which bike

Which bikeWhat kind of bike to get depends on what you’re going to do with it. At first glance they all look pretty much alike, just as do cars and trucks, but their intended purpose and suitability for your needs varies wildly, based on design. Mountain bikes are just awful for road racing and most road bikes are pretty useless deep in the woods. If you ride a lot, you know that and choose your bike based  on what you want it to do, it’s appeal to you and cost. If you’re just getting into riding, or maybe getting your first good bike since you were a kid, buying a bike can be pretty intimidating, especially given the endless number of choices to be made.

Before you go looking at new bikes ask yourself a few questions and be as honest as you can with the answers. So you can get a solution according the question, which bike is the best!

Where do you intend to ride?
Why do you want to ride?
How often do you expect to ride?

 

Which bike is the best for me?


Which bikeWhere do you intend to ride? The answer to that not only makes all the difference in the world as to what type of bike to get, it also narrows your choices down to about 1/4. Most bikes come with either tall, skinny wheels (700c) or shorter, stouter wheels (26″). Bikes with 700c wheels are generally better suited for road riding and those with 26″ wheels usually work best off road.
There’s umpteen variations and degrees of overlap between the two, but the wheel size pretty much sets the tone.
If you can visualize the places you’ll be riding you can almost tell just by looking closely at the bikes which ones will work and which ones won’t.

Why do you want to ride?
Fun & fitness? Commute to work, school or shopping? Casual or all out competition? All of the above?

 

Which bike do I want to purchase?

 

Which bikeSpeed, rough terrain handling and comfort don’t exactly go hand in hand, favoring one compromises the other and it’s up to you to decide how to balance the mix.
How often do you expect to ride?
A bike that you ride every day may require different components & characteristics than one you ride once a week. A bike that is comfortable for a short ride may get uncomfortable on a long ride and while it may seem strange, a bike that’s comfortable for hours on end may not be comfortable at all for a short ride around the block. You can pound a relatively inexpensive mountain bike occaisionally and expect it to hold up well but if you’re going to do it every weekend and expect it to last, you’ll want a different bike.

 

Which bike has the best quality/cost ratio?


Which bikeA good dealer will listen to your answers to those questions, ask you a bunch more and give you knowledgeable and realistic advice about which bikes will do what you want, which ones won’t and why, and what compromises you might want want to consider to meet your budget.
It’s not so much a question of how much do you have to spend to get a good bike as it is one of how much does it take to get one that will do what you need it to do. Spending too much doesn’t guarantee that you’ll get what you’re looking for, spending too little guarantees that you won’t.
The best way to chose a bike is to test ride different bikes and ask enough questions to get a feel for the differences in function and fit.
We encourage you to test ride our bikes, on your turf,  for as long as it takes for you to be sure it suits you.

 

Generally speaking, most bikes fall into a just a few basic categories-with endless variations in each. Choosing one becomes a whole lot easier once you’ve decided on a category and your choices are limited to function, features and price. Be realistic about how and where you intend to ride and ask enough questions to be sure you get the one that will do what you want it to.

Personally, I have one bike for prowling the woods and one for going fast on pavement but the big consideration in either case is comfort.

 

ROAD BIKES
Which bikeAre built mostly to ride fast and far on pavement. Some are built for short, fast races, some for cross country trips carrying a full load and some for quick rides around the neighborhood. The riding position is bent forward for less air resistance and maximum pedaling efficiency. Tires are basically hard and skinny for low rolling resistance, turning tends to be quick, precise and not too forgiving. While they make them as comfortable as they can, comfort isn’t a primary design goal and you have to balance the two to suit you. Lighter weight makes them quicker but also a bit more delicate and fragile. Fatter tires soften the ride but slow you down a bit. Racing type frame geometrys maximize speed, power and precise steering but can be a little twitchy and fussy for leisurely rides around the lake.

MOUNTAIN BIKES
Which bikeRange from mild to wild. Some are good for casual cruises on all kinds of surfaces, some for jumping off 20 foot cliffs onto jumbled piles of rocks and barreling down the mountain at breakneck speeds. The more casual mountain bikes offer a more upright and comfortable seating position position and easier riding components and frame geometry, good for trails in the woods, leisurely rides around the lake, campus cruising and all around casual riding. The more hard core models sacrifice comfort and versatility in favor of performance, lighter weight and tolerance for abuse. If  you’re actually going to pound dirt and break rocks, there’s a certain level of performance you just have to have and nothing else will do. But the bikes that do this the best usually aren’t all that ideal for more leisurely pursuits. The trick is to find the balance of comfort and performance that works for the kind of rider you are or intend to be.

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