How to

choose a bike

A bicycle is a great investment in your health, whether you’re just a casual rider or you take cycling seriously. But finding the right bike for your needs can be confusing. 

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How to

choose a bike

A bicycle is a great investment in your health, whether you’re just a casual rider or you take cycling seriously. But finding the right bike for your needs can be confusing. 

Type

Browse our best hybrid bikes

Hybrid bikes

Hybrid bikes are one of the most popular styles. They combine the efficiency of a road bike with the more comfortable features of a mountain bike. Narrow wheels with a large circumference provide maximum riding efficiency with low rolling resistance, ideal for roads and paved paths. If you want to start commuting by bike, tow your kids in a bike trailer or just like to lead an active lifestyle, hybrid bikes are the best choice. 
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Go far and fast with our road bikes

Road bikes

If you want to break a sweat and ride long distances on paved surfaces, you’ll need a road bike. The narrow tires, wide-range gearing, and lightweight frames work perfectly for fitness enthusiasts. They put you in a more aerodynamic position, allowing you to go faster.
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Discover our assortment of stylish comfort bikes

Comfort bikes

Comfort bikes are ergonomically designed with an upright riding position, wide tires and a larger saddle. These bikes are great for casual recreational riders who travel on roads and paved paths. They also incorporate style and design, making them some of the most beautiful bikes on the road.
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Discover our assortment of stylish comfort bikes

Mountain bikes

Mountain bikes are for trail riders and off-road enthusiasts. These bikes feature wide knobby tires to grip the trail surface and a front suspension fork to absorb the bumps and terrain.
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Find the full-suspension bike you need

Dual-Suspension bikes

Dual-suspension bikes are designed for riding more aggressive trails and descents. They are designed with front and rear suspension to soften the impact of rough terrain, giving you better control on the trail.
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Brakes

Explore our bike coaster brakes

Coaster brakes

Coaster brakes are often found on kids’ bikes and many cruiser-style bikes. The brake mechanism is activated by pedaling backwards. 
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Find the bike rim brakes you’re looking for

Rim brakes

Rim brakes feature pads that grip onto the wheel rim.They are economical and convenient — the brake pads can be removed and replaced when they wear down.
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Browse our assortment of bike disc brakes

Disc brakes

Disc brakes grip onto a rotor mounted to the wheel hub. They offer the best performance in all conditions, including water, mud, and snow and are found on more premium mountain bikes.
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Features

Choose the right frame material, steel or aluminum

Frame material

Bike frames are generally made of steel or aluminum. Steel offers an economical and strong solution for a smooth, comfortable ride. Aluminum frames are much lighter and usually more expensive.
Learn about bike gears and bike speed

Gears

Bikes range from single-speed to 24-speed. The more speeds on a bike, the wider your riding options over different terrains, specifically climbing hills. Depending on how you’ll be riding, more is not always better. More speeds add weight and maintenance, so if you’ll be riding mostly flat terrain, opt for fewer gears. 
A good suspension makes for a comfortable ride

Suspension

Suspension systems help make riding more comfortable, allowing the wheels to respond to small bumps by moving up and down.

Type

Brakes

Features