Are you looking towards smooth and consistent long-distance cycling or for those smart moves you have been watching on the web? Or you want to purchase a new bicycle and don’t know which type of bicycle to choose or which is right for you? If yes, then here are some types of cycles you can choose from depending on your expectation.
They are often mixed with hybrid bikes. The difference between the two is that hybrids are for both on and off-road while the city bike is for urban areas only i.e they are best suited for city use. Characteristics are 26″ wheels, rim brakes, smooth tires, single-speed, low number of gears. They are easy to ride on city asphalt. The frame is made of either aluminum or steel, curved handlebars, and has a high saddle.
City bikes come with accessories like fenders, racks, baskets, lights, dynamo, bell, etc.
Recreational cyclists and commuters wanted the convenience of a sturdy mountain bike with reduced weight and additional speed of a road bike. The hybrid has given rise to variations like city hybrid, comfort bikes, cross bikes, etc. The wheel frame has mounting parts for racks, tires are slightly thicker.
Characteristics are 700c wheels, flat handlebars, front suspension fork.
They are designed for rough terrains and mountain trails. Characteristics are flat handlebars, low range of gears, and high-quality suspension and shock absorbers. MTB’s having a front absorption are called hardtails and those having rear and front suspension are called full-suspension bikes. Off-road cycles
without suspension are known as rigid bikes.
Ideal for sailors, RV campers, travel enthusiasts. The benefit of a folding bike is that it can be folded in a compact size making it easier for transportation. They are quite expensive. They have single-speed or multi-speed, rigid, and suspended models. The wheels are small 20″ but can range from 650b-700c.
They are the oldest types of bikes. Although they have modernized with advanced technology, the design remains the same. You can only ride them on smooth roads and surfaces. They have no suspension and can’t carry heavy loads as the wheels have light spokes and rims.
Characteristics are drop handles which give the rider more aerodynamics for high-speed racing, 700c tires, thicker tires. The frame is lightweight and made of aluminum or carbon. They have aggressive
geometry. Therefore, positioning riders’ legs horizontally over the pedals. The wheels have thin tires.
Road bikes come in many types like endurance bikes, race bikes, aero bikes, triathlon
bikes, fitness bikes, flat bar bikes, gravel bikes, cyclocross bikes.
It is the most popular form of cycling. Depending on the biking styles, each requiring a unique bike design with specific requirements many varieties are available. These bikes differ from other bicycles due to their suspension. MTB has either a front suspension fork or a dual suspension.
The different types of mountain bikes are – downhill racing bikes, enduro bikes, trail
bikes, cross country bikes, mullet bikes.
Cyclocross is formalized as a professional sport with elements of mountain biking and cross country cycling. It was popularized in France in the 1990s. However, it has not spread popularly outside Europe due to the intense nature of the sport.
Characteristics are they have wider tires, strong frames (aggressive geometry). The tires have a medium grip, 700*35c, don’t create much drag on hard surfaces. The cables are routed above the top tube with a shoulder pad under the tube. It has space for wider tires and mudguards.
Ogden Bolton Jr in 1895 came with the first pattern for e-bikes.
It is a standard road bike with a motor in the rear hub and a battery in the central triangle. They have portable lithium-ion batteries that can last the whole day on a single charge. The motors can achieve speeds up to 28mph-45 km and are placed in the cranks or the rear wheels.
Electric bikes come in three specific frames- pedal assist, throttle, speed pedelec.
Women’s bikes have a lowered top tube making it easier to step over the frame.
Most women cycle with clothing similar to men, hence there is no need for a lowered top tube unless preferred. The trend of lowered tubes still continues. It makes riding a bicycle in a dress, skirts easy.
Fat tire bikes
Ideal for beach towns and snow resorts. They are suitable for riding over soft terrains like snow, sand without sinking. In the 2000s, the Pugsley was the first real fat tire bike that had a custom-built frame with wide rims. However, it took off much later in the 2010s. It is not ideal for fast cycling. The frame is made of steel/aluminum/carbon.
The frame has a top gearing system for snow racing events and a simple fixed gear system for Beach cruising. The wheels are 3″-5″ thick with a 26″-27.5″ rim size.
They came to be in the late ’60s. There are two main types of BMX bikes- racing and freestyle riding bikes. The difference between the two is that the freestyle BMX bikes have rear and front stunt pegs. The frame consists of high handlebars and has a rigid frame.
They can haul a lot of cargo. If you have no access to a car or prefer to be eco-friendly this is the best option. Cargo bikes come in many sizes as per requirement. Some of the types are cycle tracks, long John (has an extended front flatbed cargo), long-tail bike (has a large rear rack and small rear wheel), bakfiets (have a front cargo hold on a small front wheel, commonly used in the Netherlands).
The most basic kid’s bike is the balance bike. It is simple, 2 wheeled with no pedals, gears, or brakes. Ideal for kids in the age group 2-3 years. The wheels have 12″-14″ tires which can be fitted with training wheels if the child is not stable with pedaling on their own. As they find the balance, you can switch to a 16″ wheel bike with brakes and mounted handles. For teens, 20″-24″wheeled bikes, mountain bikes