1What's the best way to prevent bike theft?
Believe it or not, most bicycles are stolen because they weren't locked. So, your first defense against theft is purchasing a quality lock and using it whenever you leave your ride unattended (even when it's inside your garage). Thieves usually ignore protected two wheelers because so many freebies are readily available, but don't just slap on a lock any old which way. Thieves are the lowest of the low, but they're not always stupid. They'll get your machine or part of it, if you're lazy about securing it. For example, most bicycles are equipped with quick-release wheels which make it easier for crooks to make off with a very expensive chunk of your machine, if you forget to lock the wheel (or the rest of the bike, if you only secure one wheel!). Likewise, if you wrap a cable around a parking meter, the thief can just lift the bike over the post's top, toss your pride and joy in their truck, and take it home where they can break off the lock at their leisure.
2What type of bike lights are best?
If you can tell us how and where you'll ride at night, we can recommend the perfect light or system for you. For example, for occasional evening rides or commuting on good roads lit by streetlights, most people do fine with a clip-on front headlight combined with a rear flasher. This simple and inexpensive solution ($25 to $50) provides adequate road illumination while also making you visible to motorists. If you dislike disposing of the dead AAA or AA alkaline batteries these lights usually require, you can substitute for rechargeable ones that you won't have to toss when they fade.
On the other end of the lighting spectrum are rechargeable systems that provide so much brightness and battery life that you could easily tackle a 3-hour singletrack ride at midnight with no moonlight. Of course, these systems can cost considerably more ($50 to $400+) than simpler models, but they're the best choices if you ride regularly for an hour or more on and/or off road in low-light conditions (the more worse the road and trail conditions, and the faster your pace, the more you'll appreciate additional brightness). Most lights are easily mounted and removed, come with several power settings so you can manage battery life by selecting the most appropriate brightness for the lighting conditions, and are rugged enough to withstand heavy use. Visit our store to discuss your needs and try out some of our excellent lighting solutions. You'll be impressed!
3How do I know what type of bike to buy?
We suggest coming in and looking at a few options. We've got great bike models for every type of cycling, and we can explain the differences and even arrange a test ride if you want, so you can feel the different rides. In making a selection, it helps if you can tell us how you'll use the bike, where you'd like to ride, and approximately how much money you want to spend. If you're not sure, consider where you live and what the roads, paths, and trails are like. Talk to friends who bike to find out what types of bikes they prefer, where they ride, and what they recommend (If you plan to ride with these friends, you'll probably want to get the same type of bike that they ride). Also, think about other purchases you make: Are you a get-the-best, cost-is-no-object shopper or do you think of yourself as frugal? Do you like the latest high-tech gadgets or prefer simpler, more traditional designs?
If you can answer some of these questions, it makes choosing a bicycle easier. Keep in mind that cycling is a sport that grows on you. Many riders start with one bike and end up with a bunch, each ideal for its intended purpose. For example, an enthusiast will have an off-road bike for hitting dirt trails and a road bike for cruising on blacktop. If they’re married, they might also have a tandem so their partner can join the fun. Or perhaps a city bike equipped with a basket for running errands around town. Obviously, we're not suggesting that you start off by purchasing a garage-load of two wheelers. But, it takes some pressure off the decision making process when you realize that no one bike is going to do it all. It's best to start with a bike type that seems best for how you'll ride now. And then, as your riding interests expand, there are plenty of other models you can consider.
4What size bike/frame should I get?
You should get the bike size that allows an optimum fit for your body and your preferred type of riding. That means different things for different people. The best approach is to come in to our shop. We'll have you stand over and sit on a few bicycles so we can have a look and make recommendations. We'll determine what bike size is right by checking for the following: whether you can comfortably (and safely) get on and off the bike; that the seat can be placed in a comfortable and efficient position for pedalling; and that the handlebars can be placed at the right height for your torso length, flexibility, and riding style.
Keep in mind that most quality bikes come in a variety of frame sizes, but there are often sizing differences from bike brand to brand, the same way shoe and clothing sizes vary. Our goal is to find the frame that fits your lower and upper body to a T. Once we've determined the correct size for you, we can fine tune the bike fit as needed by adjusting the seat and handlebars.