By Catarina Cowden

There's nothing quite like the rush you get while riding a bike. You feel light and quick as you power yourself distances across all different types of terrain. With summer's swift arrival, the streets and trails are filling quickly with bike enthusiasts of all levels. Bicycling is the sport we all know and love. Some of our earliest memories include the days of learning how to ride a bike and the scrapes and bruises that led up to the expert ride that would keep us wanting more.

Today, hopping on that bike feels like second nature. But, whether we commute to work, take a slow ride around town, hit the trails, or compete in a race, riding is just as fulfilling as that first time we learned.

And, riding becomes that much better when you've found the right bike. So many times, people ride bikes that aren't fitted correctly, or aren't the right choice for their preferred type of riding. Having an enjoyable, smooth ride is dependent on the comfort you have with your bike. It is a simple relationship that can prevail through the toughest traffic, steepest hills, and muddiest trails. If you are in the market for a new bike, these stellar bikes are a great place to start.
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