Mountain Bike Speed Control

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Downhill biking

One of the best things about bicycling is coming to the top of a mountain and speeding down it. Adrenaline starts pumping as the wind hits your face. However, people sometimes underestimate the skill required in these circumstances. They think just because they learned how to ride a bike as a child, they can handle going down a mountain trail. That’s like signing up for a downhill longboard competition because you rode a skateboard as a child, but never learned how to longboard.

 

Skateboarding as a kid is nowhere near the same as longboarding downhill, reaching speeds up to 60 miles per hour on a different-sized board. So why would you take on a challenging mountain trail that could be filled with obstacles on a bicycle that’s not built the same as a street bike? You can if you learn how to control the descent.

 

Making the Bike Work for You

Instead of thinking about racing your bike down a steep trail, think about it as controlling the bike’s fall down the trail. While normally you don’t want to ever “fall” on a bike, but basically that is what is happening as you descend. However, there are ways to control the situation so that the bike is falling down the hill, but your body is not falling off the mountain bike.

 

Brakes

Obviously, these components are critical for controlling speed. Generally speaking, front brakes offer more power than back brakes. That can be good news and bad news. If you apply too much pressure on the front brakes while gaining speed, especially in the midst of a turn, then there is greater potential for an abrupt stop.

 

Rather, apply equal pressure to both front and back brakes. This will help to maintain your control as you slow the tires’ rotations.

 

Balance

If you were to longboard down a steep mountain road, balance, especially in turns, is an absolute must. If you don’t find your balance, you’re off the board. The same is true with mountain biking downhill.

 

The bike’s forward motion will want to bring your body forward, too. Instead, use your body to act as a counterbalance so the bike (and you) doesn’t become front-end-heavy. Sit as far back in the saddle as you can while maintaining your balance. You’ll be able to tell if you’ve gone too far back if you feel the front end wobble or slide side to side.

 

Position

Stay close to the bike frame. In addition to keeping your chest low, bring arms and legs in closer. Try not to tense up too much because a relaxed state is a more balanced state.

 

Vision

Focus on the trail about 15 to 20 feet ahead of you instead of looking down. Not only will this help you balance on the bike, but you can see what conditions are coming up and mentally prepare for them. This way you won’t be forced into last-second decisions that might come too late.

The Best BMX Bikes

BMX stands for Bicycle Motocross.  In its early days, BMX bikes were knockoffs of motocross motorcycles.  They were designed to race over jumps and in the dirt.  During those times, low-end bikes were complete bikes, meaning that they came fully assembled.  The reverse is true in present day.

Bicycle Motocross

TwoHipBikesMany reputable BMX manufacturers nowadays offer “completes”, as they are called, that are top notch quality bikes.  BMX companies that are popular and reliable brands are DK, Eastern Bikes, Fit Bikes Co., Haro Bikes, Hoffman, Kink Bikes, Stolen Bikes, Subrosa, TwoHipBikes, and We The People.  The list of ten is only some of the well-known companies that distribute the “best BMX bikes.”

 Price Point

Financially, BMX bikes tend to be parent-supported.  The price range for the best BMX bikes can span a rather large spectrum, so first knowing your budget means you will narrowed down which BMX bikes can be ruled out and which ones to consider.  For this reason, budget is one of the first criteria.  Look at your options online or in product catalogues.

Price point has a bearing on quality.  Invest in a complete BMX bike instead of a yet to be assembled one where you have to purchase its parts separately.   Completes can cost as low as $200 to $1000 or more.  A Kinkcomplete BMX bike that costs $200-400 is a lower-end bike, so this bike will not hold up as well as a higher end model, but is great for early starters.

$400-600 will get you a mid-range bike with higher quality frame and some parts, which is ideal for tricks and jumps.  Moreover, the $600-1000 price range takes the highest quality bikes with more parts, ideal for the experienced riders who can give their BMXs a regular beating.

Frame Material

The best BMX bikes should have frames and parts made out of aluminum or 4130 chromoly.  Chromoly is a material with a high strength to weight ratio, thus making the BMX bikes more durable and able to take more jumps, stunts and tricks.  Chromoly is also a little bit heavier but costs less.

Aluminum frames are rust-proof, lighter and usually have oversize or exotically shaped tubing.  Some manufacturers also use the weaker alternative of high tensile steel.

