There’s a lot to consider when buying a new bike but these tips can help you feel confident to make the best choice.
Types of Bikes; which one is right for you?
- Mountain—trail riding, gravel, commuting, touring, good control (weight over handlebars), knobby tires make for more grip + more rolling resistance = slower
- Road—racing, riding on asphalt, “aggressive” positioning , efficient (little rolling resistance = fast), not good for gravel/trail riding
- Cruiser—good for riding on flat surfaces, relaxed positioning, step-through makes for easy mounting, good for riders with injuries, mobility challenges, older riders, or people who want to easily put their foot down
- Hybrid/City—commuting, touring, relaxed positioning, efficient and versatile
- Folding— relatively thief proof, space-saving at home and elsewhere, and good for urban multi-modal travel, commuting
- BMX — tricks and maneuvers in skate parks, fun to ride, lightweight, light servicing needs, but not sized for adults nor do they allow fenders or racks
- Finding the right Size Bike:
- Local bike shops such as Oak Bay Bikes also offer bike fittings and can recommend the right bike for you.
- Bike shops in Victoria open during COVID-19
- Buying used bikes: When buying your first bike, it is recommended that you visit a local bike shop rather than buying online so that you can get personalized service on what is right for you. If you are buying a used bike online here are some handy tips.