The Right Bike for You
Want to buy a bike but don’t know where to start? Maybe a friend of yours recommends getting a certain bike, while another cycling friend insists that their bike is the best choice for you. Who do you listen to? Choosing the best bike for you can be confusing given the amount of choice. This article will help you decide the right bike, and if you need any help you’re welcome to pop into the shop and meet us. We help cyclists and new cyclists every day.
Determine Your Riding Style
Start by asking yourself why you want to ride to begin with. Is it for exercise? Is it to get out on a regular basis? Is it for sport? Is cycling part of your commuting journey? Where are you going to ride? On city roads or forest trails? Once you define your style of riding, it will be easier for you to choose the kind of bike you need.
There Are a Variety of Bike Options Available
Although there is a multitude of bike styles, here are the ones you’re most likely to come across:
- Mountain Bikes: These are durable bikes you can take off the road. Mountain bikes have fat tires, comfortably wide handlebars, and low gears for easier navigation of hills.
- Road Bikes: If you plan on doing long rides, pavement riding, this is the bike for you. Road bikes are built for speed, have thinner tires and handlebars, and are overall, much lighter in weight.
- Hybrid Bikes: This type of bike combines the features of mountain bikes and road bikes. Hybrid bikes are perfect for those who want to experiment with all styles of riding.
- Comfort Bikes: These are specialty mountain bikes or hybrids that offer more upright riding and softer seats. These bikes are essentially designed for riders who desire more comfort in their ride.
- Custom Bikes: We build these to your specifications and comfort levels
- Electric bikes: Great for commuters and those that have a lot of hilly cycle routes
And remember, if it’s not mentioned we can build it for you.
Some bike models offer up to eight different sizes. To determine the right size for you, measure your inseam—this will determine the right size frame, in terms of stand-over-height. Like a suit, the right fit is important.
Don’t be afraid to ask advice about what you don’t understand, such as quick release, bike maintenance, what kind of equipment you need, etc. Knowing what you need to know is the difference between easy riding and a bike that stays in the garage collecting cobwebs.
Buy a Bike You Like
Take even the smallest details into consideration when buying a bike: how it rides, size, how it looks, colour--everything. After all, it’s your set of wheels--ride it proudly.
Andy & Darren