How to Choose a BikeSold as a frame or a complete bike, a bicycle is much more than a tool to get you from A to B. It’s an investment in your good health. It’s a means of exploration and an instrument of freedom. A custom bicycle can even be an expression of who you are. How you use your bicycle is entirely up to you. The real magic of a bicycle, however, is that it makes the destination less important than the journey itself.
Mountain bikes are a heavier and designed to tackle more rugged terrain. The first mountain bikes were just repurposed cruiser bikes, but these days, mountain bikes are designed for very specific purposes. Divided into XC, downhill, freeride, and all-mountain, there’s a bike for every type of dirt worshipper.
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From race-day rockets to commuters with fenders and lights, road bikes are designed for use on the road. A steel townie or a touring bike isn’t going to win any races, but a high-tech carbon fiber or titanium race bike may be overkill for the casual commuter. Skinny wheels and tires make these bikes faster and more aerodynamic than mountain bikes.
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Cyclocross bikes are designed to provide maximum pedaling efficiency when the terrain varies between light singletrack, doubletrack fire roads, and pavement. Aside from the obvious differences in tires and brakes, cyclocross bikes use a less aggressive geometry than their road cousins for greater stability off road.
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