Ready for Your Ride: How to Choose the Right Bike

New to cycling? Learn all about road bikes, mountain bikes, comfort bikes and hybrids so you can find your best ride.

New to cycling? Get started with a bike that’s made for your journey. Bicycles are specially designed for specific terrains and riding conditions—so think about where you plan to cycle before making your selection. You can go from city streets to mountain trails with these essential bike models.

Mountain Bike V2Mountain Bikes for Off-Road Terrain

  • Low gears make it easier to pedal uphill, through mud and over rough terrain
  • Heavier than road and hybrid bikes, mountain bikes are built to withstand frequent use and rough riding
  • Brakes have extra clearance to reduce mud and debris build-up
  • Many have front suspension systems built into the fork, but rear suspension is becoming more common. Suspension increases comfort and improves control over rough ground
  • Front suspension bikes are well-suited for intermediate riders who spend most of their time off-road, but may also venture onto bike paths or packed dirt roads and trails
  • Full-suspension cross-country models are for serious off-road riding and experienced riders
  • Full-suspension mountain bikes provide agility and comfort even in rugged conditions

Road V3Road Bikes for Fitness and Commute Biking

  • Lightweight frames and construction promote agility
  • Seating position enhances speed and aerodynamics
  • Not designed to carry heavy loads over extended periods
  • Do not perform well on rough terrain
  • Use competitively or casually for racing, exercise or commuting

Hybrid Bikes V2Hybrid Bikes for Smooth, Packed Trails

  • Rugged like a mountain bike and lightweight like a road bike
  • Multiple speeds and gears for riders who plan to use their bikes in different environments
  • Lightweight frame, upright riding position, wider wheels for stability
  • Flat, straight handlebars give riders good position and control on the road
  • 700c tires can be ridden on light trails and paved roads

Comfort BikesComfort Bikes for Leisure Riding

  • Upright handlebars and wide padded seats
  • Frame supports upright riding position that provides optimal comfort
  • High shock absorption, smooth-riding tires, hand or coaster brakes
  • Select styles feature adjustable stems and contoured grips
  • Allow you to ride longer because there is less stress on your body

Cruiser BikesCruiser Bikes for Retro-Style Riding

  • Balloon tires and upright riding position
  • Heavy construction
  • Oversized and well-padded seats
  • Smooth ride and comfortable feel

BMX BikesBMX Bikes for Mastering Tricks and Stunts

  • Fast, agile, versatile
  • Single-speed with reinforced frames
  • Select styles feature brake rotors and pegs
  • Ability to ride on any sort of surface
  • Hold up to the stress of ramp riding, flat land and dirt jumping
  • Frame is compact and agile for a variety of maneuvering