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Adult Bikes Buying Guide

Adult Bikes Buying Guide

Find the perfect bike

There’s two important elements to find your perfect match: the kind of riding you’ll do & frame size. Let’s get started!

Back to basics—bike types

  • Designed for fitness biking, commutes & casual racing
  • Made with a lightweight frame & aerodynamic seating position
  • Narrow, high-pressure tires provide a smooth ride on paved surfaces
  • 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
  • Designed for multi-terrain riding across roads, trails & moderate inclines
  • Made to be rugged like a mountain bike but lightweight like a road bike
  • Multiple gears & wide tires are effective in most riding environments
  • Designed for stylish leisure rides through easy riding environments
  • Made with vintage bike style combined with modern bike technology
  • Balloon tires & extra-padded seat provide a comfortable ride
  • Designed for the urban commuter with limited storage
  • Made with a collapsible design that doesn’t sacrifice frame durability
  • Select models include rear cargo rack or front/rear fenders
  • Designed for leisure riders looking for a nontraditional riding experience
  • Made with a comfort-ride frame design & are generally single‑speed
  • Category includes recumbent bikes, adult trikes & other 3-wheel options

Features to consider

Saddle

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

Frame

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

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.

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.

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

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.

Find the right fit by frame size

If you’re between sizes, it’s recommended that you size down (& move the bike seat up to compensate) for a more comfortable ride.

19"

Height: 5’–5’4" Inseam: < 27"

20"

Height: 5’4"–5’8" Inseam: 27"–29"

21"

Height: 5’8"–5’11" Inseam: 29"–31"

22"

Height: 5’10"–6’ Inseam: 31"–33"

23"

Height: 6’–6’3" Inseam: 33"–35"

24"

Height: 6’3"–6’6" Inseam: < 35"

13"

Height: 5’–5’3" Inseam: < 27"

15"

Height: 5’3"–5’7" Inseam: 27"–29"

17"

Height: 5’7"–5’11" Inseam: 29"–31"

19"

Height: 5’11"–6’2" Inseam: 31"–33"

21"

Height: 6’2"–6’4" Inseam: 33"–35"

23"

Height: 6’4"–6’6" Inseam: < 35"

All Adult Bikes
Now that you have all the info, check out our bike collection & choose your ride.

All Adult Bikes

Now that you have all the info, check out our bike collection & choose your ride.

Kids' Bikes Buying Guide
Learn about kids’ bikes from our buying guide & get the whole fam involved.

Kids’ Bikes Buying Guide

Learn about kids’ bikes from our buying guide & get the whole fam involved.


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