Which type of bike is right for you?

Not every bike suits every cyclist. Here we explain which type of bike is suitable for different purposes. So you have a clear overview and are better able to choose your favourite.

Dutch bike

An entire country swears by this type of bike, and in our country too the Dutch bike is most common in the north and west. On a Dutch bike you sit wonderfully upright and can pedal comfortably. On short journeys the Dutch bike is great, but on long journeys it's a bit tiring because of the air resistance. The style aspect is high with Dutch bikes. The wheels are 28 inches and the gears are changed with a hub gear shift. Dutch bikes are available with and without electric assistance.

City bike

The city bike is also suitable for shorter distances in a comfortable position and appeals mainly to people who don't want to cycle so often. The wheels are usually 28 inches, the saddle is comfortable and the gears are changed with a hub gear shift. City bikes of course also come with a motor.

Trekking bike

Trekking bikes are suitable for many uses and ride equally well on asphalt and gravel. Those who regularly cover longer distances and want to sit a little more sportily have found their type of bike here. Trekking bikes usually have lights, mudguards and luggage racks as well as derailleur gears or high-quality hub gears. Trekking bikes are also the best choice for cycling holidays.

Mountainbike

Mountainbikes actually belong in the mountains and forests, but they also feel at home on asphalt. The chunky tyres ride very well on unpaved roads and the wide range of gear ratios makes it possible for less fit cyclists to tackle longer and steeper climbs. The possible riding positions range from very sporty to comfortable and upright. E-mountain bikes have been the best seller in recent years.

Gravel bike and racing bike

If you want to ride fast on asphalt and don't shy away from a sporty seating position, a racing bike is a good choice. Without mudguards and lights, it weighs less than 10 kg and can climb long hills with its derailleur gears. More versatile, because they are also very suitable for forest paths, are gravel bikes that ride through thick and thin with thicker tyres and a more comfortable position. Both types of bike are, of course, also available as E-versions.

Children's or youth bike

Children's bikes are designed to give the little ones a perfect introduction to cycling. For this purpose children's bikes should be age- and size-appropriate. This means changing the bike about every two to three years. Light children's and youth bikes are much more fun for kids than the traditional heavyweight versions. Youth bikes include all types of adult bikes, but mostly mountainbikes or city and Dutch bikes. Many manufacturers also offer youngsters bikes with motors, which experts have criticised.

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