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Pick the Best Bike for You

Cycling may be the perfect exercise. It’s low-impact, saves energy, and anyone can enjoy its many health benefits. But once you’ve decided to incorporate cycling into your lifestyle, how do you decide which breed of bike to call your own?
Couple Rides Mountain Bikes Through a Bike Trail

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Road bikes
Someone Riding Speedily on a Road Bike
If you plan on cycling as part of your daily commute, consider a lightweight road bike, which is designed for smooth, urban surfaces like pavement. With its skinny tires and sleek design, you’ll be the talk of the town—just don’t try to take your new ride out on an unpaved trail!


Mountain bikes
Male Rides a Mountain Bike Through the Forest
Looking to get adventurous? Then a mountain bike might be for you. Designed to ride off-road, this type of bicycle is perfect for trails and other “rougher” terrain. They won’t go as fast as road bikes (think of it as a trade-off for their durability) but they’re often lauded as far more comfortable. In fact, for people with back problems, mountain bikes can be a downright godsend—instead of hunching over the handlebars, as you would on a road bike, you’ll sit up relatively straight.


Hybrid bikes
Male Riding a Hybrid Bike Through a Canyon
The name is self-explanatory: the hybrid bicycle combines features of both the road bike and the mountain bike. Because its tires have a rough outer tread, this bike can handle itself on steeper, rockier terrain—it’s just not as hardy as a mountain bike. And hybrid bikes, although not as lightweight as road bikes, can ride the roads with ease. If you’re planning to traverse a variety of terrain, this might be the bicycle for you.


Recumbent bikes
Male Rides a Recumbent Bike on the Road
Recumbent bikes sit lower to the ground than other bicycles. As a result, your legs will be out in front of you rather than below you, lessening stress on your knees and hips. If you’re looking for a low-impact, comfortable cycling experience, a recumbent bike may be for you.


Tandem bikes
Couple Rides a Tandem Bike Through a Grass Field
Have a cycling partner you don’t want to lose? Consider a bicycle built for two. These models are ideal for partners who want to bike together but have differing levels of physical ability. If you decide to go the tandem route, be sure to practice in a parking lot before you tackle a street or a busy bike path—tandem bikes are heavier and wider than most bikes, which means they take some getting used to.

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