Whether you’re a leisure rider or a fitness fanatic, there is a bike out there that suits you. Every bike has certain qualities that will match up to the style and type of riding that you want to be doing. It is important to understand that every bike is perfectly designed for a specific style and cyclist, the fun part is deciding what kind of cyclist you want to be.
After deciding on what type of bike you want, the next step will be knowing what characteristics or extras are needed to suit your style of riding. The most common characteristics are single or dual suspension, knobby or slick tyres and platform or clip-in pedals. But before getting too ahead of ourselves, the table below will give you a rough idea on what type of bike that you will need to suit your lifestyle.
Road bikes are built for speed and endurance. They are light in weight and very technical in terms of gears and the necessary equipment required. The main features of a road bike are clip in pedals, no suspension and a drop down handle bar causing the rider to lean forward to become more aero dynamic.
Mountain bikes are known as the all rounder bike due to there ability to adapt to any condition or terrain. They have extremely strong frames, are reliable, comfortable and are built to last. The main features of a mountain bike are its suspension, shock absorbing frame and rigid tyres for better grip on dirt trails.
Dual Suspension Mountain bikes are the same as the traditional mountain bike, except for the additional suspension at the rear of the bike. Dual Suspension mountain bikes are more suited for off road terrains as the extra suspension helps the bike glide over bumps, but on road all the suspension does is slow you down. The main features are its additional real suspension, strong frame and rigid tyres.
BMX bikes are great recreation bikes that are built for fun. They have a strong frame, light, and are designed for easy movability to accommodate for tricks and jumps. There are different styles and designs of a BMX bike to suit its three most desired uses of Jump, Race and Freestyle. The main features of a BMX bike are its good brakes, single gear and extras that assist with tricks.
Touring bikes are the most desirable bike for distance riding as they are easy to use, reliable and have multiple storage compartments for drinks, sleeping bag etc. Touring bikes are known for there comfort and are capable of travelling on most terrains. The main features of a touring bike are its reliability, efficiency and its ability to carry luggage.
Hybrid bikes are a combination of both road and mountain bikes. This provides a rider with the best of both worlds as the hybrid is strong and durable like a mountain bike, but build for endurance rides like a road bike. The hybrid is extremely comfortable for long rides and its main features are its large wheels, flat comfortable handlebar and suspension forks and seat.
Fixie bikes are great city bikes that are designed for easy mobility in tight streets and corners. They are best suited for flat roads as they have no gears and a fixed wheel, meaning that if the wheel is spinning then so are the pedals. The main features of a Fixie are its fixed wheel, no gears, reliability and efficiency.
Triathlon/Time Trial bikes are mostly designed for competition and not recreational purposes. They are very light and agile, and are one of the fastest road bikes available. They are built to be extremely aero dynamic therefore the seat is high and the handlebars are very low, and the rear wheel has a high profile rim or a rear disc. The main features of a Triathlon/Time Trial bike are its aero dynamics, clip in pedals, extreme riding position.
Flat Bar Road bikes are similar to hybrids in a way that it is a combination of both a road and a mountain bike. The main difference is that the hybrid bike more resembles a mountain bike and a flat bar road bike more resembles a road bike. The main features of a flat bar road bike are its comfortable seats and handlebars, light frame and its ability to reach high speeds.
Cruiser bikes are known for there comfort as the seat, handlebars and the entire geometry of the frame are all designed to make the rider feel more comfortable. These bikes are not fast or efficient, but they look great and are extremely fun to ride. The cruiser bike is best suited for on road or paved path riding and the main features are its large seats, high handlebars and stylish designs.
Although this table is designed to help choose the right bike for you, but it must only be used as a guide and for more accurate information we advised you to seek professional advice from your local bike shop.