What kind of bike is easiest to learn to ride

What kind of bike is easiest to learn to ride? (Even if you are an adult)

There are a variety of factors that should be considered when answering this question:

What type of riding do you intend to do? (e.g., Commuting, recreational (road and mountain biking), dirt jumping, flatland BMX, downhill racing) What is your level of physical fitness?

  • Do you have any disabilities or limitations?
  • How tall are you?
  • What is your budget?
  • What type of riding do you intend to do?

It is important to determine what sort of riding (if any) you plan to do when looking for a bicycle. If you plan on primarily performing tricks and stunts, then a BMX or specialized 4-wheel bicycle would be required.

However, if you only intend on using the bicycle for transportation then a dedicated commuter bike will likely suit your needs best. Road (and road racing), mountain (and mountain biking), track, fat tire electric bikes are all varied forms that should be considered depending on your intended use.

If there is any question as to which style of bike would suit your needs best it may be advisable to visit a local bike shop to discuss your options with a knowledgeable employee.


These bicycles are designed for riding in dirt/gravel areas with jumps and stunts such as half-pipes and street courses (and sometimes lots of bumps and bruises if you land on the wrong part of the bike).

As such these bicycles only include a single gear ratio, no suspensions, extremely low bottom brackets (to make it easier to pedal through the jumps and landings), and a very upright position (for visibility of surroundings and comfort).

A BMX bicycle is not particularly well suited for riding on concrete or asphalt due to its low bottom bracket which makes it challenging to keep your feet on the pedals at stoplights if you’re using clip-in pedals.

The single gear ratio also requires you to get back up to speed with every hill you encounter which greatly reduces their commuting utility especially in areas that aren’t perfectly flat like Manhattan or San Francisco.

They are, however, perfect for casual commutes across grassy fields where there aren’t any hills but be sure to watch out for ant hills!

BMX and 4-wheel bikes:

These styles of bicycle are designed for less stable riding. They focus on agility and manoeuvrability while sacrificing stability and comfort (the exception is dirt jumping which sacrifices comfort and speed in favour of jump height, tricks, and safety).

The geometry of these bicycles places the rider much closer to the ground placing them at risk for serious injury if they should fall off.

Recreational Road Bikes:

This style of bicycle is intended for recreational riding over smooth surfaces such as pavement or well-groomed gravel roads. These bicycles are not designed for high speeds or racing but rather low sustained speeds.

Generally speaking, they are more comfortable than their dedicated road racing counterparts and include features such as slightly wider high-pressure tires, more upright riding position with a shorter top tube (the horizontal bar that the seat post inserts into), and multiple gears (which means you can maintain your cruising speed without having to pedal as hard).

Commuter Bikes:

These bicycles are designed for commuting over smooth surfaces at moderate speeds. They often include fenders and racks for carrying cargo. T

hey generally have very narrow, high pressure (i.e., slick) tires and only one gear which make them less than ideal for rough surface conditions like dirt roads or trails, but they provide good speed on smoother surfaces. Because of their emphasis on speed many commuters also make use of clip-in which allow the rider to pull up on the pedals to move the bike forward without pushing down at the pedals.

This allows for good speed while still allowing the rider to keep their feet on the bicycle in less-than-ideal conditions (e.g. wet grass, snow).

Road Racing Bikes:

These bicycles are designed for racing over smooth surfaces at high speeds. They are lightweight and efficient typically with narrow, high-pressure tires that perform well on pavement but are noisier when riding over rougher surfaces.

While they can be used for commuting, they would not be ideal due to their narrow profile which makes them more difficult to control when navigating potholes or other obstacles compared to a wider tire/rim combination or a fatter tire.

For this reason, road racing bicycles often make use of clip-in which allow the rider to pull up on the pedals to move the bike forward without pushing down at the pedals.

This allows for good speed while still allowing the rider to keep their feet on the bicycle in less-than-ideal conditions (e.g., wet grass, snow).

Mountain Bikes:

These bicycles are designed for riding over rough and mountainous conditions and include features such as thick knobby tires that grip well when riding across loose dirt or gravel surfaces, flat bar handlebars that provide good balance while standing up and pedalling, higher bottom bracket height which reduces pedal strike when crossing rocks or roots, gentle geometry with a long wheel base which makes them stable while descending down steep slopes, ample front suspension travel or coil sprung rear suspension travel, and multiple gears (to help you keep your cruising speed when climbing up hills or navigating obstacles).

Mountain bikes can be used for commuting in rough terrain, but they are generally not ideal due to their weight and relative lack of multiple speeds. Mountain bikes also often make use of front suspension forks which require more frequent service than a typical road bike would need reducing the overall cost effectiveness of owning one.

Folding Bikes:

These bicycles include a hinge in the frame which allows it to be collapsed down to a very small size. Some of these bicycles can even stand up on their own when folded making them a great option for those living in small apartments or working out of a home office.

A folding bicycle is not particularly well suited for riding on rough terrain since most have rear suspensions that will feel every bump and bruise along the way.

They also don’t generally include multiple speeds or even brakes (for simplicity). For this reason, they are best used as commuter bicycles designed for travelling short distances over smooth surfaces quickly and easily.

Electric Bicycles:

These bicycles include an electric motor which makes pedalling much easier allowing you to go further, faster. Many electric bicycles also include multiple gears which means you can still travel quickly even on hills, and they generally include a lithium-ion battery that lets you charge the bike at work without having to leave it outside in freezing temperatures or hot sun.

An electric bicycle is great for commuting because it requires no physical effort from the rider and the motor makes pedalling much easier than using just your own power would be (even if you can pedal faster yourself).

Many of these bikes also have regenerative braking systems built in which provide some amount of energy back to the battery when descending hills.

If you don’t want to pedal around at all however, an electric bicycle will quickly go dead once its battery runs out so make sure you plan!

If you’re looking for a way to make it easier to pedal around the city, especially up hills or if you want to go further without exerting any additional effort electric bicycles are a great choice.

Single Speed Bicycles:

These bicycles only include one gear ratio (1x) which means they can’t travel very fast but on the flip side they require virtually no maintenance, and they are very lightweight. That’s because they don’t have an internal gearing mechanism that requires servicing every few months like most other styles of bikes do.

The lack of multiple gears also makes them excellent choices for commuting in an area where there aren’t any steep hills since you’ll be able to keep your cruising speed even when climbing hills or taking on obstacles along the way.

A single speed bicycle is great for commuting in an area that isn’t particularly hilly since you won’t have to worry about shifting gears or having difficulty keeping up your speed.

Single speed bikes are also perfect for casual riding around the neighbourhood to pick up groceries or drop the kids off at school since they don’t require any additional maintenance and very few moving parts which means they will practically go forever if you take good care of them.

Final Statement

And there you have it! The answer to “What kind of bike is easiest to learn how to ride?” is a single speed bike hand down! They are simple, lightweight, easy on your knees, and best of all they require virtually no maintenance (and even better no costly tune-ups).