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Bike in Style for Performance, Recreation & Fitness
Types of Bikes
Tips and Expert Advice
Types of Bikes
Gear up for your journey with a performance-ready bike. From enthusiastic, experienced cyclists to the casual weekend riders, find a bike that's a right fit for your riding style.
Consider these types of bikes when making your purchase:
Mountain bikes are designed to handle well in rough terrain and rugged conditions. With strong frames and durable wheels, these bikes have extra shock absorption and excellent brake systems
29ers are mountain bikes that feature 29-inch wheels, instead of traditional 26-inch wheels. These bigger, thicker tires will provide a smoother ride, more momentum over obstacles and more surface stability
Hybrid bikes utilize the same 700c wheel diameter as a road bike, but can also use a straight bar and sometimes front suspension. Performance Hybrids are well-suited for casual road and trail riding, but also excellent for endurance training
Comfort bikes are designed for recreational riders on paved trails and smoother surfaces. Their upright sitting positions with padded seats give riders a supportive and comfortable experience
Cruiser bikes have a more retro-look and work well on relaxed paved trail rides, boardwalks or around the neighborhood. With upright seating and well-padded seats, these bikes are comfortable and easy to handle
Road bikes are used for commuting, fitness training, races, long distance endurance or touring. They are built to be efficient with lighter, stiffer frames, narrow tires and aerodynamic seat positioning
Women's-specific bikes accommodate a smaller, female body frame. Shorter top tubes, wider seats and lighter frames provide more comfort for the female cyclist
Will you be cruising neighborhood streets or taking on off-road terrain? Select your bike based on your riding environment and your own needs as a cyclist.
Off-road cyclists should look for a bike constructed with a sturdy frame and wide tires, while road cyclists need a lightweight bike that delivers a smooth ride and superior agility.
Cyclists looking to bike both on and off-road should consider a hybrid bike that blends features of road and mountain bikes for total versatility. Look for features that add comfort and ease of movement to your ride, like narrow handlebars and wider seat.
Aluminum is the most common material used in the construction of bicycles and delivers a lightweight feel for an agile ride. Steel proves the most durable in a variety of terrains and conditions – feature that makes it an asset to mountain cyclists.
Consider the braking system on your bike. Coaster brakes engage with reverse pressure on the pedals. Rim brakes employ a soft rubber break pad, while a disc brakes use a metallic disc as a pad.