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Adult Bikes Buying Guide

Adult Bikes Buying Guide

Meet your new bike

Start with what kind of riding you’ll be doing to find your perfect match.

  • • Made for riding across roads,    trails & moderate inclines • It’s rugged like a mountain bike    but lightweight like a road bike • Multiple gears & wide tires are    effective in most riding environments
  • How to find your size

    Shop by your height or inseam to find your frame size. If you’re between sizes, size down (and move the bike seat up) for a more comfortable ride.
  • 5′ to 5′4″ height or < 27″ inseam = 19″ hybrid bike

  • 5′4″ to 5′8″ height or 27″ to 29″ inseam = 20″ hybrid bike

  • 5′8″ to 5′11″ height or 29″ to 31″ inseam = 21″ hybrid bike

  • 5′10″ to 6′ height or 31″ to 33″ inseam = 22″ hybrid bike

  • 6′ to 6′3″ height or 33″ to 35″ inseam = 23″ hybrid bike

  • 6′3″ to 6′6″ height or > 35″ inseam = 24″ hybrid bike

  • • Designed for off-road biking, steep    descents & rough terrains • Made with a sturdy frame, rugged    brakes & front/rear suspension • Low gears & wide tires make it    easier to pedal uphill
  • How to find your size

    Shop by your height or inseam to find your frame size. If you’re between sizes, size down (and move the bike seat up) for a more comfortable ride.
  • 5′ to 5′3″ height or < 27″ inseam = 13″ mountain bike

  • 5′3″ to 5′7″ height or 27″ to 29″ inseam = 15″mountain bike

  • 5′11″ to 6′2″ height or 31″ to 33″ inseam = 19″ mountain bike

  • 6′2″ to 6′4″ height or 33″ to 35″ inseam = 21″ mountain bike

  • 6′4″ to 6′6″ height or > 35″ inseam = 23″ mountain bike

  • 6 features to consider

  • 1. Saddle

    Narrow, firm seats allow for greater control & more efficient pedaling. Wide, cushioned seats are often more comfortable for the casual rider.

  • 2. Frame material

    The frame influences a bike’s weight, strength, ride quality & price. Aluminum alloy is the most common, but high‑performance bikes may also be made from steel, titanium or carbon fiber.

  • 3. Handlebars

    High-rise handlebars let you sit upright, but can limit maneuverability Low-rise handlebars increase control & speed, but the hunched position can create neck strain for some riders.

  • 4. Brakes

    Brake types like calipers, cantilevers or V‑brakes are all great for most kinds of riding. High‑performance riders should choose a bike with either mechanical or hydraulic disc brakes.

  • 5. Suspension

    A bike’s suspension impacts ride comfort across various terrains. While suspension mechanics vary by bike type, they generally fall into three categories:

    Rigid: no suspension

    Hardtail: front suspension only

    Full: front/rear dual suspension

  • 6. Gearing

    In general, more gear speeds means greater flexibility on various inclines. A bike’s built‑in gear count & drivetrain mechanics are usually more than adequate for the casual rider.


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