During Covid-19 and after city-wide lock-downs people wanted to go out. We were all eager to go into nature, away from other people and the virus. In no time at all, Walmart and other store shelves were empty when it came to any outdoor activity, including cycling. If you were one of those people that didn’t get to buy your bike, now is the time. Choosing a bicycle that’s right for you doesn’t have to be complicated or a long process. Once you know your needs and budget, you’ll easily find the perfect bicycle for you!
Types of Bicycles
Before putting a bike in your cart, do some research. Figure out what type of bikes there are and which one will work for your needs. Some basic types of bikes include:
- Mountain Bike
- Road Bike
These are just a few of the many available bicycles you can have. If you are looking to ride on the streets or paved trails a road bike is ideal. The tires on these bikes are thin and smooth so that you go over the road with ease.
If you are looking to explore more dirt trails, a mountain bike would be a better choice. This bicycle is great for rocky or gravel paths as well as smooth roads. The bike tires are bigger than road ones and have indents/crevices which make it easier to go over rocks and other uneven surfaces.
For those that enjoy the city life still and want a bike to go down the block for a bagel, a cruiser is for you. These bikes usually have 1-7 gears only and are not the best going uphill.
BMX bikes are popular for younger kids as they are small, sturdy and designed for tricks. You can take a bmx bicycle on a dirt bike track to show off your jumps and kicks.
Folding bikes are usually heavy, offer up to 7 speeds and like their name says, fold. These are great for those that don’t have a lot of space to store their bikes. You’ll also find electric folding bikes that can give you an added boost as you paddle.
Other Bike Options
There are three types of electric bikes; paddle assist, throttle and those that offer both. Paddle assist bikes give you an extra push as you paddle while the throttle actually goes 20mph (more or less) with a push of a button. If you have a long ride or knee issues, a paddle or throttle assist ebike is a good option.
Hybrid bikes are a mixture of mountain, road and cruiser bikes. These bikes are good for short distances such as riding to work or around your neighborhood.
For those that want to do something together with their significant other or kids, a tandem bike is an option. These bicycles hold two passengers but require more work in order to move.
So now that you have a little more understanding on the type of bicycles there are it will be easier to make your choice. Choosing a bicycle that’s right for you shouldn’t be difficult or frustrating. Pick a bike that will allow you to enjoy the roads and distance you want, with ease. Another thing to made sure is to get the correct size. Look up a bike chart and make sure to get the correct wheel size or you’ll be struggling with your new bike.