Choosing a new bike can raise many questions because the supply is huge. However, if you know where you like to ride the most: forests, national parks, country roads, city sidewalks, or maybe highways, this is already the first step in choosing the right type of bike. So, what to look for when buying a bike?
Forest or City
The bike that is called a cross-country bike, has tires with a deeper tread, front shock absorber, 28-inch wheels. This choice is suitable for those who ride in forest and on bicycle paths, asphalt roads, gravel roads. Meanwhile, the hybrid bike is perfect for every road except the forest. It is designed to ride on bike paths, city streets, the streets of an old town. Both types of bicycles are convenient in the way that they have wheels that can be easily removed and put in the trunk of the car after disassembly. These bicycles do not need to be lifted on the roof or otherwise attached to the car if you want to transport them.
Meanwhile, for those who want to sit higher, in a more comfortable, non-sporty position, the best choice would be a bike called fitness. Fitness bikes usually have flat tires up to 37 mm wide. They drive quickly on good surfaces and are lightweight. Contrary to many the beliefs of many people, the choice of bicycle should not be based on standing position, but on the length of the seat. The length of the seat, rather than the position of the steering wheel, makes it possible to neutralize any possible pain of back, shoulders, and wrists. Bikes of the right length allow you to develop significantly higher speeds, while a bike that is too short limits your leg power.
Mountain Bikes Are the Most Popular Choice
Mountain bikes have been the first choice for many years, as they are defined by good technical specifications. But now they have become very specialized. A mountain bike these days is worth buying if you ride a lot in the woods, off-roads. This type of bikes is bought for kids usually as their tires are wide and harder to pierce. However, the goal of most parents is to choose a bike for a longer period. Unfortunately, even a properly selected bike will serve a child for 2-3 years, but no longer. It is recommended to buy something that can be ridden for 3-5 years to a teenager from 12-year-old.
Road Bikes – For Sports Fans
Road bikes are divided into three subgroups according to their sporting purpose and surfaces. Road bikes from all major world manufacturers have a Roubaix-class frame that allows you to ride on extremely poor roads. Such bikes perfectly absorb the vibrations, so they are used in one of the largest races in the world, Paris-Roubaix, and are especially comfortable for older cyclists.
The second subgroup includes the classic Grand Tour bike, which is suitable for all surfaces and various conditions. Such a bike allows you to easily ride uphill and go down quickly, withstands high ride speeds, crosswinds. The third group is sprinter bikes for highway racing. Such bikes have an extremely hard frame that copes well with road bumps.