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Choosing A New Bike

Sometimes walking into a bike shop can cause sticker shock, why is everything so much more than the department store you ask? Well honestly it is not uncommon for models to cost a few thousand dollars or more, and yes some of them do have electric motors at that price. There is a good reason why bikes are priced the way they are including frame material, components, brand name, and well the product being available to touch and ride at the bike shop.

Before you stop by think about where you see yourself riding. Close your eyes, where do you see yourself on your new bike? There are tons of different kinds of bikes, and knowing what you’ll do with ’em narrows the field considerably. How often will you ride? How far? Will you stay on paved surfaces, or explore natural-surface paths? What is your budget? These are all questions we will ask when you walk in the door to help you make an informed purchasing decision.

If you’ll stay on pavement and ride primarily for exercise, a road bike or fitness bike is a good choice. A comfort or cruiser bike is better for short, casual rides with family. If you’ll bike mostly for commuting, a city bike might be best. If you want a bike for commuting and fitness, and think you might ride on both pavement and natural-surface trails, a versatile gravel bike is probably the right fit. If you’ll ride entirely off-road, a sturdy mountain bike is the best choice. Hard tail or full suspension is a totally new article.

Sometimes, more than one category of bike might be appropriate. Once you’ve narrowed things down to a couple of styles, you can zero in on specific candidates. We stock a variety of mountain, gravel, and hybrid models. Our current floor plan is made up by mainly by Kona Bicycles, Salsa Cycles, Scott Sports and Santa Cruz. We also have a small selection from Felt Bicycles and Surly. You can learn more about these brands by vising their websites. Feel free to email or message us questions, we are happy to serve you!

Ashley Reefer