I mean, I am new to actually caring about bikes. I thought it was just BMX, Hybrid, Road and Mountain. I was aware of oddities like Recumbents, Trikes, folding bikes and tandems, but thought they were just that. Oddities.
Then I see this Downhill, Commuter, Comfort, Urban, Cyclocross, Singlespeed, Fixed gear, etc.
I guess what I'm asking is for a breakdown of what some of these terms mean and how much of a bike's "type" is geometry and components, and how much is simply how the rider uses it.
As a commuter, I pretty much understand that a commuter is 100% on the rider. You could pick up any bike and ride it to work. If you see a bike in the city with panniers and lights all over it, it could be a touring bike, but it's probably just someone's daily rider.
What is the difference between singlespeed and fixed gear? Are SS bikes just Fixies that used to be gearies and got converted? Are fixes "factory single speeds"?
What the hell is an "Urban" bike? Looking at the photo gallery it seems it's 100% up to the owner, like Commuter bikes. Take any bike whether it's a Giant Glory 0 or a Schwinn Sting Ray, and call it an urban/park bike, and that's what it is.
Would you chew someone out if they called your over-engineered FR bike a "Mountain bike?"
Am I insane? I don't get it.