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?

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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, ...

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