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Every day is a bike day
Do you remember the joy you felt as a kid, racing down
your our street on on
your your bike? The pleasure of having the breeze
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as you y picked up speed, and the satisfaction
of of spending
spending hours hours on your bike just for the sake of riding?
Riding a bike is exercise, but it’s also enjoyable—and life
changing. It will boost your mood, engage your muscles and
mention from cardiovascular health, blood pressure, diabetes,
breathing, depression, weight loss along with reducing
your carbon footprint.
Has it been awhile? Or, are you ready to try something
new? If you’re just getting into cycling, one of the biggest
sources of confusion is the jargon around bike types. You
can ride and have a great time on just about anything, but if
you’re shopping for a bike it’s handy to know what the different
types are best at.
riding you want to do? Here is where the fun begins. There
are many types of bikes to choose from and it can be overwhelming,
which is why you need to visit a professional bike
many factors that come into play, such as the reason for the
ride, height, condition, experience, disabilities and more. To
give you an example here are just a few of types of bikes to
Road Racing Bikes - Sleek, stripped-down and as light
as possible, these are bikes intended for racing on the road
(the clue’s in the name) in events where riders start togeth-
duce weight, also from titanium, aluminum and steel, each
of which has its own characteristics that give rise to a frame’s
A sportive bike is a rather softer version of a road racing
bike, intended to improve comfort for riders taking part in
Road Racing bikes are intended for racing on the road in
events where riders start together.
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one-day challenge events.
Mountain Bikes - Designed for riding on rocky, steep
tires; low gears for climbing; powerful disc brakes and usually
suspension on the front or both wheels. There are numerous
types of mountain bikes including long-travel dual suspension
bikes for downhill racing or hardtails with suspension
forks for general trail riding and more.
Hybrid Bikes - these bikes have features taken from road
bikes and mountain bikes. From light frames and large wheels
helps make them more comfortable, better able to handle potholes
and capable of tackling easier off-road tracks and trails.
Hybrids are almost always made from aluminum for its combination
of strength and low weight. To ride around town, a
hybrid bike is good to start with so that you can build up your
agility and ease into other types of biking.
There are other types too: Three wheel tripads that help
the older rider with balance issues, bikes you crank by hand,
and there are pedals for different types of riding, where you
have to wear special shoes.
What’s wrong with just going into any big box store and
picking out a bike? Buying a bike is like buying a pair of shoes;
needs affordably, professionally and safely. Dan makes sure
his bikes leave the shop in excellent condition with a happy
owner. He prides himself in the work he does and services
all his customers’ bikes as needed, whether it is for regular
If you’re brand new to riding and don’t know what you
want, then an inexpensive hybrid from a big box store is the
way to go until you “get your feet wet”, until you decide
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