buying bicycle

Bicycle Shopping Guide for Beginners

There are road bikes and hybrid bikes, mountain bikes and comfort bikes. 

People are clueless as to what type of bike to buy.

You need to ask yourself what kind of biking you want to do: long-distance rides, trail rides, road rides or just a spin around the neighborhood.

Here, I am going to share my personal experience while purchasing cycles and upgrades. I started my Cycling Journey with a basic MTB a Kross K40.  My aim to buy it was to stay healthy and lose weight. I used to cycle daily in the morning for an hour. After 4 months, I upgraded my cycle to a Firefox Target MTB. This move helped me increase my speed and comfort. Then, I joined cycling groups for long distance cycling where I got introduced to Brevets (Long Distance Cycling). After a 200km brevet on my MTB, my need now, was speed and participation in races. I purchased a Mid level Road Bike and completed my Super Randonneur Series (200, 300, 400, 600km cycling events) on it.

Different type of Cycles:

  1. Road bikes are for riding on smooth pavements. They have lighter frames and slimmer tires. They are not designed to ride over rough terrain, so they don’t have any suspension systems that absorb shocks. Road bikes are a good fit for riders with a strong back. Flexibility is needed due to a bent over riding position. If you’ve been taking spinning classes at your local gym, but now you want to hit the road, then I would suggest you to go for a road bike. Likewise, people who have been runners, but are switching to cycling because of bad knees, would be good candidates for a road bike.


 2. Mountain bikes are also known as all-terrain bikes and are for riding on trails or for mountain biking. The tires are large and with significant tread, which helps to grab the surface and propel you forward when you’re going uphill. Also, the frame is heavier, and the bike has a suspension system to absorb shock. Most mountain bike handlebars are straight and can create discomfort if rode for long distances on paved trails.