There are two main styles of bikes: road and mountain. You can ride both. However, there is a major difference between them.
Road bikes are built for speed, comfort and weight. They are the type you buy to get from A to B in the shortest amount of time possible. Mountain bikes, on the other hand, are designed for the long trips. They’re packed with features for chasing dangerous terrain, like suspension and tire-tread design. For a mountain bike to be truly useful it has to fit into your daily routine (especially if you’re just riding it around town).
I think that’s why we have so much trouble getting people interested in cycling. People don’t want to spend their time on a bike they don’t feel like they have use for; they wanna have fun! I personally love 3 wheel bikes. I think they are cool, practical and fun to ride. They have the mix of abilities you want in a bike: speed, comfort and stability. You can ride them anywhere without being weighed down by mudguards or racks (which make it harder to pedal).
Bicycle Types and Styles
Why is it that when I ask people about their cycling preferences, they often tell me that they have one style. But when I ask people what types of bicycles they ride, the answers tend to be vastly different.
What is the difference? The type of bicycle you ride is mostly a matter of aesthetics and personal preference, though some styles are more popular than others.
Bicycles are categorized as road, mountain or children’s bikes according to their top-tube length (the distance between the handlebars and the pedals). Road bikes have a top-tube length of less than 30 cm (12 in.), while mountain bikes have a shorter top-tube and generally have tubular frame construction: here there are no chains or cranks to worry about.
In recent years, there has been an explosion of hybrid bicycles — also known as “fixed gear” bikes — which combine both road and mountain riding styles into one machine, such as the Kona Flash. It is not unusual for people to ride fixed gear bicycles with a full suspension fork on both sides.
The biggest difference between road and mountain bikers is probably weight: road cyclists are much heavier than their counterparts on mountains, because many of them enjoy running up hills instead of running down them (they do this by adding weight to their wheels).
People who ride fixed gear bicycles often say that they have found that it makes them happier and more energetic; but most of them also say that it has made running up hills much more enjoyable for them; indeed many people who ride fixed gear bicycles assume this will be possible from day one — particularly if you choose your bicycle carefully!
No matter which type you choose, stay safe!