CHAPTER 1: CHOOSING YOUR RIDE
The first question to answer when selecting your bicycle is, what are you going to be doing with your bicycle?
Are you hoping to commute to work on your bicycle every day? Or do you plan to use it on weekends for recreation? Are you anticipating any off-road riding at all, or will you stay on city streets?
Bicycles fall into three main categories: road, mountain, and hybrid.
Road bikes are what many of us still picture when we close our eyes and say “bicycle.” They feature larger wheels (27" or 700C); skinny, smooth tires; curvy “drop” handlebars; and large, thin frames. While many find the narrow tire intimidating, ...