Choosing The Right Bike
Bikes have come a long way and it's not one size or model fits all anymore. Before you buy a bike it's important to find out what bike is going to fit your lifestyle best. We find that a lot of people come into the shop looking for one bike only to leave with another! Choose the style of bike that describes you best for a more in depth look at that particular riding style and see if it's right for you.
1) Ask Yourself These Questions
What Type Of Cyclist Am I?
Recreational Cyclist - Using you bike for leisure, exercise or charity rides
Commuter/Utilitarian - Using your bike for everyday activities like commuting
Competitive - You want a top of the line riding experience or are racing competitively
Where Do I Want To Ride?
On Road - Riding on paved trails or roads
On & Off Road - Riding on established trails, gravel paths, paved trails and roads
Off Road - Riding off road on dirt trails
How Much Do I Want To Invest?
As you move from recreational, to experienced to competitive the cost of bicycles will go up.
Now that you've answered these questions use the chart to find your style.
2) The 4 Main Kinds Of Bikes
|Best Use||Road Type||What To Consider|
|Recreation, Competitive||Trails, Dirt Paths, Off Road||Not for paved roads! Suspension isn't needed & fat tires make it hard to gain speed|
|Recreation, Competitive||Paved Roads and Paths||Great for group rides or experienced cyclists. Not great for slow leisurely rides|
|Commuting, Riding Around Town||Paved Roads, Paths and Gravel Paths||Gets you from point A to B fast & comfortably. Good bike for a city environment|
|Recreation, Comfort Riding, Commuting||Dirt Trails, Gravel Paths, Paved Roads and Trails||A mix of road & mountain. Upright position for comfort, thinner wheels for speed. Can come with suspension|
3) Finding Your Bike!
Now that you have a better idea of your riding style it's time to match it with your bike!
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