Guide to types of bikes

All Terrain Bike (ATB)

In other words a bike with chunky tyres and gear levers on the handle bars – what most people call a mountain bike, although real off-road bikes have more durable (and more expensive) components.                


Like an ATB, but usually with narrower tyres. 


A bike with a lying down riding position, with the rider’s legs out in front. 

Road bike

A lightweight machine with high gears and narrow wheels for fast road riding. 

3 Speed

A bike with 3 gears in the rear wheel hub: an older-fashioned town bike. 

Town bike

A bike built for comfort rather than speed, with straight handlebars and an upright riding position. 


Similar to a town bike.

Tricycle, trike 

A cycle with three wheels instead of two.