A HANDY GUIDE TO ALL THE DIFFERENT TYPES OF BICYCLES (AND WHICH IS BEST FOR YOU)
USE THIS HANDY GUIDE TO FIND THE TYPE OF BIKE THAT BEST SUITS YOU AND YOUR RIDING NEEDS.
When you buy a bike, you have a difficult decision to make. Figuring out what type of bicycle would best suit you can prove to be challenging. You need to choose just the right fit for you and what you plan to do. What’s more is that you discover that there are many types of bicycles and styles, which can make your decision even more overwhelming. So, if you are wondering which specialised bike to buy and what to look out for when buying a bicycle, use our handy guide below.
Types of bicycles:
In this guide we cover 5 types of bicycles: mountain-, triathlon-, fat-, road- and e-bicycles.
Discover the use and purpose of each below.
If you are looking for a swift-moving, fast-rolling bicycle for recreational rides, then a road bike is for you. As the name suggests, it is perfect for on-road cycling. They are built for speed and have narrow tyres and perform well on paved roads.
There are subtypes of road bicycles, such as endurance, ultralight and hybrid bicycles. The endurance road bike has slightly wider tyres and gear ranges, and often has shock-absorbing technologies in the fork.
Ultralight bikes are exactly as the name suggests: light. The frame is made of light, yet strong, materials, which makes it a great option for long climbs, but not a good allrounder.
A mountain bike or MTB is a great choice if you are after a rugged, tough and durable bicycle for riding dirt trails and unpaved roads. Mountain bikes are rudded, which makes them great for off-roading.
Some subtypes include hardtail and xc full-suspension. The hardtail type often has suspension forks and a rigid frame. The top bicycle models often have carbon fiber frames and high-quality suspensions. The xc full-suspension type features shorter rear suspension, developed to support easy climbs.
Triathlon bicycles are built for aerodynamic efficiency. Triathlon bike frames are designed to reduce drag and have special handlebars that allow the rider to maintain an aerodynamic position while maintaining steady handling. The parts are not easily swapped. Top triathlon bikes usually feature carbon fiber wheels and electronic shifting available on different parts of the handlebar.
Fat bikes have ultra-wide tyres for better traction and perform well, especially in soft soil. You get hardtail mountain bikes with rigid frames and oversized tyres. Fat bikes are great in sandy areas where the soil is thick or loose, like the beach. They make getting over obstacles a breeze without losing any traction.
Quite new to the cycling industry, e-bikes, also known as electric bike cycles, have small electric motors that provide assistance to riders when pedaling. E-bikes are great because they allow people of different ages and fitness levels to also enjoy the outdoor biking trails. They are also great for grocery runs and commuting to and from work.
Chris Willemse Cycles has a wide range of cycling products, bikes and childrens bicycles for sale. You can browse our online store or visit any of our nearest cycling stores in South Africa. We have a wide range of road bikes and off-road bikes for sale as well as a wide variety of bike parts and cycling gear.
Choosing a bicycle is not easy. You have to ensure that you have the correct one for the activity you want to pursue. Having the wrong bike for your intended use can result in injury to you or damage to the bicycle itself. So, take the above guide into account and decide which bike will best suit you.