CHOOSING THE RIGHT BIKE
Which One Is Right For You?
You couldn't pick a better time to shop for a new bike. Today, a vast majority of models are offered in a wide array of prices. From super-plush comfort bikes to knobby tire mountain bikes; from thoroughbred road machines to robust cruisers, Bike Barn has two-wheelers perfect for just about everything.
So many attractive choices can be overwhelming. But a large selection is a wonderful thing because it drastically increases the likelihood of finding the perfect bike. At Bike Barn, you'll be able to ask questions, learn about different bike types, even test a few. Just be sure to go in equipped with a little knowledge about yourself, the type of cycling you'd like to do and some basic information about bike models that have already caught your eye. That way, you'll be able to answer the questions from our staff and you'll get a bike you really enjoy. To help, we recommend a little self-analysis (therapist not required).
Consider how many times a week or month you might ride. If you're new to biking, think about your other sports experiences. Did you participate mostly for fun or did you take it seriously? Your tendencies can tip you off as to whether you'll be satisfied with a basic model or whether you'll need something better, that your enthusiasm won't outgrow.
Think about your tendencies in purchasing other things, too. For example, do you consistently demand the highest quality, or are you more apt to look for reasonable quality and lower cost? Do you dig high-tech gadgets or are you satisfied with simpler designs? If you're joining a cycling club, will you want a bike that outshines all the others? Or will any two-wheeler that does the job be just fine?
Where you live plays a major role in what type of bike to get. You'll ride more if your new machine matches your riding opportunities. For example, if you're surrounded by beautiful trails, an off-road bike might be a better choice than a pavement pounder (assuming you don't also have great road rides, in which case, you might need two bikes!).
Mind Your Budget
Additionally, it helps to know how much you want to spend because that's a quick way to focus the selection process on the appropriate models. Like computers and other modern appliances, it's best to purchase the most appropriate model at the outset than to gamble on a make-do bike and buy another later. Regardless of the type, as you spend more, bicycles get slightly lighter, easier to ride, and are equipped with more efficient components.
While it's always possible to upgrade parts down the road, bike components are much more affordable when they're included as standard equipment on the new bike. So, it's most economical to get what you want when you buy your new bike.
When calculating how much you'd like to spend on that new machine, remember that you may need some extras. Common purchases include helmets, locks, pumps, toolkits, cycling shorts, and shoes. Figure these costs into the bike-purchase budget, too.
Here's a rundown of the six major bike types available today with descriptions of their intended use and common features. Use these descriptions to determine which type is right for you. If you're not sure, keep in mind that we offer test rides, which is an excellent way to see how types differ. You might also ask friends who ride if you can try their bikes. Ride both on and off road (on the appropriate models) to experience the difference.