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There are many different kinds of bikes out there, each designed to give a different ride. In order to help you determine which bike is right for you, we will go over the distinct differences for the three main types of bikes. By no means is this information comprehensive, it is just ment to give you an idea of what bike to go after via Craigslist, a retail store, or from the Durham Bike Co-Op. At the Durham Bike Co-op members can build a bike for free. Becoming a member is easy – just volunteer five hours or pay $35.
Questions to ask yourself when deciding on a bike: Will you be wearing your work clothes while riding? Where do you want to ride? (Flat road vs wooded trails). Will you want to race and take long workout rides? Do you want to use your bike for both commuting and recreational activities? Most bikes will let you do all these things, but some bikes are made to suit certain activities more than others.
But don’t be hung up on what bike to get. You could spend months researching trying to find the best frame geometry, components, tire size, stem length, etc, etc. The internet can complicate your bike search quickly. The important thing is to get a bike, ride it, and have fun promoting your health and saving our planet.
Road Bike: An effecient, fast, and addicting ride.
Hybrid Bike: (aka touring bike) Tires on hybrid bikes are narrower than mountain bikes yet wider than road bikes. The tire size attempts to provide performance of both worlds and a balance between speed, traction, and safety.
Mountain Bike: Wide tires for unpaved roads, dirt tails, and unfriendly terrain.