17 Different Types of Bicycles: Pick The Best Bike for You

17 Interesting Bicycle Types: Pick The Best Bike for You

If you are the one who loves cycling and wants to buy a bike, then you should know that there is ample of a variety of bikes out there. Every type of bicycle has specific features and is unique in its own way.

Here we have brought together different types of bicycles for you to choose from. Take a look at them, choose one and go on a happy ride!


1. Road Bikes

Road bicycles have an ideal design for fast rides on smooth pavements. They have smooth, thin tires and “drop” handlebars and can be used for used for on-road racing. They are usually lighter than other types of bicycles. You can ride them on cemented roads, but some people may find them uncomfortable to ride on unpaved trails. Sometimes, road bikes are not capable of carrying heavy loads.


2. Cyclocross Bikes

Cyclocross bicycles are a distinct type of road bikes which are ideal for a ride on mixed surfaces like unpaved trails, gravel, grass. They have a drop handlebar, a little wider tires and the brakes which prevent mud build-up in the frame.


3. Touring Bikes

Touring bicycles have an ideal design for a ride on pavement but are more durable for long-distance riding. They have the necessary mounting bolts for cargo racks and fenders, a drop handlebar. These bikes usually have a relaxed frame design to ensure that the rider is more upright, and comfortable while riding long distances.  They have a lower gear range as compared to regular road bikes which enable the rider to carry heavy loads on the steep hills.


4. Adventure Road Bikes

17 Interesting Bicycle Types: Pick The Best Bike for You

Adventure Road Bicycles are new in the categories of a bicycle. They are also called all road bikes for their use on versatile roads. They have drop handlebars and wider tires. The frame is longer and more upright which make them perfect for long tours and also light touring, and commuting.


5. Triathlon Trial Bikes

Triathlon Trial Bicycles come with a special design. They have handlebars with a special aerodynamic design that enables you to crouch forward while riding and minimize the wind resistance against your body.


6. Fitness Bikes

Fitness Bicycles have all the advantages of regular road bikes. They come with lightweight frames, narrow tires for efficiency on the pavement, and flat or upright handlebar. These bikes are right for people who want a light, or high-performance but do not like the drop-handlebar riding position.

Fitness bikes are also sometimes called flat-bar road bikes or performance hybrid bikes. Most of them can adapt to wider tires.


7. Fixed-Gear Bikes

Fixed-Gear Bicycles are designed to be ridden on a velodrome, their design is a simple one and easy to maintain.  They have a single gear which does not provide the ability to coast. For even more simplicity, some riders also prefer to avoid having breakes, as the fixed-gear mechanism can act as a break.


8. Mountain Bikes

17 Interesting Bicycle Types: Pick The Best Bike for You

Mountain Bicycles are designed for riding on a rough road. They have flat or upright handlebars and a very low gear range for pedaling on steep trails. Most mountain bikes have shock absorbers or suspensions.

Mountain bikes with front suspension called hardtails, and mountain bikes with both front and rear suspension are called full-suspension bikes. Mountain bikes can be outfitted for use as touring or commuting bikes, although they would not be as light or efficient as traditional touring or commuting bikes.


9. Hybrid Bikes

Hybrid Bicycles provide the advantages of both road bikes and mountain bikes. They have large, padded seats and upright handlebars for providing a comfortable riding position, and are best for casual riding, short-distance commuting, and errands around town. They are ideal for paved or unpaved bike trails but are not appropriate for rough off-road mountain bike trails.

The tires have a medium-width with a semi-smooth tread, for providing a fairly smooth ride on pavement.  Most hybrid bikes have a front suspension to smooth out small bumps, but some are rigid.


10. Cruiser Bikes

Cruiser Bicycles are similar to hybrid bikes and are ideal for casual riding. They have a comfortable, upright riding position, and a wide comfortable seat. Cruiser bikes usually have balloon tires, and handlebars that are even more upright, and in some cases are swept back.

Most cruiser bikes have coaster brakes. They are ideal for a short-distance commuting and flat route. It is available in different colors and wide varieties and thus is a favorite among fashion aficionados


11. Flat-Foot Comfort Bikes

Flat-Foot Comfort Bicycles have an elongated frame design which pushes the pedals a few inches forward of the seat. This enables you to ride with the low seat and place your feet flat on the ground for stopping.


12. City Bikes

City bikes are also popular by name ‘commuter’ or ‘urban’ bikes. This bike has characteristics of a hybrid bike and a cruiser bike. They usually have an upright riding position of a cruiser and a wheel size of a hybrid bike.

Some city bikes also have an internally-geared rear hub for easy usage and maintenance, a built-in generator, and lights for safety while riding in the dark.


13. BMX Bikes

BMX Bicycles are widely popular with kids due to their small size. However,  adults can also use it for various styles of trick and stunt riding.


14. Folding Bikes

17 Interesting Bicycle Types: Pick The Best Bike for You

Folding bicycles are ideal for those who need to travel along with their bike or would have to keep their bike in small spaces. Most folding bikes have smaller wheels, which makes the bike a little less efficient and trickier to handle than a standard bike, but most folding bike fans feel the benefits outweigh the disadvantages.


15. Recumbent Bikes

Recumbent Bicycles have a long, low design with a full-size seat and a backrest. Recumbents are available in two-wheel and three-wheel designs. Many riders feel that they are the most comfortable option available in bicycles. However, it can be more difficult to pedal up these bikes on the hills.


16. Tandem Bikes

17 Interesting Bicycle Types: Pick The Best Bike for You

Tandem Bicycles are “bicycles for two people.” They come in various styles and are suitable for a ride on bike path or boardwalk, off-road mountain bike tandems, and high-performance road racing tandems.


17. Adult Tricycles

Adult Trikes are ideal for older folks, ones with special needs or people with balance issues who still want to get around on their own. These bikes are also popular in the environmentally-conscious companies and huge campuses.


From an array of these amazing bike types, you can choose one of your choices. But did you know that you can even build one of these bikes on your own?

Yes, you can now build any bike type of your choice by using the Bamboobee BIY Kit 2. It is a high-quality bamboo product, and comes with a guideline for instructing you about how to build your own bamboo bicycle!