By: Mission Healthy Living
April 19, 2019
Bicycling is such an adaptable activity in Pottstown. It can be done indoors and outdoors, by yourself or with a friend, and even replace the car if your work commute isn’t far. As an exercise, it boasts the health benefits of engaging your heart, lungs, and upper and lower legs.
However, entering the hobby can be intimidating if you don’t know what type of bike to choose. The most important question to ask yourself is: “What terrain do I want to ride on?”
Riding on pavements
Road bicycles are tailor made for riding on the smooth pavement of a suburban sidewalk, or paved road of the city. Easier to carry, road bikes are lighter than most other varieties. However, their lighter construction means they typically cannot handle heavy loads and are best used for shorter trips.
A subset of the nimble road bike, touring bikes are built to handle the pavement, with some extra durability that will let you tackle longer distances and add some weight if you wish. Be ready to sit a little more upright, as they’re designed to add comfort for those longer rides. Touring bikes can also serve as a commuter bike.
Trying to tackle tricky trails or mountainous terrain? Look no further than your standard mountain bike. They come with shock absorbers and suspension to handle the uneven terrain of your favorite trail as you go off-road. Get ready for heavier bikes though; their frames are built for sturdiness, not easy carrying. You might also go for wider tires if you want to tackle snow for year-round exercise.
Don’t feel like choosing the pavement or trail? Hybrid bikes offer the flexibility of road bikes and mountain bikes, with features like larger seats and upright handlebars. Even though they offer a more comfortable ride, hybrid bikes are best for shorter rides and not designed for difficult trails.
A subset of road bikes, cyclocross bicycles allow you to ride on a combination of surfaces (including pavement, gravel and grass). Their tires are wider for off-road travel and can handle a work commute.
For a list of Pottstown parks and trails where you can take a bike ride, visit our Fun & Fitness page.