When trying to decide on the type of bicycle which will best suit your personal needs there are a few questions you will need to ask yourself:
• Is there a particular person or group of persons you would like to ride with?
• What kind of bicycles do they ride?
• Is there any type of bicycle you’ve owned in the past you might be considering to own again?
• Is there any distinctive feature of your previous bicycle you liked the most?
• Where would you like to ride with your new bicycle?
If you are considering purchasing a new bicycle to ride with a few friends, its always recommend to buy a similar bicycle to the ones being used as opting for a different type of bicycle may result in you not being able to keep up whenever riding in the group. In general, a mountain bike will not be able to keep up with a road bike nor will a road bike do you any good if your group likes to ride on the sand or on a dirt trail.
If you have ever riding a there speed bicycle as a child, then you will probably enjoy riding this type of bicycle as an adult.Having said this if you were not particularly happy with the road, or cruiser bike you’ve bought in the past then perhaps a mountain bike might just suit you munch better.
Lets have a look at a few bicycles you might want to consider buying for that perfect outdoor experience.
Touring bicycles are often considered as another type of road bike. Aptly build for riding on pavement surfaces the average touring bicycle is more sturdy to withstand long-distance riding. Most touring bicycles are fitted with all the necessary features including cargo racks and fenders and regardless of the fact that they have a drop handlebar, they are designed with a more relaxing frame which allows you to maintain a comfortable and upright position when riding over long distances. Touring bikes unlike regular road bikes include a lower gear range which allows you to carry a much heavier load when riding uphill making them suitable commuter bikes.
Mountain Bicycles are primarily designed for the rough off-road riding experience. Fitted with either the classic upright or flat handlebars a mountain bike is known for an exceedingly low gear range allowing you to effectively pedal up steep off-road trails. You’ll find that most mountain bikes often include a suspension or type of shock absorbers as a measure of providing a more comfortable off-road riding. Mountain bikes which include both a front and rear suspension system are generally referred to as a full-suspension mountain bike while mountain bikes which are designed with only a front suspension system are known as hardtails. There are however some mountain bikes which have neither front or rear shock absorbers and are often referred to as a rigid. Although hardly lightweight or efficient as a regular touring bike, the mountain bikes can be equipped to be used for commuting or touring.
When closely examined you will find that cruiser bikes are not that different from your typical hybrid bike as both are designed for offering a comfortable riding experience allowing you to remain in an upright riding position and often include a large and comfortable riding seat. Cruiser bikes have wide balloon type tires and a set of handlebars that are considered or in some models swept back when compared to the hybrid. Many of the cruiser bikes are offers as a single or three-speed fitted with a contemporary coaster brake system.
You all remember when we had to pedal backwards in order to stop.
You’ll find the cruiser bike the perfect bike when riding for a short distance such as picking up the groceries at the nearby store or for just running a few errands over generally flat route. If you’ve got a taste for a colorful bike then it may suit you to know that many of the manufacturers of cruisers are known for including a wide variety of colorful models to suit just about any occasion or riding event.
Undoubtably BMX Bikes because of their small size and versatility are one of the most popular bicycles with kids and are used by a large number of professional athletes in performing a variety of stunts and trick riding which have even led to a number of sports such as the X-Games.
If you’re a bit more mature and have a bit of trouble maintaining your balance on two wheels and looking for a more relaxed riding experience getting around on your own effort then you might want to consider getting an Adult Trike. Not only are these bikes popular around older folks but they are frequently used in creating an environmentally conscious environment in many industrial and warehouses today.
Let me first say that the term “city bike” offers more of a general description and not necessarily reflect the category of the bike. City bikes have often been referred to as simply urban or commuter bikes by most persons even though they are customarily used for commuting and riding within the city limits. Nonetheless whenever someone thinks about a city bike there is a type of bicycle which comes to mind which has the features of both a cruiser and a hybrid bicycle and allows you to maintain an upright riding position as though you were riding a cruiser yet has the wheel size of a hybrid bike.
Most city bicycles are known for including features which make it A city bike might also have some or all of these features that make it more accommodating for you to ride while dressed in your regular clothes instead of wearing a specific riding outfit.
Due to their resemblance to the traditional European bicycles used for daily commuting in countries such as Amsterdam, city bicycles are often referred to by most persons as “Dutch Bicycles” and may also include an internally located geared hub offering an easier riding experience as well as a built in generator and safety lights when riding at nights.
The Hybrid Bicycles were initially conceived to offer the rider the advantage of both the mountain bike off road experience while at the same time the functionality of a traditional road bicycle. Designed with a large seat and upright handlebars the hybrid bicycle supports a comfortable riding position and is considerably one of the best bicycles for casually riding on your favorite bike trail or around your neighborhood as well as running errands around town. The Hybrid Bicycle although can be ridden on paved or unpaved surfaces are not recommended for mountain bike trails as the tires which usually consist of a medium-width and semi-smooth tread offering a smooth ride on the pavement does not provide the required amount of grip and The tires are usually a medium-width with a semi-smooth tread, to provide a fairly smooth ride on pavement, but enough grip and protection for riding on an unpaved trail. Most persons will refer to the Hybrid Bicycle as a cross bicycle however that term is seldom used to avoid confusing the hybrid with the traditional cyclocross bicycle.
Cyclocross bicycles often called cross bicycles or cx as previously mentioned, are a special designed to be ridden on several types of surfaces such as grass, pavement, off-road trails, and gravel. The typical cyclocross bicycle includes a drop handlebar much similar to that of a traditional road bicycle however the tires uses are slightly wider to provide more traction when riding on an off-road surface and are fitted with a different braking system which limits the build up of mud within the frame while riding. The Cyclocross bicycle because of its durability and versatility is considered as a bicycle suitable for commuting and caring light loads.