Every rider is partial to one type of bike. It could be based on their nature, habits, route of office commute or what activities keep them engaged on the weekends. Knowing what cycle, you want to own is not an easy choice for many. We all know someone who bought that shiny new mountain bike but now thinks that they should have bought a road bike instead or vice versa.
And so, we would like to distinguish between some basic bike types to help you understand which bikes suits you the most.
Road bikes are characterised by a lean frame, lack of a suspension system, skinny tyres and drooping handlebars. These are bikes designed to glide along pavements and can help you reach very high speeds. The larger diameter of the thin tires helps decrease the effort required to keep moving, handlebar offers multiple positions and grip variations from upright to more aggressive. Aggressive riding positions also increases the aerodynamics around the bicycle and its rider helping it maintain high speeds over sustained duration with relative ease when compared to other bike types.
Designed to help explore the world and exploit forest trails. Often characterised by fat knobby tyres to help with grip and suspensions at the front and rear (not mandatory). These bikes also have flat handlebars and are robust in construction so that they can be ridden on loose dirt and over obstacles. Although they can also be used in the cities, the traction offered by the fatter tyres and the riding position might not make it efficient to ride and are thought to be heavy and slow on the roads.
Cruiser bikes are designed for casual and leisurely rides that are very comfortable. These bikes are characterized by large and wide tyres, swept-back handle bars an upright riding position, and a large seat. They are intended to be ridden on flat roads as their dynamics and tyres do not support off-road activities.
An offspring of mountain and road bikes, hybrid bikes cherry pick features in order to offer a “best of both worlds” experience. The are usually characterised by skinny wheels of road bikes combined with the playfulness of mountain bikes, a more comfortable saddle and in some cases shock absorbers at the front. These bikes can have flat handlebars for easier manoeuvrability and increased comfort. They are mostly targeted at commuters and are designed to be all weather bikes.
Another “hybrid” is a Cyclocross bike which can be described as a road bike with knobbier tyres. They are designed to be ridden over various terrains that could be a combination of pavement, unpaved trails, gravel, grass which makes them versatile
Fixed Gear Bikes (fixie)
Colloquially referred to as “fixies”, a fixed gear is a single-speed bike that has a drivetrain with no freewheel mechanism. With a freewheel mechanism absent; the pedals continue to turn if their rear wheel is turning. Freewheeling or coasting is not an activity that can be performed on such a bike, but it is possible to ride in reverse by cycling backwards. Cyclists or owners perform braking activities by attempting to stop the rotation of the pedals. These bikes are mostly suited for use in cities and on flat roads.
Electric bikes are becoming increasingly popular with commuters and their adoption has been proliferated by how convenient they are to ride. The amount of effort required to travel between destinations is drastically reduced as E-bikes use electric motors that can be used as a stand-alone unit (running it as a scooter) or can assist the rider as they pedal. The battery capacity of some current E-bikes can help them cover around 60 miles on a single charge. E-mountain bikes are also gaining popularity due to the reduction in effort that they offer in navigating a trail.
Folding bikes are designed to transform themselves into a unit that could be up to one third or less of their normal size. They are very popular with commuters who feel the need to carry them along on a long journey involving public transport and can ride the bikes the last couple of miles/kilometres to work. Folding bikes generally have small wheels and an upright riding position. They are not suited for long rides and cannot be ridden on gravel or a downhill safely.
Cargo bikes are designed for carrying loads. Cargo bikes can be used for a variety of practical activities like carrying groceries and to transport one or more children. Because of their unique shape and heavy frame, they are primarily intended for use on pavements and flat roads. The gearing of these bikes is more attuned to making the task of hauling this load without too much effort.
At EuroCyklar, we love every bike; fast or slow, heavy or light and we want our customers to have a smile on their face every time they take their bike out for a ride. We offer repair and spare parts services for most bicycles on the market so please don’t hesitate to reach out to us in case that there’s something going on with your ride that’s not making you happy.
We will see you again next week and until then, as always, Happy Cycling!