Bikes Direct: Different Types of Bikes, Part 1

Bikes Direct offers a wide online selection of the most popular bicycles available today at discount prices, shipped to you from our Dallas, Texas, distribution center. Each type of bike suits a different riding style and personality, so it’s important to understand the different types of bicycle before making a purchase. To see the models on offer now, visit

Road Bike

The traditional bicycle format, the road bike is designed for speed and agility. These bikes feature low-set, curved handlebars and brakes installed on the vertical. The riding position for a road bike places the head and back lower, in order to maximize aerodynamics. In addition, road bikes tend to be built with lighter materials, thinner frames, and low-volume, high-pressure tires to increase speed. Road bikes take a bit of getting used to for beginning riders, but they will get you from point A to point B faster than any other type. They should be ridden exclusively on roads.

Mountain Bike

An alternative to the road bike, mountain bikes are built with the exact opposite principles in mind. Mountain bikes are designed to be sturdy during off-road conditions, so they feature heavier frames made with stronger material. The wheels are wider and fatter, and the tires have grooves that can handle rocks, tree roots, and other obstacles. Mountain bikes also often have more comfortable seats, and they sometimes include shocks to help cushion the force of large jumps or falls. The riding position for a mountain bike is slightly more upright than for a road bike, which makes the style a little more comfortable for beginning riders. Mountain bikes also usually employ straight handlebars and brakes set on the horizontal, instead of the road bike’s curved and vertical setup.

Hybrid/Commuter/Urban Bike

These bicycles combine aspects of both mountain and road bikes. The exact specifications vary significantly, depending on the manufacturer, but hybrid bikes always attempt to provide greater stability and versatility in a wider range of conditions by using a mix of mountain and road bike parts. Hybrid bikes can handle minor off-roading, although not the large jumps and bumps that mountain bikes are built for. They also function well on roads, although they won’t provide quite the same speed as a road bike.

Bikes Direct: Different Types of Bikes, Part 2 here


About Bikes Direct

With a staff holding more than a century of combined experience in cycling, online bicycle shop Bikes Direct has earned a reputation over the past 10 years as a premier online source of new bicycles to customers in North America, at prices well below what they expect. Using online stores, Bikes Direct operates out of a distribution center out of Dallas, Texas, bypassing the high costs of maintaining a brick-and-mortar store and even a call center. With the benefits of being an authorized dealer to all the brands they sell, from Kestrel to GT, Bikes Direct buys their products wholesale in volume direct from the factory. With such low overhead, Bikes Direct sells bicycles at up to 60 percent less than the retail list price found at regular bike shops. Bikes Direct’s wide selection includes an array of women’s bicycles especially designed for women, with smaller and lighter frames, and smaller wheels for easier pedaling, along with standard bike equipment such Shimano and SRAM drive trains, Tektro brakes, and RST suspension forks. For cyclists looking for a more leisurely ride, Bikes Direct offers a series of comfort bicycles. Bikes Direct’s comfort bikes feature designs and equipment meant for enjoying the ride, including modest front suspension forks, lower gear drivetrains, and upright seats designed for ease over performance. Along with women’s and comfort bikes, Bikes Direct offers a large assortment of mountain, road, hybrid, single-speed, and track bicycles. When purchasing a bike at Bikes Direct’s website or eBay stores, customers receive aid with the extensive documentation and support from its expert staff. All bicycles sold by Bikes Direct receive a comprehensive inspection for defects or problems and carry a 30-day money-back guarantee in case of undiscovered defects on top of the standard manufacturer’s warranty. Customers living in the contiguous United States receive the added bonus of free freight shipping on any Bikes Direct purchase.
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