To figure out how to choose which type of bike is best for you, ask yourself where and how often you plan to ride, what you will use your bike for, and how much you are willing to invest.
Get to know the different types of bikes
There are many different types of bikes that offer a wide range of capabilities. If you live in a city, you probably want a bike that’s built for roads. If you live somewhere where you can bike on trails, then a mountain bike might be more your speed. Here, we will mostly consider the widely used 3 categories of bikes - Hybrid, mountain bike (MTB) and roadies.
- Choose a mountain bike if you like going over large bumps and dirt. Many mountain bikes have at least a front suspension to improve comfort and steering control on rough surfaces. Mountain bikes can also be good for general urban riding, due to stability and for going over curbs and the like. Beginners may find mountain bike handlebars and controls easier to use.
- Choose a road or touring bike if you’re riding on mostly flat roads and terrain. These bikes typically have drop handlebars that allow for several hand positions and postures. Touring bikes provide more comfort if you plan on carrying a lot with you because these bikes are outfitted with the necessary mounting bolts for cargo. Touring and road bikes also offer different gears which help you change resistance if you encounter a hill or strong winds.
- Hybrid bikes are good if you find more comfort in sitting upright and want a more padded saddle. Tires on hybrid bikes are wider and more durable than both road and touring bikes, and can be ridden on different terrains with ease.