Consistently getting exercise is one of the best ways to maintain your health during your golden years. One of the best ways to do that is through riding a bike.
But before you can think of all the places you can go to in and around your community, you must first choose a bike that is right for you. This is crucial as this may very well determine just how enjoyable your riding experience will be.
There are a lot of selections to choose from. But in order to get the most out of your ride, consider one that suits your body type and your purpose.
Some of the questions that you may need to ask yourself during the bike-selection process are:
- What have you ridden before that you liked or disliked?
- What factors are important to you? Is it speed, comfort, versatility, style, easy storage, or ease of riding?
- Who will you be riding with?
- What kind of terrain will you be riding on? Is it flat, or hilly, or some of both?
- Do you want the simplicity of one speed or multiple speeds for easier riding on hilly terrain?
- Where do you plan to ride? Is it close to home or will you have to transport my bike to another location?
- Will you be riding off-road or on paved surfaces?
- Do you have a budget that you want to stay within?
- Do you have any physical limitations that you need to consider?
- Is ease of getting on and off the bike an issue for you?
- Would you be more comfortable with a three-wheeler that has a more stable ride and easier boarding?
- Would pedal assist, as with an electric bike, be more suitable?
With those in mind, here is a wide range of bikes for you to take a look at. Each carries their own merits depending on your needs and wants.
Road bikes are made more for speed and distance but are not built for off-road or rough terrain. They appeal to very active boomers who are experienced in bike riding. The aerodynamic riding position and the skinny tires make pedalling simpler but the riding position and thin saddle can be somewhat uncomfortable and rough on boomer bodies.
A mountain bike is specifically made to be rugged, with higher ground clearance to elude obstacles on rough terrain. They often have knobby tires and high gear ratios to augment climbing ability while riding off road.
Sometimes referred to as a crossover, this kind of bike mixes the best features of a road bike with features from a mountain bike. This makes the hybrid bicycle vert versatile.
A cruiser bike is a kind of forty’s retro bike that you see being ridden in the park, or at the beach. They are very well liked with older boomers that just want an occasional leisurely ride. Cruisers are often just single speed and quite heavy so they might not be the best selection for hilly terrain.
Step through bicycle
Boomers and seniors are choosing step through bikes more when choosing a bicycle. Ease of mounting and dismounting is beneficial if you aren’t as limber or as flexible as you once were. A lot of step through riders have become so at ease with this kind of bike that they have vowed to not revert to the more conventional kind.
EZ Boarding bicycle
The EZ boarding bike was made for boomers with features that offer the rider the best in comfort and simplicity. It is designed for men as well as women and has a distinctive oversize aluminium frame for added strength.
Day 6 bicycle
The Day 6 bicycle was made for easy and comfortable riding. It is doesn’t put too much stress on your back, butts and hands with a wide range of available seat configurations.
Fat tire bicycle
Fat tire bicycles are the new rage "in" off road cycling. Most mountain bikes or cruisers have tires with a 2-inch wide tread but fat tire bikes carry anywhere from 3 inch all the way up to 4.25 inches wide. This plays a huge factor when manoeuvring on sand, loose stones or any irregular terrain.
A chainless bicycle can be the solution to a cyclist prayer and may be a sign of things to come. The chain that is used on a conventional bike is switched for a drive shaft from the pedal crankshaft to a set of gears on the rear hub.
A recumbent bike is quick and comfortable and is available in a wide range of configurations. Their reputation with boomers has significantly increased as they become more accessible. Actually most recumbents are three wheeled these days, for easier balance.
A tandem bicycle is the storied bicycle made for two. They can be fast, with the right team, but it takes practice to learn to ride one. They are great for boomer couples that prefer to ride together or for riders of different abilities or fitness levels.
Recumbent Tandem Bicycle
The Orion tandem recumbent tricycle lets you become more mobile to enjoy cycling regardless of any limitations. The driver and the passenger sit next to each other and can engage in conversation and enjoy recreational fun together!
A folding bike offers convenience in the way of storage. It can be transported and stored easily. It’s especially popular with boaters, commuters, and apartment dwellers.
Montague full size folding bike
The Montague full size-folding bike boasts of an extremely rugged design, which uses a quick release on the frame for 20 second folding and unfolding. It is available as an urban or suspension mountain bike.
Older adults that want to ride but would want a pedal assist can look to the electric bike as an option. They are pedal optional so the rider can pedal for exercise, use the motor on climbs, or sit back and let the motor do all of the work. It can go as fast as 20 miles at 15 MPH on a single charge.
Electric folding bike
An electric folding bike adds even more convenience and flexibility. This bike can be folded or unfolded in mere seconds and be ready for use. It is available as a step through as well.
Seniors and people with handicaps or even balance problems prefer these. They are easy to ride on and give you a very stable ride. There is also a vast assortment of styles to pick from.