 Bike Size

Bike size is one of the most crucial points in bike ownership.  The length of the bike’s frame determines how the rider will be position and where the bicycle parts will rest.  The four available options in the youth category are Mini, Junior, Expert and Pro for the following age range:  4-6 years, 6-9 years, 9-13 years and above 12 years.  Adult BMX size charts are also available.  Only the bike shop can perform a proper fitting.

BMX Bike Parts

Also important is your choice in the BMX bike parts like wheels/tires, handlebars and brakes.   Most complete bikes come with 20” top tubes that may be a small fit.  Larger ones are 20.5 or 20.75 inches.  Some handlebars tend to be too low or narrow, so a wide bar may be more suitable.  If possible, choose linear-pull brakes.  Some experts believe that in the best BMX bikes, the smaller the part the better.  And, whenever possible, ensure that your purchase includes coverage for regular tweaking and maintenance.

Finally, BMX bikes come in several variations.  They are built to suit specific riding styles.  Choose racing completes for speed and performance.  Freestyle completes are best for new riders and multi-terrain.  Street completes are set up without brakes.

Product Reviews

Product reviews are a must on the checklist before you hand over the credit card.  User impressions about the model of your choice will give a good idea of what you can and cannot do with it.  If specific parts are problematic, product reviews will indicate these as well.

Entry Level Road Bikes

Some of us would sooner invest our hard earned dollars towards a car, but a road bike may be a more affordable, environmentally responsible and healthier option to consider.  While it may not be realistic for us to replace the car as the primary mode of transportation, having a road bike as an alternative is.  With that said, what is the best entry level road bike?

best entry level road bike Key Factors To Consider

There are some key factors to consider even for an entry-level road bike.  Even though we have chosen the type of bike to be the road bike, there are sub-types within this criterion.  To be precise, you should determine how you would be using your road bike.  Is it for racing?  Alternatively, will you be taking your bike out for cruising mostly short distances and the occasional long trek?

Racing Bikes

Racing bikes typically places the rider at a more aerodynamically position to decrease wind resistance.  This also means that the rider is hunched further down, placing more of a burden on joints and back.  Unless the rider for the entry-level road bike is in top shape and is used to being in the racing position, the more casual rider may be better off opting for a more relaxed posture.  The result is a happier and more comfortable ride.

 Size and Fit

While on the topic of the rider, another important factor to keep in mind is that of size and fit in order to find the best entry-level road bike.  Today, bicycles come in all shapes and sizes.  Sizing charts for different bike types are easily available online and in bike shops.  Getting the right fit of road bike for the specific rider is akin to shoe sizes.  No matter how nice the product looks, the wrong fit will bring discomfort and eventually less mileage.  Since it takes less time than a haircut, make sure confirming your fit for the right bike is on your checklist.

 Precious Metals  and Materials

Now that we have dealt with the rider side of getting the best entry-level road bike, we will need to focus on the road bike itself.  What is the frame of the bike made of?  Many bikes in the market are made of alloy.  The price tag may look pleasing for the budget conscious shopper when the bike’s frame is made of alloy.

However, there is a basic view when it comes to the bike’s frame and fork material.  Your bike is better when it has more carbon material.

Carbon

Carbon is a high tech aerospace material.  It is light and strong.  It will make the difference in the type of ride.  A carbon frame and, or carbon fork can reduce the vibration of the ride.  Vibration dampening makes for a more comfortable ride.  Whatever your budget, avoid plastic components!  They are not even in the same league as steel and aluminum alloy.

GiantOne more essential checkpoint is that of the group set model.  The group set model includes the bike’s transmission and brakes.   As you can imagine, there are many options related to price, quality, weight, or performance.  Each manufacturer has its own levels of group sets.  Your budget will play a role in determining what level you can acquire.

Choose A Well-known Brand

Finally, the rule of thumb that is most crucial in choosing the best entry-level road bike is to get the brand that is well known, time-tested, and has a proven record of accomplishment.  Where possible, choose from a large company that can offer excellent warranties.  Your initial investment may burn a hole in your pocket.  However, over the long haul, the returns on your investment will more than make up for any heartache you may suffer at point of sale.  Diamondback, Giant, Raleigh, Schwinn, and Trek are just some reliable choices of countless brand options in the market today.

Diamondback

Diamondback Bicycles is a well-known bicycle brand.  The Diamondback Bicycles headquarters is located in Kent, Washington but fans can purchase Diamondbacks around the world in countries such as Australia, Canada, Bangladesh and the United Kingdom.  The company was originally founded as a BMX brand by Western Coast Industries of Camarillo, California in 1977.

