The Argo

A First Hand Review of the Different Types of Bikes

As an avid cyclist, I’m often faced with a host of possibilities as far as my explorations are concerned. I’ve been off-roading more times that I can count and I’ve spent years travelling short distances, commuting and much more in between. If there’s one thing that I’ve learnt during my travels it’s that varying bikes bring varying benefits to the table (or track) and here’s a review of the different types of bikes that are available from a good cycling shop.

Mountain bikes

These types of bicycles are ideal if you’re planning on going off-road via dirt tracks, fields and gravel paths. Their tyres are robust and capable of riding over gravel, dirt and rocks without difficulty – and thanks to their thicker tread, they can keep you upright come rain or shine; no matter how slippery the ground might be (within reason).

Hybrid bicycles

Hybrids are becoming increasingly popular and for good reason. They are typically designed around two types of bike – usually mountain bikes and touring bikes, or sport bikes and vintage bicycles. Whatever combination you go for, most models will bring two sets of benefits to the table, but they can be a little more expensive as a result.

Race/ tournament bikes

If you’re an avid facing of racing, whether you take part on an amateur or professional level – there’s no bike more suitable than one built for tournaments. They are often lightweight and made with a strong aluminium frame. Their wheels are thinner and they sometimes include dual handlebars to make it even easier to ride in comfort even at high speeds. These days, BMX bikes are often considered racing bikes, too.

Folding bicycles

If you commute and often chop and change between riding and using buses or trains, then a folding bike might be your ideal companion. As their name suggests – they can be folded down and stored for easy transportation. But that doesn’t make them any less functional as they are often built with heavy duty materials and can be assembled and disassembled in less than a minute.