Not just for transport and sport, bicycles have many health benefits. They promote weight loss, build muscle, cut heart disease and cancer risks as well as improve mental well-being. Find here a wide selection of bicycles for men, women and kids. Brands available include Buffalo, Fox, Raleigh, Shimano, Philips, Phantom, Rosie, Gt Max, BSA, Hercules, BMX, Fuji, and Merida to mention but a few. Getting yourself a bike will assist in your movements as well as reduce your risk of health problems associated with a sedentary lifestyle. Most sellers here also supply a wide selection of parts and accessories.
The word bicycle first appeared in English print in The Daily News in 1868, to describe "Bicycles and tricycles" on the "Champs Elysées and Bois de Boulogne". The word was first used in 1847 in a French publication to describe an unidentified two-wheeled vehicle, possibly a carriage.
Cycling, also called bicycling or biking, is the use of bicycles for transport, recreation, exercise or sport. People engaged in cycling are referred to as "cyclists", "bicyclists", or "bikers".
Cycling is mainly an aerobic activity, which means that your heart, blood vessels and lungs all get a workout. You will breathe deeper, perspire and experience increased body temperature, which will improve your overall fitness level. The health benefits of regular cycling include increased cardiovascular fitness.
Road bicycles are designed to be ridden fast on smooth pavement. They have smooth, skinny tires and "drop" handlebars, and can be used for on-road racing. They are usually lighter than other types of bicycles
Cyclocross bicycles are a special type of road bike designed to be raced on a mixed surface course (combination of pavement, unpaved trails, gravel, grass). They have a drop handlebar like regular road bikes, but the tires are a littler wider for more off-road traction, and they have a different style of brake that helps to prevent mud buildup in the frame. Cyclocross bicycles are sometimes called 'cross bikes or cx bikes for short.
Touring bicycles are another special type of road bike. They are designed to be ridden on pavement but are more durable for use on self-supported long-distance riding.
Adventure Road Bikes
Adventure Road Bicycles are one of the newest categories of bicycle. They are sometimes called all-road bikes, any-road bikes, or gravel bikes, and are the most versatile sub-category of the road bikes.
Triathlon/Time Trial Bikes
Triathlon/Time Trial Bicycles are road bikes with a special design that maximizes their aerodynamic properties. The handlebars are also a special aerodynamic design that allows you to crouch forward while riding, to minimize the wind resistance against your body.
Fitness Bicycles have most of the advantages of regular road bikes--lightweight frames and relatively narrow tires for efficiency on the pavement--with a flat or upright handlebar.
Track/Fixed-Gear Bicycles or fixies are designed to be ridden on a velodrome, which is a banked oval track specifically for bicycle racing. Some commuters prefer track bikes, however, due to their simple design, which makes them easy to maintain.
Mountain Bicycles are designed for riding rough off-road trails. They have flat or upright handlebars and a very low gear range for pedalling up steep trails. Most mountain bikes have some type of shock absorber or suspension.
Hybrid Bicycles were originally conceived to provide the advantages of both road bikes and mountain bikes. Their large, padded seats and upright handlebars provide a comfortable riding position and are best for casual riding around the neighbourhood or bike paths, short-distance commuting, and errands around town.
Dual-Sport Bicycles are a sub-category of hybrid bikes oriented towards riders who want the multi-surface versatility of a hybrid bike but want a little more aggressive style and riding position.
Cruiser Bicycles are similar to hybrid bikes, in that they are designed for casual riding, and have a very comfortable, upright riding position, and a large, comfortable seat. Cruisers usually have wide "balloon" tires, and handlebars that are even more upright, and in some cases, swept-back compared to hybrid bikes.
Flat-Foot Comfort Bikes
Flat-Foot Comfort Bicycles are a sub-category of cruiser bikes. They have an elongated frame design that pushes the pedals a few inches forward of the seat.
The term "city bike" doesn't really refer to a specific category of bikes; it's more of a general descriptive term. They might also be called "commuter" or "urban" bikes, although many of the bikes listed on this page can be used quite well for riding and commuting in a city. However, there is a certain type of bike that some people have in mind when they use the term "city bike."
BMX Bicycles are popular with kids because of their small size, but they are used by adults and kids alike for various styles of trick and stunt riding.
Folding Bicycles are ideal for those who need to travel by their bike, want a bike to keep on their boat or plane, or who live in small apartments and don't have a lot of storage space.
Recumbent Bicycles have a long, low design and a full-size seat with a backrest. Recumbents are available in two-wheel and three-wheel designs.
Tandem Bicycles are "bicycles built fors two." They come in all styles, from cruiser tandems and hybrid tandems for the bike path or boardwalk, off-road mountain bike tandems, and high-performance road racing tandems.
Adult Trikes are ideal for older folks who still want to get around under their own power, or those with balance issues or other special needs.