As three million French, you are going perhaps to buy a new bike. But which one? Because according to its destination, your choice will be focused on very different models each other. The range of cycles is now extremely large and there are models for each use, with characteristics, equipment … and very different prices.
If you plan to ride with family on the countrymen more or less steep trails, no hesitation: you will turn to a mountain bike (MTB) or at least to a “whole way” (VTC). Similarly, if you’re more athletic and eager to keep fit by swallowing kilometers every weekend, then two options available to you: either a bike race ultra light and powerful, a road bike, model touring, strong and super comfortable, even to a recumbent bike.
However, if you want to get around the city, make your home and work, carry your children or go shopping for bike lights that are rechargeable, the choice is a little more complex. Because according to your needs, your budget and your style, you will have to decide between a Dutch bike, vintage bike, an urban sport or a folding bike. Unless you purchase an electric bike, which more and more followers …
Before choosing one of these models, one that will make you a cyclist comfortable in the saddle, it is better to know the criteria for each type of bike and its specificities.
The folding bike
Invented by an Englishman, the folding bike is equipped with central hinges to fold the structure itself so as to carry them in a minimum of space. Because of wheels with diameters less than traditional bicycles (16 or 20 inches), this bike is not designed to travel long distances. Nevertheless, it is very useful for city dwellers because it can be carried at arms in the train or subway and be stored in the office or home to prevent theft. However, a tip: before buying your bike, make sure the fold is simple and fast and pay attention to his weight (between 10 and 13 kilos around).
Strengths: very handy. Ideal for alternate cycling and public transport.
Disadvantages: the best models, at once solid, reliable and lightweight, are expensive. They can reach € 3,000. But we find in the entry starting at 400 €.
The electric bike (VAE)
It is a cycle with a small motor that does not replace pedaling but can relay or complete them. Ideal for the cyclist who makes daily trips of more than 8 to 10 km, often with loads (shopping or children) or on shafts rugged (when traversing slopes up to 10%), the VAE knows of Besides a craze. This was reflected by the emergence of low-end models (from 400 €), which are far from offering the desirable security guarantees (insufficient brakes, unreliable battery, etc.). A fact, a model comfortable, sturdy yet lightweight-especially due to lithium battery and not the lead-meets or exceeds 1,500 euros.
However, if this solution attempts, know that many local authorities and some companies now offer financial aid for the purchase of a VAE between 250 and 400 €.
Strengths: one can, with a VAE, conduct longer and more difficult paths with a conventional bicycle and that with sustained speed and without much effort (no need to shower in!).
Disadvantages: its weight (under 15 kg to 35 kg, most around 20 kg), the VAE is much more expensive than a single bike.
The bikes ‘road’
Under this name, both found racing bikes tailored for racing, road bikes for walks in the long term, ATV for sport on rough terrain …
Mountain biking (MTB)
For twenty years, ATVs have a dominant place in recreational cycling. Designed for rough terrain, they are cut for cross country and mountain trails (hence also called “mountain bike”). ATV features a strong and lightweight frame, wide tires with studs. It is also equipped with suspensions to absorb shocks and vibrations. The price range depending on the quality of materials and equipment, can range from 130 to 2300 €!
Asset: it is a very playful and sporty bike.
Disadvantage: it is not versatile.