Spring is here, and so is a slew of questions about how to purchase a new bike. You might be starting biking again after a long hiatus, or looking for an upgrade. Whatever situation you’re in, we’re here to walk you through the process. Here is a quick step-by-step guide to choosing the best bike for your needs.
How to shop for a new bike
- Think about your intended usage. If you’re getting a commuter bike to get around town for work, school, or errands, a road bike will be the most comfortable and efficient. If you’re planning on riding your bike on some of our local gravel roads and unpaved trails (pump track, anyone?), a mountain bike is a good fit. If you’re planning on both, we can recommend some hybrid options. Just looking to go slow and enjoy the view? A cruiser might be an ideal fit.
- Set a budget. Bicycles will vary in price depending on what type you’re looking at and the quality of materials. We price our models competitively, but if you’re looking for the best deal, keep an eye on our used bikes. You can view them in real time on our Facebook Gallery. Think about how long and how often you plan on having and using your bike. If you are planning on doing a daily commute, invest in a higher quality bike. While more expensive, higher quality bikes will last longer and are constructed with durable, lightweight materials that will make performance better and last longer.
- Make a list of features you need and want. If you intend to mount a basket, saddlebags, or a baby seat, you will want only look at frames that are compatible with these devices. How many gears do you need? Gears let you adjust your pedaling effort to account for hills, wind, or your own fatigue. However, more gears also add significant cost, complexity, and weight. This area is blessed with flat terrain, and many people choose a single speed for lower initial cost and simpler maintenance.
- Come on over! If you can give us the information listed above, we will be able to give you some suggestions on which bikes will best fit your needs. While we can provide you with tech specs, the important thing is that you find a bicycle you are comfortable on, and the best way to do that is to take some test rides. We will NEVER push you to buy a bicycle if you aren’t ready. We want you to end up with a bike you will be happy about riding for a long time.
Looking to shop around before you come in? Check out our online galleries and brands!
Message us to ask about frames we carry for custom builds, or if there is a certain used bike you are looking for – we have a room full of bikes we have yet to work on, and are happy to prioritize repairs on request.