are more expensive because of the material they're made of and their speed options
One might have three front gears and seven rear gears, so twenty-one speed choices altogether!
You can easily ride them on steep slopes by adjusting the gears
You can challenge your body and gain muscles using harder gears
Who should buy a road bike?
Farhad: only rides for pleasure
Marta: joined a weekend bike tour group
Alex: has a long commute
For Training Your Body
Good for adventures and riding on trails and dirt
Have wider tires and flat handlebars for control and are more durable
Can improve coordination and concentration because you'll have to focus on speed and safety when riding on a route
Help you burn a considerable amount of calories and lose weight
They engage the lower body and the upper body to give you a whole-body workout experience
Mountain bikes are best for riders who:
Have some experience riding off-road
Are comfortable with risks
Don't wear helmets
For Multipurpose Riding
let you experience both road and off-road biking
are more reasonable in terms of pricing
are suitable for cruising around the city
can handle more accessible trails and gravel roads
are more comfortable than a road bike
might not be as fast as road bikes
follow a similar gear setting as road bikes
have wider tires than road bikes
have a flat handler similar to mountain bikes
Make sure you choose the right bike!
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