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Help when buying a bike

When buying a bike, you should consider the following points:

  • On which road/terrain do you usually ride?
  • Which bike have you ridden so far?
  • Where will you keep the wheel?

The first point is the most important. City bikes, mountain bikes and hybrid bikes are all equally suited to the city. It all depends on the comfort of the bike and your personal preferences. If you’re a long distance cyclist, a road or hybrid bike is better suited to you than a classic urban bike. But if you’ll be spending most of your time on the bike on hilly forest roads and more difficult terrain, a mountain bike with twin tires is the way to go.

For many customers, the type of bike they have ridden before is also an important factor influencing their choice. Older people, in particular, find it difficult to get used to cycling with, for example, foot brakes, but the new bike has hand brakes. If you’re used to a 21-speed, three gears may not be enough for you at first. So – these things also need some thought.

Where to keep the wheel? It may seem like a minor problem at first, but it also has a real impact on bike choice. If you keep your bike in an apartment and have to carry it up the stairs to the fourth floor every day, the weight of the bike becomes very important. Every extra kilo will play a role here, and it makes more sense to choose a lighter wheel, such as one with an aluminium frame or a thinned steel frame. If you are buying a bicycle for a child, you should also consider whether the child will need to lift the bicycle a lot in the meantime.

Characteristics and advantages of different types of bikes

Mountainbikes or MTBs – until recently, this type of bike was the most common. Mountain bikes nowadays are mostly 29 inch diameter wheels/wheels. 26″ and 27.5″ are still available. Wider, matching pattern tyres, double treads. The mountain bike is comfortable to ride on technically more difficult trails, so it is well suited for riding in forests and mountains. Of course, this bike also copes well on some particularly bumpy city streets. Many people prefer two-wheel mountain bikes because they make for a more comfortable ride. The downside would be that a wider tyre would slow down the speed, and getting quickly from point a to point b may require more effort and time than a hybrid or road bike.

Hybrid bike Oreint Avenue

Urban tourism or street bike: with 28-inch wheels, models for both men and women. Bigger wheel – faster go. The advantage of urban bikes is that they are ‘fully equipped’. Usually standard equipment includes lights, a tailgate, wheel stand, chain guard and mudguards. Models for women either already come with one or can always be fitted with a front basket. These bikes are designed mainly for urban streets, but they’re also great for riding on harder forest roads. The gears on a city bike are usually between 1 and 27, with three-speed, hub-and-pinion city bikes being particularly popular recently. Single-wheelers are preferred by customers who are used to single-wheelers, or people who just want to tone up their leg muscles. One of the biggest pluses of a city bike is that it allows you to conveniently transport the things you need for your daily commute or outings. You can ride with a straight back and a comfortable saddle with suspension. And there’s no denying that many urban bike models also look exceptionally handsome and personal, making them an integral part of the lifestyle of today’s urban dweller.

Hybrid bike: the most versatile bike ever. Hybrid bikes can be ridden virtually anywhere – in the city, on the road, in the forest. A hybrid bike usually has 21-27 gears and 28-inch wheels. Hybrids are also good hiking bikes, as you can easily fit all the accessories you need for hiking. Hybrid bikes have gained a lot of popularity in Estonia in recent years, as they have the advantage over mountain bikes in that they have a larger wheel diameter and lower rolling resistance, which allow them to develop higher speeds and are easier to ride.

Fixie: Fixies with 1-speed, 28-inch wheels (700c) and narrow tyres are also increasingly popular companions for city and road trips. Fixies look great, they’re ultra-light, easy to maintain and, most importantly, they’re comfortable to drive in the city and on the road. With Fixiede, it is up to the rider to choose whether to use the bike with or without freewheeling – depending on how much toning of the leg muscles is desired.

Fixed gear, which is how Fixied got its name, means there is no freewheeling on the bike and the pedals-cranks are turning all the time. The earliest bicycles in history did not have a freewheel, and this system is still used today in lathes. Fixieshit the streets with the help of US bike couriers, who appreciated the reliability, light weight and functionality of such bikes.

Sprocket or youth wheel: the differences are mainly in the size of the wheel: from 12″ to 24″. Models with gears are usually offered from the age of five, and there’s not much for younger children to do with them. It is often recommended to buy a rear-mounted bike for your child because they like them, but you should also be aware of the weight of the bike – double-mounted bikes always make the bike a little heavier.

Bicycles in general

According to the Wikipedia definition, a bicycle is mainly a two-wheeled vehicle propelled by human power, but there are also unicycles, tricycles, multi-wheeled bicycles and bicycles with electric batteries. The birth of the bicycle is most associated with the German baron Karl von Drais, who brought together the 19th century and the present day. In the early twentieth century, he fitted two wagon wheels with a wooden frame and equipped the frame with a saddle. Driving was done by pushing with the feet. However, there are also drawings of bicycles from an earlier period.