Research required in picking a bike

Mountain, road, hybrid, townie, comfort, cyclocross, cruiser, chopper – there’s a bewildering array of bikes to choose from, but if you plan to bike to work, your choice of the most suitable steed to purchase narrows down quickly.

If you have a bike in your garage you might get away without buying one. Pry it loose from under the stuff stacked around it and check it over. If it’s a mountain, hybrid or road bike of decent quality and in reasonable shape, get it tuned up at a bike shop and hop on it...