- Choosing the right bike
Choosing the right bike
You couldn't pick a better place to shop for a new bike. We carry an array of models for nearly every purpose and in a wide array of prices. From super-plush comfort bikes to knobby tire, go anywhere mountain bikes; from thoroughbred road racing machines to ultra comfortable hybrids, your friends at Twisted Spokes Bicycles have the bike for you.
So many attractive choices can be overwhelming, but at Twisted Spokes Bicycles 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. Because we will have quite a few questions for you. We want to make sure that you'll get a bike you really enjoy.
Answer These Questions
Before visiting us, define yourself a bit. Consider how you'll use the new bike and where you'll pedal once you've had it for a while. And ask yourself a few questions to figure out what type of bike is right. Are you:
- Are you a new cyclist?
- Do you want to improve your fitness?
- Interested in long distance touring?
- Training for an event?
- Getting into racing or triathlon?
- Thinking of commuting to work?
- Taking up off-road riding?
- Joining a group of friends who bike?
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? Are you joining others to ride? If so, you will want a bike that can stand up to that type of riding. Where you live also plays a major role in what type of bike you should 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!).
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 (and cheapest) to purchase the most appropriate model at the outset than to gamble on a make-do bike and buy another later. So judge your commitment to cycling. No one who rides regularly has ever told us that they wish they had spent less on their bike. The opposite happens often.
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. When calculating how much you'd like to spend on that new machine, remember that you will need some extras. Common purchases include helmets, locks, pumps, tool kits, cycling shorts and shoes.These items are essential to enjoying your new bike so leave room in the budget for them 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 at Twisted Spokes Bicycles, we offer test rides and expert advice.
Fitness Bikes: If you want better results from your workout, amp up your fat burning with more cardio. And no cardio-routine is more enjoyable than riding a fitness bike. A slightly upright seating position for comfort and control combined with lightweight wheels and flat-resistant tires make this a great bike to hop on after work for an hour or two of effective exercise. No special equipment required. Designed for easy pedaling and the less stress on the body, you'll want to ride this bike all the time! Fitness bikes are also perfect for leisurely town riding, weekends away or just exploring your neighborhood. Versatile enough to ride on greenways, rail-trails, sidewalks and streets, you can't go wrong with a fitness bike.
Mountain Bikes: Sometimes called All-Terrain Bikes (ATB) or Off-Road Bikes, these amazing vehicles could also be called Go-everywhere / Do-everything bikes. From cliff-like dropoffs to shoe-drenching stream crossings, almost no obstacle can stop a skilled rider. Mountain bikers love the thrill of new trails and new challenges.These bikes often rely on complex suspension systems to give the rider more comfort and control. An upright riding position is preferred for maximum confidence on steep drops. Drivetrains can range from lightweight, simple single-speeds to super performing 30-speeds. Most mountain bikes now come with disc brakes so you have enough stopping power to bring everything under control when your confidence exceeds the laws of physics. But don't let all the extreme sports talk scare you away, mountain bikes are still great for exploring the urban environment or any time you need a durable, do anything bike.
Road Bikes: The ultimate in efficiency, these zippy models offer incredible acceleration and handling, ultralight (under 20-pound) weights and are perfect for those who ride fast and hard on pavement. If you are going to compete in organized racing or against you friends, this is the bike you need. These bikes are speed machines and require more skill and attention than other bikes. Most people assume a road bike is by definition uncomfortable, but with the modern road bike and our fit specialists on hand, we can virtually assure you of a bike you'll love. These bikes feature the most efficient frames; lightweight materials throughout; excellent braking and shifting; narrow, high-pressure tires; aero wheels. If speed without compromise is your goal, this is only bike for you.
Dual Sport Bikes: The hottest new bike in the country is also a perfect bike perfect for our area. The Dual Sport takes the hybrid bike off pavement. Still great for greenways and streets, the dual sport is also perfect for unpaved rail trails. With a rugged mountain bike frame and faster rolling 700c wheels, the Dual Sport is born for adventure.
Hybrid Bikes: A hybrid of the mountain bike and the road bike,with a focus on comfort. These bikes pull together the features that people love about these two bikes. The upright position of a mountain bike for comfort and control and the efficiency similar to a road bike These practical machines are great for city riding, commuting and touring, but they really shine for family riding. If you are looking for a way to get the family outdoors this may be the way. An afternoon at the greenway could build those memories of active outdoor lifestyle that can keep your kids focused on a healthy lifestyle.
Comfort Bikes: Rolling on soft "balloon" tires and equipped with comfy wide seats, Comfort Bikes are great for leisurely spins down the greenway, pedaling through the campground or just coasting around the neighborhood. Intuitive shifting with super easy gears make it easy to ride. Front and rear suspension keeps the jarring bumps from ever reaching your body. Some comfort bikes have "pedal forward" design so that you can get your feet down easily at a stop. Bikes like these can introduce you to a new world outdoors. If you've never been comfortable on a bike, you owe it to yourself to give these bikes a try.
Now that you know a little more about yourself and your bicycle choices, plan a visit to Twisted Spokes Bicycles. We look forward to helping enjoy that new bike. Soon, you'll be spinnin' and grinnin' and feeling like a kid again.