DiamondbackHistory

In 1999, Derby Cycle Corporation owned and merged Raleigh Bicycle Company and Diamondback Bicycles.  Since 2001, Derby Cycle Corporation sold Raleigh and Diamondback, but the latter two continue to have the same owners which include Evergreen Mountain Bike Alliance, the Cascade Bicycle Club, Bikes Belong and the International Mountain Bike Association.

 Top of the Line Technology

Diamondback Bicycle’s technology is top of the line with its AMMP Advanced Monocoque competition road series carbon fibre frame.  Also, its 29er design for the taller rider to go faster over obstacles, improve cornering and straight line momentum and stability.  A popular design feature of the Diamondback is the Knuckle Box suspension.  This innovation comes with the Diamondback models of Sortie, Mission and Scapegoat full suspension mountain bikes.  Diamondback’s full suspension bikes are known to be the best quality in the cycling world.  The Knuckle Box design minimizes pedal feedback which in turn makes the ride all the smoother.

 Diamondback LogoUnique Company

Diamondback Bicycles is touted as a unique company.  In this industry, competitors are hesitant to sell online because bicycles require regular maintenance, fitting to size, tune ups, component tweaking and technical care.  Face time is simply too important to do without.  DB, however, is willing to take the first step into the new ecommerce frontier for the industry.

DB has been doing rather well in its ecommerce enterprise.  By eliminating the middle man, DB can shave several hundred dollars from their ticket price.  Undeniably good price, stand-up bike engineering and quality reputation, DB has made itself ever more accessible to its fans.  For the rider that needs assembly assistance, the cost is just a low $60 from the local bike store.

 Warranty and Service

Should any warranty issues arise, the DB website provides the contact information and a dealer location service.  As a bonafied company that makes bicycles for everyone regardless of riding ability or experience, ranging from racing to freestyle bikes, warranty related problems from a Diamondback bicycle is almost unheard of.

Furthermore, a quick look at the Diamondback team dubbed TEAM DF5 (Development Force 5), the DB brand name is steadfast and sure.  Just ask Kelly McGarry, Eric Porter, Billy Lewis, Kyle Thomas, Charlie Sponsel, Simon Lawton and Carson Storch.  The remarkable results of DB’s racing teams of Kelly Benefit Strategies and Allegiant Air speak volumes as to the brand’s quality and high performance.

The Brand

As stated earlier, Diamondback Bicycles is an all-encompassing brand.  DB has bicycles for all budgets on all pavements.  There are road, cyclocross, alternative road, performance hybrid, dual sport, casual, women’s, and youth.  In their mountain bike department, fans can easily find types with full suspension, hard tail, 29er, 27.5, dual sport, women’s mountain, and youth mountain.  Of course, the BMX available for jump, street or park and race, should not be excluded.

The cycling enthusiast knows that a $300 DB bike gives a sweet ride.  However with a little bit more, such as an investment of $500 will mean bringing home a high end super quality Diamondback bike.

What Size Bicycle Do I Need?

What bike size do I need?  This is a crucial question when considering purchasing a new bike.  If we are getting a new type of bike, have experienced changes in height or weight, or will be using our new bike in a different environment, we will do well to check on the bike size we need.

Asking, “what bike size do I need?” should be one of the primary questions we ask in order to ensure the most bang for our buck.  The correct size goes a long way in ensuring riding comfort.  As is true with most items that require good fit, a bike that complements our sizing will be efficient, thus making it a utility that will do what it promises.

Take Measurements

At the heart of size is the ability to answer the question of measurements.  While bicycle charts for different types of bikes and riders are available at our disposal, especially on the internet or at bicycle shops.  However, the measurement principle is quick and simple to understand without having to carry charts bicyclesaround with us.

We will need to know the rider’s leg inseam, torso length and arm length.  The leg inseam is the measurement from the crotch to the foot.  The leg inseam, or the “stand-over height”, is the one that is most referred to.  Add 1-2 inches to the leg inseam measurement allows for comfortable clearance of the bicycle’s top tube.

Some sources recommend 2-4 inches if considering a mountain or commuter bicycles.  Please note that if the bicycle does not have a top tube (but has a step-through frame), we will not need to consider the leg inseam measurement.  Since the lowered top tube allows for a step through, we will no longer need to ensure step-over clearance.

Torso Length

Torso length is the measurement from the crotch or the sternum while the arm length is the measurement from the end of the collarbone to the middle of the closed fist.  The sum of torso length and arm length divided by two, minus six provides the ideal distance between seat and handlebars. [ (torso length + arm length)/ 2 = x.  x - 6 = reach distance].  This calculates the reach distance for the rider.

