A brief look at the options
If you have decided to get a new bicycle, you might want to think about which type of bicycle will fulfill your needs the best, before you head to the bike shop.
There are many types of bicycles to choose from. Which you choose should depend on where you will be riding and what your purpose will be.
Some questions to ask are:
- Am I riding for pleasure?
- Will I be riding for exercise?
- Will I want to go off road?
- How much do I want to spend?
There are touring bikes, utility bikes, mountain bikes and recumbent bicycles, just to name a few. People ride bikes for many reasons. They may use their bike as transportation or just for fun. They can also be used as an exercise tool and for sport.
Touring bikes are designed for long trips and have the ability to transport your personal belongings and other gear. These types of bikes are suitable for riding around the countryside and enjoying the view.
Mountain bikes are built to be used off road and have sturdy durable frames and wide-gauge tires. Suspension systems such as gas shocks or air shocks are featured to absorb the impact when on rough terrain.
Recumbent Bicycles are built to maximize comfort and minimize resistance. It may be difficult to get used to being horizontal but if you have any injuries that may prevent you from cycling then you may want to check this type out.
Tandem bikes can be used for those who have some physical challenges. Some considerations are to make sure the bike fits both people. This will help prevent injuries. An important thing to remember is that there can only be one captain.
There are bikes that include even the youngest member of the family by attaching a smaller two-wheeled bike on the end of a bike.
With all of these choices, no one should be left out. Check out your local bike shop. I know they will be happy to help you pick the right bicycle for you and your family.'