Deciding What Type of Bike is Best for You
If you’re buying a bike to ride with a group of friends, buy something similar to what they ride. You won’t be able to keep up with road bikes if you’re on a mountain bike or cruiser. Conversely, a road bike cannot go on the dirt or the sand.
If you enjoyed a three-speed as a child, you may find this to be a fun bike, even today. If you disliked the road bike you bought a few years ago, perhaps a mountain bike would be better.
Getting to Know the Types of Available Bikes
Road bikes are fast and easy to pedal on pavement. They are not as well suited for operating off-road. Some people find the “dropped” riding position difficult to maintain comfortably for a long time.
Mountain bikes are made for the adventurous off-roader. With 26″ knobby tires and front suspension, these fun bikes are best suited for exploring trails.
Hybrid or cross bikes are almost as fast and easy to pedal as a road bike, while being almost as comfortable and versatile as a mountain bike.
Comfort bikes are just that—comfortable. They are less efficient, but sitting on one is much more comfortable.
Cruisers are fun to look at and are ideal for admiring the scenery or exploring the neighborhood.
Recumbents are bikes which you sit on in a chair-like seat, with the pedals out in front of you. These bikes are quite fast and very fun to ride.