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May 18th, 2020
May is National Bike Month! The pleasant weather makes it an
ideal time for bike riding. However, there’s more to buying a bike than simply pick
out one that’s the right size and a color you like.
Before you spend hundreds of dollars on a bike, make sure
you stop and think about what you’ll primarily be using it for. Then, depending
on how you plan to use your bike, you’ll have several options to consider. You
may even purchase a bike, and then swap out the seat, handlebars, or even the
tires to suit your needs!
Before we talk in depth about different types of bicycles,
let’s talk about the various types of handlebars, and why they can make a big
difference in your bike ride.
These are handlebars that curve downward at each end in a
‘C’-shape. This type of handlebar requires cyclists to lean forward, which
creates a more aerodynamic shape and allows riders to go faster.
Flat handlebars extend straight out, allowing riders to sit
upright, which is usually more comfortable. It is also very easy to attach
bells, phone mounts, lights, and other accessories to this type of handlebar.
These handlebars swoop back in a wide ‘U’-shape. This type
of handlebar offers great control when sitting upright, is the most comfortable
on your wrists, and leaves room to place a basket at the front of the bike.
Other types of bike handlebars you might see are bull
horn bars, which curve up and forward and are great for riding uphill but
bad at making turns; aero bars, which are two parallel bars typically
used in time-trial cycling; and butterfly bars, which loop around in an
almost complete circle to allow a huge number of hand positions and even more
space to add attachments than flat handlebars.
There are as many types of bikes as there are ways and
places to ride them. That means the same bike that’s great for building up a sweat
on weekends may not be the bike you want to use on your morning commute.
Road bikes feature thin tires, lightweight frames made from
aluminum or carbon fiber, and drop handlebars. Racing bikes and city bikes are
examples of your typical road bike.
Road bikes are built for aerodynamics and endurance. They
perform best on smooth pavement and are intended to help riders travel long
distances very quickly.
Also called comfort bikes, touring bikes are considered a
type of road bike because they are meant to be ridden on pavement. However,
there are several important distinctions between touring bikes and other types
of road bikes.
Touring bikes often have attachment points to add
accessories, such as lights, racks to carry bags or other items, water bottle
holders, or mud flaps. Because of this, touring bikes typically have steel
frames, which makes them slower but allows weight to be distributed more evenly
so you can carry heavy items without overbalancing. They also have wider tires,
a longer wheelbase, and a lower center of gravity, which make them easier to
Mountain bikes feature wide tires with heavy-duty rims,
partial or full suspensions, heavy-duty brakes, and multiple gears designed for
steep slopes (both up and downhill). Mountain bikes are designed for riding on
uneven surfaces and are a good choice for taking on trails. Although they can
be used for everyday riding, they’re not the best option because they are
usually heavy and slow.
Hybrid bikes are the best of both worlds. Partly road bike,
partly mountain bike, hybrid bikes usually feature flat handlebars that let you
sit comfortably, wide tires to improve handling, and stronger brakes that make
it easier to stop suddenly in urban traffic. They perform well on both smooth and
rough or wet surfaces, but it’s not recommended to take them truly
You might also consider BMX bikes, for trick riding; e-bikes,
which use a small, lightweight electric motor to assist the rider; folding
bikes, which as the name implies, can be folded up to take on a train or
plane; fat bikes, a type of mountain bike with tires as wide as 5-in.
across that is designed for riding on sand or through thick mud; and triathlon
bikes, a type of racing bike for the serious cyclist.
What’s the difference between women’s bikes and men’s bikes?
It’s not a marketing scheme – women’s bikes are built differently to be more comfortable
for women to ride, based on typical differences in body types between males and
Women’s bikes typically include:
However, many women can comfortably ride a “man’s” bike, so
don’t let these design distinctions stop you from purchasing a bike that is
comfortable for you, even if it’s not labeled “for women.”
Cycling is a great pastime, a great way to get around, to get
exercise, or to just enjoy a nice day outside. However, when sharing the road
with cars and other vehicles, cyclists face a lot of risk. Not many cities are
bike-friendly, and bike accidents result in thousands of injures each year.
If you’ve been injured in a bicycle accident through no fault of your own, you deserve compensation for your injuries. Our Louisiana bike accident law firm has helped hundreds of bicyclists get the money they needed for their medical bills and pain and suffering after a negligent driver harmed them. If you ever find your loved one or yourself in a similar situation, don’t hesitate to call Dudley DeBosier Injury Lawyers. Your consultation is always free.