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