How to Choose a Bike: Types of Bicycles

Learn how to choose a bike and about the types of bicycles offered.

| July 2, 2013

Urban Biking Handbook

Learn the ins and outs of cycling culture in “The Urban Biking Handbook.”

Cover Courtesy Quarry Books

Across the United States people are leaving their cars behind and immersing themselves in the bicycle culture. The Urban Biking Handbook (Quarry Books, 2011) by Charles Haine offers an illustrated guide to cycling culture with repair and maintenance techniques as well as information on the health benefits of cycling. In this excerpt from part one, “The Ride,” find out how to choose a bike from all of the types of bicycles there are to pick from.

You can purchase this book from the MOTHER EARTH NEWS store: The Urban Biking Handbook.

The first question to answer when choosing a bicycle is, what are you going to be doing with your bicycle?

Are you hoping to commute to work on your bicycle every day? Or do you plan to use it on weekends for recreation? Are you anticipating any off-road riding at all, or will you stay on city streets?

How to Choose a Bike

Types of bicycles fall into three main categories: road, mountain, and hybrid.

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