The Lowdown on Bike Types and How to Choose Your Ride (Slideshow)

PhotoShopped Unicycle Racer photo

Photo: Freaking News' Unicycle Racer (PhotoShopped Image)

Fixie, Softtail, 700c, 29 inch, internal hub, cogset, lugs, nipple, cassette, folder, freeride, dropouts, Ti: Just the jargon associated with cycling can be off-putting to those keen to embrace this non-polluting, human-powered, transportation option. Stand in a bike store for 15 minutes listening to a bike fanatic talking to the shop staff, and the terminology will have you thinking about night school just to learn the strange language.

We won't attempt to explain bikespeak here, but this crash course on some of the more common types of bikes will at the very least make bike stores less like foreign lands.

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