Find a bike that fits your recreational needs. Whether you prefer riding long distances or cruising around town, there’s a bicycle built just for you.
Fitness or recreation? In order to pick the perfect bicycle, you must first decide where and at what level you want to ride.
For leisure riding around town, the standard cruiser is ideal because it’s comfortable, reliable and built to last. Cruisers usually have only one speed, so unless you want to burn a lot of energy, ride the cruiser on flat terrain.
A hybrid bicycle is perfect for running errands or commuting to work. The hand brakes are simple to use, the gear changes are within easy reach and you can attach a basket or a book rack. A flag will greatly improve visibility on busy streets.
If you’re ready to go off-road, an entry-level mountain bike is a good place to start. The tires on this bike are wider for rough terrain and the knobbier treads provide traction for slippery surfaces. Unlike the sportier, more extreme mountain bikes, this version allows you to ride in a comfortable, upright position, perfect for recreation riding on park trails and smoother dirt paths.
For long-distance rides on paved streets, you’ll need a road bike with thinner wheels, slick tires and a lighter frame. The modern version of the “10-speed” now has 18-21 gears, which will help you conquer any hill. Whether you feel the need for speed or prefer long-distance touring, a road bike will accommodate your needs.