“What bike is right for me?”
This is a question that many of us have asked ourselves at some point during our lives. Either when thinking about the purchase of your first or next bikes, it can often be a challenging occasion. So how we we do it? This guide is here to make it easy.
Set Your Goals
If you can describe what you want to do with your new bikes, you’ll make things much easier for yourself. Form follows function, and that’s especially true when it comes to bikes. Different bikes are intended for different types of riding and some are very speciﬁc to their purpose. However, most bikes are pretty versatile and you can ride to work, to the shops and round the hills on the same bikes.
Is It Worth It?
Not interested in spending $400 on a bike? According to the experts, you get what you pay for. A cheaper bike will have cheaper components that could break down after a couple of years of use. And the bikes are often also heavier, which might not matter if you’re going for a spin around the block, but may be a big deal if you’re trying to ride a dozen kilometers or more at a clip.
Types of Bikes
As mentioned above, there are many types of bikes, and in order to find the type of bike for you, you need to understand the difference between them, and that’s what we are here for!
If your goals are a bit sporty but still on tarmac, then you should be looking at road racing bikes, or their slightly less purpose-speciﬁc brothers, sportive bikes. Both have drop handlebars for a variety of hand positions and aerodynamics, but a sportive bike will have a more upright riding position and usually a wider range of gears.
These bikes are also good If you’ve been taking spinning classes at your local gym, but now want to hit the road. Likewise, people who have been runners, but are switching to cycling because of bad knees, would be good candidates for a road bike.
If you want to head out onto the trails, then a mountain bike is the way to go. Perhaps you’re already into outdoor sports and you want to get deeper into the countryside, or you fancy cycling around on a local trail or bike park.
Either way, you need an upright, wide position for control, thick tires with lots of grip, a big range of gears, and powerful brakes. These make the mountain bike more durable than a road bike and could handle riding on different types of surfaces, including sand and dirt paths and brick streets.
Remember this, though: Mountain bikes aren’t for riding fast, they’re for riding furious. You can jump curbs or go off-road or bounce around on them, and they’ll hold up well, but you’ll be left in the dust by your friends riding road bikes if you’re simply out cycling on a trip.
Many bike commuters prefer the more upright position provided by a ﬂat handlebar, though. They go for hybrids, bikes with the same large, fast-rolling wheels but with bars and controls more akin to those found on fat-tןre mountain bikes. Hybrids and drop-bar commuter bikes are also great for exploring country lanes and bike paths at the weekend.
In recent years, the debate among occasional riders has been whether to buy a comfort bike or a hybrid bike. Both bike styles allow riders to sit up straight, rather than leaning forward, road-bike style. But hybrids have been more popular than comfort bikes. The reason? While comfort bikes have a wide tire and a smaller wheel, hybrids have a skinnier tire and a bigger wheel, so the bike will go faster without as much effort.
If you’re planning ‘mixed-mode’ trips, like a commute that involves a train ride, then a folding bike may be perfect for you. While folders are usually a bit slower and heavier than regular bikes, nothing beats their convenience or ease of parking.
Not conﬁdent of your ﬁtness or want a little help getting up the hills? Take a look at electric bikes. The latest advances in battery and motor design mean that electric bikes offer a genuine advantage especially when it comes to easing hills and zipping away from the lights. These tend to cost more than regular bikes, but if you’re looking for a little boost, it’s worth it!
For more information about electrical bikes, you can watch the following video:
Have a fun ride!
The Stuccu Team