Freestyle bikes are designed for doing tricks on the ground, off a ramp or in a half-pipe.
Freestyle frames are small and sturdy, and closely resemble their BMX brethren
Features may include front and rear pegs (which riders can stand on while performing tricks), and a rotor that allows the handlebars to spin 360 degrees without the brake cables getting tangled or broken
Determining your ability level
Freestyle bikes are specifically designed for daredevil antics and are not ideal for extremely young children
Because of the nature of freestyle riding, knee and elbow pads, as well as a helmet, are highly recommended
Road bikes are designed to be ridden only on pavement.
Road bikes have light frames, drop or racing style handlebars, and narrow, high-pressure tires
They are designed for speed, efficiency, and long distance
Sport and touring bikes (sub-categories of road bikes)
Sport and touring bikes have the same features as road bikes, and may also offer three chain rings (granny gears) for easy pedaling, as well as special frame fittings for fenders and racks
Hybrid bikes (cross bikes)
Hybrid bikes combine the features of mountain and road bikes
Like mountain bikes, they have a wide gear ratio and upright handlebars
Like road bikes, they also have narrower tires suited to riding on pavement
Hybrids are good for casual road riding, commuting, and for riding on smooth dirt roads or trails.
They are not as fast as traditional road bikes, and cannot handle rough terrain as well as mountain bikes
Comfort bikes feature upright handlebars and wide, padded seats
They also have wide, smooth-riding tires, hand or coaster brakes, and are great for cruising around parks and beaches
Determining your ability level
Road bikes are good for serious riders who like to go fast and far
Sport bikes are good for recreational riders who also want some performance attributes
Touring bikes are designed for riders who want to carry loads, such as racks and panniers (special bike bags), over long distances
Hybrid models are designed for riders that want the lightness of a road bike and the durability and comfort of a mountain bike. Because of their versatility, hybrids are especially suited to recreational riders and commuters.
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