Other Basics To Consider

Setting measurements aside, there are other important basics to consider.  Bicycle frame, for example, helps to maximize power.  A fit too small will not allow full leg extension by cycle or pedal power.  A fit too large, on the other hand, will not allow for full drive from leg rotation.  Rider should stand over the frame with both feet on the ground and allow about 2 inches of clearance.

Seat position is up to rider preference, as long as the rider’s feet can rest on the pedals through the full rotation.  At the furthest rotation, the legs must remain fully extended while the feet rest flat on the pedal.  The rider’s hips should not see a side-to-side movement when the rider is pedaling.

bicycle seatCheck Handlebars

Often the forgotten checkpoint, incorrectly fitted handlebars can cause serious injury like back pain, shoulder strain, and wrist soreness.  Depending on whether the rider likes to ride high or low, upright or forward, handlebars should not extend beyond the manufacturer’s recommendation.

Lastly, find the best fit through trial and error.  Common sense and feel will rule out the obvious misfits.  Whatever our shopping style, one thing is certain:  Before you hand the hard-earned dollars, take your new bike out for a spin.

The Strength of Tara

If you are a serious bike racer or a fan of this sport, it just may be that you are familiar with the name of an amazing ex-competitor turned race organizer Tara Llanes.    What you may not know, especially if you have never heard her name pronounced, is that Tara’s last name sounds like “yaw-ness”.

 Tara Llanes eventTara Llanes

Tara Janelle Llanes was born on November 28, 1976 in West Covina, California.  She competed as an American “Mid School” Bicycle Motocross (BMX) racer in 1990-1993.  She became a champion Mountain Bike (MTB) racer.  She competed in her first race at the young age of 11 in 1988.  In 1996, Tara turned professional in Mountain Biking.  She had hoped to compete in the 2008 Summer Olympics with the US BMX team.

BMX Racer

Tara Llanes has had an impressive career as a competitive racer.  What kind of a mindset is needed to be as successful as she was prior to her paralysis?  To get to know the pre-injury Tara, the web allows public access to her blog entry in which she mentioned her arrival at Beaver Creek and what she thought of the course.

Professionally, Tara held many titles.  Nationally, she was the National Off-Road Bicycle Association’s (NORBA) 1995 Junior National Downhill Champion, 2002 Dual Slalom National Champion, 2002, 2004 U.S. National 4-Cross Champion, 2006 National Downhill Champion.

In USA Cycling, she held the 2006 National Championship title.  In Professional/Elite Women category, Tara was the 1999 Biker X Winter X Games Champion (Gold Medalist) in the ESPN Extreme (S) Games.

Tara LlanesFor Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI), Tara held several titles:  1999 Bronze Me1999 Bronze Medal Dual Slalom World Cup Champion, 2000 Silver Medal Dual Slalom World Cup Champion, 2001 Bronze Medal Dual Slalom World Cup Champion, 2000 Dual Silver Medal World Champion, 2001 Dual Bronze Medal World Champion, 2001 4-Cross World Cup Champion, 2004, 2005 4-Cross Bronze Medal World Champion, 2004 4-Cross Silver Medal World Cup Champion, 2006 4-Cross Bronze Medal World Cup Champion.

 Tara’s Life Changing Event

Tara’s paralysis was a result of a 2007 Jeep King of the Mountain race in Beaver Creek, Colorado.  Tara hit an obstacle which threw her over the handlebars of her bike.  She landed heavily on her head and back.  She was taken to Vail Valley Medical Center and then airlifted to Denver Health Medical Center.  A team of spinal cord specialists worked on her for seven hours.  Despite her surgeons’ best efforts, Tara suffered a below-the-waist paralysis that is believed to be permanent.

 Tara Llanes Classic

Tara did not disappear from the bike race scene post-injury as is evidenced by her support of the Tara Llanes Classic.  For the first time since her career ending in-competition injury, the organizers of the Tara Llanes Classic (TLC) announced that 2013 would not happen.  In May 2013 at a press conference, Tara announced that she was sorry that the Tara Llanes Classic competition would no longer continue.  To Tara, the TLC raised over US$125,000 for spinal cord injury rehabilitation and research.  The TLC competition was not just a race, but an “unwavering love and support” from everyone who had a part in its success.

Despite the TLC no longer continuing in 2013 and afterwards, it should be noted, however, that Tara herself promises “big plans ahead” and that she looks forward to sharing them with her fans.  Make sure you are tuned to her website and Facebook page if you want to stay on top of the new things to come.  Meanwhile, we wish Tara Llanes and her loyal fans the very best of 2014!

