What to look for in a bike
There are a few basic qualities to look for in a bike that will serve you well for many enjoyable miles.
- Fit: The bike must suit your unique height, inseam, torso and arm length
- Frame: strong, but light
- Brakes: easy to use and strong enough to stop quickly
- Gears: enough gearing to deal with your terrain (more hills = more gears = more efficiency).
- Shifters: easy to use and responsive
|STYLE||ROAD BIKE||MOUNTAIN BIKE||COMMUTER OR HYBRID||COMFORT|
|Surfaces||Paved road||Off-road trails, poor pavement||All||Paved roads, short distances|
|Frame||Horizontal top tube||Sloping top tube for additional clearance||Varies. Some horizontal, some slightly sloping||Step-through design|
|Riding position||Aerodynamic||Upright||Upright||More upright|
|Tires||Narrow, smooth surface, high tire pressure, fast||Wide, "knobby" tread, lower tire pressure, softer ride||Medium width, ususally smooth||Wide for comfort and stability|
|Brakes||Rim brakes||Rim brakes or disc brakes||Rim brakes or disc brakes||Rim brakes|
|Best features||Lightweight and fast||Sturdy and responsive||Often come equipped with lights, fenders and/or cargo racks||Comfortable|