Not many are aware of the types of bicycles out there. Most of the time, people learn how to ride the hard way because they are using the wrong type of bike. A mountain bike looks promising enough for most people, but using its gears and other functions can be confusing. If want to know the type of bike that will suit you, there are some things to consider such as your lifestyle and specific needs for getting one in the first place.
Unless you are a sporty type, do not purchase a racing or mountain bike simply because they’re the ‘it’ bikes of the sporting world. There’s no need to ride complex bikes if you don’t know their main purpose and the possible problems they may lead you to. With that said, it is best to check the following basic information about the different types of bikes:
Mountain or All-terrain
These bikes are made for varied terrains and have sixteen to twenty-four gears. They also have suspension systems, hydraulics, and sturdy features.
Aside from toggling with gears, you’ll have to be familiar with the basic riding techniques especially on sloping terrain. This bike is not idea to use if you’re a newbie and just starting to learn how to ride because you will need to learn how to use and switch the gears.
Sometimes referred to as ‘racers’, they are light but quite challenging to ride. These bikes are made for speed and racing enthusiasts are often experienced in riding these on the road. They also have multiple gears, aerodynamic wheels, and minimal accessories. If you’ll notice, racing riders are quite light and lean, and these help in increasing and maintaining their riding speeds with ease.
Road bikes are truly made for riding on flat roads and city streets. There are sub-types based on their features and function, as well as their built. A fixie bike can be considered under the ‘road’ category since it has a fixed gear and is primarily built for riding on smooth and flat roads.
Perhaps an upgraded version of the road type, city riders are more geared toward the slopping and challenging city streets. These are great for expert riders who use such bikes for a purpose. Delivery guys, messengers, and postmen are just a few of the people who rely on these two-wheeled rides to help them get to their varied destinations.
Choosing your ride can be tough without knowledge of these types and categories. There are still more subcategories of bikes based on their built, capacity, and function. But from this short list, you’ll be able to tell which one will be best to start with.