If you are in the market for a new or used bike there are many factors to consider when deciding which one is right for you. The best bike is the one that suits your needs so here are some questions to ask yourself before buying.
Where will I be riding my bike?
- Mostly the bike path – road bike or hybrid
- Mostly on the city streets – hybrid or road bike
- A little bit of everywhere – hybrid
What is the most important aspect of my bicycle?
- How fast it goes – road bike
- How comfortable it feels – mountain bike or hybrid
- How cool it looks – classic cruiser, custom make art bike, custom painted bike
Road bikes generally have skinny tires, lighter frames and often have dropped handlebars for an aerodynamic ride.
Mountain bikes have thick tires, sturdier frames, and more upright handlebars so they can take the rough and tumble off-road riding.
Hybrid bikes combine features of both types of bikes, allowing for a more upright ride with slightly thicker tires than a road bike, with a lighter weight frame than a mountain bike.
Some people have a passion for classic cruisers. These bikes generally are made more for cruising around town and less for long rides.
Many people in Providence made their own bicycles. These bikes are original, handmade, functional works of art. Some of them are easier to ride than others, but they are all good fun.
Fitting Your Bike
There is a lot of information out there about how to properly fit your bike. Here are some good resources on the web. You should also find a good bike shop where you are comfortable asking questions and the staff takes their time to make sure you find a bike that’s a good fit for you, your body type, and your bicycling needs.