Buying a Bicycle
As I’m sure you’ve seen, there are many types of bikes on the market, from expensive ultra-light road bikes to beach cruisers with sand tires, to mountain bikes.
For the weekend rider riding on pavement, the range from lightweight bikes to cruisers fits the bill.
If you are buying a new bicycle, think hard about the type of riding you may be doing in the future. If there’s any chance you may be going on longer rides after you get into riding, go for a bike that is a little lighter than you may originally be thinking. Shown below, are a few choices we like, that will give an idea what type of bike you would use for each category. There are many more to choose from, of course, but this will give you the idea.
Keep in mind should you buy a bicycle online, pay close attention to sizing. You want to be sure to get a frame that fits you. If in doubt, it’s better to go one size larger than smaller. Also, if you find the seat to be uncomfortable, it’s not too hard to find one you like and yo can switch it out.
Short Rides – 10 miles or less…
For this type of riding, something like a beach cruiser with a soft, comfortable seat is just fine. You will probably be riding in shorts or street clothes, so I would recommend a bike with a chain guard so you won’t catch your pants in the chain.
Intermediate Riding – 30 miles or less
Low-End Lightweight Bicycles
For this type of riding, I would definitely recommend a lightweight bicycle. Although the seats aren’t as comfy as the seats on the beach cruisers, they won’t chafe your legs on the longer rides. That’s a big deal; also I would use riding shorts for the same reason. Lightweight bicycles for this type of riding can be bought for $300.00 or less. Note: Some women’s lightweight bikes come with a beach cruiser style seat; I would change that seat for a lightweight style seat. Personally, I would also remove any fenders, chaingards and luggage racks, unless needed for rain, and carrying groceries, etc. Extra weight becomes noticeable on the longer rides, so anything you can do to lighten your bike is a good idea.
Long Distance Riding – 30miles or more
High-End Lightweight Bicycles
Riding longer distances on a regular basis should make you seriously consider a lighter, and subsequently more expensive, bike. For this type of riding you want to go as light as possible, and wear the right type of clothing. Bikes in this range typically cost upwards of $1000.00 or more, but are worth it for the serious rider.