Bike Buying Tips
- What have you had in the past that you liked?
- What have you had in the past that you disliked?
- What would you like to do with your new bike?
- How much money are you comfortable spending?
Getting to Know the Types of Bikes Available
Road bikes are fast and easy to pedal on pavement. They are not as well suited for operating off the road. Some people find the "dropped" riding position difficult to comfortably maintain for a long time.
Mountain bikes are harder to pedal and slower on pavement. But they have a cushy ride, an upright riding position, and can travel easily on a wide variety of surfaces.
Hybrid bikes are almost as fast and easy to pedal as a road bike, while being almost as comfortable and versatile as a mountain bike.
Comfort bikes are just that—comfortable. They are less efficient, but sitting on one is much more comfortable.
Cruisers are fun to look at and, when ridden at a relaxed pace, they are ideal for admiring the scenery, exploring the neighborhood or beach.
BMX bikes are great for riding vert ramps or on the dirt track, but are also always a favorite neighborhood bike for the kids.