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How to Pick Out a Bike for the National Tour de Tush

Tour De Tush Participants smiling after a day of logging miles

Want to participate in the 3rd annual virtual Tour de Tush, but don’t have a bike? Not to worry- the Tour de Tush can take place anywhere, including in your home! Road bikes, stationary bikes, recumbent bikes, or even mountain biking, all of it counts toward our goal. So let’s help you pick out your next bike and get you ready for the Tour de Tush!

Stationary Bikes 

A stationary bike or exercise bike in a studio

An exercise or stationary bike

Stationary bikes, or exercise bikes, are a great way to get your Tour de Tush miles in, especially if you’re crunched for time and can’t get out of the house to bike everyday. Stationary bikes are upright, and follow a traditional style to actual bikes. Most stationary bikes allow you to adjust resistance to simulate hills, and some versions even have programmed ‘tracks’ for you to follow that automatically adjust the resistance.

Recumbent Bikes are similar to a stationary bike, but sit back in a chair position, allowing for a more comfortable experience, especially if sitting on a bike is difficult. Some stationary bikes even come in small, compact formats that fit under desks, so you can get those Tour de Tush miles in even at work.


Road Bikes 

Road bikes usually have drop handlebars, allowing the rider to hold lower on the bars and get into a more aerodynamic

Two road bikes, one with red handle bars and tires, the other with black handle bars and tires, resting against a tall wood fence

Two road bikes.

position. These bikes are also narrow, assisting with speed. These bikes are versatile, and there’s a

large market of used road bikes and accessories, making these an excellent, cheap alternative to purchasing a new bike. Road bikes are also relatively lightweight, making carrying, storing, and maneuvering them easier. However, some riders might find drop bars uncomfortable, and may require some time to get used to if you’re a casual rider.

Mountain Bikes

Kacie Kruger, a Tour De Tush Participant, goes over a hill on her mountain bike

Tour De Tush participant Kacie Kruger going over a hill

Mountain bikes are larger, have suspension mechanisms for bumpy, off-road terrain, and flat bars like more

traditional bikes. These are not always ideal if you’re a casual rider, and mountain bikes vary greatly depending on use. If you’re considering a mountain bike for Tour de Tush, it might be worth consulting your local bike shop.

However, if you’re looking for a stable bike, suitable for off-road and trail riding, a mountain bike might be perfect for you! All miles count for Tour de Tush, regardless if they’re on pavement, dirt roads, trails, or in your home.


Sporting Bikes

A hybrid bike in a garage, this one is by the brand Trek

A hybrid bike

Also called a hybrid bike, these bikes are a mix of a road bike and a mountain bike. These bikes are what most

every-day riders use, as they’re accessible, wider than road bikes, with the wide tires of a mountain bike. These are perfect for casual riders, and they’re readily available wherever bikes are sold.


No matter the bike you choose, you’ll be ready to join us for the 2023 Tour de Tush! Registration is open now, so click here, get registered, and start logging miles!



The Ultimate Bicycle Owners Manual by Eben Weiss



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