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Bicycling lets you have fun and get exercise while being kind to the environment at the same time. It can also be a great way to run errands, commute to work or experience a backcountry trail, not to mention more serious pursuits such as touring or racing. Whatever your goals, you have a number of bicycle options to take you there. The aim of this article is to help beginners, casual riders or those who haven’t ridden in a while to select the right type of bike for them.

Your first consideration is to know where you’ll be riding: on pavement, dirt trails or both. Some bicycles are made specifically for a particular kind of riding surface, while others are versatile enough that, perhaps with a quick tire change, they can be ridden in more than one category. To get you started, here is a general breakdown of the different kinds of bikes that NBS carries. Within each of these categories are individual models that emphasize performance, versatility or comfort.

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Bike frames run from heavier, less expensive material to lighter, more expensive. Those materials include:

  • Low carbon steel (also known as hi-ten steel)
  • High carbon steel alloyed with chromium and molybdenum
  • Aluminum
  • Titanium

There are many combinations of materials in each category.

Carbon fiber frames are popular in the mid to high-end frames," says Moe. "It's light and has a high fatigue life, plus it dampens vibrations on the road. Generally, aluminum has a greater strength to weight ratio, which is desirable in a mountain bike. Road bike folks traditionally have gone with steel frames. People get very attached to tradition in this industry.

Some people have a preference for specific brands of component parts — hubs, derailers, shifters, brakes, cables, crankset, bottom bracket, and chain. These are added to a bicycle frame in groups called gruppos (for instance, Shimano or Campagnolo are major brands). Gruppo brands have devotees, and the onus is again on the customer to do the research. Ask to see the manufacturer's specifications, called specs, to figure out what parts come with a bike.

Once you get fit for appropriate frame size, it's a good idea to ride a few different models of bicycles. Handlebars and saddles can be switched for other options, or adjusted.

I advise people to get in some real world cycling on a new bike," says Arnold. "Go out and pedal for a couple of hours. Afterwards, if you feel like you just got out of a boxing ring, the bike needs to be adjusted. People who are new to cycling may want to get a bike with an adjustable bar and stem to accommodate less flexible neck and shoulders.

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Street Bikes

Mountain Bikes

Cruiser Bikes