The Best Type of Bike for You

The Best Type of Bike for You

Getting older isn’t any fun, it also means you have to work that much harder to stay in shape.  One easy way to incorporate some fitness into your life is to trade in your car for a bike.  That doesn’t mean never driving again it simply means swapping out the car in your daily commute for a bike ride back and forth to work.  But if you’re like most people and haven’t ridden a bike since….well we don’t have to talk about how long it’s been.

Suffice to say bikes have changed and you’re not quite sure of the basics of bikes anymore, so how can you buy the right bike.  Figuring out the right bike doesn’t have to be complicated it’s mostly about where you want to ride.  Are you on city streets as you go back and forth to work or do you want head out to the mountains and explore more rugged terrain?

The Best Type of Bike for You

There is no right or wrong answer and really you don’t have to choose between city or country riding you can do both.  Here’s a breakdown of the three basic bike types so you can head over to the sporting goods store with a basic idea of what you want.

Mountain Bikes

If you dream of throwing yourself down the side of a mountain, you are going to need a mountain bike.  No pun intended.  But if you’re going to be riding on trails then you will want better shock absorbers and a sturdier bike.  Let the bike take the abuse and not you, when you’re running over tree roots, gravel and other uneven terrain.  There are fewer gears on a mountain bike so you can handle the deep descents and hard inclines.  The tires have thicker treads giving you a better grip on dirt and all around the bike is just built for more wear and tear.

Road and Touring Bikes

Bikes that you are essentially using in the city are referred to as touring or road bikes.  These are great for long trips by yourself and they are built more for comfort than a mountain bike.  You can enjoy the view around you and you can take more gear with you than a water bottle.  If you’re looking for a bike to simply get back and forth to work with these will do just fine.

Hybrid Bikes

No this doesn’t mean an electric engine, but rather it is a combination of mountain and touring bikes.  If you want to use your bike to commute back and forth to work and still head off road on the weekends then this is the bike you need.  It is constructed to have the best of both mountain and touring bike.  Here is a video breaking down the hybrid bike for you.

Lighter weight than a mountain bike and much sturdier than a road bike you can do a lot with a hybrid.  Bear in mind that the tire treads isn’t as thick as a mountain bike so you’re not going to scale mountains but you will be able to enjoy going off road.

There, now you understand the difference between the basic bike types so you can head to the sports store and get yourself ready to hit the road.

Foldable bikes

Foldable Bikes – The Pro’s and The Con’s

If you’re a city dweller that has held back on buying a bike because of the lack of space, there is now a solution.  Foldable bikes came into being back in the early 70s, engineers were looking for a bike that could be stored easily in a corner of your apartment.  The idea was to create a solution to the storage problem when owners weren’t using their bikes.

Not only was saving space a concern but so was time, driving and circling city blocks looking for a place where you could secure your bike was taking up too much time.  Foldable bikes provided the solution, no more looking for a place to securely lock your bike.  You can now just fold it up and shove it into a corner.  There are plenty of foldable bikes on the market, but there are pros and cons to buying a foldable bike.

Let’s start with the pros:

  1. The bike is incredible flexible and you have a pretty comfortable, not to mention convenient solution to riding to work and if you ride the subway or any other public transportation they are easy to carry with you.
  2. You don’t have to lock them outside making them theft proof.
  3. Obviously they take up less space, if you live in a city like New York for example where space is at a premium you can fit your bike in a closet when you aren’t using it.
  4. Saves you money on public transportation or gas and it’s a healthier, greener solution to getting back and forth to work.
  5. If you’re a traveller it is much easier to take with you.
  6. It has a higher resale value than a mountain or touring bike.

Now let’s look at the cons:

  1. It is going to cost you more to buy than a conventional bike.
  2. Some of them are difficult to fold quickly
  3. Foldable bikes are meant for city commutes they are not meant for long trips, so there will be no touring Europe with your foldable bike.

While there are both pros and cons, the pros definitely outweigh the cons.  So you can justify buying a foldable bike as opposed to an ordinary styled bike.  Yes it is more expensive but if you swap out the bus or subway for a bike it will save you money in the long run.  Biking to work not only improves your health it benefits the environment by not contributing more emissions to green house gases.

Your space problem is no longer an issue, you can store a foldable bike in a cupboard or closet easily.  So if you want to start biking you should seriously consider buying a foldable bike.