Selected bicycle types on eBayNowadays, there are many bicycle types on the market. When I prepared this page, I was surprised to see how many bicycle categories exist. Each class is optimized for a specific riding style. This page will make it easier for you to buy the best bicycle that will meet your cycling needs.
Here are the most common bicycle types:
If you would like to read more about using road bikes on a long touring trip you are invited to visit my page about our 300-mile bike ride bicycle trip in Japan from Takayama to Kyoto.
Mountain biking is one of the most fun, free, and invigorating sports out there. Get to know this bicycle category when choosing the right mountain bike for you. It can make the difference between an enjoyable ride and just a lot of work!
Read also a related article about cross country mountain bikes.
The 29er mountain bikes are relatively new trend. If you have been riding a mountain bike for many years, you are probably riding a 26er bicycle. Read here more about 29er bikes.
Cross-country mountain bikes offer riders an exciting way to gain useful new skills and also experience more of the landscape that keeps us wanting more.
If you are looking for that “perfect” bicycle that combines the good qualities of both the road bike and the mountain bike, a hybrid bicycle may be the right fit for you. These bikes come in all different styles and offer affordability and light weight great for commuters and just cruising around
Downhill mountain biking is a huge adrenaline rush, but can also be quite dangerous without the right cycling equipment. Choose a quality bike with durable bicycle parts and armor for a reliable package that will have you yelling for joy in no time!
Forget about waiting in traffic and wasting money on gas. Many great options in the city and commuter bicycle market will get you to work safely and on time. Read some related bicycle reviews
Free ride bike is a special bicycle type. Freeride mountain biking is not for everyone. The adrenaline is very high. (At least for me) Read here about the bicycles that are built to absorb
Electric bicycle is a relatively new bicycle type. With the invention of the electric bicycles, you’ll have no problem tackling hills and long trips during your daily commuting by bicycle
Tandem Bicycles are built for two (or more…). Read about the beauty of cycling in 2, and enjoy the pleasure of bicycle riding with a friend. My wife loves this bicycle type!
Read here for the complete guide on these beautiful machines that you see from time to time on the beach. What are they, and where did they come from
Some people like to be different! Normal bicycle types are not for them. Read more about custom bicycles and on how to build your own bicycle
During our recent Rhine River tour we were using basic cross country mountain bikes. Read my touring bicycle reviews and you will be better equipped: you will also know what you need to take with you on your long journey.
Special bicycle types: they are so special! 3-wheel bicycles, 4-wheel bicycles, gas-powered, wooden bikes & other special bicycles! Check it out here!
Is it a new trend? Chainless bicycles (also known as “shaft drive bicycles” or “dynamic bicycles”) are here to stay. Read more about the new invention!
Where is the 27-gear bicycle revolution? You can see single-speed bicycles (also known as “fixed gear bicycles”) more and more on the streets
These bikes are not good for everyone! Triathlon bicycles are unique, and their design is perfectly suited for this demanding sport.
If you are serious about triathlon this article might not be informative enough for you, but if you are just curious about different kinds of bicycles (just like me), read here
When it comes to children’s bicycles, most kids have just one, so you need to look for a versatile bike.
The bike you select should be able to go well with off-road biking, as well as going to school. Apart from that, children want their bikes to look colorful, sporty and attractive.
Anyone who is learning how to ride a bicycle can benefit from a bicycle with training wheels.
Most models simply screw onto the frame near the back wheel of the bicycle, providing extra support until the rider can get used to using the brakes and accelerating at a comfortable pace. Once the rider is ready to learn to balance on their own, the wheels can be unscrewed without compromising the frame of the bicycle.
In many cases women’s bicycles are different than men’s. Just like clothing and hair styling, women’s bicycles are different. Read here about the differences.
By the way, did you know that in the past, women’s biking was more popular than bicycling for men? Read here about women cycling.
Check out This List of Bicycle Types
City Bike – City bicycle is also called commuter bike. It is not a road bike, nor a mountain bike, falling somewhere in the middle.
Cross Country Mountain Bikes – Cross country mountain bikes offer riders an exciting way to gain useful new skills and also experience more of the landscape that keeps us wanting more.
Automatic Bicycle – When you hear the words automatic bicycle, many people’s minds instantly go to electric or motorized bicycles, but that is not what an automatic bicycle is at all. Read more about bicycles with automatic transmission.
Beach Cruiser Bikes – Beach cruiser bikes are renowned for the simple but durable construction that allows them to withstand the salt, sand, and spray of a beachfront. It also helps that these bikes are more comfortable (and more affordable) than their mountain or racing counterparts.
Cruisers Bicycles – Fully customizable and slick style is what made cruisers bicycles popular in the day.
