Finding the Perfect Bike
So you’re thinking about buying a bike. Nice! We know figuring out which bike is right for you can be a real pain. There’s endless options from prices to bike types to sizes. Below, we’ve put together a quick guide to make that easier.
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
Large rims, Thinner smooth tires
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.)
Commuting, short to medium distance rides, best on flatter terrains
Large rims, thinner smooth tires
Lightweight, built for speed, usually come with drop-bar handlebars for more aerodynamic body position
Commuting, long distance rides, exercise, racing
Pavement, Some off-road trails
Large rims, Medium-sized tires
Medium weight, Built for comfort over any distance, Slower than a road bike but still speedy
Commuting, Short to medium distance rides, Exercise
Bumpy trails, okay on pavement
Smaller rims, Wider tire with deep treads.
Heavier frame, Great shock absorption, Slower on pavement, Safer in inclement weather
Commuting over shorter distances, Off-road riding, Downhill riding, Snow
Basic metal frame, basic wheels, heavy.
Higher-quality metal frame possibly with some carbon fiber. Lighter, faster, more features.
Highest quality metal or carbon frame. Very light, built for high performance, feature-rich.
Why Price Maters
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.
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.
Stand against a wall, with your feet less than shoulder width apart. Measure head to toe.
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
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.
Measuring Arm Length
Measure from your collarbone to the center of your palm.
Road/Singlespeed Bike Sizing Chart
|Inseam(in)||Inseam (cm)||Bike Size(cm)|
Hybrid/Mountain Bike Sizing Chart
|Inseam (in)||Bike Size (in)|
Doesn’t have to be fancy, but higher price generally means it will be lighter and more comfortable.
A solid U-lock (we recommend Kryptonite)
So that you can see the road and so others can see you.
Nice to Have
Keeps the rain and other debris off your clothes and your bike.
Makes carrying things a little easier.
What better way to announce your presence?
So your tires get the love they need
Water Bottle & Holder
Well there you have it! Now that you know what to look for, find the perfect bike for you.