Weight Loss Cyclist Beginner’s Guide: Choosing your first bike

Are you looking for your first bike but have no idea where to start? Today you’ve come to the right place, I’ll be helping you choose your first bike and addressing the common misconceptions behind doing so.

At six-foot-one and 360 lbs, my biggest concern when I decided I wanted to purchase my first bike was that it wouldn’t support my weight. I was terrified at the thought that I would make this huge investment and watch it all crumble the moment I got behind the seat.

When looking around for your first bike remember that the majority of bikes will hold up to 300 pounds…

When looking around for your first bike remember that the majority of bicycles will hold up to 300+ pounds, and with many brands focusing on expanding that number, there’s a bike out there for everyone.  So don’t be discouraged, because the only wrong option for you is #NotToRide.

Before I get started, I want to give a shoutout to cyclingjimmarty_a_boyd, and _riderblaze for letting me use their photos in this week’s blog, make sure to follow them to show some love. One more thing, to keep my list short I’ll be covering only the bike types I feel are the most conventional for true beginners. You can check a full list of additional bike types here.

Road Bike

You would choose a road bike as your first bike if you want to go fast. Their slim and slick design makes them perfect for traveling long distances at a fast rate and while they’re not meant for all terrains, they are ideal for long warm rides on the open road.

  • Price: $600 – $900.
  • Ideal For: Long distances, Speed, Weight loss
  • Bad For: Rough terrains, commuting

Mountain Bike

You would choose a mountain bike as your first bike if you want to go off road. If your paths are filled with rough terrains or tough weather conditions, then these monster are for you. Their heavier frame and rustic design make them ideal for riding where no man has before.

  • Price: $100 – $390
  • Ideal For: Rough terrains, tough weather, commuting, weight loss
  • Bad For: Speed

Hybrid Bike

You would choose a hybrid bike as your first bike, you don’t really care. These bikes are the Frankenstein baby of a mountain bike and a touring bike. They have smooth tires for high speeds on the pavement and flat surfaces but are comfortable and strong enough for off-road paths and tough weathered terrains. Really the best of two worlds.

  • Price: $310 – $415
  • Ideal For: When you just don’t care, commuting, weight loss
  • Bad For: No specific purpose means not too good at anything

So whether you want to go fast or go off-road, I hope this guide helps you decide on your first bike. Remember ride safely.

What type of bike was your first bike? Let me know in the comments below.

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