About Different Types of Bicycles

Posted August 14, 2013 by admin in Articles

Bicycles have been around for a long time. They date back to the 19th century and have gone through an incredible amount of change and increased dramatically in popularity since their inception. As of today there are more than twice the number of bikes in the world than there are cars. There are a lot of different types of bicycles around and if your new to cycling it can be hard to know which type of bike is the right fit for your needs. This guide will serve to help explain the different types of bikes on the market and the styles of riding they are built for.

Road Bicycle

Road bikes are especially designed for riding on street and pavement in general. These bikes usually have light frames and narrow tires. These bikes are not very rugged when compared to other popular types of bike such as the mountain bike. But what they lack in ruggedness they make up for in speed. These bikes are prefect for an individual looking for a fast bike. They make great commuting and recreational bikes.

Road bike handle bars comes in two different variations, Drop-bar handlebars and Flat-bar handlebars. The Drop-bar handlebar style is the one that is usually pictured on the classic road bike design. These handle bars offer the rider a lot of options with hand position and are generally believed to be the most comfortable when riding long distances. The Flat-bar handlebar style are considered better suited with recreational road bike cycling.

Tour De France Stage One Jersey Road Bike

Fixed Geared Bicycle

These bikes have no free wheel mechanism, this makes it so riders can not coast on fixed geared bikes. Also known as Fixies these bikes are popular with urban riders for their speed and light weight. These bikes recently have become synonymous with the hipster subculture and have greatly grown in popularity.

Vilano Chromoly Fixed Gear Bike

Hybrid Bicycle

These bikes are a mix between road bikes and mountain bikes. They feature the narrow tires of a road bike and the sturdy frame of a mountain bike. Hybrid bikes have upright handle bars and usually come with a suspension fork to ensure a smooth ride even when the rider is going over bumpy terrain.

Diamondback 2013 Insight 2 Performance Hybrid Bike

Comfort Bicycle

Comfort bicycles are designed with one thing in mind, comfort. They usually feature comfortable up right ergonomic seats and many time also a suspension fork for smooth riding. These bikes are great for riding around on a flat surface.

Diamondback Wildwood Citi Classic Sport Comfort Bike

Cruisers Bicycle

Cruiser bikes are nice and comfortable to ride with stylish classical look and feel. The typical bike from the 30’s – 50’s this bike usually features broad wheels and a wide padded seat. This bike is not fit for those interested in going fast or on rough terrain. The cruiser is also know as a boulevardier or beach bike. For those looking for a comfortable ride on paved roads, this bike makes a great choice.

Micargi Rover Beach Cruiser Bike

Folding Bicycle

Folding Bikes are perfect for riders that want a bike but have limited storage capabilities. These bikes are generally very light and can fold up for easy storage.

Schwinn Loop 7-Speed Folding Bike

BMX Bicycle

BMX’s are typically smaller and have a low profile. They have cable operated brakes and are perfect for street riding. They are not suited for long distance commuting because of the low seat level.

DK Raven BMX Bike

Tandem Bicycle

The Tandem bike is a bike made for two riders to ride the same bike in unison. There are two riding positions on the tandem, the captain and the stroker. The captain is seated in the front and is in charge of steering and braking, while the stroker sits in the back and aids with the pedaling. This bike can come in four different styles, those being: road bike, hybrid bike, recubent bike, and mountain bike styles. Tandem bikes are a great way for a couple or fellow riders to bond while cycling.

Giordano Viaggio Tandem Bike

Recumbent Bicycle

The Recumbent is a little different looking than other bikes because the rider sits back in a laid back position in a seat. They are much lower to the ground and have a better center of gravity as the riders weight is better distributed. This bike is great for riders with back, hand, or neck problems. Recumbent bikes can go very fast on flat terrain and down hill, but are not well suited at going up hill. Though not as popular as other upright bicycles recumbent’s have a very devoted subculture of riders.

Mobo Shift Reversible Cruiser Recumbent bike

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