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How to Choose the Right Bike

So you’ve decided to get a bike. Maybe it’s because you want to use it to commute to work and run errands while saving gas money in the process. Or perhaps you want to get some exercise and whip your body into shape while exploring the various trails in the vicinity. The reason could be much simpler than that – you just want to go on fun, leisurely rides around town. Whatever the case, it’s important to select the bike that fits your purposes.

Read our guide below to get an idea of the characteristics of each type of bike and use the information to select the one that is right for you.

Road Bikes

Road bicycles are generally lighter than other types of bicycles, which makes them ideal for multiple pavement uses, including fitness riding, commuting, marathons, and on-road racing. If you’re going to get a road bike, make sure it has the proper fit and feel for your body. Otherwise, it may cause discomfort or even pain.

Mountain Bikes

Mountain bicycles are outfitted with thick tires, shock absorbers, lower gears, and strong brakes, all of which make them ideal for rough off-road trails. If you’re looking to do a lot of nature riding, then this is the bike for you. Mountain bikes are also good for people who want more stability and security while riding on pavement.

Comfort and Hybrid Bikes

These recreational bikes emphasize comfort and ease of handling. They’re good for riding around flat neighborhoods, parks, and bike paths. Most sport large tires that allow riders to go on pavement as well as gravel or dirt roads. This is the ideal bike for the casual rider who wants to just relax and enjoy the scenery while bicycling.

Other Types

Other bike categories include cyclocross, tri-specific, folding, BMX, electric-assist, and fixed-gear (“fixies”). Ask your local bike shop owner for details or simply “Google” these bikes to learn more.

The experienced Sacramento bicycle accident attorneys at Wilshire Law Firm hope that you find the perfect bike and enjoy a safe trip every time you go out for a ride! Please read the other articles in our Sacramento bike blog series for more useful information and safety tips:

To Ride or Not to Ride on the Sidewalk

Best Bike Trails in Sacramento

How Can We Make Sactown More Bike-Friendly?