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How to choose the right bicycle?

Simplify your bike-buying process with key questions:

  1. Riding Companions: Align with their bike choices for compatibility.
  2. Preferred Terrain: Choose based on where you plan to ride.
  3. Past Enjoyment: Recall features you liked in previous bikes.
  4. Address Dislikes: Avoid aspects of past bikes that were unsatisfactory.
  5. Budget and Preference: Set a budget and decide on tech vs. value preference.

Road Bikes

  • Road bikes are fast and easy to pedal on pavement.
  • They're not as well suited for operating off-road.
  • Some people find the low riding position of the racing ("dropped") handlebars difficult to maintain comfortably for a long time.
  • However, new road bikes are designed with dropped handlebars significantly higher, reducing the need to bend over too far.

Hybrid Bikes

  • Hybrids or cross bikes are almost as fast and easy to pedal as road bikes.
  • They are almost as comfortable and versatile as mountain bikes.
  • Great for commuting, errands, getting in shape, and all-around fun.

Mountain Bikes

  • Mountain bikes are slower on pavement.
  • They have an upright riding position with flat handlebars and easily accessed controls.
  • They can travel easily on a wide variety of surfaces.
  • They have fat, flat-resistant tires.
  • Low gearing for easy climbing.
  • Linear-pull or disc brakes for excellent braking in all conditions.
  • Mountain bikes are very durable.

Comfort Bikes

  • Comfort bikes are designed for comfort.
  • They are less efficient but provide a super comfortable ride.
  • Features include an upright riding position, wide handlebars, suspension, easy gearing, and a plush seat.
  • Typically equipped with easily accessed controls and fat flat-resistant tires.

Cruiser Bikes

  • Cruisers, sometimes called "beach cruisers," are designed for fun and aesthetics.
  • Perfect for admiring the scenery and exploring the neighborhood or shore at a relaxed pace.

Recumbent Bikes

  • Recumbent bikes are known for their comfort and often impressive speed.
  • They may require some learning to operate with maximum efficiency.
  • Some designs sit low to the ground, potentially causing visibility issues in traffic (recommendations available to improve visibility).


Keep in mind that even within these categories, there can be sub-categories of bicycles. For example, there are mountain bikes specifically designed for jumping and road machines specifically built for time trials and triathlons.

There's nothing we like better than showing off the wide variety of bicycles we offer. And there's nothing like seeing and riding a few to truly understand the difference and find the perfect bicycle(s) for you!

So, drop by soon!