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Biking for Beginners

The Beginner Series


Some of you may be aware that the person writing this blog (me) would be categorized as a beginner biker, and if you are not aware, hello! The last time I rode a bike was when I was twelve and had just ran headlong into a stationary basketball hoop. So, I do not have much biking experience, which is why I wanted to blog about biking for beginnings. This way, if you are like me, and do not know much about biking or want to start biking, you can have a gander and maybe learn a thing or two!


First things first, you need a bike.

Please don’t stop reading I swear I’m not wasting your time! What type of riding are you planning on doing? Mostly road? Mountain biking? Both? From what I understand there are predominantly three types of bikes, road, mountain and gravel “all road” bikes (yes, there are more types, but this is a good start). So, you should probably get a bike that fits your needs, for example, if you are commuting to work, a road bike would work best for you; or if you want to ride on the road or bike paths a gravel bike would work great. 

If you would like to know more about what bike would work for you, our bike techs would love to tell you more about what type of bikes work best for what. 


According to www.centurycycles.com, 

Road bicycles are designed to be ridden fast on smooth pavement. They have smooth, skinny tires and "drop" handlebars, and can be used for on-road racing. They are usually lighter than other types of bicycles. They can be ridden on paved trails, but most people find them uncomfortable and unstable on unpaved trails. Most road bikes are not capable of carrying heavy loads, so are not very suitable for commuting or touring.


Mountain Bicycles are design for riding rough off-road trails. They have flat or upright handlebars, and a very low gear range for pedaling up steep trails. Most mountain bikes have some type of shock absorbers or suspension. Mountain bikes with front suspension only are called hardtails; mountain bikes with both front and rear suspension are called full-suspension bikes or duallies. Mountain bikes 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 touring or commuting bikes. 


Adventure Road Bicycles are one of the newest categories of bicycle. They are sometimes called all-road bikes, any-road bikes, or gravel bikes, and are the most versatile sub-category of road bike. Similar to cyclocross bikes, they have drop handlebars and the ability to use wider tires. The frame geometry is longer and more upright compared to a cyclocross bike, however, making these bikes more suitable for long days in the saddle, light touring, and commuting.


For the next post in the Beginner’s Series- After you have a bike that fits your needs, you will need the proper equipment!

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