URBAN AND RECREATIONAL JOURNEYS WITH A DUAL-FUNCTION BIKE!
Give yourself the option of both urban journeys and leisure rides by investing in a mountain bike, road bike or hybrid bike. These dual-purpose bikes will let you explore the great outdoors, do sport on a regular basis and get to work, all on the same bike! Just make sure you take care when you park your bike, particularly if you've gone for a middle- or top-of-the-range option.
Some cyclists like to use the same bike for sports and for getting around town whereas others prefer a different bike for each situation. If you fall into the latter category, choose a simple bike that won't attract much attention in town, and then feel free to splash out for your recreational rides!
CITY BIKES AND HYBRID BIKES: DESIGNED FOR URBAN LIVING
Hybrid bikes and city bikes are great for nipping to the shops and commuting over short distances. They are easy to handle, and you can even add a basket, pannier rack or baby seat to the front or back.
This type of bike is generally quite upright and comfortable for your back, which is perfect for city use because it improves visibility. And if you really like your creature comforts, you could think about getting an electric bike.
Whether they're retro, chic or stylish, city bikes tend to look quite elaborate. On the other hand, they usually have fewer gears than a hybrid bike. If you live in a particularly hilly town, a hybrid with a double or triple chainring will be better for long journeys. Don't forget that hybrids are also great for riding around in the countryside.
PRACTICAL AND SIMPLE FOLDING BIKES!
Folding bikes are perfect for cities and short journeys. They are ideal for people who don't have much storage space. They are also very handy if you want to combine cycling with public transport. Simply fold your bike and carry it on the bus, train, underground or tram no problem, without having to pay extra!
MOUNTAIN BIKES: TRAILS AND COMMUTING WITH JUST ONE BIKE
Mountain bikes are leisure and sports bikes that you can also use for getting around town! They are comfy thanks to their suspension and numerous gears.
The relatively low handlebar makes pedalling more comfortable—great for covering longer distances. On the other hand, the MTB's sloping position isn't the best for people with back problems.
Here's a clever tip: if you use a mountain bike around town, go for semi-slick or slick tyres for more comfort on the road. All you need to do is switch your tyres or wheels over next time you head to the trails!
ROAD BIKES: THE FASTEST BIKES AROUND, BUT NOT THE MOST PRACTICAL IN TOWN!
Road bikes are really efficient because they are sturdy and light. Their aerodynamic position has been carefully designed for long journeys and powerful pedalling.
However, leaning forwards as you cycle isn't great for visibility in traffic. If you're going to be riding for tens of miles , you're going to want to wear padded cycling shorts: road bikes come with thin saddles that are designed for riders wearing cushioning.