What Type of Bike Should I Buy?

Any new rider looking for a new bike can cause analysis paralysis. With so many different options and types, it’s difficult to even know where to begin. However, you’re in luck because you’ve come to the right place. Union Sport is here to ease the burden and will help narrow down your bike choices so that you can find the right bike that fits your needs.

Where do I want to ride? 

First and foremost, you must figure out what you’re trying to achieve with your new bike. By identifying what your goals are, you will be able to find the best bike that fits your needs. These are some of the basic questions you could ask yourself in trying to figure out what you are looking for:

  • Do I want to buy a bike because I live right near the mountains where I can go riding on some technical single track?
  • Do I want to buy a bike to train indoors using a trainer for Zwift?
  • Do I want to buy a bike to ride around the lake?
  • Are the mountains where I ride have wide dirt fire roads?

Chances are, if you live near the mountains and have a lot of technical single track, you may want to consider a Cross Country Mountain Bike. Either a Hardtail or Full Suspension will be great for this.  Consider a downhill bike if you live in some high mountainous areas or near a place where you can get a ski lift for some downhill mountain track.

If you live near the mountains, but on wide fire roads, a gravel bike may really suit you and may even get you through some technical terrain. The speed and distance you’ll be able to cover on the fire road with your gravel bike will be so much more than a Mountain Bike.


Fast, Comfortable, and Light Weight Road Bikes

If you are looking to take it to the streets and enjoy the café group rides or even the competitive nature of fit cyclists battling out at the Wednesday night world championships, that’s the bike for you. However, even road bikes have their own deep subcategories such as Enduro, Aero, and Lightweight.

These are the three categories bike manufactures will be producing and they just may be labeled differently among each brand. You just need to decide which best suits you.

The Enduro Road Bikes are focused on the performance of a smooth ride. A ride that will allow you to feel comfortable and cover long distances.

The Aero Road Bikes are the fast-looking bikes engineered for performance in aerodynamics and speed. They are fast because the bike frames are designed to cut through the wind.

The Lightweight Bikes are focused on different quality grades of carbon. The more you can spend, the lighter you can get. Note that it is a great bike for all around performance in climbing the hills and canyons.

However, in this day and age, road bikes have developed so much with R&D (Research and Development) that your lightweight bike can also be aero and comfortable. Even your Aero bikes can be lightweight if you are willing to spend some coin on it.


The Commuter 

If you’re a commuter looking to ride to and from work, opt for the road bike because you can cover more mileage comfortably and faster.

A road bike may be overkill if you are looking to ride on the beach bike paths. Consider the commuter city bike if you’re looking to ride with your kids or family at the beach bike path. A city bike will be a nice ride because of its comfortability and easy bike handling. Riding your flashy road bike on 25mm road tires may be a bit hard to handle because you’ll be going faster than anyone on the beach’s bike path. In addition, with the pavement having sand, you’ll experience less traction. The city bike is the perfect bike that will allow you to travel at a decent speed, but still have all the traction on the sandy bike paths.

Hopefully all of that answers your questions on What Type of Bike Should I Buy?  If you are still unsure after reading this, shoot us a comment and will answer your questions.

Honorable Mentions: 

Fat Tire Bike – Great for riding on snow or sand because of its wider surface area.

Beach Cruiser – The name says it all. Great for cruising on the beach.

Time Trial Bike/Triathlon – Great for someone who is looking to race for individual pursuit or participate in a triathlon. These bikes are engineered for pure speed.

Fixed Gear – No Breaks! Popular bike for Bike Messengers because of the low maintenance. It’s also the bike that you’ll be using for the track.

Ride on!