Choosing a bike for the City 2

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What bike to the city? by Isidore Prévalet

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Mountain biking, or MTB Mountain Bike

ATV mode has helped bring to market robust and interesting bikes for urban travel. ATVs have several big advantages. They propose a third tray in front: it further expanded the range of usable speeds. Furthermore, the tires of large sections combined with powerful brakes (cantilever or, more powerful V-Brake) can improve notoriously comfort, handling and braking in all conditions. Their mechanical demands the same skill level road bikes. There are also more adaptable parts to modify your mount. It will for example be easier to choose the tires. Pneumatic lines are incredibly wider biking.
The standard adult ATV is a wheel size of 26 inches in diameter. In width, the larger are in a range to 2.00 1.80 wide usually exist 2.20 but ranges.
ATV purchase prices are quite high. Even an ATV poor quality and old trades around 50 / 60 €. The choice is also much lower compared to racing bikes.
Frames are often resistant and it is possible to equip these racks of bicycles, bulky sludge guard (think wide tires that brew a lot of water) and even baby gate. In the end, ATVs are especially handicapped by their weight. It is indeed not uncommon to encounter copies display 17 or 18 kilos. Under these conditions, we quickly understand what the third tray to grind uphill ...
Large sections of the tires provide comfort but will also require more energy to overcome their rolling resistance.
The ATV is especially cycling of "still running" very rustic, that can be loaded without appriori, intuable most often, but whose field of action will remain limited to a few kilometers from home.

Mountain bike with suspension fork and City?
One can use all types of ATV in town. Be aware that the suspensions are useless and that neither a telescopic fork or a rear suspension provides additional comfort on the very smooth tar cities.

The folding bike.

Folding is a bicycle part. This is a minimalist bike that answer additional needs: be transported easily without anyone on it. And the folding bike is justified if you make a part of your journey by train or car. For example you can park your car at the entrance of a city and end up cycling. The folding bike is quite rare and often purchase must be new. An elementary cycle (low quality, single speed ...) will be little expensive (easily expect to 80 100 €). However, there are folding bikes very good that fold on several points, with a good range of speed and performance brakes. By cons prices can rise very quickly (up to € 1000 gently!). Example: the smallest folding bike in the world. Choose a folding with wheels that you can easily find tires and inner tubes. Avoid too exotic dimensions! Your interview will be even easier.
Finally, the folding bike is probably the only bike "urban" that is difficult to draw the portrait robot because there is a multitude of models without actually common frame at the equipment. Be careful in choosing and take your time: the best and the worst.

Folding bike or folding
The folding bike is hard to find at low prices. Always prefer models with features which you will easily find spare parts (brakes, tires ...).

The bike of the "Computer".

Symbol of urban cycling in all its splendor, bicycles factors include a sum of advantages: very comfortable, allowing a heavy load, enduring ... The difficulty of these bikes is to achieve find one! It seems that one can buy new from Peugeot or Valdenaire (supplier La Poste sometimes changes) but the price must roll back more than one. However, these bikes are excellent machines for the city with a very studied ergonomics, fantastic brakes and maintenance ridiculous. By cons they are quite heavy (to withstand the load of mail), and therefore requires a certain habit (hurry refrain ... the pure speed is out of the question). They are against quite suitable for those who want to take a child to school. Moreover, their lighting system is efficient and protected from external shocks (uncommon thing with other bikes). Also worth remembering that these bikes are more maneuverable than stable (easier for the city) and is very bulky with all their tubes, baskets and luggage rack. If you do a lot of kilometers, for all time and that the speed is not a priority: a bike of this type will make you great services.

Bike Post
Post a bike is still very heavy but incredibly durable and comfortable. Findable for a few euros at auctions areas.


Some call the Bi-Cross. This is a bike small frame with wheels of 20 inches. often we see young people use this type of bike to do tricks. BMX are not as uninteresting as it sounds. The small size allows to transport and store them easily. Moreover they are stiffer than folding bikes they can replace effective especially for the most ... unruly bikers! BMX have only one speed and this reduces their possibility. As against all the equipment is traditionally rustic (steel) and endurance is high. Pricewise, it is rare to find a used BMX. For new models, we find the correct input range from € 200 and can again ascend to price-related summits (€ 800 more). Let us remember that BMX are machines for fun. They are passionate about bikes, as I have already seen, go to the office with the morning and end the day session street or on a mogul field!

BMX bike
BMX is interesting for its ruggedness and small size. however be careful because he has only one speed and comfort is rather spartan. To reserve for short people, young and turbulent ...!

The recumbent bike.

The recumbent appeared there very many years but it made a big breakthrough for some time only. Both say right away: the recumbent bike (or Bent) is really not suited to urban practice unless your city has many bike paths. It is far too low (read discrete), motorists are discovering at the last moment in a line of cars. The recumbent bike is not quite maneuverable in town. Furthermore, agglomeration is made suites acceleration and braking and the recumbent bike is not designed for it. It is impossible to get in dancer when seeking maximum power. Finally it is a model to forget for the city unless you are a strong supporter of bent.

The recumbent bike is especially designed to do kilometers and not to roll into town and stop all 500 meters after ascending a queue remaining virtually invisible to the cars.


What can we learn from this? We must all look overhang ITS bicycle use in the city. Do you have items or children to carry? Are you a continual hurry? You prefer a versatile bike for use as weekend and for walks in families?
This determined, tour the bicycle shops and major sports surfaces around your home, various barter, flea market ... Watch the new bicycles and used as well as their prices. In a few weeks you will be "in the know" ready to find your bike. And at worst its forums stay open day and night to the ultimate questions.

urban bicycle
In town it is best to equip flat pedals (without footrests) to be able put the foot down very quickly.

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