Finding the Perfect Bike

So you’re thinking about buying a bike. Nice! We know finding the right can be a real pain. 

There’s endless options: prices, bike types, sizes. Sheesh!

So to make things a little easier, we’ve put together a quick guide just for you.


Frame Style

Most commonly, we provide Single Speeds, Road Bikes, Hybrids, and Mountain Bikes. 

To keep up with your lifestyle, we also offer special bikes that are tailored toward specific utilities such as: folding bikes, fat bikes, cargo bikes, or kids bikes.

Single Speed / Fixed Gear

TERRAIN
Pavement
WHEELS
Large rims, Thinner smooth tires
FEATURES
Essentially a road bike with only one gear, built for simplicity, low-maintenance. (Fixed-gear bikes require continuous pedaling while in motion. Singlespeeds do not.)
GOOD FOR
Commuting, short to medium distance rides, best on flatter terrains
Road Bike Frame Style

Road Bike

TERRAIN
Pavement
WHEELS
Large rims, thinner smooth tires
FEATURES
Lightweight, built for speed, usually come with drop-bar handlebars for more aerodynamic body position
GOOD FOR
Commuting, long distance rides, exercise, racing

Hybrid

TERRAIN
Pavement, Some off-road trails
WHEELS
Large rims, Medium-sized tires
FEATURES
Medium weight, Built for comfort over any distance, Slower than a road bike but still speedy
GOOD FOR
Commuting, Short to medium distance rides, Exercise
Mountain Bike Frame Style

Mountain Bike

TERRAIN
Bumpy trails, okay on pavement
WHEELS
Smaller rims, Wider tire with deep treads.
FEATURES
Heavier frame, Great shock absorption, Slower on pavement, Safer in inclement weather
GOOD FOR
Commuting over shorter distances, Off-road riding, Downhill riding, Snow

Understanding Price

Less Expensive Bikes

$200-500 ENTRY-LEVEL

Basic metal frame, basic wheels, heavy.


Mid Range Bikes

$500-1,000 MID-LEVEL

Higher-quality metal frame possibly with some carbon fiber. Lighter, faster, more features.


High End Bike Values

$1,000-$3,000 HIGH-END

Highest quality metal or carbon frame. Very light, built for high performance, feature-rich.

Why Price Matters

In general, the more you spend on your bike…the lighter, faster and less costly to maintain it will be. After a certain amount (about $2000), the gains in quality and maintenance level off.

Relationship of Bike Retail Price to Quality

Fit

Picking the right bike size is all about comfort and safety. The number one factor for ensuring a comfortable safe bike size is your height (or more specifically, your inseam). Most bikes can be selected based on knowing your height alone. However, for some bikes and some riders, it is helpful to know a few more measurements. If you are curious what bikes would fit you best, check out the chart below.

Bike Rider Height

Measuring Height

Stand against a wall, with your feet less than shoulder width apart. Measure head to toe.

How to measure Bike Rider Inseam

Measuring Inseam

Stand against a wall with your feet spread 6-8” apart. Place a book snugly under your crotch mimicking a bike seat. Measure from the top of the book to the floor.

Measuring Torso Length for proper Bike Fit

Measuring Torso Length

Like measuring your inseam except you will measure from the top of the book to the small “V” in your throat just above your sternum.
(If needed)

Measuring Arm Length during Custom Bike Fit Process

Measuring Arm Length

Measure from your collarbone to the center of your palm.
(If needed)

Bike Sizing Chart

Road/Singlespeed Bike Sizing Chart

INSEAM (IN)INSEAM (CM)BIKE SIZE (CM)
276946
287148
297449
307651
317953
328154
338456
348658
358960
369161
379463

Hybrid/Mountain Bike Sizing Chart

INSEAM (IN)BIKE SIZE (IN)
2714
2815
2915
3016
3117
3218
3319
34
19
3520
3621
3721+

Accessories

The Essentials

Bike Helmet

Helmet

Doesn’t have to be fancy, but higher price generally means it will be lighter and more comfortable.

Lock

A solid U-lock (we recommend Kryptonite)

Bike Lights are a Must!

Bike Lights

So that you can see the road and so others can see you.

Bike Bells Are a huge Safety Issue

Bike Bells

What better way to announce your presence?

Nice to Haves

Fenders

Keeps the rain and other debris off your clothes and your bike.

Bike Rack

Makes carrying things a little easier. 

Bike Pump

So your tires get the love they need

Stay Hydrated on your Bike rides

Water Bottle and Holder

Stay Hydrated on your rides.