Choose The Best Mountain Bike

When it comes to creating a list about the best mountain bike brands, we narrowed the parameters to four factors that we deemed are the basic requirements of the mountain bike.  To be contenders of the “best mountain bike brands” the following must be present: integrity of warranty, quality of components, quality of frame, rider satisfaction.   Other considerations like material, weight, cost, and brand are valid, too, even though we have chosen not to use them as key points.

Giant bicyclesIntegrity of warranty applies because a manufacturer that stands behind its product expects it to be worthy of scrutiny.  Quality of frame is per principle that the solid structure like a building or bridge will stand the test of time.  Quality of components relate to the pieces that make up the bike so that if one piece is under par, the whole is compromise.  Finally, rider satisfaction speaks for itself.

 

Giant

According to the public opinion website called The Top Tens, Giant is the top contender when it comes to manufacturing mountain bicycles.  Starting in 1972, Giant has become a leading brand with more than 12,000 retailers worldwide.  Not only do Giant bikes win design awards, but world championships and the champions who win them!

Specialized

Specialized Bicycles ranks extremely highly with mountain bike riders in the brand department.  Specialized Bicycles is known as a trustworthy manufacturer that produces high quality frames, builds their bikes with high quality components and stands behind their warranty.  Well known in the competition arena, Specialized Bicycles holds its own as a top mountain bike brand maker.

Trek

Trek brand mountain bikeBicycling.com rated Trek’s Lush 29 SL as its number 1 of 13 “This Year’s Best New Mountain Bikes”.  When it comes to rider satisfaction and competitive cyclists, the Trek Bicycle Company is a top name brand.  Trek began in 1976 with the goal to build the best bikes in the world, to be evidenced in time by serious and successful riders like Sven Nys, Fabian Cancellara, Katie Compton, Melissa Stockwell, Brett Rheeder, just to name a few.  Trek is a major bicycle manufacturer and distributor.

GT

Not to be confused with Giant, GT makes our list of the best mountain bike brands. Its namesake Gary Turner designed one of the first Bicycle Motocross (BMX) bikes in 1972.  As time went on, GT continued to develop bicycle technology and components, and pushing the boundaries with new products and innovations.  GT wins races and shows off performances at public events, thus making it one of the well-known name brand producers in the world of mountain bicycling.

Santa Cruz

Santa Cruz best mountain bike brandsA relatively new member in the world of mountain bike manufacturing, the Santa Cruz bicycle manufacturer holds its own.  The most successful downhill race team in history is none other than the Santa Cruz Syndicate.  The Syndicate is celebrating their tenth season as well as their fourth World Championship title.  This commitment testifies to this company’s commitment to bicycling racing, not to mention its ability to push beyond current bicycling technology.

When it comes to top performers of proven mountain bikes, the list of manufacturers and distributors stretch long and far.  The ones mentioned here is a small list of providers; the choices are endless.  So, take your time to look around, you have a lot of options.

Accessories for Riding

The Scout Motto “Be Prepared” is a reminder to its adherents that it is their duty to be in a constant state of readiness.  A rider who relies on the bicycle as a mode of transportation should be well prepared.  Riders who can easily access bicycle shops makes light travel possible, but emergency readiness can prepare a rider for many unforeseen hiccups on the road without requiring much weight or effort.  Bicycle accessories to handle emergencies can go a long way to staying safe and arriving at the planned destination.

What You Needbicycle seat pack

Start with small carrying case like a backpack, compact, under-seat or utility bag, or even the saddlebag.  Pockets, compartments or sections that can be zipped, tied, or zipped can keep things in place and the noise level down.  It may be necessary to use more than one bag for different types of components or use a larger bag to hold smaller ones.

 

Tools

Bicycle repair requires tools.  A multi-tool will come in handy to tweak or fix many parts of the bicycle.  At the very least, a rider should have 4 and 5-millimeter hex tool and a Phillips & flat head screwdrivers.  Some experts recommend bringing zip ties, links, wires, bolts, clamps, duct tape and the like to tie down broken parts, keep parts together, and seal leakages.

Changing Tires

To change bicycle tires, tire levers are essential.  Although only one lever is adequate, having a spare lever can be useful in case the first one breaks.  Their small size makes the space and weight difference inconsequential.  Bring the appropriate sized wrench for bolted wheels.  Small wrenches are available today.

