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.

 
 

Frame Style

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.

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Single Speed / Fixed Gear

Terrain

Pavement

Wheels

Large rims, Thinner smooth tires

Features

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.)

Good For

Commuting, short to medium distance rides, best on flatter terrains

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Road Bike

Terrain

Pavement

Wheels

Large rims, thinner smooth tires

Features

Lightweight, built for speed, usually come with drop-bar handlebars for more aerodynamic body position

Good For

Commuting, long distance rides, exercise, racing

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Hybrid

Terrain

Pavement, Some off-road trails

Wheels

Large rims, Medium-sized tires

Features

Medium weight, Built for comfort over any distance, Slower than a road bike but still speedy

Good For

Commuting, Short to medium distance rides, Exercise

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Mountain

Terrain

Bumpy trails, okay on pavement

Wheels

Smaller rims, Wider tire with deep treads.

Features

Heavier frame, Great shock absorption, Slower on pavement, Safer in inclement weather

Good For

Commuting over shorter distances, Off-road riding, Downhill riding, Snow

 

Price

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$200-500 ENTRY-LEVEL

Basic metal frame, basic wheels, heavy.


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$500-1,000 Mid-Level

Higher-quality metal frame possibly with some carbon fiber. Lighter, faster, more features.


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$1,000-$3,000 High-End

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.

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Fit

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.

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Measuring Height

Stand against a wall, with your feet less than shoulder width apart. Measure head to toe.

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Measuring Inseam

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.

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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.
(If needed)

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Measuring Arm Length

Measure from your collarbone to the center of your palm.
(If needed)

 

Road/Singlespeed Bike Sizing Chart

Inseam(in) Inseam (cm) Bike Size(cm)
27 69 46
28 71 48
29 74 49
30 76 51
31 79 53
32 81 54
33 84 56
34 86 58
35 89 60
36 91 61
37 94 63

Hybrid/Mountain Bike Sizing Chart

Inseam (in) Bike Size (in)
27 14
28 15
29 15
30 17
31 17
32 18
33 19
34 19
35 20
36 21
37 21+
 

Accessories

The Essentials

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Helmet

Doesn’t have to be fancy, but higher price generally means it will be lighter and more comfortable.

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Lock

A solid U-lock (we recommend Kryptonite)

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Lights

So that you can see the road and so others can see you.

 

Nice to Have

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Fenders

Keeps the rain and other debris off your clothes and your bike.

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Bike Rack

Makes carrying things a little easier. 

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Bell

What better way to announce your presence?

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Pump

So your tires get the love they need

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Water Bottle & Holder

Stay hydrated.

 
 

Well there you have it! Now that you know what to look for, find the perfect bike for you.