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How to choose a bicycle

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Need a bike for shopping trips or sport? Want to race down the road or zigzag through the woods? Read on for a few tips how to choose the right bike for you. And if you already know what type do you want, make sure you choose the right size

Jak vybrat kolo
First, try answering the following questions
  • Where do you ride?
  • How often do you ride?
  • What do you expect from your bike rides?

Choosing a bike?

Elektrokola

Electrobikes

Electric bikes are great if you need to ride uphill and can stretch your leisure rides by dozens of kilometers.

Universal means of transport

  • For city streets and bike paths
  • Great for everyday work commute or long trips to countryside
  • Virtually effortless riding
  • Allow you to travel dozens of kilometers with little effort
Dětská kola

Kids' bikes

Children's bikes are designed to be durable and easy to use.

For young cyclists

  • Suitable for town streets and countryside
  • For everyday school commute and occasional trips
  • Lightweight construction
  • Simple and robust
  • For kids from 2 to 14 years
Horská kola

Mountain bikes

Mountain bikes are the most versatile bike type. They can cope with paved roads and rough off-road terrain equally well.

Universal bike

  • For roads and off-road terrain
  • For frequent or occasional riders
  • Front suspension for smooth riding
  • Great price/performance ratio
Krosová kola

Cyclo-cross bikes

Cyclo-cross bikes excel on bike paths. They are designed for roads, but they can also cope with wooded trails and grassy plains.

Sports bike

  • For roads and even terrain
  • Suitable for sports trips and work commute
  • Lightweight construction
Městská kola

City bikes

City bikes are suitable for everyday riding, shopping, or work and school commute.

Comfortable travel around the town

  • Perfect for city traffic
  • On everyday shopping trips and occasional cycling
  • Easy to handle
  • Come with accessories
Skládací kola

Folding bikes

Folding bikes don't take up much space and are easy to fold before boarding a bus or tram.

Universal folding bikes

  • For riding around town and short bike trips
  • For everyday commute and shopping
  • Foldable and easy to take on public transport
  • Easy to store

Glossary - Bikes

Gear

Featured on most bikes, gears allow you to select the degree of difficulty when pedaling. At low gears (e.g. when cycling uphill), pedalling is easier, but the pedal frequency increases at the same time. Conversely, when using a high gear (e.g. on a flat road), you pedal less but more forcefully. Gears are essential for anyone who plans to cycle on mixed or hilly terrain.

Frame

An ideal bike frame is lightweight and sturdy. Frame sizes are measured in inches or units, or sizes S, M, L, XL. Bicycle frames are typically made from steel, aluminium or carbon fibre. Steel frames were once common but are now in decline; while being strong and relatively cheap, they are heavier and subject to rust. Alloy frames are cheaper but heavier than carbon fibre frames, which offer a lighter, more flexible, and yet equally strong option.

Fork

The front fork is a key component of any bicycle and determines its overall quality. Suspension forks use compressed air or a spring system to insulate the rider from the roughness of the terrain. Air suspension is the more common option, despite it being more expensive than spring suspension; moreover, the air pressure can be adjusted to the weight of the rider. Spring suspension is the cheaper option and provides a slightly more sensitive damping; however, one disadvantage is that the spring force depends on the weight of the rider, and sometimes the spring can harden at low temperatures.

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