Bicycling is quickly becoming one of America’s favorite sports (not to mention it’s popularity outside of the U.S.). If you are new to the sport, welcome. You are about to embark on a challenging, exciting new adventure. Bicycling is a wonderful way to get in shape, travel, save money and have fun. There are some basics you need to learn before you hop on. One of these basics is the different kinds of bikes out there. This article should help you make an informed decision about what type of bicycling is for you.
What you will use your bike for will have the greatest impact on what type you purchase. For those individuals who are looking to bicycle simply as a way of losing weight, a stationary bike may be the best bet. Stationary bikes come in both regular and recumbent (you will sit lower and put less stress on your bike) and are used indoors entirely for weight loss and exercise benefits. You can find these in a variety of prices and styles. If you aren’t sure that a stationary bike is for you, you may want to attend a spinning class at your local gym to find out if you enjoy this type of activity.
Some people will choose to use their bicycles for transportation. If this is the case, there are two types of bikes to look for. The first and most popular is a commuter bike. These bikes are strong and sturdy and often have racks to hold things. They can be found in one speed and geared models. Another bike called a folding bike, allows the rider to fold the bike for easy carrying and storage.
For people who wish to ride with small children or families, there are children’s bikes and tandem bikes. Children’s bikes are smaller in size and come in many styles. You can add training wheels to these for little ones just starting out. As a family, you may want to try out a tandem bike. This allows several people to ride together and helps you keep track of everyone as well as bond as a team.
For the more experienced rider who is looking for a challenge, there are mountain bikes, BMX bikes and Cyclecross bikes. Mountain bikes are lightweight and durable. They are built to handle rough and uneven terrain. This type of bike will allow you to explore trails that would not have been possible on a regular bike. BMX bikes are compact and extremely strong. They are used for tricks and competition. Cyclecross bikes are also suitable for uneven roads but are generally used for racing.
Be sure to figure out what type of cycling you would like to do before shopping for a bicycle (and set a budget). Doing your research beforehand will give you the best chance at a wonderful cycling experience. Speaking with professionals and fellow bikers is another way to ensure that you will purchase the correct bike for your needs, and have the best experience possible.