Century Cycles - How to Find a Bike for You

When trying to decide on the best type of bike, there are a lot to think about. Here’s an overview of types of bikes you may be interested in. Talk to a local bike shop, like our customer Century Cycles, for an expert opinion and help.

Road Bikes

Road Bikes

Road bikes are designed to be ridden fast on smooth pavement and can be used for on-road racing. They are usually lighter than other bikes and are not capable of carrying heavy loads. Specific types of road bikes include:

  • Cyclocross bikes
  • Touring bikes
  • Triathlon/time trial bikes
  • Flat-bar road bicycle
  • Track/fixed-gear bikes (fixies)

 

Mountain Bikes

Mountain bikes are designed for riding rough off-road trails. Most mountain bikes have some type of shock absorber or suspension. Different types of mountain bikes include:

  • Hardtails – those with front suspension only 
  • Full-suspension or duallies – those with both front and rear suspension 
  • Rigid – those with no suspension are called rigid

Mountain bikes can be outfitted for use as touring or commuting bikes, although they would not be as light or efficient as traditional versions.

Mountain Bikes

 

Hybrid Bikes

Hybrid Bikes

Hybrid bikes offer the advantages of road bikes and mountain bikes and are best for casual riding around the neighborhood or bike paths, short-distance commuting and errands around town. Performance hybrid bikes make good commuter bikes and are also good for riding on unpaved trails. There is a lot of overlap between performance hybrids and flat-bar road bikes, and the terms are almost used interchangeably.

 

Cruiser Bikes

Cruiser bikes are like hybrid bikes and designed for comfortable, casual riding. Most cruiser bikes are single- or three-speed and have the old-fashioned coaster brake (you pedal backwards to stop). They can be used for short-distance commuting and errands, as long as your route is fairly flat.

Flat-foot comfort bikes are a sub-category of cruiser bikes. The frame lets you ride with the seat low enough to place your feet flat on the ground when you’re stopped, but you still get full leg extension while pedaling.

Cruiser Bikes

 

BMX Bikes

BMX Bikes

BMX bikes are popular with kids because of their small size, but they are used by adults and kids alike for trick and stunt riding.

 

City Bikes

This bike, also called a “commuter bike,” a “Dutch bike” or an “urban bike,” has characteristics of both a hybrid bike and a cruiser bike. A city bike might also have some or all of these features, which make easier to ride in regular clothes:

  • Fenders
  • Chain guard
  • Skirt guard on rear wheel
  • Internally-geared rear hub
  • Built-in generator and lights for safety when riding after dark
City Bikes

 

Folding Bikes

Folding Bikes

Folding bikes are ideal for those who:

  • Need to travel with their bike
  • Want a bike to keep on their boat or plane
  • Live in a small apartment
  • Don't have a lot of storage space
  • Are commuters who need to take their bike on a bus or train for part of their commute
  • Are commuters who don't have a safe place to park their bike at work

 

Recumbent Bikes

Recumbent bikes have a long, low design and a full-size seat with a backrest. Many riders feel that they are the most comfortable option, but they are more difficult to pedal up hills.

Recumbent Bikes

 

Tandem Bikes

Tandem Bikes

Tandem Bicycles, or "bicycles built for two," come in all styles, including cruiser tandems, hybrid tandems, off-road mountain bike tandems and high-performance road racing tandems.

 

Adult Tricycles

Adult tricycles are ideal for older adults who still want to get around but may have balance issues or other special needs.

Adult Tricycles

 

Learn more about finding the right bike for you by visiting Century Cycle’s website.

Have you bought a new bike lately? Do you have a favorite place to ride in Ohio? Tell us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram by using #WeLoveOhio.