Tip: Buy a multi-purpose bicycle
There are nearly twenty different kinds of bicycles listed on this page and obviously, most of us will not be able to buy all of them. Very few cyclists have the luxury of buying separate bicycles for cross-country cycling, commuting, and touring. However, if you participate in all of these activities, all hope is not lost. Some bicycles are wonderfully versatile.
Hybrid bicycles, for example, serve you equally well on roads and off-road trails while BMX and 29er mountain bikes can be used in urban environments without much hassle. Consult your local bike dealer for more suggestions on multi-purpose bikes.
Children Bicycles - When it comes to children's bicycles, most kids have just one, so you need to look for a versatile bike. The bike you select should be able to go well with off-road biking, as well as going to school. Apart from that, children want their bikes to look colorful, sporty and attractive.
Bicycle With Training Wheels - A bicycle with training wheels is a common gift for a child learning to ride a bicycle for the first time. This eliminates the need to focus on muscle memory needed to balance on a bicycle until they are used to the mechanics of riding.
Cool Bicycles - What are cool bicycles? Well, it depends on what you find cool. A few might find vintage bicycles 'cool', some find the most technologically advanced bikes 'cool', and so on. Read more about cool and special bicycles...
Downhill Mountain Bikes - Downhill Mountain Bikes will give you a huge adrenaline rush, but can also be quite dangerous without the right equipment. Choose a quality downhill bike with durable parts for a reliable package that will have you yelling for joy in no time.
E-Bikes - Biking has come a long way. With the invention of the electric assisted bicycle and other electric bikes, you'll have no problem tackling hills and long trips during your daily commute.
Folding Bicycles - Why buy the best folding bike? Want a bike, but have nowhere to put it? Folding bicycles are great for multi-mode commuting and easy small storage! Check them out!
Freeride Mountain Bikes - Extreme mountain bike riding can be effortless if you have freeride mountain bikes.
Hybrid Bicycles - If you are looking for that perfect bike that combines the good qualities of both the "road bike" and the "mountain bike", then the hybrid bicycles is just your type. These bikes come in all different styles but offer affordability and light weight great for commuters and just cruising around.
Mountain Bikes - Mountain biking is one of the most fun, free and invigorating sports out there. Read mountain bicycle reviews and know what to look for in a quality mountain bike before you make the purchase. Choosing the right mountain bike for you can make the difference between an enjoyable ride and just a lot of work!
Road Racing Bicycles - Road racing bicycles, also known as road bicycles, are in a cycle class all their own. With their unique build and lightweight frame they're great for those looking to use them for exercise, competition, or even touring.
Single Speed Bicycles - Fixed gear bicycle is a unique bicycle type: A bicycle without a gear! Read here for more information.
Special Bicycles - Special Bicycles: 3-wheel bicycles, 4-wheel bicycles, gas-powered bicycles, wooden bicycles & more.
Recumbent Bicycles - Recumbent bicycles are bicycles with the seats in a laid-back, reclined position. A lot of people think a recumbent bicycle is a three-wheel bicycle, but there are a lot of recumbent bikes with only two wheels. Read more.
Retro Bicycles - What is the definition of retro bicycles? Is it the one with the most advanced brakes, gear systems, and handlebars? Or are they just bicycles that may not contain quite as many cutting-edge features, but boasts an interesting and stylish design?
Tandem Bikes - Try riding tandem bicycles: While cycling can be a solitary Endeavour, why not bring your best friend along on your next ride - on a bicycle made for two!
Three Wheel Bicycle - A cycling trend that is quickly catching on is the three-wheel bicycle. Although tricycles are commonly associated with children, they are a great alternative to a regular bicycle for adults as well as children.
Recycled Bicycles - Recycled bicycles find new purpose in a variety of places including art studios, poor youth communities and community projects, underdeveloped countries, public transport, educational institutions, etc. Read more.
Triathlon Bicycle - Is it the right time to buy your very own triathlon bicycle, or is it smarter to just stick with your old road bicycle?
Best Touring Bicycle - During our recent Rhine River tour we were using basic cross country mountain bikes. Read my touring bicycle reviews and you will be better equipped: you will also know what you need to take with you on your long journey.
Urban Bicycles - Urban bicycles are convenient little bicycle types to own - especially when you find yourself stuck in a tight, congested, and highly urbanized location.
Women's Bicycle - Women's bicycles are different than regular bicycles in more ways than you can imagine.
29er Mountain Bikes - The 29er mountain bikes are relatively new trend. If you have been riding a mountain bike for many years, you are probably riding a 26er bicycle.
Where to Buy All Kinds of Bicycle Types?
If you are interested in buying bicycles online, you can always buy them on each maker's website (see links to all major bicycle makers). In addition, there is always an option to buy bicycles online in one of these trusted online stores: