How to Shop for a Bike

When it comes to shopping for a bike, there are a few things you need to take into consideration. First of all, what type of cycling do you want to do? There are many different types of bicycles and electric bikes available on the market, from road bikes to mountain bikes and everything in between. Once you know what type of bike you need, you can start looking at different models and brands.

Another important factor to consider is your budget. Bicycles can range in price from a few hundred dollars to several thousand dollars. It’s important to figure out how much you can afford to spend on a new bike before you start shopping around.

Once you’ve taken all of these factors into consideration, you’re ready to start shopping—and get on some bike paths! But to help you out, first let’s go over the types of cycling you can do in a little more detail.

What Type of Cycler Are You?

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If you’re just starting out cycling, you may not know the answer to this question. That’s okay. Sometimes you need to actually start doing something before you can decide how best you want to do it.

So the question is, what type of cycling do you want to do? Do you want to ride on the road? On trails? Both? Once you know where you’ll be riding, you can start narrowing down your choices to find the right bike for you.

Riding on the Road

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If most of your riding will be done on pavement—smooth or rough—then you’ll want a road bike. Road bikes have thinner tires than other types of bicycles, and they’re usually pumped up to a higher pressure so they can roll quickly and smoothly on pavement. They also tend to have lighter frames, which makes pedaling and climbing hills easier. However, road bikes aren’t as good at handling bumpy terrain or loose gravel, and they’re more difficult to control at lower speeds.

Riding Trails

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If you’re mostly going to be blazing down some trails, then a mountain bike is what you need. Mountain bikes have wider, knobby tires that can handle rough terrain and provide good traction when climbing hills. They also have more durable frames and components than road bikes, so they can stand up to the wear and tear of off-road riding. However, most mountain bikes are heavier than road bikes, so they’re not as easy to pedal on paved surfaces.

If you’re ready to get started on the trails, take a look at the various St. George bike paths our local area has to offer!

Riding Comfortably

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If you want a bike that’s easy on your body—and your wallet—then you might want a hybrid bike. Hybrid bikes combine features of road and mountain bikes to create a ride that’s comfortable on pavement and trails. Most hybrids have wider tires than road bikes, but they’re still narrower than mountain bike tires so that you can pedal quickly on paved surfaces.

Bicycles Unlimited Has the Bicycles You Need

Whether you’re looking for a road bike, mountain bike, or a hybrid bike, Bicycles Unlimited is the local bike shop that has the perfect bike for your riding style. We have full suspension bikes, gravel bikes, folding bikes and more. We even have e bikes—learn more about our St. George ebikes.

With a wide selection of bikes from top brands like Trek, Specialized, and more, you’re sure to find the product you need at our bike store.

Check out our rentals and sales pages, or visit us in-store today to find the perfect bike for you.

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