To get the most out of your bike, make sure it's the right type and style for you and your intended use. Here's a list of basic bicycle types:
Mountain bikes can be sized for adults or children and are used for trail riding as well as city riding, and are good for hills and mountains. A mountain bike has several gears, durable brakes and tires that are thicker than typical bikes.
BMX bikes are the children's version of a heavy-duty mountain bike. These bikes have one speed and are often used for bike tricks.
Road bikes are primarily used by adults and are made to be ridden at high speeds on a smooth surface. Road bikes are designed for competition racing; however, they are often put to everyday use on a flat surface.
Touring bikes are similar to road bikes but are designed to be more comfortable. A touring bike is typically made for adults. This style of bike has drop handlebars, luggage racks and mudguards.
A hybrid bike is a cross between a road bike and a mountain bike. This type of bike is primarily made for adults. The tires are slimmer than those on a mountain bike. This type of bike is generally used for city riding on smooth pavement.
Comfort and cruiser bikes
Comfort and cruiser bikes are for leisurely and recreational riding. They in children's and adult models. This type of bike is generally best for short-distance riding.
Folding bikes are primarily used by adults who transport them on buses or trains.
Finding the right type and size of bike for your needs can be a challenge. Consider visiting a reputable local bicycle shop. Angie's List can help find one that other local consumers have tried and liked.