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Which Bicycle Should I Buy: The Complete Guide

AN EASY, QUICK & COMPLETE GUIDE ON BUYING A BICYCLE !!

If you are one of those people who wants to buy a bicycle for fitness, casual riding, experience an adventurous sport or just wants to enjoy the weather, you must have probably ended up searching for the type of bicycle you could buy for yourself or your family.

We shall take you through a process which shall help you select the right bicycle for your needs and requirement and will help you enjoy the idea of cycling.

Before we DECIDE ON WHAT CYCLE SHOULD I BUY, it is very important to understand the types of bicycles available in the Indian Market and the most suitable one for you as per your requirements.

1. HYBRID:

Two major types of Hybrids are as follows:

  • Rigid Hybrid: Slimmer Tyres (700C), Thinner Frame, Available in Steel & Alloy Frame and major differentiating point, it does not have suspensions on the fork, which helps to further reduce the weight of the bicycle making it faster. But this type of bicycle will reduce your comfort during bumps and jerks
  • ..Suspension Hybrid: It is very similar to the Rigid Hybrids, the only difference is that it has suspension on the fork which adds a bit of weight to the bicycle reducing your average speed a bit, but adds to the comfort greatly during bumps and jerks.

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2. MTB/ATB:

These bicycles have fatter tyres and more robust frame. They weigh heavier when compared to a Hybrid but offer maximum comfort. The suspension travel in MTB is greater when compared to a Hybrid and is ideal for uneven roads. Due to the frame structure and suspension, these bicycles are slower and require a greater effort while cycling.

For comparative analysis: If you are touching an average of 20kms/hr on an MTB you shall be able to touch 25-27kms/hr on a Hybrid.

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3. ON-ROAD:

These bikes are used more for professional or serious riding. There is a vast range of on-road bikes available, the approximate range of these bicycles vary from 50,000 to 10,00,000.We shall not discuss about these bikes in the upcoming series of blogs

Now that the basic types of bicycles are clear, we can now move ahead and discuss about the ways in which one can select the right type of bicycle.

The 3 aspects you need to consider before thinking of buying a bicycle are:

  • Reason for Cycling
  • Daily/Weekly kms to be covered
  • Price Range
Reasons
for cycling
Weekly Cycling
(KMS)
Price Range
(INR ‘000)
Type of Bicycle Specification Brand to
consider
Casual
Cyclist in
City
100 – 150 or less 15 – 25 Hybrid Steel Frame +
Shimano/Microshift Gears+
V-Brakes/Disc Brakes +
Suspensions
Outdoors91,
Suncross, Montra,
Keysto, Cosmic,
Btwin, Raleigh
Casual
Cyclist in
City
100 – 150 or less
150 – 200 or more
25 – 40 Hybrid Alloy Frame + Shimano
Gears +
Mechanical/Hydraulic Disc
Brakes + Suspension
Firefox,
Outdoors91,
Unirox, Torronto,
Marlin, Btwin
Casual
Cyclist in
City
150 – 200 or more 40 – 80 Hybrid Alloy Frame + 8/9/10
Speed Shimano Gears +
Hydraulic Disc Brakes +
Hydraulic Suspensions
Avanti, Scott, Trek,
Giant, Polygon
United
Offroading
on Uneven
Roads
100 – 200 or less 15 – 25 MTB Steel Frame +
Shimano/Microsoft Gears +
V-Brakes/Disc Brakes
Outdoors91, Vaux,
Suncross, Montra,
Firefox
Comfort
Riding
100 – 200 or less
200 or more
25 – 40 MTB Alloy Frames + Shimano
Gears +
Mechnical/Hydraulic Disc
Brakes
Firefox, Polygon,
Outdoors91,
Torronto, United,
Btwin, Marlin
Comfort
Riding
100 – 200 or less
200 or more
40 – 100 MTB Alloy Frame + 8/9/10/11
Speed Shimano Gears +
Hydraulic Disc Brakes +
Hydrauic Suspension
Giant, Trek, scott
Polygon, United,
Firefox

Note: For Casual Cycling, you can even buy an MTB if you want to make your ride comfortable and have a defined area and limited distance to travel.

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