Learn The Secrets Of Choosing A Bicycle That Is Perfect For You

Choosing a bicycle that is right for you is the biggest single factor in determining how much you will enjoy your riding experience. So make sure to do your homework beforehand. You will be glad that you did.

There are a lot of choices in available but it does not have to be confusing. You can zero in on your perfect bike, easily, by reviewing the questions and different styles shown below. You may find the best choice is not what you had envisioned at all. Look for a bike that suits your needs, your body, your style, and one that you can live with comfortably for years to come.

Here are some great cycling tips you may want to review as well.

Some of the questions that you need to ask yourself when choosing a bicycle are…….

  • What have you ridden before that you liked or disliked?
  • What is most important to you? Is it speed, comfort, versatility, style, easy storage, or ease of riding?
  • Who will you be riding with? If it is with a group of friends you should buy the same type of bicycle.
  • What kind of terrain will you be riding on? Is it flat, or hilly, or some of both?
  • Do you want the simplicity of one speed or multiple speeds for easier riding on hilly terrain?
  • Where do you plan to ride? Is it close to home or will I have to transport my bike to another location?
  • Will you be riding off-road or on paved surfaces?
  • Do you have a budget that you want to stay within? Remember you will need to buy some accessories to go with your bicycle?
  • Do you have any physical limitations that you need to consider?
  • Is ease of getting on and off the bike an issue?
  • Would you be more comfortable with a three wheeler that has a more stable ride and easier boarding?
  • Would pedal assist, as with an electric bike, be more suitable? 

Here is a broad selection each with their own merits depending on your needs and wants.

Road bicycle

Road bikes are designed primarily for speed and distance but are not suited for off-road or rough terrain. They appeal the most to very active boomers who have been riding for years. The aerodynamic riding position and the skinny tires make pedaling easier but the the riding position and thin saddle can be tough on boomerbodies.

Mountain bicycle

A mountain bike is made to be very rugged with higher ground clearance for clearing obstacles on rough terrain. They usually have knobby tires and high gear ratios to enhance climbing ability while riding off road. Off road riding generally, requires a high fitness level.   

Hybrid bicycle

A hybrid bicycle, sometimes referred to as a crossover, combines some of the best features of a road bike with some features from a mountain bike making it extremely versatile. They use larger diameter wheels than a mountain bike but are designed to give the rider a much more upright riding position than a road bike. 

Cruiser bicycle

A cruiser bike is sort of a forty's retro bike that you see in the park, or at the beach. They are very popular with older boomers that just want an occasional leisurely ride. Cruisers are usually single speed and rather heavy so they are not a very good choice for hilly terrain.  

Step through bicycle

Boomers and seniors are opting for step through bikes more and when choosing a bicycle. Ease of mounting and dismounting is especially a plus if you are not as limber as you once were. A lot of step through riders have become real "converts" and would never go back to a more "conventional" bike. 

EZ Boarding bicycle

The EZ boarding bike was specifically designed for boomers with all of the popular features to give the rider the ultimate in comfort and simplicity. It is designed for men as well as women and has a unique oversize aluminum frame for added strength. 

Day 6 bicycle

The Day 6 bicycle was designed specifically for easy and comfortable riding. It is very forgiving on backs, butts and hands with a wide range of available seat configurations.

Fat tire bicycle

Fat tire bicycles are the new "in" bikes for off road cycling. Most mountain bikes or cruisers use tires with a 2 inch wide tread but fat tire bikes can range from 3 inch all the way up to 4.25 inches wide.This can make a huge difference when riding on sand, loose stones or any irregular terrain.

Chainless bicycle

A chainless bicycle can be the answer to a cyclist prayer and may be a sign of things to come. The chain that is used on a conventional bike is replaced by a drive shaft from the pedal crank shaft to a set of gears on the rear hub.

Recumbent bike

A recumbent bike is fast and comfortable and is available in a wide range of configurations. Their popularity with boomers has increased dramatically as they become more available. Actually most recumbents are three wheeled now for easier balance.

Tandem bicycle

A tandem bicycle is the storied bicycle built for two. They can be fast, with the right team, but it takes practice to learn to ride one. They are great for boomer couples that want to ride together or for riders of different abilities or fitness levels.

Recumbent Tandem Bicycle

The Orion tandem recumbent tricycle allows you to be mobile and enjoy cycling regardless of any limitations. The driver and the passenger sit next to each other and can engage in conversation and enjoy recreational fun together! A great alternative to your golf cart to go to stores or the club house!

Folding bicycle

A folding bike is great for easy storage and transport and are popular with boaters, commuters, and apartment dwellers. Many of them ride and handle almost like their full-sized cousins. Current designs enable fast and easy folding and unfolding.  

Montague full size folding bike

The Montague full size folding bike is an extremely rugged design which utilizes a quick release on the frame for 20 second folding and unfolding. Available as a urban or suspension mountain bike. 

Electric bicycle

An electric bike is another option for boomers that would love to ride but feel they need pedal assist. They are pedal optional so the rider can pedal for exercise, use the motor on climbs, or sit back and let the motor do all of the work. Can go up to 20 miles at 15 MPH on a single charge.

Electric folding bike

A electric folding bike adds even more convenience and versatility. This bike can be folded or unfolded in seconds and ready to ride. It is available as a step through as well.

Adult tricycle

You may also want to consider an Adult tricycle. They are popular with seniors as well as people with handicaps or even balance problems. They are easy to board and offer a very stable ride. There is a vast selection of styles to choose from.

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