For many people, buying a new bike is a more difficult decision than buying a new car. Why? Because today, manufacturers offer more models than ever in a wider variety of price points. And there are an exceptional array of bike parts, wheels, brakes and shifting systems that operate like never before. Having a variety of choices is a wonderful thing but at BikeParts.com, we’re here to help you navigate the confusion to help you get the bike you want – and the bike you will ride.
First off, build your bike profile. Decide what type of riding you will be doing, how often, and the types of terrain you plan to ride. Because there are so many bike parts to build a new mountain bike or road bike, it’s important to get clear on what you are looking to do. Here are some questions you need to get you started:
- What type of bicycle do I want? Will I be mountain biking, road cycling, or is comfort my biggest factor in a bike?
- Am I interested in casual riding? Entry level competitive cycling? Full on racing?
- How many miles might I log per week, or year?
- What type of tires should my bike have?
- What color bike do I want?
- What size bike do I need? The size of the bicycle is critical for comfortable riding. It is helpful if the bike shop has a fit service. Fortunately, at Peak Cycles, we do! Learn more here.
- Do I want a bike with gears? If so, How many?
- Do I prefer squishy handlebar pads, hard ones, or ones with tassels?
- What kind of seat do I want?
- Cycling accessories – what matters to me most: high-tech gadgets or are simpler designs?
- What kind of handle bars do I want? Straight or curved?
- Am I interested in the highest quality bike parts? Or, can I get by with industry standard bicycle accessories?
- How much am I willing to spend on a bike?
Finally, buy what you like. Feel good about what you’re buying, how it looks, how it rides. Because of our varied mountain bike trials in Golden, Colorado and road ride circuits along the Front Range, we are asked for our advice on other bike accessories cyclist may need or want. Of course, buy a helmet first, and wear it. There are many other products which can enhance the riding experience as in hydration packs, eye protection, cycling apparel as well as numerous books and magazines available to help you educate yourself about the nuances of cycling. We’re here to help you with all of it.
You couldn’t pick a better time to shop for a new bike. There are so many attractive choices today. Visit us at Peak Cycles in Golden or online at bikeparts.com and we can help with your decision making and offer advice you need to get you rolling on your new bike just in time for summer riding