It seems like bicycles are divided into endless categories and sub-categories. The list below will assist you in understanding some of the different types of bikes available and will highlight some of their styles and features:
These bicycles are designed for fast riding on smooth pavement. They have ‘drop’ handlebars, smooth, skinny tires and can be used to participate in on-road racing. Typically, they are lighter than other categories of bicycles and can be ridden on concrete trails. However, most individuals find them unstable and uncomfortable on unpaved trails.
Mountain bikes are designed to be ridden rough off-road trails. These bikes have upright or flat handlebars and pedalling up steep trails is easier with the very low gear range. Most of these bikes have some kind of suspension or shock absorbers.
Hybrid bikes were conceived originally to deliver the benefits of both mountain bikes and road bikes. Their upright handlebars and padded large seats make for a comfortable riding position. They are most ideal for riding on bike paths and around the neighborhood casually. They are also good for errands around town and short-distance commuting.
These bikes have many of the benefits of regular road bikes; these include relatively narrow tires that make them efficient on pavement and lightweight frames. They are designed for individuals who want a high-performance bike but do not like the riding position of a drop handlebar.
These bikes have a full-size seat and backrest and a low, long design. A number of recumbent riders believe they are the most comfortable alternative available for riding.
These “bicycles built for two” are available in all styles, from hybrid tandems and cruiser tandems designed for boardwalk or the bike path, high-performance road-racing tandems and off-road mountain bike tandems.
These bikes have wider knobby tires and road bike-style drop handlebars. The bikes are designed to be used around dirt trails with obstacles that are positioned at different intervals. The obstacles require that the rider dismounts and carry around the bike for short periods of time.