There are many types of bicycles available to consumers, but with the exception of BMX bikes, most riders choose either a cruiser, road, mountain, or hybrid bike.
Cruiser bicycles are extremely easy to use and are designed for comfort. Featuring a heavy frame and wide tires, these bikes were standard during the 1930s-50s and are popular among adult riders who only ride occasionally.
For more regular riders, a road bike may be preferable. While cruiser bikes can handle a variety of terrain, road bikes are designed specifically for pavement. Their lightweight frames and narrow tires make them perfect for riding through cities at fast speeds.
Mountain bikes are designed for off-road riding along trails and hills. To accommodate this rough terrain, mountain bikes are designed with heavy, durable frames. Due to their versatility, some cyclists use mountain bikes on the road, but the bikes are not very fast on pavement.
Hybrid bikes, which combine aspects of road and mountain bikes, are the most common type used today. Hybrid bikes are suitable for riding on several different types of terrain, including pavement and trails.