Choosing the right bicycle
Getting on your bike regularly not only gets you where you want to go but it also protects you against a wide range of ill health, and also makes you feel better because you are saving the environment. Everyday cycling is an effective and enjoyable form of aerobic exercise. But all these will only happen if you have the right bike for you!
If you are new to cycling, the first thing you may notice is just how many different types of bikes are available these days. Walk into a bicycle shop and you will see that it has more products than your local supermarket.In such a situation, choosing the right bike can be quite daunting. But it doesn't have to be. The key is to determine what kind of riding you will be doing, how frequently you plan to ride and what your maximum spending limit will be.

No one bike can do everything. The first thing you need to keep in mind is how you want to use the bike. There are mainly three types of bicycle:






Types of Bikes

Specifications MTB HYBRID ROAD
Design MTBs are designed to handle the rocky off road trails. Compromise between road and mountain bikes. Road Bikes are designed for riding on smooth streets and going fast.
Tires These bikes have wide tires, usually with distorted treads. With skinnier, smooth tires, they typically can go faster than mountain bikes. Featuring skinny tires, a lightweight frame
Frame tubing Fat frame tubing. Offer the best features of both MTB and Road Bikes. The frames of most road bikes are not particularly beefy in construction.
Position on the Bike One sits higher on these bikes, more upright with the straight handlebars. Features upright seat and handlebar position. Riding position that puts you bent over the handlebars.
Weight range 13.5-22kgs 8-18kgs 6.8kgs and above (UCI limits)
Utility offered Mountain bikes do not go as fast as road bikes/hybrid however are more comfortable in riding position and off road terrains Hybrids are a good choice for most city riding, and offer speed, durability and comfort. One might choose this type of bike if traveling longer distances at faster pace is the priority and for racing.
Suspensions No Suspension Front Suspension Full Suspension No Suspension Front Suspension Full Suspension No Suspension
Correlation with cars SUV Sedan Race Car

Few Other Type Of Bikes


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Bike Size

Now that you know the type of bike that you plan to be a proud owner of.

Lets focus on getting the right fit for your self.

To get frame size that’s right for you, here is the chart to give you a start

Height Inseam Length Road/Hybrid Bike Frame Size
4'10" - 5'1" 25.5” - 27” 46 - 48 cm
5'0" - 5'3" 26.5" - 28" 48 - 50 cm
5'2" - 5'5" 27.5" - 29" 50 - 52 cm
5'4" - 5'7" 28.5" - 30" 52 - 54 cm
5'6" - 5'9" 29.5" - 31" 54 - 56 cm
5'8" - 5'11" 30.5" - 32" 56 - 58 cm
5'10" - 6'1" 31.5" - 33" 58 - 60 cm
6'0" - 6'3" 32.5" - 34" 60 - 62 cm
6'2" - 6'5" 34.5" - 36" 62 - 64 cm


Height Inseam Length MTB Bike Frame Size
4'11-5'3'' 25"-27" 13"15"
5'3"-5'7" 27"-29" 15"-17" 
5'7-5'11" 29"-31" 17"-19"
5'11"-6'2" 31"-33" 19"-21"
6'2"-6'4" 33"-35" 21"-23"
6'4" plus 35" plus 23" and above

In recent times a trend which is commonly followed by professionals is they have been using bikes which are about one size smaller than what the above chart shows.


If you're shopping for a new bike, it is recommended to try as many different brands and models as possible, so that you get a really

good feel for the differences in frame size, comforts, the different types of gearing systems and the different frame materials etc.

Be sure to ask a lot of questions when you visit the bike shops, and tell them specifically what you'll be using the bike for and how many

hours you intend to spend on it. After you've thought thoroughly about the type of riding you'll be doing, and taken a several different types

out for test rides, go get the very best bike you can afford. It'll be money well spent.


What if I have a bike which is not my size?

If you have already got a bike which either you have out grown or have bought a new bike which is not your size, adjustments with handle stem and saddle height

might give you a solution and may save you from upgrading to a complete new bike.


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