How to Choose a Bike: Types of Bicycles

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Learn the ins and outs of cycling culture in “The Urban Biking Handbook.”
Learn the ins and outs of cycling culture in “The Urban Biking Handbook.”
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The first question to answer when choosing a bicycle is, what are you going to be doing with your bicycle?
The first question to answer when choosing a bicycle is, what are you going to be doing with your bicycle?

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?

  • Published on Jun 20, 2013
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