Where Do I Start?
- Where do you want to ride?
- Who do you ride with?
- What do they ride?
- What have you had in the past that you liked or disliked?
- What would you like to do with your new bike?
- How much money are you comfortable spending?
Examining the Questions
If you are buying a bike to ride with a group of friends—buy something similar to what they ride. You will not be able to keep up with road bikes if you are on a mountain bike or cruiser. And a road bike cannot go through the dirt or the sand.
If a bike you had before perfectly suited your needs, we can help you find one like it. Or if your old road bike with the curly handlebars sends you to the chiropractor after every ride, we need to look for something much more comfortable.
What Kind of Bikes Are There?
Road bikes are fast and easy to pedal on pavement. They are not as well suited for operating off the road. Some people find the "dropped" riding position difficult to maintain, comfortably, for a long time.
Mountain bikes are harder to pedal and slower on pavement. But they have a cushy ride, an upright riding position, and can travel easily on a wide variety of surfaces.
Hybrid or cross bikes are almost as fast and easy to pedal as a road bike, while being upright and comfortable.
Comfort bikes are just that—comfortable. They are less efficient, but sitting on one is much more comfortable and stable.
Cruisers are fun to look at and, when ridden at a relaxed pace, they are ideal for admiring the scenery, exploring the neighborhood or beach.