City & Hybrid

Comparison

Urban Bike with Solid Fork

Advantages
+ Great all-rounder + Lightweight durable alloy frame + Tyres are wider which increases stability and comfort + Disc brakes give great stopping power + Plenty of gears for all uphills + Comfortable seating position + Lighter than a mountain bike
Disadvantages
- Slightly heavier than an endurance or flat bar road bike
Ideal For
+ A commuter that will ride on roads, bike lanes and pavements + Fast and reliable bike to commute up to 30km + Lightweight bike to carry over steps, into garages and storage lockers

Hybrid Bike with Front Suspension

Advantages
+ Lightweight durable alloy frame + Front suspension adds comfort to the bike and allows it to be ridden on light off-road trails + Tyres are wider which increases stability and comfort + Disc brakes give great stopping power + Plenty of gears for all uphills + Comfortable seating position
Disadvantages
- Front suspension adds weight to the bike - Not as fast as a Road Bike or a City Bike with Solid Forks
Ideal For
+ Commuter that will occasionally take the bike to dirt roads and fire trails + Sturdy bike to go up and down curbs and a few steps + Want the extra comfort of a front suspension + Reliable bike to commute up to 30km

Electric Bikes

Advantages
+ Electric motor makes it easier to climb hills and ride around + Up to 150km on a single charge + Shorter travel time + Lightweight electric bike meaning you can still pedal if the battery runs out
Disadvantages
- Heavier than a "normal" bike
Ideal For
+ Commuter wanting the extra help of the electric motor to ride to work and not get sweaty in the process.

Folding Bikes

Advantages
+ Foldable frame takes little space in a garage, car trunk or caravan + 20 seconds to fold/unfold the bike + Perfect to carry on the bus or train and ride in the city + Adjustable seatpost and handlebar match any rider's height + Rear rack to carry a bag or purse
Disadvantages
- Small wheels and bike shape not ideal to cover long distances
Ideal For
+ Riders with limited storage capacities + Commuters that take the train or/and bus + Caravanist that want a small bike to carry around

Cruiser Bikes

Advantages
+ Perfect bike to cruise around town, beach or backcountry + Upright riding position + Alloy frame won't rust + Thick tyres add comfort + Low maintenance gears and brakes
Disadvantages
- Not ideal as a commuter bike - Limited number of gears can make steep uphills hard - Limited choice of frame sizes
Ideal For
+ Cruising up and down the beach or down to the cafe + Relaxed riding + Short to medium duration rides (less than 2 hours) + Riders looking for a low maintenance bike

Tandem Bikes

Advantages
+ Fun for 2 on one bike + Allows for a person who doesn't know or can't ride a bike to enjoy the full cycling experience in a safe way + Alloy frame keeps the bike light + Plenty of adjustment to shorter and taller riders
Disadvantages
- Long wheelbase makes maneuvering in tight spaces hard - Need to remove both wheels to transport in a car
Ideal For
+ People who would like to ride together on the same bike + People who would like to ride with a companion who may have a disability and unable to ride their own bike

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Which Path & Pavement Bike should I buy?

 

Bikes Online range of Path and Pavement bikes are designed with a focus on urban mobility, where comfort and style are paramount for the rider and speed is not always the draw card. Urban bikes feature conveniences like kickstands, carbon belt drives, and pannier racks, items that have a slight negative impact on speed and bike weight but add a lot practically to the rider.

Within Urban or Path Bikes, there are a few subcategories, based on certain nuances of each bike. At its core, you have the ever so popular hybrid bike. Hybrid Bikes use road bike wheels for better speed but still utilize a mountain bike inspired frame and components that offer better durability. With wider tires and a front suspension fork, these bikes are significantly more comfortable than a regular Flat Bar Road Bike. On the other hand, Vintage, Womens or City bikes place the rider on a  more upright stance, when compared to a normal bike and often spec balloon tires, baskets, mudguards and an easy to dismount frames designed with a lower top tube.

Lately, Electric Bikes have been taking the cycling world by storm, using high capacity batteries with great range and motors that aid in pedaling efforts, these bikes are replacing cars and motorbikes commuting on the road by delivering an efficient and green way to travel. E-Bikes do require the rider to continue pedaling for the motor to activate; these are not throttled bikes. The Shimano Steps system is arguably the best in the market and is used by Polygon Bikes to power your ride.

The more niche subcategories feature Folding and Tandem bikes. Folding bikes are great for short distance commuters that might make public transports a big part of their commute but prefer a bike to shorten the distance between home/work and bus/train stop. These bikes can be folded in seconds and take minimal space, making them too ideal for caravan holidayers. Tandem Bikes fit 2 riders at the same time and allow you to share the joy of cycling with your cycling buddy. To ride one of these, the Captain (rider in front) controls gears, brakes and steering, whilst the Stroker (rider at the back) only needs to spin the pedals. These bikes are hugely popular with couples and with visually impaired riders who do enjoy the freedom cycling brings.

 

If you are interested in learning about commuting to work by bike or want to add a cruiser bike to ride around town and beach front, Bikes Online has got you covered with our great selection of bikes available anywhere in US. Feel free to reach out to our customer service team if you still have any questions about a particular bike or can’t make up your mind about which bike is best for you.

 

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