The Right Bicycle

Cycling is a diverse activity with many disciplines, each with a bicycle best suited for its purpose. The type of bicycle you choose will depend on the distance, speed, terrain, and fitness level you wish to explore.

Adults

Comfort/Hybrid

  • Suited for riders who are new to cycling
  • Focus on comfort
  • Designed for leisurely rides, less than an hour

Mountain

  • Most popular and most diverse design
  • Wide range of options for all skill levels, from beginner bicycles with no suspension to advanced downhill bicycles with full suspension
  • Cost and intended use will determine purchase

Road/Triathlon/
Cyclocross

  • Wide range of options for all skill levels; variable tire width, angles, bicycle weight, and more
  • Each bicycle designed for its specific type of riding
  • Cost and intended use will determine purchase

Children

Run Bicycle

  • Also referred to as a balance bicycle
  • Best way to teach balance and freedom
  • Removing pedals and training wheels helps children learn to balance and exert themselves on a bicycle

Coaster Brake/BMX

  • Option for 12" to 20" wheel size
  • Any single-speed children's bicycle with one or two brakes (coaster or hand)
  • Good for riders who aren't ready for gears

Mountain Bike

  • Option for 20" to 26" wheel size
  • Requires fitting for safety and comfort at a specialized bicycle store
  • Cost and intended use will determine purchase

Road/Triathlon/ Cyclocross

  • Growing in popularity
  • Recommended for children looking to compete who have a passion for riding
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