With Christmas just around the corner as and the year closing in, discounts on different types of bicycles are very easy to come by.
Here are our favorite deals by bike type:
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Kids BikesThe following products are on sale right now at Amazon. Click on each item to see more colors/sizes.
RoyalBaby BMX Freestyle Kids Bike, Boy's Bikes and Girl's Bikes with training wheels, Gifts for children, 12 inch wheels, Pink
Dynacraft Magna Gravel Blaster Boy's Bike (12-Inch, Green/Black)
Tony Hawk Boy's 720 Bike, Matte Black, 24-Inch
Kid bikes are obviously designed specifically for children, so the variety usually depends on riding ability and the size/age of the child.
Balance bikes are great for pre-schoolers or those who are still learning to stabilizing a bike on their own.
For late bloomers, wheels can even be adapted on larger bikes temporarily. Once the size of the wheels reaches around 20in, gears start to appear on certain bike models.
Kids aged around 9 will usually be riding something close to 24in wheels, at which point they’ll most likely be riding scaled-down versions of regular adult bikes, so the same distinctions to each category that we’ve seen so far can begin to apply.
Mountain BikesThe following products are on sale right now at Amazon. Click on each item to see more colors/sizes.
Kent T-29 Men's Mountain Bike, 29-Inch
Diamondback Bicycles Overdrive Hardtail Mountain Bike with 27.5" Wheels, 18"/Medium, Red
Raleigh Bikes Tekoa Mountain Bike, Blue, 21"/X-Large
Huffy Lady's Alpine Bike
Mountain bikes are great if you want to cover many types of road, but will result bulky and harder to transport for certain riders.
Since they are designed for handling several types of rough and off-road trails, these are very versatile. Hence, they’re a very common sight. These are great if you know you’ll have to handle rough terrain, as they usually feature some type of suspension or shock absorption system.
Nevertheless, for use as touring or commuting bikes, these might be heavier than expected and thus actually slower.
Road BikesThe following products are on sale right now at Amazon. Click on each item to see more colors/sizes.
Vilano Aluminum Road Bike Commuter Bike Shimano 21 Speed 700c Medium (54cm) Bicycle, White, 54 cm / Medium
GMC Denali Road Bike, Red, 63.5cm/Large
These are designed to ride fast and on smooth payment. They feature very skinny tires and usually have drop handlebars, which have the rider bending slightly for aerodynamicity. They are great for smooth paved trails, but will likely make the rider feel unstable on unpaved or irregular trails.
Not everyone lives in an area with an abundance of good roads for cycling, so road bikes are not for all riders. Also, they aren’t made to transport heavy loads, nor are they ever designed with anything to aid that purpose.
In a nutshell, these are great for speed on only one type of terrain, but will probably underperform on other situations.
These are basically road bikes designed to handle mixed surfaces at times. They feature drop handlebars as well, but wider and more resistant tires that are fit for gravel, off-roading, and even grass, without sacrificing speed.
Think of these as sort of a hybrid between a mountain bike and a road bicycle, they’re lighter than the former but more versatile, durable and reliable than the latter. You can also find these as “cross bikes”, “cx bikes” or even “all-road”.
You can find them made from steel, aluminium, carbon and titanium.
Now, there’s not only one middle ground between mountain and rode bikes. You might encounter other types of bicycle known simply as “hybrid”.
These feature a light body like that of a road bike, but go with a flat-bar handle instead of the drop handlebars. This might be best for comfort if you’re willing to sacrifice certain speed.
They are also hooked up with wider wheels as those of a mountain bike, so they’re a nice choice if you’re going to ride several terrains but are mostly going to stick to pavement and thus need something lighter.
In other words, both cyclocross and hybrid bikes might be good bets for commuters and casual riders alike.
This yet another version of a sort of mountain/road bike blend. Touring bikes are meant for travelling long distances with a wide variety of terrains, so they future fast rolling wheels as with hybrid bikes, but somewhat of a hybrid handlebar.
That results in a more comfortable, yet aerodynamic position that allows the rider to face multiple situations, form a very quick commute to continent-crossing adventure. Due to the “touring” idea, they tend to feature rear racks and are good for transporting luggage while riding.
Since we brought up commuters, we might as well cover this wide term. “City Bicycle” refers to a wide category of bikes that are simply destined for urban environments.
Although many of the bikes we’ve mentioned before, and many others that are designed for a specific sport, make good city bikes as well, this category tends to feature other amenities that make the bicycle for, shall we say, “city ready”.
Namely, these are features such as fenders, chain guards (so you can ride them with nice pants), skirt guards on the rear wheel, lights, bags, rear racks, etc.
Other than that, they tend to be much more simpler bikes in terms of speeds (the vast majority don’t feature multiple speeds at all) and they’re also quite heavy.
So, these can be fashionable and comfortable if you’re riding small distances within a bike-friendly city, but might underperform if you have to face steeper hills and sketchier terrains.
Ah! But that’s where a motor might come in handy. Much like the one you’d find on a…
These bikes usually feature flat bars, a mountain-like body, luggage capacity and, of course, an electric motor.
Although the name could imply it, these are not motorcycles at all. As far as the law is concerned these are still bicycles, are usually limited to 25km/h and you can ride them in the city without a licence or a law-required helmet (but we’d still advise a helmet anyway).
Due to them including a battery, the motor and certain control electronics, these tend to be a little on the heavy side, as well as pricier. Nevertheless, both weight and prices are going down as the technology becomes more refined.
Needless to say, these are great if you’re a commuter that has to face an occasional steep hill or you simply don’t want to be arriving sweaty to work or social engagements.
Perhaps no commuter route is alike, so if yours requires that you hop on a train, subway, bus, or whatever other type of public transportation, foldable bikes are a great option. Some people even put them in their car trunks, or whenever they decide to take an Uber.
These come in different sizes, some of them so portable that they could even fit under your desk and most of them are easier to carry.
So they’re very popular with big-city dwellers, but are only to be ridden within short distances and easy terrains. Due to most of them being smaller and having small wheels, you won’t have such a good time if you try to ride them through unpaved roads or long distances.
Choosing the right bike for you
The hard part, as you may have found if you’re shopping for a bike, is choosing the type of bicycle that’ll be your next ride.
That’s why – for each bike type – we’ve added a little bit of an explanation so you can tell if it’s write for you.
Now, be advised that this article is mostly meant to casual riders, aficionados, and commuters. So we’ve focused on bikes that serve those simple needs best and didn’t go into deep detail regarding more specialized sport bicycles such as track, triathlon / time trial and BMX bikes.
The first thing you should do before surfing the web for bicycle deals or even heading down to your local bike shop, is ask yourself what exactly do you want a bike for (or your loved one wants it for).
Think about questions like who do you ride with? What type of terrain are you likely to encounter while riding? How important are factors such as weight, speed, cargo, and portability?
Also, think about your past bikes. All of us have had certain experience with bicycles past a certain age. So what have you ridden in the past that you liked? What did you disliked?
A Word About Materials
Finally, even before you’re set on an specific bike type, be extremely weary of what type of material bike are you getting, as this will drastically affect the weight regardless of bike type.
For example, you might think a Cyclocross bike is lighter than a Mountain bike due to the body type, but if the former is steel as opposed to aluminum, it could be much heavier than you expect.
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