Cruisers are stylish and comfortable bikes for everyday.Cruisers often have swept-back bars, wide seats, and low frames. They tend to have fewer gears to keep them low maintenance, and fenders and chain guards to keep the rider dry and clean. The iconic «ladies» frame with the sloping top tube is commonly found on cruiser bikes. These bikes are very suitable for riding to work, but no matter your destination you’ll look like you’re on your way to a fun picnic.
Road bikes are built for riding far and/or fast on pavement.
They generally feature drop bars that curl downward, and frames and wheels made to be strong and lightweight.
Road race bikes are designed to be ridden blazingly fast in competitive and high performance contexts. They are very stiff and put the rider in an aggressive, bent over riding position and are therefore most comfortable to ride when you’re pedaling hard.
Touring bikes are for long trips, where the rider is pedaling all day and possibly camping. They put the rider in a more upright, relaxed position and include mounts for all kinds of racks and fenders.
Road sport bikes are somewhere in between — fast and light, but also comfortable and suitable for racks, fenders, and even carrying a light load.
Hybrid bikes are the Swiss Army knives of the bicycle world.
They feature the speed and lightness of a road bike and the strength and durability of a mountain bike. They are equally happy in traffic, on the seawall, or taking a shortcut through the forest. As with a Swiss Army knife, the tradeoff for versatility is that they are not as good for any one thing. But they’re really great for novice cyclists or people who want one bike for lots of different adventures.
Singlespeed bikes are simple, light, and stylish.
Singlespeed bikes have enjoyed a massive resurgence in popularity because their mechanical simplicity makes them light, compact, easy to maintain, and fun to customize.
Fixed gear bikes are singlespeeds that do not coast or «freewheel» — rather, the rider must pedal at all times, kind of like a tricycle. This makes riding harder but also gives a unique feeling of «one-ness» with the bike once you’ve got the hang of it.
When you come in to look for your new bike, we’ll be curious about:
What do you want to do on your bike in the next three months?
The next three years?
We want your bike to work for you today and give you room to grow. We’ll want to know where you plan to ride, how often, what you like to wear, and what you need to carry with you.
How does your bike fit into your life?
Most of the time we hope your bike will carry you, but occasionally the situation may be reversed. Do you need a bike that’s compact or light enough that you can lift it easily up stairs, onto a hook, or maybe onto the front of the bus? If your place is small, you may need a bike that’s simple enough to be kept outdoors year round.
What is your budget?
It can be tempting to buy the wrong bike because the price is right. But if you don’t love it you won’t ride it, and that’s just a shame. If cash is tight, you’ve got options. We can help you get a bicycle loan through Vancity or CCEC, or our service department can assist you in finding a used bike on Craigslist.