Cycling is the latest trend. And it’s no wonder. After all, you save on gasoline costs or bus tickets, are free from schedules, and can move through the area in an environmentally conscious way. To ensure that you enjoy your bike for a long time, you should find out which type of bike is right for you before you buy it. This depends, above all, on your personal requirements. Here you will find an overview of the most popular bike models to make your decision easier.
Comfortable through everyday life: City Bike and Dutch Bike
Your requirements: You are looking for a bicycle as an alternative means of transport to a bus, subway, or car. You can comfortably and easily cover short and medium distances.
The right bike models: City bikes are made for trips through the city. They are equipped with everything you need for the road, and their upright seating position makes them very comfortable to ride. You can read more about this type of bike here. Like the city bike, the Dutch bike is known and popular for its upright riding position. It is often chosen as a women's bike due to its low entry. Both bike types are usually available with hub gears with 3, 7, or 8 gears.
Cost: Since the bikes are rather simple and do not have too many special requirements, you can find models in the low three-digit range.
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Sporty on the road: mountain bike, road bike, and cross bike
Your requirements: Your bike is a piece of sports equipment for you. You are drawn to long race tracks or off-roading, over hill and dale.
The ideal bike type for you: If you're mainly riding in challenging terrains, such as in the mountains or forests, then a mountain bike is your best choice. Its wide tires have a lot of tread to provide a good grip. Also, these bikes usually have particularly good suspension and a robust aluminium or carbon frame. For even more thrills in the form of jumps and tricks, BMX bikes are a perfect choice. With their robust frames and forks, they are explicitly designed for the high stresses of jumps and the like. If, on the other hand, you want a lot of speed over long distances on flat terrain, then a road bike is the right choice for you. These are particularly light and are characterised by their dynamic, very narrow tires, which usually have little or no tread. Do you want the best of both bike types? No problem! The cross bike combines the dynamics of road bikes with the robustness of mountain bikes, letting you reach high speeds off-road.
Costs: In terms of price, you will find entry-level models in this category in the higher three-digit range. Mountain bikes and road bikes can also cost several thousand euros.
Practical through the city: folding bike and cargo bike
Your requirement: You need a practical bike. Maybe that’s because you don't actually have that much space for a bike. Or maybe it’s because you often have to transport things by bike and don't always want to resort to a car for that.
These bike models might fit: Folding bikes are especially popular in the city. That's because they quickly and easily fold up into suitcase size. You probably see a lot of working people doing part of their commute by public transport and the rest of the way by a folding bike. The exact opposite in size, but no less practical, are cargo bikes. These offer the opportunity to transport children, dogs, boxes, and more from point A to point B.
Cost: Solid folding bikes can be found in the mid-three-digit range, and cargo bikes can't keep up. Entry-level models usually cost between €1,500 and €2,000, but many models are significantly more expensive.
Equipped for long distances: touring bike
Your requirement: You love bike rides and like to spend all weekend or holiday on your bike.
The right bike types: Touring bikes, also called trekking bikes, are true all-rounders among bicycles. These bicycles are ideal for you if you see your bike more for leisure and want to cover long distances with it. The racks of such a bike offer space for bike bags, the seat is a bit sportier than on the city bike.
Cost: You'll find them in the mid to upper three-digit range. The more important a lightweight frame is to you, the more money you should plan for.
More drive for less effort: E-bike
Your requirement: You like to ride your bike, but you don't want to come to the office all sweaty or you want some help on demanding tours.
The right type of bike: E-bikes, or bikes with a motor, are becoming more and more common - in the city as well as off-road. They are particularly worthwhile for covering longer distances in less time and with less effort. They are also useful for mastering climbs in difficult terrain. E-bikes are available as city bikes, trekking bikes, or mountain bikes, as well as racing and cargo bikes. So here again, it depends on your needs. If you want to learn more about e-bikes, then take a look at this article.
Cost: The price of e-bikes is mostly between 1,500 and 3,500€.
Conclusion: There are suitable wheels for every need
As you can see, no matter what you plan to do with your bike, there is a suitable companion for every need. So it's best to think about what you want to use your bike the most for and your budget. Once you know these key facts, choosing the right bike won't be difficult.