There are many different subsets of biking that you can go deeper into, but for the sake of clarity and post length; I will just talk about what I think to be the main ones:
- Mountain Bike
- Hybrid Bike
- Utility Bike
- Racing Bike
I will briefly go over each type here to give you a basic overview and hopefully give you a bit of information that will help you to choose the best bike for your needs.
These are intended for rough terrain cycling.
All mountain bikes highlight solid, exceedingly sturdy edges and wheels, wide-gage treaded tires, and across handlebars to help the rider oppose sudden shocks.
Some mountain bikes highlight different sorts of suspension frameworks (e.g. curled spring, air or gas stun), and water driven or mechanical circle brakes.
Mountain bike gear ratios are wide ranging and; ordinarily with 16 to 28 gears, albeit a few riders incline toward the mechanical straightforwardness and simplicity of support of single speed mountain bicycles, (I will discuss these further below).
Hybrid bikes are a trade off between the mountain and speed style bikes which supplanted European-style utility bicycles in North America in recent times.
They have a light edge, medium gauge wheels, and derailleur equipping, and highlight straight or bended back, visiting handlebars for more upright riding.
They are really a few types of hybrid bikes and seeing as they are rising in popularity, I will go through them very briefly below:
- Trekking Bike
- Used for touring and going slightly off road.
- Commuter Bike
- Designed for commuting over short or long distances in comfort with a range of accessories.
- City Bike
- These are designed to have reasonably quick, yet solid and predictable handling, and are normally fitted with full fenders for use in all weather conditions and you can choose between geared or single speed bikes.
- Comfort Bike
- Essentially re purposed mountain bikes deigned with increased comfort in mind such as softer suspension and bigger, thicker saddles.
Kind of self explanatory really!
They have thicker frames and stronger wheels to deal with increased loads with a basket and an upright riding position.
You don’t really find these kinds of bikes in the West but rather in countries where cycling is the norm for usual transportation.
If you have ever watched the Olympics or the Tour de France, you would undoubtedly have seen a racing bike before.
They are made with one purpose in mind which is speed and you will find them to be somewhat useless for most other things.
That said, they are very good for racing and if that is the kind of thing you want, then I suppose that you should choose a racing bike!
With super lightweight frames and drop down handlebars which ensure a streamlined riding position therefore reducing drag. They also have very high gear ratios and very, very thin tires, again to reduce drag and friction.
Whilst all of these features are great for speed, you really have to understand that they are not suited for the city and biking around town.
If you are looking for a bike to use around town, I would highly recommend a Single Speed Bike, otherwise known as a fixie.
To Sum Up
So there you have my (very short) introduction to bike types and which ones are best for you.
I hope that this can help you to decide on what might be the best bike for you to choose.
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