How to Choose the Right Bike for You
Is your old bike no longer taking you places? Here’s how to choose the right bike for your terrain, the importance of the right tires, and how to find your fit.
Let's start with the different types of bikes.
The favourite amongst outdoor enthusiasts, mountain bikes are more durable and are better suited to off-road riding. Within the MTB category, there are several subcategories. There are hardtail bikes with a front suspension, cross country bikes with double suspensions and there are downhill bikes. If you're unsure about which bike is right for you, our experts are always there to help you find what fits.
Road Racing Bikes
Often used for training purposes and speed, these bikes are best for riding on asphalted roads. They are easily recognized by their handlebars with each end curving downwards and flat in the middle.
These bikes are ideal on gravel and other surfaces that may not be as smooth as asphalted roads. These bike will have you in a more upright position compared to riding a mountain bike.
Fat Tire Bikes
The perfect bike if you’re looking to ride in the winter in snowy conditions, on sand or other trails that the regular mountain bike tire is not big enough for. These bikes have gotten much lighter over the years, and you’ll see a significant different in weight when compared to the versions that were originally introduced.
These bikes allow you to sit upright in a more leisurely position. They’re generally equipped with larger tires that are slick and easy to use for short-distance and a wider saddle for more comfortable riding.
Electric Assisted Bikes
These bikes are the perfect option if you're looking to ride but want a little help on long rides or when tackling hills. These bikes come with different tire sizes and positions and different wattages on the battery packs to suit exactly what you need.
BMX bikes are used to ride in the street as well as in the skate park. If you invest in a BMX bike for doing tricks in the skate park, it's highly recommended to go with a solid bike made of lighter materials that will make it easier to handle.
No matter which type of ride you're looking for, your new bike is going to need the proper tires. Looking to upgrade or how to recognize the signs of wear and tear? We can help with that too!
There are many tire sizes, widths and tread designs. The size that you have on your bike needs to stay the same or very similar. Tire width however can be modified to best suit your needs, just make sure it isn’t so wide that it no longer fits on your bike.
Different tire designs can help to grip the trail when riding on a Mountain bike, or on a gravel bike on a dusty gravel road. Even if you’re just looking for comfort on a flat asphalt road, tire design and width can make a big difference.
Just like your car tires, bike tires will wear out with time and use and need to be replaced. When that day comes, talk to one of our experts about a possible upgrade that might give you more comfort, speed, durability or more performance.
Here are the most common signs you need new tires:
- You suddenly get a lot of flat tires
- Your tire shows wear and tear, cracked rubber on the sidewalls
- There are flat spots on the riding surface
- Your bike seems to have less control, especially when turning corners
- You notice small cuts or rubber beginning to break off the surface
The Perfect Fit
Now that you know which type of bike you're looking for, and know what to keep in mind when selecting tires, it's time to find the right size for you.
Being well adjusted for seat height, handlebar height, as well as the distance to the handlebar will reduce aches and pains associated with improper fitting. Bike size will differ based on the type of bike you are looking at and the type of riding you intend to do. We highly recommended getting properly fitted by one of our experts so that you're comfortable and enjoy the ride.
No matter your skill level or terrain, biking is a great individual or family sport and an even better way to enjoy the outdoors and get a little exercise.
For expert advice on bikes and bicycle gear and equipment that is right for your ride, level of experience, and budget, come see us at your local Source for Sports bike store near you. We Fit Your Game.
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