Bikes Direct Answers Your Bicycling Questions – Part 2

By Bikes Direct

Question: I’m looking for a bike that can withstand rides over dirt roads and rocky trails outside of the city. Is a mountain bike my only option?

Answer: Numerous alternatives exist for the rider who wants a durable, all-terrain cycle. With stout frames, wide-tread tires, and excellent shock-absorption capabilities, mountain bikes are a great choice for the cyclist who spends most of his or her time on two wheels outside of the city. Individuals with lower back problems enjoy the higher seats and straight handlebars that set mountain bikes apart from road bikes, as well. Since straight speed isn’t a priority as it is with road bikes, mountain bikers ride far less hunched-over than road cyclists, the body’s weight serving to balance and maneuver the bicycle as a whole. 

Here at Bikes Direct, we like to remind customers interested in purchasing a mountain bike that technology has advanced notably in the past two decades, leading to the creation of a new class of bicycle known as a hybrid. Combining the features of a road bike and a mountain bike, hybrid bicycles are outfitted with smoother, skinnier tires somewhat like a road bike, although the higher seat and handlebar orientation resembles a mountain bike far more than a road cycle. We recommend hybrid bikes to riders looking for a well-built commuter cycle that optimally transitions between short trips in the city and medium-impact adventures in the backcountry.

Question: What sort of bicycle does Bikes Direct suggest for the casual weekend cyclist? I don’t travel long distances via bike, nor do I expect to embark on any mountain biking trips in the near future. 

Answer: A wonderful bike designed for comfortable, low-speed jaunts across flat terrain, cruisers are fairly simple machines in terms of their construction mechanics. Some cruisers possess only a single gear, certainly enough for the cyclist who simply wants to enjoy a leisurely ride through town on a sunny day. Distinguished by their upright handlebars, thick tires, and wide, soft seats, cruisers aren’t the fastest or most durable bikes. Regardless, cruisers offer a pleasant ride with minimal stress regarding upkeep. 

To view a complete inventory of the cycles available through Bikes Direct, visit today.


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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