Before going out and buying a bicycle, ask yourself how you plan to use it:
Which bike is best for you?
- Will you be sticking to city streets or will you also be biking in rural areas on weekends and holidays?
- Will you have a child with you?
- Will you regularly be taking your bike onto public transportation?
Here’s a summary of the main types of bicycles on the market and some tips to help you make the right choice.
Trips under 8 km: Opt for a city bike with 1, 3 or 7 speeds and straight handlebars, new or used, or a hybrid model (between $350 and $500, plus accessories).
Trips over 8 km: Want to get a good cardiovascular workout on your way to your job? Have a safe place to park your bike once you get there? Then think about upgrading to a high-performance hybrid or racing model.
Folding bikes have a number of benefits if you’re looking for portability in public transit (train, metro, etc.) and if storage space is a concern at work or at home. Several models are available.