For flat tires, some riders prefer the convenience of patch kits or “mini” tubes.  This allows them to get to their destination not too far away.  Other riders, however, may choose to bring a full sized spare so as not to have to change tires again later.  After all, a rolled up and tied deflated tire tube does not take up too much space.

bike hand pumpHand Pumps

Some riders carry hand pumps on their rides.  Lightweight pumps are also readily available as another option.  Still smaller and lighter are carbon dioxide inflators for the spatially conscious rider.  For longer journeys, riders should bring extra cartridges.  It would be wise to separate the inflator’s nozzle from the unit.

Cash

Carrying a small amount of cash may prove useful for the unexpectedly rare emergencies.  Change to make a few phone calls, in case of dead cell phone battery, and a ten or twenty-dollar bill may be all that is required to continue the trip.  Consider keeping a spare debit card in the emergency kit for treks far from home or to unfamiliar places.

Emergency Preparedness

first aid kitWhat goes into a rider’s emergency kit is dependent of the type of journey.  If the road is more rocky than smooth, it may be handy to have a few more CO2 cartridges.  Pack light reflectors, bicycle lights, flashlight, extra batteries, or LED key chains for dark or night travels.  Where batteries and electronics are concerned, having a waterproof bag may keep everything ticking, as they should.

A complete emergency kit keeps the rider going too.  A small basic first aid kit that includes bandages, disinfectants, swabs, or gauze is necessary.  A cloth for cleaning and a small lighter will be handy too.  As you go on your merry way, keep yourself and your bicycle safe and always be prepared.

All Types of Bikes

Bicycle shopping is akin to shoes shopping.  This statement may cause light-headedness to both shoe and bike enthusiasts, but basic understanding of the types of bikes or shoes is essential before you make your final purchase.  A good shopper asks good questions about product function.

Mountain Bike

Mountain bikeThe Mountain bike is generally accepted as an “all-terrain bicycle” that can be used as a downhill or a free-ride bike.  It is also used for off-road cycling, on gravel roads and rugged trails.  Mountain bikes are sturdy, come with straight and wide handle bars, and have highly durable frames and wheels.  Their handlebars make for better steering control that allow fingers over brake levers.  These bikes tend to have 16 to 28 gears which are considered to be wide ranging where types of bicycles are concerned.

Mountain bikes are comfortable and easy to ride on the road due to their compact frames.  They have sturdier frames and can be equipped with suspension systems (of coiled spring, air, gas shock) or disc brake systems (hydraulic, mechanical).  Although commonly fitted with wide and knobby tires, commuters of blacktop or asphalt pavements can fit “semi-slick” tires that allow for better grip and traction.

Race or Road Bike

Race BikeThe Race bike can be also found on the list of types of bikes.  They usually have very thin tires that allow the rider to go really fast.  The Race bike is versatile on hilly terrain and delivers high performance results due to its lighter frame weight.  For this reason, it is not surprising that they are popular for touring and long distances like the Tour de France.

The Race bike is also known as the Road bike.  As its name suggests, the Road bike is popular to riders who commute on paved road surfaces.  A nice feature of the Road bike is its range of handlebar options, drop-bar or flat-bar, that allow for comfortable hand positions.

BMX

Another contender in the types of bikes list is the BMX which stands for “Bicycle Motocross”.  It is used at bike or skate parks for bike stunts and tricks like the half-pipe, cat-walking, rails, jumping ramps and so on.  BMXThe BMX is smaller and has brakes both in the front and rear.  With a lighter frame, the BMX is used for tricks, in competitions, on trails and courses, and for dirt racing.

As a type of bike, Motorized bikes leave the other bike types in the dust as it can speed past all the un-motorized bikers.  Some motorized bikes like the electric bicycle, motorbike or cycle motor have motors and transmissions to power the utility. Electric bicycles primarily use batteries.

 More Bike Types

The list of bike types is endless, so here is a short listed few.  Tandem bikes are fitted with an extra seat and additional pedals for two riders, and can be fun for families and couples.  Hybrids are a cross between road & mountain bikes that provide comfort, speed and durability.  Recumbent bikes have reclining positions and forward pedals.   Utility or Cargo bikes are also freight bikes that can be fitted with child seats, baskets, panniers, usually onto rear.

The next time you wish to buy a bike, remember to invite a lady friend who knows her shoes.   Before she bought a pair of booths, sandals, pumps, runners, or clogs, she asked herself some very pertinent questions.  She may just be able to point out those questions to help you settle on the right bike.