Types of Bikes: A Beginner’s Guide

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A few months ago, I felt overwhelmed by the number of bike options, styles, and choices. To educate beginners, I created this guide to explain the different types of bikes available to purchase. The bike renaissance of the 21st Century is in full swing, and there has never been a better time to get into bicycling and head outdoors.

Road Bikes

Road bikes are designed for speed, pavement, and distance. They typically have narrower tire, drop handlebars, and gears to switch between inclines and descents.

Best Road Bikes under $1,000 – Bicycling.com

Gravel Bikes (Adventure Bikes)

Types of bikes: Specialized Diverge - Gravel Bike

Gravel Bikes are designed for pavement, dirt, gravel, and mud. These bikes typically have thicker tires, a more ergonomic ride, and disk brakes as standard.

Specialized Diverge – Specialized.com

20-gravel-bikes-im-excited-about-for-2020 – VeloNews

Mountain Bikes

Types of bikes: Mountain bikes

Mountain Bikes are optimized for dirt trails or down rugged terrain. The following are common types of Mountain Bikes:

  • Hard Tail
  • Cross Country Bikes
  • Full Suspension
  • Fat-Tire Bikes
  • All Mountain Bikes
  • Downhill / Park Bikes

Mountain Bike Overview – REI

Best Mountain Bikes – Bicycling.com

Hybrid Bikes

Types of bikes: Hybrid Bike

Hybrid bikes are versatile and easy-to-use bikes that you can ride wherever you go. They typically don’t have drop handlebars and instead flat handlebars or cruiser type handlebars.

Best Fitness Bikes – Bicycling.com

Best Hybrid Commuter Bike – NYTimes

E-Bikes

Types of bikes: e-bikes

Electronic bicycles are bikes designed with a small, lightweight electric motor to assist the rider. There are Mountain, Gravel, Road, Hybrid, and even Cargo bikes with electric motors available.

Best Electric Bikes – Bicycling.com

How to Choose an e-Bike – REI

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