Buyer's Guides

BUYER'S GUIDES

Informative guides on purchasing, riding and owning different types of bicycles. Below, are main points for quick reference. Click the 'Learn More' button for specific information.

MAIN POINTS
  • Perfect for riding on a variety of terrains
  • Most mountain bikes are 20-24 speeds
  • There are 2 types of braking systems:  
    • Mechanical Disc- easy to service, and work great in cold temperatures
    • Hydraulic Disc -have more stopping power and better lever feel
  • There are 3 types of wheels:  
    • 26in - lighter and highly maneuverable
    • 27.5in (most common) - maneuverable with efficiency and technical ability
    • 29in - handles any obstacle with ease
MAIN POINTS 
  • For smooth roads & hilly terrain. Best for long (15+ mi) commutes
  • Sport and endurance bikes have 20-22 speeds 
  • 2 types of braking systems:    
    • Caliper- reliable, better modulation & easy to service.
    • Disc -have more stopping power and suffice in all weather types
  • 3 frame types:    
    • Carbon - lighter for faster riding.
    • Aluminum (most common) - offers durability & a lighter option than steel
    • Steel - Heavy, but long lasting.
MAIN POINTS
  • Perfect for commuting & city riding. 
  • Comes in 1 speed, 2, 3 & 6 speeds 
  • 4 types of handlebars:   
    • Stype- fast & aggressive riding
    • Mtype (most common)- Fast & comfort riding
    • Htype- comfort & upright ride
    • Ptype- For avid touring riders
  • There are 4 frame styles: 
    • Ti - Titanium in place of steel 
    • EA - lighter and maneuverable
    • LA - (most common) - comes with fenders & mudguard
    • RA - Inclusion of a rack, fenders & mudguards, but slightly heavier.

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