For our blog this week we have our collective view on the various types of bicycles that are currently filling out garages & why all cyclists conform to the n+1 numbering system of total bikes. This is our beginners guide to bike types.
Serious Lycra loving territory with for all of us our first proper investment in cycling hardware. Our go to machines for training and sportives. For some a regular summer commute option as well adding extra miles to that weekly training count. Lightweight
machines that are pretty quick and good for covering serious miles. All at Trivelo looking to upgrade as ever. Be it lighter frames, component changes or technical accessories. A life long love that will empty your wallet forever more. Much like a child!
A phenomenon that exploded in the ’80s and shows no sign of letting up. You need a degree to navigate the different types with full suspension, hard tails, down hill, you name it there is a variant. Historically viewed as heavy weight cousins to a road bike but nowadays you are as likely to find carbon frames and tubular tyres on a mountain bike as a road bike. Great fun on the trails and numerous off road courses that continue to pop up. Use them properly and get them dirty.
TT or Triathlon bikes
Things of beauty made of the lightest weight components and aerodynamic magic from the genius of many bike manufacturers. Look incredibly
uncomfortable but with a proper fitting they really aren’t as bad as the razor blade saddles suggest. Often coupled with some deep rim carbon wheels or even for the purist a disc wheel on the back. Speed is the objective and when your cranking along with the sun on your back it is a wonderful thing.
The bastard child of a road bike and a mountain bike this is surely the machine built for the commuter (train travellers aside). Straight handle bars and thin but nobbly tyres it will get you to work in the rain maintaining a decent pace without risking your limbs on corners. Not our favourite go to bike but it has a place and serves a function without ever being a poster child of the cycling world.
Folding Brompton bike
A regular on the train lines heading into London these clever little devices allow you to sneak in some miles and avoid the tube while heading into major cities. Continually becoming lighter and smaller if you can face the scary city streets as you perch aloft on your enormous seat post it’s more miles in the saddle under your steam. Love it more than the tube but we would always rather have one of our “real” bikes with us.
One for the purist this one. No gears. Just cycling. Often the result of a road bike that has served its purpose and been subject to a glamorous paint job and minimalist handlebars. Some mad scientists have even gone as far as replacing chains with belt drives. Lovely feeling not worrying about the complexities of derailleur tweaking but we draw the line at removing the brakes. We will hold on to them if it’s all the same.
Hopefully that covers the main types of bike you might consider and our beginners guide to bike types has been useful.
About the author – Billy is the founder of Trivelo bikes and currently his bike count stand at 3 but is currently eyeing up 2 extras to add to the collection.