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Where do I go from here?

It's a fair question. Enthusiasts will probably make a beeline to the latest composite road or dual suspension mountain bike. But the rest of us need a little help from time to time to discover the perfect ride.

Nothing gives us more pleasure than helping someone to enter the sport that we love so dearly and watch their passion grow. So explore and ask lots of questions. We're here to demystify what can too often be a technical industry by translating derailleurs, disc brakes and air shocks into smooth climbs, powerful stopping and controlled mountain descents.

So, where do you want to ride? Here are some different riding experiences to get the conversation going:

Comfort Bikes

Comfort bikes are designed for easy riding and reduced stress on the body. They are ideal for leisurely rides in town, along the shore, exploring back-roads and any time you're simply out for fun. Here are some key features of a comfort bike:

  • Upright riding position
  • Wide handlebars
  • Flat-resistant tires
  • Gentle ride
  • Easy pedaling
  • Larger, more comfortable seats

Mountain Bikes

These off-road bikes are also called All-Terrain Bikes (ATBs). They can pretty much take you anywhere, over any terrain, whether you're into taking on big drop-offs, crossing shallow streams, or riding dirt trails all over a mountain. Mountain bikes tend to have these things:

  • Upright riding position
  • High-traction flat-resistant tires
  • Wide range of gearing
  • Suspension for control on rough terrain
  • Rugged frames, wheels and components
  • Excellent braking
  • Flat or riser handlebars

Road Bikes

Built for use on pavement, these models are light, extremely aerodynamic and designed so that every bit of energy you put into pedaling is used to thrust you forward. They are perfect for touring, commuting, fitness riding and charity rides. Here are features found on road bikes:

  • Forward riding position
  • Narrow high-pressure tires
  • Efficient pedaling
  • Drop or flat handlebars
  • Lightweight frames and wheels

One of the best ways to figure out what style of bike will work for you is to test ride different models and find out what feels best to you.

Looking for more information? Check out these articles:
Got a New Bike?
Things to Think about when Buying a New Bike

Velo Bike Shop
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Sun: Noon–5pm
Mon–Thursday: 10am–7pm
Fri & Sat: 10am–6pm

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