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What's Your Bike Type?

Are you looking to cruise around town or to explore on dirt roads? Find out which bike type is for you and what biking equipment you need for your bike ride.
Electra Townie Original 3i bike The Cruiser

You're looking for an uncomplicated weekend spin or just an easy way to burn extra calories.

What You'll Need

Ideal Wheels: Thanks to its lightweight aluminum frame, three gears (for a little extra help on hills) and supersensitive brakes, the Electra Townie Original 3i ($410, electrabike.com for info) is your ultimate multitasker, great for city commutes or oceanside cruises.

A helmet: Keep the metallic theme going with the women-specific Bellisima helmet ($17, walmart.com). It's vented to keep you cool and comes with a visor for extra shade.

A light: Plan to ride early in the morning or after dusk? Be guided by the easy-to-attach Cateye Uno LED light ($35, rei.com). It runs for 15 hours on one AA battery.

A lock: The Kryptonite Evolution Series 4 U-Lock ($65, bicyclebuys.com) can be clipped to the seat post for the duration of your ride and comes with a guarantee: If your bike is stolen, the company will replace it up to a value of $2,250.

A bag: Carry your stuff from here to there without back sweat with a design-it-yourself Timbuk2 messenger bag (starting at $49, timbuk2.com). Its adjustable strap helps keep contents close while you ride.

Shoes: Keen's Trailhead Commuter looks just like a sandal, but it fits a recessed sole cleat so you can go from platform or clipless pedals to walking on the ground without missing a beat ($115, keenfootwear.com).

Gloves: Slip a pair of adorable Novara Lifeline gloves ($25, rei.com) into your pocket before you head out for a day of riding. They provide extra cushioning and shock absorption without interfering with your natural grip.